Sustainable Procurement


The concept explores the ways in which organisations use their procurement function to foster sustainable development and reviews strengths, weaknesses and success factors embedded in this practice.

Technique Overview

Sustainable Procurement Definition

Sustainable procurement as "a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment" (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2006).

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Further Reading

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  • Adams, C.A. and McNicholas, P. (2007) Making a Difference: Sustainability Reporting, Accountability and Organisational Change, Accounting. Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 20(3), pp. 382-402.
  • Bhattacharya, C.B. and Sen, S. (2004) Doing Better at Doing Good: When, Why, and How Consumers Respond to Corporate Social Initiatives. California Management Review, Vol. 47(1), pp. 9-24.
  • Burnes, B. (2009) Managing Change (5th ed.) Pearson Education: Essex, UK.
  • Butner, K. (2007) Blueprint for Supply Chain Visibility. Institute for Business Value. IBM Global Business Services: New York.

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