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Sustainability skills for procurement professionals

Sustainability skills for procurement professionals

Procurement professionals are the key enablers of a sustainable built environment. They are not expected to be experts in sustainability but to operate effectively, they must have working knowledge on a range of topics. Improve your knowledge in an industry where sustainability is becoming a core competence.

It is estimated that 70% to 80% of a main contractor’s revenue goes to the supply chain, so procurement professionals are the gatekeepers to a sustainable built environment. These resources will help to improve sustainability knowledge in the context of procurement.

Access resources in three ways:

  • Take a course at levels 1-5 – see below
  • Browse resources to see what suits you best
  • Navigate resources using the ISO 20400 procurement process
  1. Planning
  2. Integrating Sustainability into the Specifications
  3. Selecting Suppliers
  4. Managing the Contract
  5. Reviewing & Learning

Get a CPD certificate for every e-learning module taken and receive a course certificate for passing the prescribed number of modules in a learning course.

Introduction to Sustainable Procurement

Shaun McCarthy of Action Sustainability tells us what sustainable procurement is, and why it’s important to the business world.

Introduction to sustainable procurement

Level 1 – A generic course comprising four e-learning modules and a video. It gives you the basics and should be applicable to all procurement people. You need to pass all four modules and view the video to get a certificate.

Level 2 – Covers some of the sustainability challenges you are likely to encounter in your work and the knowledge you gain will help you overcome them. You need to pass 5 out of 9 modules to get a certificate.

Level 3 – Covers some of the more advanced issues you may come across such modern slavery risks. There is also an opportunity to practice your leadership skills. You need to pass 3 out of 5 modules to get a certificate.

Level 4 – Goes into more detail on specific issues such as social value and supply chain mapping. You need to pass 2 out of 4 modules to get a certificate.

Level 5 – Has a focus on the whole supply chain where we introduce subjects such as lean construction and the circular economy. You need to pass 4 out of 7 modules to get a certificate.

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Take the course

You can take a course at Levels 1-5 depending on your current level of knowledge and what you feel you need to learn. You don’t have to pass one level to move on to a higher level. It is your choice.


Key resources

See a selection of key resources that are part of the procurement learning path. To access the full list of resources for this learning path, go to "view courses".

Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement
Fairness Inclusion and Respect
Sustainable Procurement
Modern Slavery
“The demands on procurement professionals are forever changing. Although we don’t expect procurement people to be experts in sustainability, they must be expected to have a working knowledge. These resources help you to learn what you need to know at your own pace.”
Dale Turner FCIPS, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Skanska UK and founding member of the School Board

Key topics associated with procurement

Procurement professionals should be aware of the following topics, each containing useful resources to access alongside this learning path.

Sustainable Procurement

Procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic…

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Supply Chain Management

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Modern Slavery

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A global perspective

The social enterprise business of our delivery partner, Action Sustainability Community Interest Company supports a global community of practice in sustainable procurement.

ISO 20400

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Our team

The Procurement Special Interest Group is managed by the Supply Chain School and headed by Dale Turner of Skanska.

Dale Turner, Skanska
The group developing this section is chaired by Dale Turner FCIPS, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain at Skanska UK and a founding member of the School Board.
Shaun McCarthy, Supply Chain Sustainability School
The group is facilitated by Shaun McCarthy OBE, Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
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