Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable ProcurementSustainable procurement can often prove challenging due to:

  • Complex Supply chains
  • Varied voluntary standards
  • Unclear definition on some ethical practices

The Standards Map is an online platform to explore and compare sustainability standards which aims to simplify this process.  The tool was recently updated to include the latest standards and criteria. It is intended to

  • Provide clear, comprehensive and verified information on over 130 voluntary standards and codes of conduct across a range of product groups.
  • Enable users to review and compare sustainability requirements against their own business practices, with the ultimate goal of helping producers, exporters, policymakers and buyers participate in more sustainable production and trade.

As well as detailed information on the actions required to meet a chosen standard, the database provides timeframes, thresholds and urgency ratings to help suppliers create a roadmap towards sustainable trade.  Collaboration between suppliers, purchasers and policy makers is encouraged with the aim of developing sustainable procurement practices along the value chain.