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Sustainable procurement: emerging issues

Walker, Helen Lisbeth ORCID: and Phillips, Wendy 2009. Sustainable procurement: emerging issues. International Journal of Procurement Management 2 (1) , pp. 41-61. 10.1504/IJPM.2009.021729

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Sustainable procurement is the pursuit of sustainable development objectives (WCED, 1987) through the purchasing and supply process, and involves balancing environmental, social and economic objectives. It is rising on the policy agenda for many countries, but knowledge remains limited. This study explores emerging issues through focus groups at a sustainable procurement workshop. The 44 participants included senior policy-makers, academics and practitioners from the public and private sectors and professional bodies. Focus group discussion data were taped and analysed. Four sustainable procurement themes were explored: (1) moving from an environmental focus to social and economic dimensions; (2) sustainability and innovation; (3) ethical supply and (4) measurement issues. The findings seek to inform the academic and practitioner debate on sustainable procurement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable procurement ; Environmental dimensions ; Social dimensions ; Economic dimensions ; Public sector ; Private sector ; Ethics ; Innovation ; Measurement ; Sustainable development ; Purchasing ; Supply
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1753-8432
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:10

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