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 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.


SSN Regional Partnerships for the Future – Accelerating Climate Action

SPL Director Barbara Morton joined almost 100 SSN members and associates at the ECCI, Edinburgh to engage in discussions on partnerships and collaborative working as effective tools to scale up action, trigger significant investment and stimulate low carbon growth across Scotland.


EAUC NE Meeting
28th November 2018

SPL's Philip Duddell delivered a talk at the EAUC North East Region meeting, entitled ‘Embedding Sustainable Procurement within Universities - Pitfalls and Priorities’. The event held at the University of Sunderland, included representatives from the Universities of Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside and Newcastle College.


ZWS Circular Economy Support Programme

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has reported on the challenges and benefits of building a circular economy, to businesses, communities and to the climate. The report reviews real life cases of barriers to and enablers of progress, as experienced through the ZWS Circular Economy Support Programme.

SPL worked alongside ZWS to support the development of procurement frameworks and contracts and provide support streams referenced in the report.


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