Authored by Fayaz Haq
Sustainable Procurement will help deliver optimum value for money, for example by reducing consumption and waste, by doing more with less, by reducing environmental impacts (e.g. using environmentally friendly goods and services), delivering additional social benefits (e.g. supporting training and employment opportunities) and supporting economic growth.
Success will only be achieved through an organisational wide commitment where all stakeholders recognise that the procurement process starts at the point where customers begin to consider their requirements and needs.
The potential for a positive economic impact from public sector procurement is substantial. Contracts are competitively tendered and a prime focus must be made on supplier engagement and efforts to assist suppliers, especially Small and Medium Enterprises, in becoming competitive and successful in securing public contracts. Organisations should proactively engage with suppliers to ensure that they have visibility and a clear understanding of working with the public sector and the available opportunities. In parallel, public sector procurement organisations need to simplify and standardise processes, e.g. Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) documents and supplier data profiles, to expedite and make the tendering process more efficient for both buyers and suppliers.
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