11 April 2012

Sustainable Procurement: Want change? The first step is to create urgency

“Change is the only constant.” – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher Companies are in a continuous state of flux and evolution, and they have to be in order to survive. It is undeniable that companies which advance towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are not only committing themselves to the methods of sustainability but are committing them the […]

What will it take for your company to establish a Sustainable Procurement Policy?

Last week Greenpeace launched a global campaign against Mattel Inc. which effectively persuaded the largest toy company in the world to promise to establish a sustainable procurement policy. The campaign leveraged the face of Barbie, perhaps one of the most recognized dolls across the globe, to tell the story in 18 languages of how the […]

14 November 2010

Sustainability : Can Procurement do better than Governments?

Since the failure of the Copenhagen conference, to agree on a real regulation of carbon emissions last December, it is becoming increasingly clear that governments are struggling to reach agreements on Sustainability issues. In May the French government decided to push back by 6 months the “environmental labeling” regulation, and watered down its scope. In […]

Sustainable Procurement Leaders

19/05/2010: Interview with Luca Guzzabocca, head of Logistics Costs and Supply Chain Management at GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI. 1) Why is Sustainable Procurement important for GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI? Sustainable Procurement is one of the significant engagements GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI has in CSR policies. For GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI, Sustainable Procurement is important because we are aware of the impact we can […]

14 November 2009

Sustainable Procurement: Are public authorities doing enough?

The B2B community Agrion just published an interesting article, raising the question: Green Procurement: Are private companies greener than the authorities? There is at least one area where I see a fundamental difference between Private and Public Green Procurement. There are 2 dimensions to Sustainable procurement: – Products (i.e. optimizing the environmental impact of products […]

24 October 2009

Renting products rather than buying them..an option for Sustainable Procurement?

The French Environmental Agency published an interesting study on “Functional Economy” (also called “Service Economy”) which means replacing “purchasing products” by “renting products”. According to this study, a “Functional Economy” would lead to reduction in raw materials and energy consumption and therefore major environmental benefits. The rationale behind this theory (first published by walter R. […]

23 December 2008

Public Purchasing and Green Transport

The famous double-decker London imperial buses (The Routemasters) are going to be reintroduced on the streets of London after disappearing in 2005. The 2 projects selected among more than 700 other candidates are the ones from Aston Martin and Capoco. Theses two companies have won this difficult competition thanks to the environmental characteristics of their […]

20 November 2008

Green Sourcing for the Olympics

It is well known that the London Organizing Committee has made Sustainability a core policy of the 2012 Olympic Games, since an ambitious 2012 Sustainability Plan was published in November 2007. What is new, is the profound impact this initiative will have on the Sustainable Procurement initiative of 1000’s of companies. The Organizing Committee has […]

New Job : Chief Procurement & Sustainability!

This week Siemens announced that they were appointing Barbara Kux as both Chief Procurement Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer. This is not only a great news for gender equality (Mrs Kux will be the first woman on Siemens Board in 160 years, and the 1st woman on a DAX 30 board), but a real proof […]