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The Sustainable Procurement Pledge

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At Procurement Heads, we are proud to partner with the Sustainable Procurement Pledge. 

The businesses that will stand the test of time are undoubtedly those that look to the future; planning strategically to ensure that their brand, products and services will flourish in changing economic, social and environmental situations.

For those that embrace this way of operating, sustainability is likely to be a key focus, and in this respect, Procurement has never had a more important part to play, not just around the long term future of a business, but in relation to brand reputation where sustainability is not just a partnering of economy and ecology, but an opportunity to demonstrate values and integrity.

Well-known brands such as Aviva, Marks and Spencer and Unilever have led the way with this by committing to big initiatives such as using only 100% renewable energy. This has massively reduced their carbon footprint and ensured a future-proofing of business operations for the inevitable demise of fossil fuels. It has also positioned them as a brand of choice for talent and consumers, in a market where both are more environmentally aware and more likely to align interests and loyalties to companies displaying sustainable programmes.

Another way in which Procurement is encouraging responsible behaviour and environmentally sound practice is through careful selection and management of suppliers; securing contracts and building relationships that add value from a commercial and an ethical perspective. Many have achieved this by embedding environmental, social and economic criteria into their contracts and sharing business goals and objectives with suppliers to encourage a unity of approach.

There are also sustainable trends emerging that procurement teams will be integral to such as the promotion of a sharing economy where resources are kept in use for as long as possible or products are swapped, shared or rented from suppliers in a bid to reduce waste.

Sustainability may still be a sub-category on the corporate agenda for many, but considering the long term effect of corporate behaviour is something no business should ignore. Shareholder return and next month’s figures may enhance the present but taking into account how corporate actions will deplete resources, cause pollution and affect future generations is the only thing that can protect organisations from what lies ahead.

Rupert Gaster, MD of Procurement Heads

How we can make a change

“We are committed to supporting the SPP, which is why all of the team have signed the Pledge and are active Ambassadors.

“As leading Procurement Recruitment specialists, we have a key role in helping the SPP achieve its vision of all global supply chains embedding sustainable procurement practices by 2030. 

“We believe that in leading the debate around sustainability with candidates, clients and procurement influencers, we can make a real difference.” – Rupert Gaster, MD Procurement Heads

What is the Sustainable Procurement Pledge? 

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is a pro-bono community of people committed to embedding sustainability into their procurement practices – and sharing the knowledge and tools of how to do so. 

The world is facing tremendous environmental and social challenges where we in Procurement have a critical role to contribute, to steer and to develop responsible supply chains.  

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge addresses all procurement professionals, academics and students who want to become an SPP Ambassador and drive a Responsible Procurement agenda through personal engagement.   

By personally committing yourself, you pledge to foster a common understanding of responsible, inclusive and cooperative Procurement behaviour while including them in your day-to-day business conduct. 

How you can get involved

Click here to sign the Sustainable Procurement Pledge and become an Ambassador.

Request to join the Sustainable Procurement Ambassadors’ group on Linkedin.



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