Adopting sustainable eProcurement practices

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With the clear trend towards Local Authorities (LAs) adopting new eProcurement systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness, it was felt that small and mediumsized businesses (SMEs), particularly the smaller ones, might be disadvantaged if they did not start to respond positively to this move towards electronic trading. This is why the EPROC project – with partners from Germany (MFG Baden-Württemberg), The Netherlands (ISCOM), Ireland (TSSG) and Wales (Antur Teifi and eCIC) – came into being. Besides this guide, the EPROC project has produced two other guides;

1. Understanding Local Authority eProcurement Developments. A Pragmatic guide for SMEs
2. Sustainable eProcurement with SMEs. A Guide for Local Authorities.

In addition, two small pocket guides have been developed for use by SMEs on the subjects of Sustainable Procurement and Understanding Local Authority eProcurement Developments.  Although this guide takes a comprehensive look at sustainable eProcurement, it is particularly focused on the implementation of sustainability in procurement initiated by LAs. From this perspective it highlights possibilities for LAs to involve local SMEs.

To structure this guide, use has been made of a procurement model that is based on Van Weele (2005), which has been augmented to explicitly deal with sustainability.

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