Sustainable procurement involves the commitment of organisations to purchase goods and services in an environmentally friendly, responsible and ethical way.
They seek to make effective and economical long-term decisions that benefit the company, customers, society and the environment. This includes the total life cycle of the product, from the cost to purchase, as well as maintenance, through to end-of-life disposal. Also of importance are fair trade, ethical employment and health & safety, as well as environmental sustainability practices.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Improving energy efficiency and resource usage, in particular water, minerals, land etc.
- Minimising air, water, and soil pollution
- Removing toxic substances from the manufacturing process
- Reducing waste and effluent, including removing unnecessary processes or packaging, and/or setting requirements for re-use and recycling
- Supporting sustainable agriculture
- Banning the use of materials produced as a result of deforestation of natural habitats and ecological conservation areas, such as palm oil
- Banning the exploitation of rare or endangered species
- Committing to ethical labour and employment practices, as well as fair trade
- Worker health & safety
- Promoting animal husbandry and care
- Supporting suppliers who have attained appropriate environmental and ethical certification and standards qualifications. Find a list here.
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