HEC Sustainable Procurement: a crucial lever to end the crisis?

|Source: HEC

Whitepaper based on the HEC 2009 Sustainable Procurement Benchmark and 21 interviews with Procurement Directors

Since the first HEC study carried out in 2003, Sustainable Development, an emerging subject at the time, has become a key concern for Procurement Departments.

How are Sustainable Procurement initiatives weathering the current economic and industrial crisis? How have Procurement Directors managed to solve the implementation difficulties which they were facing in 2007? These are only a few questions which the HEC-EcoVadis 2009 Barometer is attempting to answer.

At the end of this study, it appears that Sustainable Procurement policies will not suffer from the current economic crisis but will be reinforced by this crisis. By encouraging environmental innovation, transparency of the companies’ CSR performance, and instructing parties’ responsibility with regard to SMEs, they can even act as a crucial lever to end the crisis.