The SBN Smart Procurement Project
The Smart Procurement project was a collaboration between the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and a selection of our member businesses. It aimed to boost the profile of sustainable procurement and the confidence and consistency of sustainable procurement practices within New Zealand. The Smart Procurement project drew on the expertise and guidance of many SBN members through its two groups: the Procurement Practitioners Group and the Procurement Leaders Group.
The Procurement Practitioners Group
From 2015, SBN worked with a group of more than 25 large procuring organisations. The group included a mix of corporate businesses, councils and universities. It began developing resources to help procurers engage with suppliers on sustainability.
The group provided guidance and expertise around emerging practices within NZ procurement, as well as ensuring that the resources developed by the Smart Procurement project were tailor-made to meet the 'need' among NZ businesses.
The Procurement Leaders Group
In late 2016, SBN convened a group of Procurement Leaders to help provide strategic direction to the project. This group consulted widely to inform the design and development of resources to help New Zealand businesses embed sustainability within procurement. A huge thank you to all project partners during Phase 1 (2016 & 2017) of the project!