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GECA's Positive Procurement Pledge

  • Published on December 19, 2017
At GECA, we’re challenging businesses, government agencies, industry groups and non-governmental organisations around the world to take our Positive Procurement Pledge. Pledgers will commit to developing, documenting and implementing a sustainable procurement policy to govern all purchasing decisions by 31 December 2020 (if not already). The pledge is open to any organisation – regardless of its sector, size and location – that is involved in procurement decisions and processes.
Sustainable procurement is more than simply looking at environmental impact. It’s also about moving far beyond tokenistic gestures. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) defines sustainable procurement as – procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle of the product or service. We want to help businesses and organisations to make good choices and be part of the solution for responsible production and consumption. At GECA, we understand that every organisation’s pledge journey will be unique. Some of our pledgers will have existing sustainable procurement policies, while others will be taking their first steps in this area. Our pledge has been designed to allow them to move to the next level at their own pace no matter where they're starting from. We’ve created a three-year road map as a guide and touchstone for all pledgers. It’s about making significant progress across the pledge period and beyond, not perfection. As part of Year 1 of the pledge, organisations are committing to: - Purchasing the ISO 20400 International Standard for Sustainable Procurement and workshop with relevant staff within the organisation - Review their existing procurement policy or develop a new Positive Procurement Policy - Participate in a confidential GECA survey - Start to develop a Positive Procurement Pledge case study for their organisation - Identify sustainability hotspots in their organisation and across their supply chain; and map out a strategy for monitoring and evaluating their progress on these key areas over the next 3 years By committing to long-term sustainable procurement, organisations can build resilience and become future-proofed through increased efficiency and effectiveness. To find out more or to take the pledge, visit:

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