Public procurement agencies are beginning to add new social and environmental requirements in contract updates with many providers. Through these contractual requirements, public buyers are looking for insight and transparency on supply chain policies and practices in the manufacturing of the products they buy. These same requirements are an opportunity for companies to show commitment to these important business conditions.
The EU Public Procurement Directive encourages a greater focus on supply chain sustainability by allowing member states flexibility on product labels and award incentives.
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) has long been at the intersection of buyers, brands and civil society. This gives us a unique perspective to see opportunities for harmonization, consolidation and consistency across Europe. Through multi-stakeholder roundtables, an ICT Roadmap and international engagements, we aim to align the aspirational requirements of public buyers with the realities of global supply chain manufacturing.
We recently launched a Practical Guide to Transparency in Procurement, where we map out a spectrum of maturity related to meaningful transparency that buyers can use as a resource to assess companies’ disclosures on social and environmental responsibility and meet their own sustainable purchasing goals.