These resources are part of our effort to do what we set out to, namely: to help New Zealand businesses confidently and consistently practise sustainable procurement, creating value for the economy, society and environment.

This initial batch of resources is aimed primarily at procurers. Fortunately, that doesn't exclude very many organisations, since to a greater or lesser extent all of us procure! And no matter how small the contract or purchase, there is almost always an opportunity to deliver greater - and broader - value through careful attention to sustainability issues and concerns.


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Vision, Mission & Agenda

Vision, Mission & Agenda

Introducing the SMart procurement project

This document outlines the Vision, Mission & Agenda for the SBN Smart Procurement Project, as captured by the project's Leaders Group in early 2017. It introduces sustainable procurement, sets out the activities the project will pursue and invites others to come on board.

Download PDF – Our Vision, Mission & Agenda
Briefing note

Briefing note

Diagnosing barriers and opportunities for sustainable procurement within new Zealand business

Why isn’t sustainable procurement in full flight in NZ? In early 2017, the SBN Smart Procurement Project conducted a thorough process to identify the existing barriers and the opportunities for the project to constructively intervene.

Download PDF – Diagnosis Brief


Procurement Process guide: Sustainability themes and entry points

Most medium to large organisations follow a version of the well-known Procurement Process, with its six or seven steps. But although sustainability is relevant at each stage, buyers don't always know what they should be asking. This guide gives you what you need to know to embed sustainability within your practices.

Download PDF – Procurement Process Guide
Hot Topic brief

Hot Topic brief

Social Procurement: What NZ businesses need to know

This Hot Topic brief introduces the concept of social value and explains how an organisation can directly and deliberately address both its own and wider society's social challenges through its procurement.

***Featuring contemporary case studies from New Zealand Post and Auckland Council***

Download PDF – Social Procurement Brief
Hot Topic brief

Hot Topic brief

Modern Slavery: What NZ businesses need to know

This Hot Topic brief is a business guide to Modern Slavery, illustrating where it exists - including in contemporary NZ - and outlines why and how NZ businesses can be proactive in protecting their supply chains and reputations.

Download PDF – Modern Slavery


The Smart Procurement Guide to Waste Service

Procuring without in-depth knowledge of an industry creates risks to your organisation and leaves opportunities


This Guide is part of a series of industry-specific advice to inform your due diligence.

Download PDF – Guide to Waste Services

A Sustainability Question Bank for Procurers

A resource produced by the Smart Procurement initiative of the Sustainable Business Network.

Download PDF –  A Sustainability Question Bank for Procurers