27 April 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A new international standard for sustainable procurement has been published.
The ISO 20400: Sustainable Procurement Standard replaces the BS 8903:2010 Principles and Framework for Procuring Sustainably.
It has been created in collaboration with experts and industry bodies from than 40 countries, including the British Standards Institution (BSI). It especially applies to facilities managers, waste managers, professional and procurement officers.
The standard says that procurement is "a powerful instrument for organisations wishing to behave in a responsible way and contribute to sustainable development".
The guidance for the standard assists organisations in meeting their sustainability responsibilities by providing an understanding of:
- What sustainable procurement is;
- What the sustainability impacts and considerations are across the different aspects of procurement activity:
- Process; and
- How to implement sustainable procurement.
More information about the ISO 20400: Sustainable Procurement Standard can be found here.