Sustainable Procurement and Contract Management


The UK Government’s Taskforce on Sustainable Procurement defined sustainable procurement as:

“a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment”

With an increased emphasis on sustainability supply chains as well as internal activities are coming under increasing scrutiny by stakeholder groups. Procurement and contract management activities therefore need to be aligned with the organisation’s corporate social responsibility aspirations particularly with the publication of ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement.

This 1 day workshop explores all aspects of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, going well beyond carbon emissions and environmental issues, and how it is underpinned by whole life-cost principles when making sustainable purchasing decisions. The workshop will support delegates in deciding how to take sustainability factors into account in procurement and contract management while delivering best value for money.



On completion of this course delegates will be better able to:

  • Understand the scope of sustainable procurement and the key issues driving the agenda.
  • Understand potential conflicts in setting sustainability priorities and how to resolve them.
  • Understand “Procuring the Future” outcomes and how to apply the flexible framework.
  • Identify the contract lifecycle control points where sustainability needs to be taken into account
  • Build in close-loop supply chain mechanisms by aligning the specification process with the supply chain design process
  • Understand the practical issues when using sustainability criteria for supplier selection.
  • Understand the importance of product lifecycle analysis and its application in assessing options in sustainable procurement.
  • Assess the main the risks associated with failing to take account of sustainability in purchasing

Key Topics

  • The scope and meaning of sustainable procurement
    • The environment and climate change
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Ethical issues (especially around global sourcing)
  • Sustainability in the local and global economy
  • ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement
  • Impact of globalisation on sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable procurement – key points of influence on sustainability in the procurement process.
  • Sustainable supply chain – commercial factors
  • Closed loop supply chain design and implementation
  • Factors driving interest in sustainable procurement
  • Objectives for sustainable procurement
    • What should we aim to achieve from sustainability
    • The sustainability agenda
    • Whole-life costing for sustainability
    • Compatible and contradictory objectives.
  • Incentives and barriers in adopting a sustainable approach to procurement
  • Engagement with suppliers to encourage sustainability

Developing a sustainability policy for procurement


Who Should Attend

  • Purchasing staff who need to take sustainability into account when making purchasing decisions.
  • Budget holders with responsibility for setting specifications and who need to understand how sustainability factors can be included in specifications.
  • Contract managers who need to monitor and manage supplier commitment to sustainability.
  • Other stakeholders (eg. supplier staff) who would like to understand more about this area.

In-house Customisation

This course can be readily customised to enable client specific sustainable procurement priorities and challenges to be incorporated into course materials and delivery


Course Delivery

This course is available on an In-house Training basis. For a free quotation please contact us or call the Training Team on 0333 123 9001.