A sustainable procurement strategy can completely transform your organisation’s procurement management. And because of the scale of public procurement, it means that it has the potential to positively impact the environment.
In this blog, we’ll outline the things you should consider when developing a sustainable procurement strategy for your organisation.
Sustainable procurement is the process of procuring goods, services and works in a way that benefits society and the economy. At the same time, the procurement activities should minimise damage to the environment, while achieving value for money.
While producing a sustainable procurement strategy, organisations should consider the following factors:
In the UK, it’s now compulsory for suppliers in the public sector to meet selection-stage criteria relating to carbon reduction. This is part of the UK government’s procurement reform. The pass/fail criteria will assist buyers in selecting suppliers that are committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
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The scale of public procurement means that it has the potential to positively impact global efforts to combat climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, public procurement is directly or indirectly responsible for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Around 70% of that comes from the activities of just six industries:
The UK government is pledging to stop buying from suppliers that could negatively affect their carbon reduction commitments. As a result, suppliers that are dedicated to fighting climate change will have an advantage when tendering for work.
Another way that organisations can increase sustainability in procurement is to produce a sustainable procurement strategy. This will help buyers to focus their procurement processes on fighting climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
Your sustainable procurement strategy will depend on many factors, such as the goods or services you’re procuring.
When producing a sustainable procurement strategy, there are certain challenges that buyers are likely to encounter. Firstly, one of the biggest challenges will be the increased costs for buyers. To reach net-zero emissions, procurement costs could increase by up to 6%.
As a result of these heightened costs, competition between sustainable procurement and other governmental priorities will increase. This could impact public services such as healthcare and education.
Sustainable procurement is the process of procuring goods and services in a way that benefits society and the economy. Therefore, a sustainable procurement strategy should consider environmental, social, and economic factors. This could be anything from worker’s rights and fair pay to water use and recycling activities.
Organisations need to develop a sustainable procurement strategy to help combat carbon emissions and climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions stems from procurement activities. Of that 15%, 70% can be traced back to the following industries:
As a result of this, buyers should aim to increase sustainable procurement practices in their organisations. For example, the UK government has pledged to stop buying from suppliers that could damage their commitments to carbon reduction.
Finally, there are many factors that buyers should consider when purchasing goods and services. For example, ask yourself if the purchase is actually necessary, or consider buying from local suppliers.
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