The bureaucratic definition, ISO 20400, does not give an idea of the impact that this standard has on the value that the company can transfer both to its customers and to the region. We are talking about sustainable procurement, i.e. policies and actions that can make company purchases (of raw materials, semi-finished products, etc.) more respectful of the environment and society. In short, more sustainable.
Classic or sustainable? There is a difference.
“What” I purchase and “from whom” I purchase are two very important aspects. A responsible corporate policy identifies sustainability characteristics as an important criterion, as well as cost. Not only must the product purchased have connotations of quality and environmental and social certification, but also all parts of that product. Investigations into quality and certification therefore also extend to suppliers of suppliers.
Every choice is a way of thinking.
The decisive aspect, however, is not so much the “what”, but “from whom” one buys. In traditional purchasing, the buyer’s attention is on the technical and physical performance of the product and on its price. It is from this combination that the ideal purchase comes about.
In sustainable procurement, the quality of suppliers is important. They must have certifications, guarantee an ethical approach to the market and behave correctly towards their employees.
This is precisely where the main value of the ISO 20400 standard lies, namely its ability to affect the entire supply chain, generating virtuous behaviour on the part of everyone.