sample procurement policies
Many buyers develop green procurement policies so staff and suppliers alike can support a commitment to buy sustainable forest products. They go beyond traditional values such as price, quality, service and availability to assure themselves and their customers they are buying products from legal and responsible sources.
A procurement policy is a long-term commitment, and its success requires the involvement of the organization’s most senior people at every stage, with clear communication throughout the process to staff, suppliers and customers. Suppliers need to understand the organization’s preferences, and the policy needs to consider what products they currently provide, and why.
Some things to consider when developing a procurement policy:
– use clear, unambiguous language that is consistent across jurisdictions. Avoid terms such as endangered forests, ancient forests, intact forests or old growth forests that have a variety of meanings and often reflect different values.
– base decisions on life cycle assessment rather than a single environmental attribute. This provides an impartial comparison based on quantifiable indicators of environmental effects through the life of a product – from resource extraction, manufacturing, on-site construction, occupancy, to eventual demolition and disposal or reuse.
– third-party forest certification is proof that products come from a forest managed to comprehensive environmental, social and economic standards. Three respected independent certification programs are used in Canada – Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
– companies and governments can use their buying power to encourage suppliers to take actions such as certifying forest lands, implementing voluntary pollution control actions, or working with local or Aboriginal communities, governments and conservation interests.
– the most effective procurement policies are as objective and inclusive as possible. They focus on preferences that yield the greatest benefits without being too restrictive. This allows a choice of products and prices, and avoids potential trade barriers and anti-competitive practices.
business + retail
- Kodak: Kodak Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Product Specifications for Packaging and Packaging Components
- Module 05: Durability and Adaptability
- Bank of America: Forest Certification
- Bank of America: Paper Procurement Policy
- National Bank of Canada: Our Social Responsibility: 2009 Report
- Kimberly-Clark: Kimberly-Clark Corporate Policies
- Time Warner: Time Inc. Sustainability Report 2009-2010
procurement plans that fit EU and US policies
procurement plans that fit EU policy
- Buying a Sustainable Future? Timber Procurement Policies in Europe and Japan
- CPET: UK Government Timber Procurement Policy
- European Community Green Purchasing Policy
- FAO: Public Procurement Policies for Forest Products and their Impacts