Building sustainability into procurement processes provides organisations with a huge opportunity to maximise the positive impact they make both socially and economically. In fact, it is one of the most effective areas to enable demonstration of a positive socio-economic impact.
ISO20400 and Flexible Framework
We have supported numerous organisations to embed sustainability into their procurement activity. We use either ISO20400 or the Flexible Framework as part of our approach.
If you have been measuring progress against the Flexible Framework and would like to start using the ISO20400 then why not look at our guidance note on the relationship between the two. Or get in touch.
We have also worked with purchasing consortia and private sector organisations to guide and lead on sustainable procurement.
We can help you by:
- Undertaking an assessment to see where you sit against ISO20400 or your position on the Flexible Framework
- Supporting you to achieve ISO20400 or Flexible Framework Level 5
- Training your staff on advanced sustainable procurement practices
- Producing guidance for staff and suppliers
- Helping you to communicate your journey by producing annual reports or improving your web presence
- Supporting you on some of the hard-to-reach areas such as category strategy development, Whole Life Costing and Supplier Engagement and SME development
We have worked with the following organisations to support and develop them in their sustainable procurement journeys:
We are also supporting the University with a package of work that will enable it to achieve level 4 of the Flexible Framework, in addition to demonstrating considerable progress against the ISO20400.
[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Coventry University”]We have provided training sessions for the Procurement Team on the Flexible Framework focusing on:
What is sustainability and impact analysis?
Sustainability and the procurement process
Supplier engagement/development[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Edge Hill University”]We carried out a simple review to report on the current position on the Flexible Framework of Edge Hill University. This included; an external review of procurement guidance, messaging and commitments in the public domain; an internal review and interviews with staff and the production of a report including bespoke recommendations to enable movement up the framework levels.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Keele University”]We have worked with the sustainability and procurement teams at Keele University to demonstrate progress towards Level 4 on the Flexible Framework. This has been a combination of training, facilitated peer-review sessions and contributing to their policy and process documentation.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Kings College London”]We developed a package of support, which enable the Kings College London (KCL) to achieve Level 4 on the Flexible Framework within 6 months.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Kingston University”]We have been supporting the Sustainability Hub and the procurement team to deepen their relationship and demonstrate progress on the Flexible Framework. Through a combination of training and practical support we reviewed their processes and practice to ensure sustainable procurement was embedded throughout and considered efficiently.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”University of Manchester”]We have been working with the University of Manchester’s procurement team since 2014 and they remain one of the sector leaders in terms of their work on Responsible Procurement. We have recently supported them to become the first university in the UK to achieve Level 5 on the Flexible Framework .[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Newcastle University”]We supported the procurement team to demonstrate Level 4 activity on the Flexible Framework. We initiated this support with a simple review of their process and practice, created an action plan for them to demonstrate progress and have been providing the team with training and development.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Ulster University”]We are supporting the procurement and sustainability teams at Ulster University to embed sustainability in the procurement process and practice. This is a combination of training, facilitated peer-review sessions and contributing to their policy and process documentation.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”University Purchasing Consortia (NEUPC, NWUPC, TUCO)”]We remain actively working with these consortia in collaboration but the activity that brought them together was support to achieve Level 4 on the Flexible Framework. Facilitating this group of member organisations to collectively develop their capacity in relation to sustainable procurement was one of our highlights. Training their teams and working with them to ensure that sustainability is embedded within their processes and practices has been an activity that will continue to benefit their members in the coming months and years.[/info_list_item][/info_list]