S3 E8: “PAYING FOR GOOD” PODCAST ON ‘Sustainable Procurement and Pay’ with James Adamson, Procurement Specialist

“Who’s polluting your supply chain?”

11th MARCH 2021

This week on my ‘PAYING FOR GOOD’ podcast, where we talk about the integration of remuneration and sustainability, we’re looking at sustainable procurement and the link back to pay with our special guest James Adamson, Procurement Specialist.

Your business is only as sustainable as its supply chain. So, if you’re linking your sustainability agenda to your remuneration policy, you need to know if anyone is polluting that chain.

Make it one of your buying decisions to understand your suppliers’ take on sustainability and what their own requirements are from their supply chain. Look at all three ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) pillars. For instance, have they stated clear CO2 emission reduction targets? Do they pay the real living wage, and what are the working conditions?

As many purchases are made every day in your organisation from a list of, probably, thousands of suppliers, whose responsibility is it to monitor them? James believes that to minimise the impact of the supply chain on the wider environment, everyone has a role to play, not just the procurement function.

When you listen to this episode, you will learn about James’s role in sustainable IT procurement and specifically the three stages of a product lifecycle:
• the acquisition stage: focusing on the manufacturing process and transportation across the globe
• the maintenance stage: looking at data centres that use a vast amount of light and generate a lot of heat
• the responsible disposal stage: recycling devices or giving them away to schools and charitable organisations.

Your action takeaway from James:
Audit your list of suppliers. How many provide the same products and services? Having too many can be costly, so streamline the list as necessary, using your sustainability expectations and your suppliers’ credentials as selection criteria.

From an IT point of view, consider hosting in the cloud to be more time and energy-efficient.

As always, if you have any questions on the topic of Responsible Reward, feel free to email me at client.care@peoplenet.ltd.uk or book an introductory call here.