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The definition of sustainable procurement by the UK sustainable task-force is: “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, whilst minimising damage to the environment.”
ISO 20400 on Sustainable Procurement, published in April 2017, defines Sustainable Procurement as ‘procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle.’ For more information on ISO 20400, see the section in this Practice Note: The use of standards in sustainable procurement.
Essentially, it involves embedding environmental, economic and social criteria into contractual documents, with an aim of motivating suppliers to offer more sustainable products and services. It means looking at the impacts of the product and service on the
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