IMPLEMENTING A GREEN PROCUREMENT PROGRAM

The steps involved in implementing green procurement program are outlined here.

1. Organizational support
Implementing a green procurement program means changing policies and procedures. For it to be successful, it is essential that management supports the initiative fully. In addition, those charged with making purchasing decisions must be involved in the implementation process. Their suggestions and support are critical.
2. Self-evaluation
An important step in implementing green procurement is conducting an evaluation of present purchasing practices. This process will help to clarify what is purchased in what quantities, from where and at what price, the evaluation will provide a baseline, in order to measure future success and to focus the development of green procurement goals.
3. Set goals
A broad policy should be established and specific priorities and targets etc.
4. Develop a strategy
It is now time to identify and implement changes, both short and long term, identify suitable products and services, and evaluate the environmental performance of suppliers.
5. Run a pilot project
A pilot project can provide practical experiences in purchasing green products and services, by applying green procurement principles to a specific product or service. Pilot products can be used to generate more detailed guidance on purchasing practices.
6. Implementation
Implementing the green procurement program will require an assignment of accountability, plus a will designed communications plan addressing employees, customers, investors, suppliers and the public.
7. Sustainment
As with all business practices, it is important that a systematic review of the green procurement program is carried out, in order to establish whether the scheme is meeting its goals and objectives. The review should take into account changing environmental goals.

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