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Sustainable Procurement Rising: Analysis of Global & Local Trends

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court D
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Sustainable Public Procurement in U.S. Local Governments: Results from a Nationwide Survey
Presenters: Nicole Darnall
Most local governments do not have a sustainable procurement policy (SPP). Of those that do, SPP implementation is not consistent and many cities struggle to implement their SPPs across their purchasing processes. While case studies offer some evidence of the factors that help or inhibit cities when pursuing an SPP, we have little information about how these factors generalize to other settings. This presentation offers preliminary results of a nationwide study of SPP implementation within U.S. local governments. The data were collected in 2017 by way of surveys that were sent to Finance Directors, Environmental Directors, Public Works Directors within all U.S. cities having 25,000 or more residents. The presentation details the organizational, institutional, external, and perceptual factors that facilitate and impede SPP implementation across these cities. Moreover, it describes which elements characterize cities that are leaders in SPP implementation. Finally, it offers recommendations for immediate actions that local governments can undertake to further integrate their SPP within their purchasing process.

Sustainable Public Procurement: A Global Review and Development of a country-level SPP Indicator
Presenters: Anastasia O’Rourke and Farid Yaker
Did you know that at least 56 countries now have national policies and programs for sustainable public purchasing (SPP) and that many are finding innovative ways to integrate sustainability into all aspects of procurement? In 2016, the 10YFP with UNEP, KEITI Korea, ICLEI, IEc and Ecoinstitut researched the current state of SPP policy and practice. The session will discuss the plan to use this data to develop a country indicator and index for monitoring SPP within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 12.

The State of Sustainable Supply Chains. Results from a recently released study undertaken jointly by EY and the UN Global Compact globally
Presenter: Chris Doherty
Supply chains have become global and highly complex. Building and maintaining a resilient supply chain is a key success factor for businesses operating in a fast-changing world. We present the findings from a study recently released jointly by EY and the UN Global Compact entitled The state of sustainable supply chains: Building responsible and resilient supply chains. It explores how companies are embedding sustainability in their supply chains by managing risks, and adopting corporate commitments to human rights, ethics, the environment and the communities from which they source goods and services. The report amplifies the voices of more than 100 sustainability, supply chain and procurement specialists globally from 70 companies representing a variety of sectors and geographies. It demonstrate what companies are doing across a variety of sectors to manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance throughout the supply chain, in order to manage risks, enhance processes, reduce costs, increase productivity, innovate, differentiate and, ultimately, improve the well-being of communities in which they operate. The report identifies the common themes that distinguish leading companies in terms of how they derive business benefit from embedding sustainability within supply chains. It also outlines actions companies can take to embed sustainability in their supply chains.

The results of this study will help your company identify business
opportunities, useful approaches and tools, and provide the inspiration to promote sustainability across your value chains.