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What is BS 8903:2010?
BS 8903 sets out a comprehensive framework to help management with sustainable and economic development. By following these guidelines, you can implement sustainable procurement processes across all supply chains. This British Standard also helps you put the correct measures in place to test sustainability. What’s more, all these principles apply to both private and public sector, although if you are in the public sector, you should also comply with the EU Procurement Directives. The EU has specific requirements for public procurement and considerations for tenders and contracts.
How does it work?
By providing a clear set of guidelines, this standard helps you, whether you’re in a small or large organisation, to make best-practice decisions when buying goods, works or services. This includes all areas of commerce, as well as the conditions of employment, contracting and risk analysis. Other recommendations include environmental management and consumer-supplier relations.
Are there other considerations?
Although these guidelines were compiled for both public and private sectors public sector buyers should also read the latest directives, regulations and government policy.
The Sustainable Procurement Guide. Procuring sustainably using BS 8903.
Who should buy it?
- Supply chain managers
- Procurement managers
- Personnel managers
- Contractors or managers responsible for sustainability
- Contractors or managers dealing with economic and environmental development
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