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Sustainability survey results; how do you compare?

CIPS 19 April 2011

The results are in for our sustainability survey.

The results are in and our survey proves that many of our members have a embraced implimenting a sustainable procurement policy.

The study, conducted last month, had a fairly even split of the sectors with 52% public and 48% private. A majority of those had a sustainability policy, with only a third following BS8903. Sustainable procurement is definitely a hot topic, as 30% having been implemented in the last year, mostly said to have been through pressure from public sector customers or stakeholders. The second most quoted reasons were brand protection or enhancement and conservation of natural resources.

It was found that a majority have not changed supplier within the last 12 months due to their sustainable procurement policy but a majority of respondents did not source sustainably outside of the UK.
Most companies don't measure the impact of their sustainable sourcing, but if they do the objective is to reduce supply chain carbon footprint and reduce business risk.

However the respondents believe that there will be issues and obstacles that could impact upon their sustainability strategy for the future which include, but are not limited to, rising cost of commodities / energy price, lack of corporate buy-in and cost of suppliers.

Make sure you're reaping the benefits of sustainable resourcing with our sustainable procurement review.

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