‘Sustainable procurement’ emphasises the need for organisations to take responsibility for external events and undertakings in their procurement practices. The process not only benefits the company adopting such a strategy, but can also bring wider social, environmental and economic advantages.
Organisations adopting a sustainable procurement policy are able to effectively manage their supply chains, minimise risk and increase opportunity. Consultant surveyors should be aware of their legal and moral responsibilities, and their duty to advise clients of the various ways sustainable procurement can affect individual projects and the broader supply chain.
This section explores the concept of sustainable procurement, assessing the drivers and barriers for buyers of materials, works and services. It surveys the relevant legislation and gives guidance regarding the relevant standards and certifications, as well as case studies demonstrating best practice.
Please note that the information regarding ISO 204000 will be updated more fully after publication.
Related RICS professional guidance
RICS standards and guidance
- RICS property measurement
- UK commercial real estate agency
- New rules of measurement
- QS and construction standards
- Residential property standards
- Valuation standards
- List of RICS standards and guidance
- RICS standards and guidance archive
- What is sustainable procurement?
- The 3 pillars of sustainable procurement
- Government action: legislation, policy and regulation
Standards and certifications
- BS 8903: Principles and framework for procuring sustainably
- ISO 20400: International standard for sustainable procurement
- PAS 2080: Carbon management in infrastructure
- The CIPS sustainable procurement review
- ISO 26000: Social responsibility
- ISO 14001: Environmental management systems
- UN guiding principles on business and human rights (UNGPs)
- Resource centre