BS 8903:2010 - Principles and framework for procuring sustainably. Guide – BSI British Standards

BS 8903:2010

Principles and framework for procuring sustainably. Guide

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : August 2010 Replaced By : BS ISO 20400:2017

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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.

See also:

The Sustainable Procurement Guide. Procuring sustainably using BS 8903.

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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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Standard NumberBS 8903:2010
TitlePrinciples and framework for procuring sustainably. Guide
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date31 August 2010
Confirm Date01 May 2015
Withdrawn Date26 April 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS ISO 14064, BS ISO 14065, BS EN ISO 14044, BS EN ISO 14001, PAS 91, Public Contracts Regulations 2006, ISO 14067-1, Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006, BS 8900:2006, ISO 14067-2, BS EN ISO 14040, BS 8901:2009, 2004/17/EC, BS 8902, PAS 2050, 2004/18/EC, BS ISO 31000:2018, BS EN ISO 14020:2001, BS 8887-2:2009
Replaced ByBS ISO 20400:2017
Draft Superseded By10/30203002 DC
DescriptorsConsumer-supplier relations, Conditions of employment, Enterprises, Purchasing, Contracts, Organizations, Personnel, People, Sustainability, Risk analysis, Sustainable development, Commerce, Contracting, Tenders, Management, Economic development, Environmental management
ISBN978 0 580 67694 9
File Size4.572 MB

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