Sustainable Procurement: A Buyers Committee Publishes THE Guide to Take Action!

In this article, we summarize the guide on sustainable procurement. As climate change persists, the issue of sustainability can no longer be ignored by businesses. In this context, the National Purchasing Council and MEOGROUP have joined forces to publish a white paper dedicated to decarbonizing purchases. This work is the result of 18 months of collaboration between 33 procurement departments with the common mission of evolving our practices for a greener future.

A Global Scale Catalyst for Change

This indispensable content for companies looking to take action stems from a realization: decarbonizing procurements embodies an absolute priority for rebuilding a more environmentally friendly economy. Indeed, it is only by directly intervening at the heart of our purchasing processes, significant transactions on a company-wide scale, that we can hope to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

A Structured and Pragmatic Guide

Structured around the three pillars – Engage, Measure, and Act – the white paper stands as an essential guide for any organization wishing to embark on a systematic and sustainable decarbonization journey. From fully understanding the stakes to the concrete implementation of action strategies, the publication lays out a set of keys to progress towards responsible procurement. Here are the main points:

#1 Engage

Engagement in decarbonization must begin with collective awareness and the clear definition of objectives to be achieved. It is about mobilizing all stakeholders, both internal and external, around shared values and a common goal: reducing the company’s carbon footprint. Indeed, by involving as many stakeholders as possible, we ensure the success of implementing the decarbonization strategy.

#2 Measure

Accurate measurement of the carbon footprint of procurement is fundamental. It not only allows for a clear diagnosis to be made throughout the decarbonization process but also identifies the most relevant action levers. Once this first step is completed, it is time to establish performance indicators (the famous KPIs) and conduct regular audits, two key steps to ensure monitoring and evaluation of progress. LittleBig Connection offers its clients a modern and intuitive interface that allows them to easily visualize and export the main KPIs, contributing to a quick and effective measurement of performance.

#3 Act

Taking action is above all about implementing concrete initiatives, regardless of their size. From selecting suppliers committed to sustainable development to optimizing procurement processes for a lesser environmental impact, every action counts. Here are two examples of LittleBig Connection tools that facilitate sustainable actions :

#1 Carbon Calculator

A transparent, homogeneous, and easy-to-use system that allows partners to quantify the emissions generated by their purchases of intellectual services. Developed in-house, this tool provides precise data on emissions in kg equivalent CO2 for each project, allowing partners to integrate this information into their Scope 3 emissions reports.

#2 “Eco-certified” status

Enables clients to easily identify consulting firms committed to sustainable practices. This declarative status indicates that the firm holds at least one of the following environmental certifications: ISO 14001, ISO 5001, ISO 14064, an EcoVadis score higher than 70/100, the BCorp label, or the LUCIE 26000 label.

LittleBig Connection: Committed to Sustainable Transformation

In the face of climate urgency, it’s time to act. This white paper not only provides a solid foundation for understanding decarbonization issues but also a concrete action plan for companies determined to make a difference. At LittleBig Connection, we are proud to contribute to this positive momentum with our Connect for Good offering, promoting a world of work where responsibility goes hand in hand with performance.

It’s your turn to become agents of change and learn more about our sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. Together, let’s team up for a more sustainable future.