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ISO20400 - the first global Standard for Sustainable Procurement

The International Standards Organisation has launched the first global standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400, which aims to establish guidelines for organisations to make supply chains more sustainable. This has been under development for a number of years, with its focus on economic, environmental and social sustainability and its application to the procurement mechanism.

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.

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.

Client Testimonials

‘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.


Public Procurement of Innovation in Waste Management

The PPI4Waste project started 3 years ago to:

  • Enable the purchasing of eco-innovative waste solutions
  • Create new markets in resource efficiency
  • Invest in research and innovation
  • Contribute to public sector innovation and mobilisation of SMEs and industrial partners
  • Move from product purchase to service delivery

The project will shortly announce the results and recommendations with a workshop on Thursday 7 September 2017 in Zaragoza (Spain).

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Best practice in Responsible Procurement Policy

SPL is delighted to have assisted The GLA Group develop its new Responsible Procurement Policy which sets a standard for best practice.
This is aligned with the objectives set out in Sadiq Khan’s, Vision and Statement of Intent.

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World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina

SPL have worked with African Development Bank for a number of years and are delighted that their president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina has been awarded with the World Food Prize for addressing the critically low level of productivity of the African agricultural sector by providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers sold by rural entrepreneurs. These agro-dealer networks have spread over Africa.

See further detail here.

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