Global concern about the environment has been rising progressively since the 1970s. As a result, governments around the world have an objective of sustainable development, and it is increasingly becoming the goals of organisations in the public and private sector, as well as individuals and communities. Sustainable development is about taking into account economics, society and the environment to ensure that the needs and quality of life of future generations are not compromised. Sustainability is an important part of UK Government and HEFCE policy; they have also stated that it should be an integral part of an HEI’s strategic planning.
Purchasing has a key role to play in implementing sustainable development by using purchasing power to influence technology and best practice to create a greener, more ethical market place and reduce consumption of materials. Implementation of a Sustainable Procurement Strategy will also have benefits for the organisation as well as the environment including ensuring compliance with legislation, cost savings, protecting reputation and building image, rationalising the supplier base, ensuring security of supply and managing risk.
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For help and advice on specifying for sustainable products or services please contact Bec Bennett, Environment and Sustainability Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 54071