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CIPS, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Chain, (2013). Ethical and sustainable procurement.

ISO 20400 the sustainable procurement standard.


Ongoing procurement has had such an impact on green logistics that ISO has develop a specific Standard able to guide every procurement decision.

Formed in the bases of ISO 26000 for Social Responsibility, Sustainable sustainable procurement relies on:

  • Assess the organisation “buying culture”; Understand how and from who the organisation buys/sells to, the control over sub-suppliers as well as sub-supplier capacities to accommodate green demands, and if green requirements are realistic and expressed clearly.
  • Know the organisation supply chain; Evaluate the cost of the supply chain, and the proportion of the revenue that goes towards paying suppliers. Assess the suppliers societal and environmental impact.
  • Think strategically; Consider the risks and opportunities of working more closely with the main suppliers across the whole life cycle of products and services.
  • Get buy-in from top management; Ensure key decision makers are on board and aware of the benefits, opportunities, and possible consequences of implementing sustainable procurement into the organisation.

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