Co-creating sustainable procurement
From the MVO Nederland Maritime Network, several top Dutch maritime companies joined forces to make procurement more sustainable. The role of procurement in the maritime sector is ever-evolving. The expected lifetime of a product is becoming shorter, while supply chains are becoming less transparent. With the increasing globalisation of business the need has arisen to look beyond cost-saving measurements. Over 80% of CPO’s recognise sustainable procurement as a trend. Key is to generate sustained profitability, economically, socially and environmentally. Boskalis, Heerema Marine Contractors, Royal IHC and Theunissen Technical Trading now collaborate to get to grips with this trend by creating a tool for sustainable procurement.
Different views, different procurement strategies
Parties in the maritime sector currently mainly act solitary when it comes to embedding sustainability in procurement processes, often leading to different interpretations and implementations of sustainability. Health and safety is often included in sustainable procurement, but are procurement officers aware of issues like bonded labour, supply of living wages or water consumption by their suppliers? Is it sufficient to ask a supplier to sign a code of conduct? Advanced levels of CSR, i.e. full integration of sustainability improvements in management systems, is rarely seen.
Bridging the gap in sustainable procurement practices
By aligning methods and collaborating through this platform the companies involved lift their sustainable procurement processes to a higher level. This creates unity and clarity for all parties concerning sustainability expectations and process implementation. Extensive adoption in the Dutch maritime sector will create world wide ripple effects throughout the entire maritime value chain.
What is Blue Scan?
A tool for sustainable procurement
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The sustainable procurement tool for the maritime sector is a joint effort from the following Dutch maritime companies: