Learn how to Purchase for Sustainability

by Joanne Svendsen | 13-08-2018

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.

Sustainable procurement seeks ways to help improve our environment by:

- 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

6 benefits of sustainable procurement

  1. Care for our environment as well as animal, bird and plant life
  2. Care for our fellow human beings
  3. Improved health outcomes
  4. Economic benefits of having socially engaged enterprises sharing employment, resource and financial benefits throughout the community
  5. Commitment to controlling climate change
  6. Supporting the well-being of the earth for future generations

10 ways to help your workplace become more sustainable

You can help reduce your company’s environmental impact by;

  1. Not wasting paper.  Reuse wherever possible
  2. Participating in recycling programs
  3. Using environmentally friendly hygiene and cleaning products
  4. Using eco-friendly and efficient lighting and air conditioning
  5. Implementing energy-efficient policies
  6. Encouraging car-pooling and use of public transport
  7. Using certified environmentally sustainable and ethically sourced products such as tea and coffee, for instance
  8. Minimising or eliminating single-use plastics
  9. Getting your local barista to make your favourite cup of coffee in your own cup.  You’ll help reduce disposable cups and lids going to landfill
  10. Using reusable straws, not plastic ones

If you have any questions, we have 3 procurement experts who would love to help so feel free to call us on 0508 20 30 40 or say hi at ask@n3.co.nz 

Sustainable procurement takes a strategic approach to the purchasing of goods and services. It accounts for all the risks and impacts involved, especially when it comes to more complex supply chains. It also accounts for the value created from every dollar spent. It enables procurement to contribute more to a company’s purpose, and beyond – enhancing this country’s vitality and long-term resilience. Find out how your business can start purchasing for sustainability. Sustainable procurement takes a strategic approach to the purchasing of goods and services. It accounts for all the risks and impacts involved, especially when it comes to more complex supply chains. It also accounts for the value created from every dollar spent. It enables procurement to contribute more to a company’s purpose, and beyond – enhancing this country’s vitality and long-term resilience. Find out how your business can start purchasing for sustainability.

 

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