12 September 2012

British company achieves gold rating from world's first sustainable procurement standard

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, have been awarded gold by the British Standard for Sustainable Procurement. The sustainable procurement team received an overall classification described as "approaching cutting edge". Guy Bruce, Managing Director of supply and operations said that procurement is “embedded in the company's strategic behaviour” and that Interserve “will be using this accreditation as a tool to benefit and enhance performance on an ongoing basis”.

Dr Brian Farrington, a leading authority on Purchasing Supply Chain & Sustainable Procurement, led the independent review. Commenting on the company, Dr. Farrington said, "From recruitment and training through to process, supplier engagement and results measurement, it is clear that there is an excellent base of knowledge and skills that will continue to be applied on a wider scale."

The British Standard, titled BS 8903:2010 is the world’s first standard for sustainable procurement. The standard provides guidance to organisations on adopting and embedding sustainable procurement principles and practices, and covers all stages of the procurement process including supplier audits, carbon measurement and life cycle assessment.

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