Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement enables value creation, stimulates innovation and costs less over the long term. Procurement is the driving force for the sustainable world of the future.

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What is Sustainable Procurement?

Sustainable Procurement stands for socially responsible procurement. Other terms are also often used, such as circular procurement and supply chain responsibility. In addition to the standard aspects of the procurement process, Sustainable Procurement also takes into account the social and environmental aspects. Sustainable Procurement is a component of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Sustainable Procurement as part of CSR

Sustainable Procurement is a component of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Companies that apply the principles of CSR take responsibility for their role with respect to social problems such as air pollution, climate change and bad working conditions. They make an effort to contribute to solving these social problems. This extends across all business processes, including procurement. 

Sustainable procurement, circular procurement and supply chain responsibility are all frequently used terms – unsurprisingly, since they are all connected. Procurement controls the supply chain, which means that procurement professionals can create and stimulate the demand for sustainably or circularly produced goods. By doing so, they can contribute towards a positive impact on the company’s CSR goals.  

Sustainable Procurement guideline

The ISO 20400 sustainable procurement guideline provides practical tools for both public and private organisations. These tools help in setting up and guaranteeing a socially responsible procurement process. Together with Koninklijke NEN (Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute), we have developed the two-day ISO 20400 sustainable procurement training course.

The international guideline has been available since May 2017. Nevi is closely involved in the development of this guideline, and our expert teachers are on the Standards Committee. They therefore know better than most what the current state of affairs is. Our strong involvement is of great benefit to you, in that we can give you an exclusive look into exactly what the guideline entails and what it can mean for you.

The importance of Sustainable Procurement 

Sustainable Procurement is a high priority in the public and private sectors. The guiding principle should always be 100% sustainable procurement. In addition to environmental criteria such as the reduction of CO2 emissions, there are many other themes to be taken into consideration, such as social return, sustainable civil engineering, social conditions, socially responsible market behaviour and critical raw materials. 

The following is an example:

Through Green Deal Circular Procurement, public and private parties demonstrate that they are driving the circular economy through their procurement policies.

Sustainable Procurement at Nevi over the years 

Did you know that Nevi was already active in sustainability and Sustainable Procurement as early as 2004? This theme is still one of Nevi’s major priorities. 

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Sustainable Procurement training programmes and tools at Nevi

Benefits of Sustainable Procurement training at Nevi

  • Our strong involvement in the development of the ISO 20400 guideline
  • A unique NEN-Nevi ISO 20400 certificate
  • Being up to date on all the latest developments in sustainability
  • Gaining knowledge on the most important socio-political themes
  • State-of-the-art training programmes

In-company training programmes 

Did you know that we can provide all of our training programmes in-company? You and your team can undertake Sustainable Procurement training at your own location. This means you’ll not only be benefiting from the training, you’ll also be working on team building and saving on travel costs and time. Read more about our in-company training programmes.

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