What is sustainable procurement?

and how can you implement sustainable sourcing from Asia?

​Sustainable purchasing is an approach in which you not only consider the price and quality of products, but also their impact on people and the environment. This is of utmost importance in a world where sustainability is becoming increasingly essential, especially when sourcing from Asia. But what can importers do to purchase sustainably, and what risks are there?

Sustainable purchasing from Asia:
Challenges and opportunities

Sourcing from Asia offers enormous opportunities, but it also brings challenges, especially in the field of sustainability. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring ethical working conditions, environmental compliance and social responsibility among Asian suppliers. Importers must ensure that their products meet not only quality standards, but also sustainability criteria.

How to implement sustainable purchasing from Asia?

  1. Establish sustainability criteria: Define sustainability criteria that apply to your industry and goals, including specific aspects such as eco-friendly materials, fair working conditions and environmental performance.

  2. Supplier assessment: Carefully assess your Asian suppliers on their sustainability practices. Ask about their environmental, social responsibility and ethics policies.

  3. Supplier collaboration: Work with your Asian suppliers to achieve sustainability goals. This can range from reducing waste to promoting renewable energy sources.

  4. Integrating sustainability into purchasing policies: Ensure that sustainability principles are integrated into your purchasing policies, with special attention to the complexities of sourcing from Asia.

  5. Training and awareness: Make sure your purchasing team is familiar with sustainability and understands the challenges and opportunities of sourcing from Asia. Offer training and awareness programs.

  6. Measuring and reporting sustainability: Develop measurable indicators to track sustainability performance and report them to stakeholders. This promotes transparency.

  7. Continuous improvement: Continue to work with your Asian suppliers to achieve continuous improvements in sustainability. Adjust your criteria and objectives as your organization grows and changes.

Sourcing from Asia offers numerous opportunities for companies, but it is crucial that these opportunities are exploited with a focus on sustainability. Only then can companies operate both ethically and profitably in the rapidly evolving business environment.

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