Working to implement BS8903 the Sustainable Procurement Standard across the procurement team
As part of their capital expenditure United Utilities wanted to embed BS8903 as a management system throughout their procurement process.
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In 2008 we engaged with United Utilities to develop and deliver a comprehensive five-year sustainable supply chain management programme in order to achieve their regulatory targets through their supply chain.
We started with a set of senior management workshops to really pull out what sustainability means for the business and what is driving its implementation through the day-to-day operations.
From there we wrote and implemented a Sustainable Procurement Policy and Strategy and implemented its roll out by supporting their procurement teams with training, tools and supply chain development.
We clearly defined 10 sustainability objectives, including value for money, and ensured the Policy was communicated down to tier 2 suppliers. In doing so we embedded BS8903 as a management system throughout their procurement process.
In 2010 they were our first client to be evaluated against BS 8903:2010, the then new British Standard for Sustainable Procurement, achieving “Expert” status.
We worked with United Utilities’ procurement and innovation teams to implement BS8903, the Sustainable Procurement Standard, as a management system throughout their procurement process for their 5 year capital expenditure programme. Within 3 years of us working with United Utilities, they had won the Business in the Community Responsible Supply Chain Management Award and were recognised as global sector leaders for sustainable supply chain management in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.