Sustainable procurement—private sector
Produced in partnership with Ardea International
Sustainable procurement—private sector

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Ardea International provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sustainable procurement—private sector
  • Brexit impact
  • What is sustainable procurement?
  • What do lawyers need to be aware of?
  • The benefits of taking sustainability into purchasing decisions
  • What are the key issues to consider in the procurement process?
  • Including sustainability criteria in tender evaluations
  • Pre-qualification questionnaires
  • The use of sustainability in contracts
  • The use of standards in sustainable procurement

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

What is sustainable procurement?

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