Sustainable procurement is a responsible purchasing process, emphasising the need for organisations to take a holistic triple bottom line approach when implementing procurement policies and practices. Through the adoption of sustainable tools and best practice, corporate benefits may be realised while also bringing wider social, environmental and economic advantages.
Organisations adopting sustainable procurement tools, such as a sustainable procurement policy, supplier codes of conduct and sustainable contract terms, 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.