Nicole Sherwin, senior vice president for executive customer advisory and strategy - who joined EcoVadis more than 12 years ago when it was a startup - said many younger candidates want to work with firms that address climate change and human rights.
"They know about these issues, they know why they matter - and there is an expectation specifically for companies to be doing something about it," she said.
As awareness of the need for a greener and more ethical approach to procurement builds among managers, suppliers of goods like palm oil or clothing are having to respond by adding sustainable expertise in-house, Sherwin said.
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