Sustainable Purchasing Practices

Manageable and measurable solutions

Are you a global buying company aware of that your own purchasing practices might impact negatively on your own Code of Conduct? Are you willing to search for possible solutions? Sustainable Trade is able to help you with manageable and measurable improvement actions.

The (missing) link between purchasing practices and supply chain labor standards are increasingly acknowledged by investors and in global frameworks such as UN Guiding Principles, OECD Guidelines and GRI. Moreover, poor purchasing practices is not only proven to increase suppliers’ costs, they can also impact negatively on the buying companies own bottom line.

Manageable and measurable capacity building on sustainable purchasing practices

Manageable and measurable capacity building on sustainable purchasing practices

Some solutions, for instance addressing purchasing practices as a root causes to overtime can be simpler than you might think. Other, like using Decent Work Accounting to calculate the cost of compliance, demands co-operation with suppliers. Sustainable Trade works with both.

All identified improvement actions will be measured with improvement indicators in each step of the critical path purchasing process – from product development to delivery.


Sustainable Trade offer the following services on purchasing practices

  • In-house training
  • Training of internal trainers
  • Mentoring
  • Neutral facilitation of supplier surveys

Target groups: Purchasing and Sourcing Directors, Purchasers, Merchandisers, Designers, Quality Controllers, Logistics, Finance, CSR/Sustainability executives.

Training languages: English, Scandinavian languages.

Sustainable Trade’s training and capacity building on sustainable purchasing practices is based on 12 years’ practical guidance to buying companies and not least very constructive input and best practice from about 2000 suppliers across sectors and countries. Starting in 2007, Gunelie Winum designed and conducted the supplier surveys as then Head of International program in IEH Norway. After leaving IEH, she compiled the findings and recommendations in co-operation with them in the Norad financed publication “Suppliers Speak Up (2014).

In agreement with IEH, Sustainable Trade can distribute “Suppliers Speak Up” outside Norway.

Some suggested solutions such as “Decent Work Accounting” and sub-contracting policy are added exclusively by Sustainable Trade.