Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable procurement is a sub-theme of sustainable development.

Sustainable procurement is a process that ensures only goods and services that are really needed are purchased, and buying items or services whose net effect of production, delivery, use and disposal minimize negative impacts and encourage positive outcomes for the environment, economy and society.



Sustainable procurement can achieve a positive change or impact in a specific area. For example, it can reduce carbon emissions, reduce end-of-life disposal costs, or improve social diversity in the supply chain. Procuring sustainably can also mitigate risks for an organization by prevention of, or by uncovering, things a supplier might do that could damage the procurer’s revenue or reputation. Sustainable procurement also allows an organization to differentiate itself from its competition.


Links to standards related to Sustainable Procurement

BS ISO 20400

Sustainable procurement. Guidance.


Links to related materials and standards in development

BS 8001

Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations. Guide.

DEFRA Sustainable procurement in government

Guidance to the flexible framework.