New SDRN report launched 'Successful business and procurement'

By SDRN on 9th December 2010

The SDRN review of successful business and procurement was undertaken by Dr. Helen Walker of the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. It aims to provide an improved understanding of successful businesses and their approaches to procurement and the relevance of these to current debates on sustainable public procurement.

The report concludes that there are three main lessons for policy-makers in the public sector. Firstly, strategic procurement has been shown in the private sector to be an approach that can contribute to successful delivery of a firm’s strategic objectives. As such government should consider adopting (or in some cases expanding) a strategic approach to its procurement activities. Secondly, government should use its significant procurement spend and power to stimulate the development of markets and supply chains for sustainable products and services. Thirdly, on the basis of the evidence reviewed in the literature, more needs to be done to create a regulatory environment that encourages, enables or requires the private sector to adopt sustainable procurement practices.

Download the SDRN Successful Business and Procurement Review

Download the SDRN Successful Business and Procurement Briefing

Download the SDRN Successful Business and Procurement Review - Appendices