4 key elements when implementing sustainable procurement

If you want to practice sustainable procurement with success, there are four key elements that you need to think of.

Consumer demands, global trends, politicians. The pressure to implement more sustainable procurement practices is high, and the pressure comes from many different stakeholders.

But implementing sustainable procurement practises is not something that can do from one week to the next. Technology, culture and leadership – there are crucial elements that you need to take care of in order for it to succeed.

A new mindset driven by leadership

When it comes to all changes, the leaders need to lead the way. So it all starts with the business goals – and then these changes needs to be reflected and implemented in the procurement department.

It is crucial that the new direction goes from the tactical to the operational level. Both the long-term but also the short-term objective and the everyday operational practices needs to be aligned with the new sustainable direction.

Technology can be a helping hand

Robust sustainability policies, codes of conduct and CSR clauses. As a procurement manager today, you deal with ever-more demanding supplier criteria. Therefore, it is essential that your business has an automated process to ensure compliance and monitor execution.

Here a Contract Management System (CMS) can be a great help and do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. And looking into the future we will see even more processes being automated, so why not start now.

No more data silos

In order to understand the impact purchases, have on different parts of their business, you need all data to be gathered in one place. You need a holistic overview. No more managing data in the individual departments.

Focus on what you do best

From owning to renting. In many industries there is a change happening, where outright ownership of property, inventory and equipment is reducing. Many procurement departments have shifted toward rental services where all vehicles, tools and pieces of equipment are optimally maintained by a service provider.