Green purchasing has been highlighted by the EU, statutory authorities, environmental organisations and the business community as a key tool in driving the green shift. This applies to the retail, service, energy and transport sectors, etc., and both public and private sectors.
Green purchasing will reduce CO2 emissions and increase the focus on and demand for more sustainable goods and services, thereby promoting green competitiveness for Norwegian businesses. Thus, improved purchasing practices may be of great significance to emissions both nationally and internationally.
Against this background, Skift and several of its members have produced 10 principles for green purchasing. These are 10 overarching principles to which all enterprises can aspire.
Sign and discuss
We encourage managers to sign, discuss and operationalise the principles in their enterprises, both public and private, in order to build competitiveness and give momentum to the development of good purchasing practices.
In Norway, close to NOK 600 billion is spent annually on public procurements alone, in addition to significant purchases by the business community. These purchases can stimulate the development of green, forward-looking solutions.
The business community and the public sector possess the means of imposing requirements in their purchasing activities, and of delivering when requirements are imposed by other purchasers.
Does your business want to get behind 10 principles for green procurement?