In SM’s sustainable procurement supplement, published in the latest issue of the magazine (June 21), buyers are advised their role could become superseded if they don’t tackle sustainability.
Shaun McCarthy, director of Action Sustainability and chairman of the Commission for a Sustainable 2012, says: “By thinking about what you buy, how it’s sourced, who makes it, where it comes from and how far it travels, you could do something about the damage the human race is doing to the environment. If you don’t, procurement itself could become obsolete.”
He says if purchasers fail to grasp this issue their roles will diminish from strategic decision-makers to order clerks.
It’s a stark warning. But do you agree? What have you done to make your procurement sustainable?