Sustainable procurement should not be confused with green public procurement, which takes into account economic, environmental and social impacts in buying choices. Most companies work to a business model of cost, quality and delivery. However, this approach ignores risk and the longer-term sustainability of suppliers. For businesses to develop greater resilience in their supply chains they have to identify the risks within them. An effective assessment needs to identify not only a risk in relation to lack of access to raw materials – in the case of manufacturers – but also human trafficking or slavery concerns, and implications for environmental impacts and degradation, as well as reputation.
by: Colleen Theron, MIEMA and GASCO, is a director of CLT Envirolaw
Publication: Environmentalist Online
Current: July 2015
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