Video blog: The challenges of sustainable procurement

11 February 2011
At yesterday's Sustainable Procurement - The New Era conference I was able to quiz a few of the experts in the subject on the challenges and issues facing buyers at the moment. First up, here are the thoughts of Shaun McCarthy, director at Action Sustainability, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 and star of the SM blog, on how far the profession has come since the Sustainable Procurement Task Force published their report five years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKI1xRkRPo4 Luca Guzzabocca, procurement director at Banca Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena, spoke about the need for buyers to be accountable for, and show leadership on, sustainable procurement. Here's his advice on how buyers can do that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZn3j0OMkHM Andrew MacAskill, supply chain director at Skanska, told delegates his firm only does business with "responsible" companies. But how do they define what one of these is? You can see what he has to say about that here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HFBlldkgLo And finally, George Martin, head of sustainable development at Willmott Dixon, expressed his frustration that buyers are still not adopting whole-life costing as part of the procurement process. Here's how he thinks buyers can change their mindset and adopt this method. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnCsQeUfeU
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