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BSI launches sustainable procurement guidance

BSI, the business standards company, has launched the new ISO 20400:2017 Sustainable procurement – Guidance, designed to help organisations meet their sustainability responsibilities. ISO 20400 outlines what sustainable procurement is and how organisations can implement sustainable procurement practically across supply chains.

Most relevant for sustainability managers; supply chain managers; environment/waste managers; facilities managers; senior procurement and purchasing professionals; commercial directors and finance directors, the guide outlines what sustainable procurement is, and how an organisation can implement sustainable procurement practically. It also includes the sustainability impacts and considerations that should be incorporated across the different aspects of procurement activity, and is applicable to any business, either public or private, irrespective of its size or location.

ISO 20400 replaces BS 8903:2010 Principles and framework for procuring sustainably Guide. One of the key changes in the new standard is a section dealing specifically with integrating sustainability into the procurement process. It has been updated to take into consideration new concepts such as life cycle analysis, due diligence, complicity and global cost.

David Fatscher, Head of Market Development for Sustainability at BSI, said:

“As the need for supply chain transparency grows, the global benefits of sustainable procurement are more evident than ever. ISO 20400 has captured best practice from experts from over 40 countries on six continents and delivers a global solution to a global challenge. It has been closely modelled on the existing British standard BS 8903, which should place UK organisations at an advantage in its early adoption.”

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