Improving sustainable procurement

14 June 2007

Big suppliers in the private sector are frustrated with public sector buyers who are not engaging with them to improve sustainable procurement, Jonathon Porritt told a conference yesterday.

But public sector buyers are also frustrated because suppliers are not working together to be more sustainable. One buyer at the event talked of her difficulty in getting one supplier's waste wood to be used in another supplier's wood burning generator.

There is obviously a failure to communicate between buyers and suppliers, so how can this be improved? Should buyers take a firmer approach, mandating what suppliers should do? Can buyers ever convince competing suppliers of the need to work together?

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