SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT CHARTER
Frequently asked questions
What is Sustainable Procurement Charter? 什麼是可持續採購?
Sustainable procurement is procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic impacts possible across the entire life cycle and strives to minimise adverse impacts.
(ISO 20400:2017 Sustainable procurement –Guidance)
What are the benefits of implementing sustainable procurement? 實施可持續採購有哪些好處？
My organisation has different business units. Can I start with a few business units?我的機構有不同的業務單位。我可以從某些業務單位開始嗎？
Yes, member could determine the scope and region of application depending on the availability of resources.
Is there any time constraint for Charter Member? 約章會員是否有時間限制？
No, there is no time constraint in implementation of sustainable procurement but members shall set objective(s) and improve continually with reference to ISO 20400.
What benefits will my organisation receive after joining the Charter? 加入約章後有甚麼好處？
To implement sustainable procurement, your organisation can ensure a sustainable supply chain and become future-proofed through increased efficiency and effectiveness. Being members, you will also receive added benefits from:
purchaser-focused training courses, workshops and seminars
guidance and monitoring on implementation progress
inclusion in a collaboration platform involving companies in the same or similar industry sectors enabling the identification and potential sharing of best practices and experiences in implementing of sustainable procurement
participation in a “process benchmarking” survey that help focus development of strategy and allocation of resources
a cost effective independent assessment and verification of company sustainable procurement milestones and achievements 成本效益的獨立可持續採購成就評估
recognition of achievements through media exposure and/or Charter website postings
use of logo for sustainable procurement charter
- network with forward-thinking procurement and sustainability professionals
What is the cost of joining the Charter? 成為約章會員的費用是多少？
A. ) Large corporations: HK$10000 per year.
(2 representatives from each member will receive 1-day training on sustainable
Will Green Council be offering training to new ISO 20400? 環保促進會是否會提供ISO 20400培訓？
Green Council will provide regular training courses on ISO 20400. 2 employees of each member (Large Corporation) will also receive free of charge one-day training on this standard.
Is there any assessment for being a member? 成為會員需要評估嗎？
There is no assessment required for being a member at Established level.
However, any organisation who applied for Mature or Leading Level is required to go through an on-site certification audit. Auditing fee will incur. Green Council, being an accredited certification body in Hong Kong, will issue a Certificate to the organisation who has been accessed by independent auditor and met the requirements of Sustainable Procurement Charter.
How could Green Council monitor the progress of member?
Each year, all members are required to establish their own improvement objective(s) in implementation of sustainable procurement. Green Council will collect the implementation results of the objective(s) and help members to improve continually.
My organisation has implemented sustainable procurement policy governing all purchasing decisions. Should I still join the Charter? 我的機構已經實施了可持續採購政策，我還應該加入約章嗎？
Yes! It will likely be a simple process to integrate the ISO 20400 principles into your current policy. By joining the Charter, you’ll be able to share the great work your organisation is doing with a public audience.