‘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.