Frequently Asked Questions

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)
可持續採購是指採購時要對產品和服務的整個生命週期帶來最正面的環境、社會和經濟影響,並努力將不利影響降至最低。(ISO 20400:2017可持續採購指引)

What are the benefits of implementing sustainable procurement? 實施可持續採購有哪些好處?

1. Ensure best value for money in procurement 確保採購的最佳性價比 2. Save resources through practices of 5Rs 通過5R的實踐節省資源 3. Reduce carbon footprints 減少碳足跡 4. Build a sustainable supply chain for the future 為未來建立可持續的供應鏈 5. Protect corporate reputation by supply chain risk management 通過供應鏈風險管理保護企業聲譽 6. Meet reporting requirements of ESG, GRI, DJSI 滿足ESG、GRI和DJSI的報告要求

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. 可以,機構可以根據人力資源的安排確定應用的範圍和區域。

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. 沒有,實施可持續採購沒有時間限制,但會員應參照ISO 20400設定目標並不斷改進。

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: 通過落實執行可持續採購,貴機構可以確保可持續的供應鏈,並通過提高效率和有效性來確保未來發展。作為會員,您還將獲得以下增值:

  • 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
(包括2名員工可接受為期一天的可持續採購培訓) B.) SMEs: HK$1000 per year. 中小企:每年港幣1,000元 (SMEs are manufacturing companies with fewer than 100 employees and non manufacturing companies with fewer than 50 employees.)

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.
本會將定期提供ISO 20400培訓課程。每間企業會員的2名員工也會接受為期一天的培訓。

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? 環保促進會如何監督會員的進展?

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.
歡迎加入,實踐ISO 20400原則對您或是個簡單過程,你能透過加入約章與公眾分享您的出色工作。