The Sustainable Procurement Barometer reaches the 6th edition and celebrates its first 10 years.

December 9, 2013 Alessio Arcangeli

The 6th edition of the Sustainable Procurement Barometer has been published, celebrating its first 10 years of existence.
The first report was carried out by HEC Paris in 2003, pioneering the academic research on Sustainable Procurement topics. Since then, these reports have been keeping track of the progress made by procurement organizations in integrating environmental, social and ethical criteria in their strategies, processes and tools.

The 2013 edition, entitled “Sustainable Procurement: Time to measure value creation!”, examines the state-of-the-art of Sustainable Procurement, focusing on best practices for Sustainable Procurement value measurement.This year’s edition comes with an increased coverage of the sample base, now extended to a global scale with 133 participants from 24 countries, providing deeper insights on North American markets. “After having extended the focus of our research from France to Europe in 2007, 2009 and 2011, it seemed now natural to pursue a global coverage in order to intercept the global interest around Sustainable Procurement – even more after UN launched a Sustainable Procurement initiative in Rio in June 2012” says Olivier Menuet.

The main results indicate a solid entrenchment of Sustainable Procurement within Procurement priorities, according to 93% of interviewees who rank it among their top 4 priorities. The driving factors of Sustainable Procurement initiatives vary depending on geographical areas considered, with North American companies being driven mostly by compliance to new regulations, against risk management and client requirements among European companies. 55% of the surveyed companies measure some type of benefit from their Sustainable Procurement initiatives, mainly related to cost reduction, minimized risk and environmental benefits. However, only 7% of companies are able to fully translate benefits in financial terms. The study presents a framework and a number of case studies to align sustainability impact with financial drivers.

The 6th edition has been officially presented on November 21st during a conference in Paris, in front of around 150 CSR and procurement executives and professionals. The presentation of the report by Olivier Bruel, Olivier Menuet and Thomas Sutter from A.T. Kearney was followed by a round table animated by Pierre-Francois Thaler that saw the participation of three CPOs from three leading multinationals: Jose Matias from Bayer, Didier Gautron from Saint-Gobain and André Sepaniak from Société Generale.

The Sustainable Procurement Barometer report is available here.

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