Responsible purchasing sheets
To provide tangible support to requisitioners and purchasing agents seeking to make sustainable acquisitions, ECPAR has developed a series of sustainable purchasing sheets on common goods and services; eight of them are publicly available.
Designed to meet the needs of different types of users (buyers, sustainability team, final user), these sheets include those sections: BEFORE BUYING : best practices to rethink the need before purchasing, guidelines to respect the 3R-R hierarchy and some simple rules to reduce the environmental impacts and costs associated with the consumption of goods and services. SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING : sustainable purchasing criteria to incorporate relevant environmental, social and economic specifications into procurement processes. RATIONALE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : life cycles of the products and services, main impacts that arise in each phase and more information about the certifications. REFERENCES : sources that were used to produce the information sheet as well as a list of social economy enterprises that provide the goods and services discussed in the information sheet.