Innovative and practical sustainable procurement and supply services for public, private and third sector organisations globally.

who we are


  • A team of International experts in enabling practical sustainable and circular economy outcomes through procurement and supply.
  • Our team has a background in procurement, private sector supply and business and sustainability within the UK and overseas.
  • Our highly qualified and experienced team provides services on a retained or project basis.

how we are different Apples

  • As our clients' 'critical friend' we are experts in the interaction between procurement and supply; environmental, ethical, socio-economic and related business continuity and organisational best practice.
  • We have extensive experience within public, private and third sector procurement and supply in the UK and in many other parts of the World.

who we work for

  • Over 50 countries
  • Governments and public bodies
  • Large and small private sector procurers and suppliers.
  • Third sector.
  • Agencies and support organisations such as UNEP, ICLEI, WRAP, Zero Waste Scotland.

ISO20400 - the first global Standard for Sustainable Procurement

The International Standards Organisation launched the first global standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400, to establish guidelines for organisations to make supply chains more sustainable.

The standard is a guidance standard; while organisations such as Sustainable Procurement Limited may be able to provide verification that an organisation is operating to the principles of ISO20400, as with the long-standing British Standard BS8903 it is not a certificated standard. The focus is on embedding good (sustainable) procurement practice including supply chain management.

For more information on the standard and its relevance to you contact Barbara Morton or Philip Duddell.

Client Testimonials

‘One of the best delivered courses I have attended’.
February 2018, Delivering Sustainable Procurement.

‘Barbara was good at communicating and was really nice, easy to listen to.’.
April 2018, Delivering Sustainable Procurement.

‘Really enjoyed this training. The level of presenting vs the level of participation was good. The trainer was excellent. Of the 5 days training from 3 different companies Barbara was the best, she kept everyone engaged and focussed.’.
January 2018, Social Issues in Procurement.

‘All of the course was extremely useful’.
November 2017, Life Cycle Costing.

‘One of the better courses on sustainability’.
November 2017, Embedding Sustainable Procurement.

‘Great couple of days - perfectly balanced and insightful’.
November 2017, Embedding Sustainable Procurement.

‘Great course, excellent content, delivered by very knowledgeable and experienced trainer’.
September 2017, Delivering Sustainable Procurement in Contracts and Frameworks.

‘Thank you for a very interesting and informative course’ and ‘I found the course to be useful and enjoyable’.
April 2017, Social Issues in Procurement.


NHS Scotland
‘Product Innovations – Research, modelling and creating the case for circular services’

SPL has been delighted to have managed and delivered the above Zero Waste Scotland project in conjunction with its sub-contract partners Eunomia, Ditto Sustainability and Mervyn Jones of Sustainable Global Resources.


An Ecological Emergency

A report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services presents that over one million species are now under threat of extinction.


Scottish Government 2019 Procurement Report

Scottish Government have reported an overview of public procurement activity in Scotland. SG also provide notes on how to complete and submit a procurement report.


Managing conflicting interests

The field of sustainable procurement and supply routinely presents a variety of issues to address, including circular economy, modern slavery, climate change and ethical sourcing...


NHS Supplier Workshops

Zero Waste Scotland and National Services Scotland (NHSScotland) hosted two workshops in Edinburgh for NHSScotland suppliers of Furniture, IT, Walking Aids, Small Medical Devices and Single Use Devices to discuss rethinking the way products are used, managed and repaired throughout their use. Focusing on opportunities for circular outcomes and innovation.


ZWS Leadership Program

SPL are delighted to have worked with Zero Waste Scotland on the Leadership Program, supporting Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and Climate-KIC. Helping University contractors use sustainable business processes including whole life costing and circular economy.


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