Home > Knowledge > Topics and Skills > Sustainability > Circular Procurement

Circular Procurement

Circular procurement is the consideration of a product from design stage through to disposal.


Traditionally in a procurement environment our concerns have been focussed on sourcing and purchasing new products to meet customer demands, however there is not always visibility of what happens to the products once it reaches its end of life stage.


Circular procurement encourages procurement professionals to consider not just the Take: Make: Dispose, linear economy, it enables us to consider how we can maximise the lifespan  of the product through repair and reuse, and how we re-use or recycle products once they reach their end of life stage, so ensuring we don’t always look to consume finite resources.


By understanding how we are going to dispose of the product at the start of the product cycle, we can be better positioned to structure the specification, by taking into account the products total life cycle costing.


Other areas that are aligned to Circular procurement methodologies are: Reverse Logistics, Total Cost of Ownership and Life Cycle Costing.


SPP Regions - Circular Procurement an Introduction


Circular economy - Procurement’s role in supporting resource availability and efficient use of assets