The procurement policy and business practise gives preference to ecologically sustainable products

What does this mean?

  • In point A3 there are clear guidelines as to what a procurement policy is and how to go about developing one.
  • It is important the overall procurement policy of the business cover the following:
    • Use of ecologically sustainable products
    • Use of environmentally friendly products
    • Protection of natural resources
    • How the business actively engages with suppliers to increase the availability of these types of products
    • To actively get declarations from suppliers on responsible sourcing

What do I do?

The business should make a list of all products that it believes falls into the category of sustainable, ecological or environmentally friendly.  This should be across all products for example:

  • Cleaning products
  • Toiletries
  • Meat, chicken and fish
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Other foodstuffs
  • Packaging

Look out for the following environmental and/or sustainability labels and ask your suppliers about them with reference to the category examples as above:
SASSI & MSC (responsible fishing), Badger friendly honey, organic, FLO & FTO (Fairtrade), UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, GMO free, Biodiversity & Wine initiative, grass-fed and free range, biodegradable, eco-friendly, bio-dynamic, FSC (paper)

Environmentally friendly cleaning products:

Environmentally friendly toiletries: