We have worked with UK and overseas procuring organisations and suppliers to enable them to embed relevant environmental, economic and social criteria into policies, strategies, processes and contracts or tender responses.

Some of our recent work includes:

Local and Global Reach

Sustainable Procurement Limited has established a reputation far and wide, having been an early proponent of and partner in the delivery of global sustainable procurement and supply.

We have delivered services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland working with public, private and third sector procurers, suppliers and partners.

We have operated in many countries, including - Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Chile, China, Columbia, Cost Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and USA. 

As well as working with Governments we have delivered projects with UNEP, ICLEI, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Crown Agents and others.

Setting a standard for best practice in Responsible Procurement Policy - GLA Group

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 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s, Vision and Statement of Intent.

The GLA Group, comprising Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, London Legacy Development Corporation and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and supported by the Metropolitan Police Service has clearly set out a range of commitments. These focus on: 1. Enhancing social value 2. Encouraging equality and diversity 3. Embedding fair employment practices 4. Enabling skills, training and employment opportunities 5. Promoting ethical sourcing practices, and 6. Improving environmental sustainability.

The Policy stresses the role of the Policy to set commitments which the GLA Group Functional Bodies can adopt and implement through a relevant action plan.

This builds on the Group’s progress in Responsible Procurement over a number of years.

See the new Policy here.

ITAIPU Binacional – the World’s largest single generator of energy in 2016

The ITAIPU hydroelectric plant, on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, ended 2016 with a historic production of 103,098,366 megawatt hour (MWh) and established a new world record in annual generation. If the energy it generated came from fossil fuel sources this would have resulted in carbon emissions of 41 million tonnes (Gas), 72 million tonnes (Oil) or 93 million tonnes (Coal).

See here for further information and click here to view ITAIPU website.

Sustainable Procurement ProgrammeAs part of this ITAIPU has implemented a Sustainable Procurement Programme which SPL has been supporting and SPL is now working with ITAIPU on the Development of Relevant Sustainable Procurement Indicators. This is an exciting project and builds on previous work SPL has undertaken in Latin America since 2008.

Effective Public Procurement Management ConferenceKyrgyzstan

20th- 22nd April 2017, Kyrgystan.

SPL Director Barbara Morton travelled to Kyrgyzstan to present at the First International Open Conference on Effective Procurement Management, organised by the Crown Agents in Bishkek. Barbara led a presentation on "Sustainable Public Procurement - What is it?" and co-facilitated a workshop with Dr Elena Shadrina about the identification of priority products in Kyrgyzstan for implementation of sustainable procurement.

Barbara took and answered questions throughout the event, amongst the subjects discussed were standards and experiences on sustainable road building projects.

The event was broadcast online, which you can view via the Crown Agents’ You Tube Channel.

Scotland - Procurement Reform a reality

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, supporting Statutory Guidance and transposition of EU Procurement Directives have established Scotland as a leader in sustainable public procurement.

Since 2010 SPL have been involved with supporting the Scottish Government, public bodies and Zero Waste Scotland achieve this situation:

  • Training: SPL have trained over 700 Scottish public sector procurers in sustainable public procurement including 200 in 2015/16 across Scotland.
  • Tools: SPL undertook a major project in 2013/14 reviewing policies, systems and tools to support the implementation of the Procurement Reform Act. This led in 2015/16 to the development of tailored tools, such as the Sustainable Procurement Prioritisation Methodology, Sustainable Test and a revised Flexible Framework.
  • Mentoring: SPL provided hands on mentoring support to 15 public sector contracts and frameworks in 2015/16, valued at over £640m, through a Zero Waste Scotland funded project. This included National ICT and Non Domestic Energy Efficiency Frameworks, Cleaning Services, Marketing and Promotion, Playground Equipment and others. Support included procurement strategy, supplier selection, ITT, contract management, use of procurement tools and embedding process.
  • Circular Economy: SPL led the development of draft procurement guidance that focuses on ‘repair, re-use and remanufacturing’ of prioritised commodities, reflecting public sector spend, scope for circular economy outcomes and scope for market development. In 2017 SPL is delivering Circular Economy and Procurement mentoring to Scottish public bodies.
  • New procurement regulations: In conjunction with MacRoberts LLP SPL has delivered a series of workshops to 1500 public procurement professionals on the new procurement regulations and also supported the development of related e-learning.
  • Training Framework: In 2016 SPL was appointed sole provider of sustainable procurement training under the Scottish Government training framework.
  • Developing markets for third sector providers: 2014-2017 SPL combined with other partners in the Ready for Business consortium. This provided support and workshops on embedding sustainable procurement and community benefits in public sector procurement and supply.

Overseas - Marrakech Task Force (and beyond)

UNEP 2003 - the start

The Marrakech Task Force (MTF) on Sustainable Public Procurement was set up to "To promote and support the implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement, by developing tools and supporting capacity building in both developed and developing countries".

The initial programme with seven countries was part of the 10 year programme until 2011.

This included training, mentoring and various events. Barbara Morton, as the UK representative, trained trainers in the UK as well as overseas.

2011- Post-MTF

Since 2011 the principles set out in MTF have been adopted (for example by Defra in the National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme – NSPPP – developed in 2010 and 2011) and by the Scottish Government adoption of the Marrakech Approach.

SPL have trained over 700 public sector procurers in the UK and many more overseas and continue to deliver training in Africa, Latin America and other regions.

More information on the Marrakech Task Force is available from here.


SPL_in_Africa Barbara Morton attended the fifth meeting of the Africa Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production held in Midrand, South Africa 4-6 June 2008. In her role as technical advisor to the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement (MTF on SPP) she facilitated a workshop on sustainable public procurement (SPP).

Since then SPL has worked with the Public Procurement Authority Ghana on a number of occasions to support the development of sustainable procurement processes and systems. 

This a Swiss-Ghana project funded by SECO, the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Cooperation. It has included the delivery of a 'train the trainer' session in August 2014 in Accra. 

SPL have also undertaken a range of support for the African Development Bank.

This has included training and support on strategy development.

This supports the Bank's Strategy for 2013-2022 'At the Center of Africa's Transformation'. 

This strategy sets out a 'response not only to sustainable growth, but also to the sustainable management of natural resources. Africa's development is so closely tied to nature, and economic growth is not sustainable without preserving the continent's natural capital, land, water, marine, forest and natural resources'.

Latin and Central America

SPL_in_Latin_and_Central_AmericaOur work in Latin and central America began in 2008 with Pilot Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) training for the Marrakech Task Force (MTF) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This was for 120 participants from all over Central and Latin America including Argentina, Brazil, Equador, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru.

Subsequent training was undertaken for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the MTF in Mexico City for delegates from Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua. This continued in 2009 in Chile comprising support for development of policies and training for UN agencies in Latin America including ECLAC in Panama City, Panama.

This was followed in 2010 by SPP support at San Jose for Costa Rica and in 2011 in Montevideo, Uruguay and Bogota, Colombia.

Engagement in Chile has included further work with Ministries of Finance and Environment through a project support by the British Embassy in Chile in 2013.

Brazil/Paraguay - ITAIPU. Barbara Morton delivered a seminar and workshops to buyers and project team in connection with the work of the Fundacion Moises Bertoni on the ITAIPU Binational. She was subsequently invited to speak at the 2nd international seminar on Sustainable Public Procurement in Brasilia in August 2014, organised by the Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management in partnership with the British Embassy in Brasilia and ICLEI South America under the project 'Green Public Procurement for Innovation and Growth'.