This article presents the trends, challenges, and priorities in sustainable procurement in 2012 identified by the Municipal Collaboration on Sustainable Purchasing and Reeve Consulting.
Sustainable procurement refers to the purchasing of goods and services that is not based on unit cost alone. In this type of procurement, total cost of ownership (TCO) and environmental and ethical impacts are all factors considered in buying activities.
Sustainable purchasing is gaining ground in Canada, especially within the municipal sector. The Municipal Collaboration on Sustainable Purchasing (MCSP) is a cross-country peer network that is a front-runner in setting new benchmarks and best practices in sustainable procurement in Canada. Co-authored by Reeve Consulting, the full report can be accessed at www.blog.reeveconsulting.com