In 2018, Green Council invited organizations to take our Sustainable Procurement Charter to develop, document and implement sustainable procurement with reference to ISO20400:2017. The Charter is open to any organization – regardless of its sector, size and location – that is involved in procurement decisions and processes. Companies who join the Charter will need to implement sustainable procurement, set objectives, measure progress and prove their progress to Green Council.

Implemented in

  • Asia / Pacific
  • China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Led by

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Energy, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Start date
01/01/2018

End date
31/12/2020

Shared by

Felix Lam

Head of Substainability

Green Council

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Objectives

The globalization of sourcing and the practice of outsourcing non-core activities have been common business strategies for companies to reduce their costs. To ensure the cost savings is achieved, procurement has traditionally been responsible for managing the supply chain and balance the cost, quality and delivery of the goods and services. However, globalization and outsourcing are both causing and resulting in more complex, lengthy and dynamic supply chains while bring new sustainability risks e.g. air pollution, poor working conditions etc. during the production and delivery of goods and services.
Green Council believes that procurement can directly influence the sustainability of the materials, products, and services, for example, undertaking a demand review, understanding the life-cycle costs, specifying the requirements of products in material selection, packaging and disassembly, engaging suppliers early in product design, working with suppliers to improve the sustainability of their operation and determining how waste is handled at the end-of-life.
Sustainable procurement is no longer a nice-to-have direction– it's an integral business function responsible for protecting and improving brand reputation, driving revenue and mitigating business risk. In 2017, the new ISO 20400:2017 Sustainable Procurement Guidance was released to provide guidance on implementing sustainable procurement.
Green Council expect companies will take our Sustainable Procurement Charter to demonstrate their successful achievements in sustainable procurement.

The objectives of the Charter were:
1. to promote the implementation of sustainable procurement among organizations in HK
2. to provide an experience sharing and networking platform for organizations who have committed to implement sustainable program
3. to build people capacity for implementing sustainable procurement
4. to assess progress and milestones of organization
5. to provide advice in implementation

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

SCP Commitments

  • Official Launching Ceremony for Sustainable Procurement Charter

Output level

Training for SCP

  • Sustainable Procurement Charter Workshop 2018 on ISO 20400 : Sustainable Procurement Guidance

Impact and Results

By joining the Charter, organizations have been required and committed to implement sustainable procurement. Requirements include setting up policies and procedures, strategy development, green procurement, supply chain risk management, supplier diversity, setting improvement objectives etc..

Upto first quarter of 2019, the following organizations have joined the Charter and committed to implement sustainable procurement:
14 Founding Member
1. Baguio Green Group Limited
2. The Bank of East Asia, Limited
3. Chung Tai Printing (China) Company Limited
4. CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
5. D&G Technology Holding Company Limited
6. HKT Limited
7. Hong Kong Baptist University
8. The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
9. The Hong Kong Electric Co., Ltd.
10. Kerry Properties Limited
11. MTR Corporation Limited
12. New World Development Company Limited
13. Ocean Park Corporation
14. PCCW Limited
Established Member
1. Allied Environmental Consultants Limited
2. Crown Gas Stoves (Holdings) Company Limited
3. Inax Technology Limited
4. JCDecaux Transport
5. Lap Energy Hong Kong Limited
6. Pro-Tech Technology (Asia) Ltd.
7. Sunlight (1977) Holdings Limited
8. Swire Properties Limited

Next steps and how to get involved

To join the Charter, any interest company can find out more information in www.greencouncil.org or via email: info@greencouncil.org