2021 Sustainable Procurement Barometer Key Findings [Infographic]

August 6, 2021

Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2021 Key Findings Infographic

This infographic surveys the key findings derived from the Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2021. Developed jointly by EcoVadis and the Value Chain Innovation Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Barometer tracks the enduring expansion of sustainable procurement across regions and industries following COVID-19 and highlights that the disruption to global supply chains affected by the pandemic has served only to consolidate corporate sustainability goals atop the executive agenda. 

Key findings surveyed in the infographic include:

  • Labor and human rights issues shape procurement strategy. In order, procurement organizations are prioritizing labor and human rights issues, followed by the environment, social issues, and business ethics, in their two – three-year strategies.  

  • Procurement is now paying attention to diversity, racism, nondiscrimination, and equity., 61% of procurement leaders say social issues will be “more important” or “significantly more important” over the next two to three years.

  • Sustainable procurement proves key to supply chain resilience. 63% of corporate respondents, and 71% of supplier respondents, report that their sustainable procurement initiative helped them endure the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Sustainability performance is critical for revenue and growth. 69% of respondents are taking sustainability performance into consideration when selecting new suppliers and renewing contracts – up from 51% in 2019.

  • Mid-sized companies (from $100M to $1Bn in revenue) are embracing sustainability. 48% believe sustainability will have a net positive financial impact on their business, while 47% expect a sustainable approach to lead to improved operational efficiency and lower costs.

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