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Sustainable Procurement

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Sustainable procurement can be defined 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.”

In construction and infrastructure, approximately 60-80% of spend is delivered by the supply chain. Sustainable procurement has therefore become an important part of client and contractor processes and procedures. It is important for suppliers to understand the sustainability drivers their main contractors are specifying in the procurement decision making process. 

Sustainable Procurement can be implemented with the use of the British Standard – BS8903: Principles and framework for procuring sustainably guide. This standard is becoming increasingly important in the construction and infrastructure sector globally.

BS 8903 identifies three key stages required to embed sustainable procurement and provides practical guidance in areas such as policy & strategy, risk and opportunity analysis, engagement, leadership & governance, as well as the procurement process itself. The British Standard is general in style and can therefore be applied to any organisation.