What is sustainable procurement?
After my recent post about the 4Ps of Sustainable procurement, a few people asked me- well “what’s sustainable procurement?”
After starting to write a nice post, I realised that the BS8901 standard has an excellent section on this in their sustainable event management standards. So hoping that I am not infringing on copyright, here it is:
Successful implementation of event management for sustainable development depends on the sustainable development objectives being extended throughout the supply chain. This requires engagement with a wide range of suppliers, from specialists to non-specialists.
Sustainable procurement is the integration of sustainable development management into all aspects of the procurement cycle including:
- a) defining the need for sustainable procurement;
- b) evaluating possible options;
- c) design and specification;
- d) supplier selection;
- e) tender evaluation;
- f) post-contract management;
- g) supplier development; and,
- h) performance review.
Four key aims should be addressed when integrating sustainable development management into the procurement process:
- minimizing the impacts of products and/or services (e.g. impacts on health, air quality, generation of hazardous waste);
- minimizing demand for resources (e.g. by using resource-efficient products such as energy efficient appliances, fuel-efficient vehicles and products incorporating recycled content);
- minimizing the negative impacts of the supply chain itself, in particular the social aspects (e.g. giving preference to local and/or smaller suppliers and those that meet minimum ethical, human rights and employment standards); and
- ensuring that fair contract terms are applied and respected.
If you want to know more about BS8901 – then i suggest you read this post