We’ve all seen them. We may even have been part of the team that drafted them. Those fancy, sometimes colourful, jargon-filled documents that we hardly ever review again.
A good sustainability, sustainable procurement policy, strategy, or charter, forms the ‘golden thread’ between corporate policy and procurement strategy. Why is this necessary? 80% of an organisation’s spend is within the supply chain.
For an organisation to achieve its sustainability goals and ambitions, therefore, it will need to flow it down into the function that has the most influence and leverage with the supply chain – Procurement!
But before we go into the details of that golden thread and policy/strategy implementation, let’s look at what should constitute a robust sustainability or sustainable procurement policy:
Let’s come to implementing what we have just written up, drafted in terms of our policy and strategy.
Implementing the policy requires for it to be rolled out both in-house within the organisation and most important externally with the supply chain. Procurement teams will need internal stakeholder buy-in from the various other functions that feed into the procurement process, so getting them on board via policy and strategy training is key.
Another important element of rolling out the sustainability or sustainable procurement policy and strategy is to train procurement and contract management teams on the various sustainability topics. The Supply Chain Sustainability School have loads of great resources across all sustainability topics which are all free. If you require learning resources in other languages, you can find plenty of useful links and guides at iso20400.org.
But what about the supply chain? How do we roll out our policy and strategy to them? My webinar (video below) demonstrates sustainable procurement in action featuring live client case studies.
Now let’s talk about best practice that I’ve seen in this space.
The Grosvenor Supply Chain Charter, as you will heard in the video is one such example of best practice in implementation:
In implementing the charter, Grosvenor gave suppliers early visibility of the charter and asked them to prepare actions plans around how they could support. They wanted suppliers to help meet their objectives and in a collaborative meeting, the goals, targets, and KPIs were set jointly. That for me is best practice.
The second organisation in the video, West London Authority, with our help ran sessions for all of their supply chain and procurement professionals training them on the policy and setting the expectations of what’s to come.
Writing a sustainable procurement policy is a great start, always. If it is not implemented, you cannot expect procurement and the supply chain to deliver on what is within, therefore making it just a dusty document.
If you would like help in drafting and implementing your sustainability policies, strategies and charters, reach out to our Lead Sustainable Procurement Consultant – Mellita D’silva and our Senior Consultant on Strategy – Imogen Player.
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