The Impact of Modern Living and the Role of Procurement

Grenfell, plastic waste, environmental concerns and modern slavery are all global problems where procurement can have a huge impact. Every day we see and hear more and more stories of how our modern way of living is impacting the planet. It has become apparent that the so called Generation Z are passionate about sustainability and its impact on people and the planet, and are committed to making work and lifestyle adjustments to make changes for good. They have a voice and are making it heard around the world organising marches and protests. Finally governments are really taking notice and world leaders are getting together to discuss this global problem. Procurement can really lead the way in this fight and by working in partnership with suppliers we can demand better governance of procurement with the goal of creating an environment intolerant to criminal conduct, such as any form of modern slavery, corruption or bribery, and minimising or eradicating harmful environmental and social impacts. We must ensure that labour conditions for workers in our supply chains are improved and human rights are safe-guarded. The bigger picture is to ensure a better result for all, including business returns for the buyers, suppliers and workers. Commercial benefits often helps with a case for change. 

The UK government is using guidance developed by CIPS to help tackle the risk of modern slavery in public procurement supply chains

Malcolm Harrison, group CEO, CIPS, said: “We are pleased to continue our work with the government on this issue of immense importance. Ethics in the supply chain and modern slavery, as one of the most heinous of crimes in our modern society, must have more focus.”

CIPS Guidance

Sustainable and ethical procurement

Supply Management Articles of Interest

Etihad sets out action on plastics and waste 

Will a culture of ‘low prices’ continue after Grenfell?

How Tiffany is using traceability to raise ethical standards

WWF uses procurement to better the environment


Exploitation' costs UK garment workers £27m

Why 'coopetition' is needed for Asia's garment workers


Why Mars is dropping 1,450 suppliers

Why new law on forest commodities doesn't go far enough

Plastics/Emissions/Palm oil 

China aims for carbon neutrality by 2060

Why the US has blocked imports of Malaysian palm oil

Social Value/Diversity 

How the UK government will increase social value in procurement

Five steps to creating a more diverse workplace

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