Sustainable Procurement 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 cost basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.
Sustainable Procurement should consider the environmental, social and economic consequences of:
- design, non-renewable material use
- manufacturing and production methods
- service delivery
- recycle options
- suppliers capabilities to address these consequences throughout the supply chain
A simple definition may be: "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."