Sustainable Procurement Standard Coming Soon

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Purchasing represents a significant piece of a company’s budget. In the public sector alone, procurement accounts for around 12 percent of GDP and 29 percent of government expenditure in OECD member countries.

So it makes sense that when considering sustainability initiatives, executives should take purchasing decisions into account.

An ISO standard in the final stages of development aims to help companies with sustainable procurement, and can be applied to all purchases from office supplies to energy providers, caterers and building materials.

ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, has just reached a second draft international standard stage, meaning interested parties can submit feedback via their ISO member on the draft before final publication in 2017.

People would buy green products – if only e-commerce showed them how

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Given the choice to go green when making purchases online, a lot of people would follow through, new research suggests. They just need companies to provide them with enough information to do so.

The new study, just out on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that Internet-based companies (which include the likes of Amazon and Airbnb) have the opportunity to slash their products’ carbon footprints by providing customers with environmentally friendly choices to cut down on greenhouse gases and other ills. The researchers tested the idea out using mock versions of four types of industries — online retail, video streaming, ride shares and housing shares — and found that consumers are willing to make climate-friendly selections when the options are available to them, whether it means purchasing carbon offsets or just choosing the product with the lowest carbon output.

Providers, environmental groups launch green purchasing co-op

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Four major health systems have partnered with two environmental organizations to launch a purchasing cooperative focused on “green” products that could compete with traditional group purchasing organizations.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dignity Health, Gundersen Health System and Partners HealthCare want supplies and services that are environmentally friendly, so they’ve teamed up with Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth to launch a sustainable marketplace. The for-profit Greenhealth Exchange will offer an online catalog backed by a network of suppliers.

Green Purchasing Next Step in Green Cleaning

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Typically, when people hear about the professional cleaning industry adopting green and sustainable initiatives, they think the industry is selecting and using green-certified cleaning solutions, tools, and equipment. While this is true, it is actually only one part of the “greening” of the professional cleaning industry—at least as it applies to the larger cleaning contractors in the United States.

Getting chemicals out of health care settings, with a little help

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The Hippocratic Oath declares that disease should be prevented whenever possible because prevention is preferable to cure.

Furthering this oath, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a program involving more than 1,300 hospitals and health care centers in the United States and Canada, has developed a safer chemicals program as part of its broader sustainability mission.

U.S. health care spending accounted for nearly 18 percent of GDP in 2014. The health care sector’s immense purchasing power is effectively tipping the marketplace in favor of suppliers adopting safer chemicals policies and practices.

Sustainable purchasing leaders prepare best practice guides

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During the first three years of its existence, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) focused largely on gathering knowledge from a growing network of corporate procurement professionals.

Over the next 12 months, the organization will start sharing more of that practical insight with its members, which now number close to 150 companies, hospitals, and government agencies.

Among the first things they can expect between now and SPLC’s upcoming summit in May: a series of playbooks that offer guidance on procurement practices for eight broad categories, according to SPLC’s executive director Jason Pearson. The topics mirror the areas covered in the manifesto that SPLC circulated to about 80 companies for review last year, a document aptly named “Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Version 1.0.”