Edge Environment announced as a global partner to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); will help to build knowledge and implement strategies to encourage sustainable supply chains within the Australian government.
Edge Environment’s sustainable procurement expertise was recently recognised when our company was accepted as a partner of UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (SPP Programme). The SPP Programme is part of UNEP’s 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP).
Public procurement, the purchase of good and services in the public sector, accounts for an average of 12% of GDP in OECD countries. This enormous purchasing power means there is significant opportunity to influence suppliers in supply chains of all industries, and guide them towards more sustainable output.
A move to more sustainable supply chains in all levels of Australian government and its agencies would be significant – public spending here is about 25% of national GDP and there are very few prescriptive sustainable procurement requirements in place.
The 2 key objectives of the 10YFP SPP Programme are:
1. To build the case for Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) by improving knowledge and promoting SPP as a tool to support sustainable development.
2. To support the implementation of SPP on the ground through increased collaboration between SPP practitioners, and better access to capacity-building tools and support among SPP experts.
Other partners in the 10YFP SPP Programme include government agencies, international organisations and NGOs.
If you would like to know more about the 10YFP SPP or Edge Environment’s work in sustainable procurement please get in touch with us here.