Summary from the Workshop, November 18, 2009

Participants: Sophie Hallstedt, Cecilia Bratt, Cesar Franca (BTH), Jonas Oldmark (The Natural Step Int.), Mikael Severinson (Auralight International AB), Olle Mattsson,  Michaela Hallqvist (Hammarplast Consumer AB), Eva Berg (Cascades Djupafors AB), Inger Mattsson (Scandic Hotels AB), Magnus Petersson (Landstinget Blekinge)

Overview:The workshop was a meeting with focus on procurement and a meeting for the project participants to be able to contribute with their thoughts and ideas on development steps for an improved criteria development process with a strategic sustainability perspective.
An overview of the project was presented with some milestones for 2010. The researchers shared the identified main challenges and opportunities identified from case studies and a literature study about procurement.
In two discussion sessions we also shared our experiences and discussed issues regarding a life cycle perspective in procurement processes and product development and how a social sustainability perspective can be considered in procurement.

Some highlights

  • Cesar Franka presented a literature study on Green Procurement and the potentials to work more proactive within this area and in that way drive the development of sustainable innovations. During the meeting there was an interest to get some more information of so called “Sustainable Procurement tools” available today. Cesar therefore did a summary of some of these and provded some web-addresses.
  • Cecilia presented and described the criteria development process used at MSR. Experience from her case study was also presented and from that some theme discussions about social sustainability and a life cycle perspective were taken place in the end of the workshop day.
  • Jonas presented his experience with taken part in the development of the ISO 26 000 standard. The ISO 26 000 will be used as a base in our concretization of the social sustainability part.
  • The theme discussion a “Life cycle perspective” was guided by some questions:

a) What do we mean with a product life cycle? b) How are we going to address a life-cycle perspective in the CDP? c) How are the system boundaries set today in the organization/company? d) How could we set the boundaries for the CDP?
The conclusion from this discussion was that most of the companies have many different experiences in considering a full life cycle perspective.  Some companies use it in the procurement process and other for its own progress towards a more sustainable development.
It was obvious that there must be an incentive for each life cycle phase to be considered in the procurement procedure. For example, legislation, cost reduction (waste fees) or image and reputation and therefore have a influence on their brand and positioning. Normally, the economical aspect is a prioritized issue during procurement and the choice of a product or a service. However, the long term economical perspective is also in most cases beneficial from a socio-ecological point of view.
It was discussed how to reach the level for pushing the market forward towards more sustainable products and to be able to get a balance between price and content. Some companies conduct a supplier investigation and this could be used as a base when doing a procurement and to find the tough-enough-level. How these supply investigations look like could be an interesting future theme for the next workshop.
It was also discussed how to move forward towards more innovative products in the own companies and how to be prepared for their customer procurement requirements. Criteria to present as sustainability criteria for their customers could be of interest.

  • The theme discussion a “Social Sustainability” was guided by some questions:

a) How do we define a social sustainability perspective?, b) Which issues need to be addressed in the CDPs? c) How is this issue taken care of at the companies/organizations at current?

 

Others

  • During the day some ideas came up that we would like to consider for our next workshop and how can we work together in this project group to be more efficient in our procurement processes. Some of these ideas were:
    • Share methods for how to analyze the supply chain,
    • How to procure something that is not on the market? Is there a difference between private and public procurement.
    • How to cooperate with our common suppliers to demand more?
    • Traceability and verification of data

 

 

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