Smart Procurement

Helping New Zealand businesses confidently and consistently practise sustainable procurement, creating value for the economy, society and environment.


How can we embed sustainable procurement practices in New Zealand?

What is Sustainable Procurement?

This is a mature approach to procurement. It takes a strategic approach to the purchasing of goods and services. It accounts for all the risks and impacts involved, especially in complex supply chains. It also accounts for the value created from every dollar spent. It enables procurement to contribute more to a company’s purpose, and beyond – enhancing this country’s vitality and long-term resilience.

Why is it important to your business?

The net impact of businesses on the world we share is coming under increasing scrutiny. This exposes businesses that are careless about procurement to increased reputation risk. But it also offers opportunities for a (values-driven) ethically-based competitive advantage.

What are we doing?

We are working towards widespread adoption of consistent and straightforward sustainable procurement processes. We are making it easier for businesses to buy and supply more sustainably.

This will:

  • provide clarity to suppliers on what is expected of them in the modern market
  • get them ready to compete for business over the coming decades
  • facilitate collaboration between buyers to reduce inconsistencies in approaches
  • demonstrate the benefits of improved practices

Project history:

The Working Group

Beginning in 2015, SBN has been working with a group of more than 25 large procuring organisations.

We intend to share approaches that address inconsistencies and missed opportunities in New Zealand’s sustainable procurement practices.

The group includes a mix of corporates, councils and universities. It has begun developing resources to help procurers engage with suppliers on sustainability.

The Procurement Leaders Group

In late 2016, SBN convened a group of Procurement Leaders. This group is consulting widely. It will design and develop resources to help all New Zealand businesses embed sustainable procurement.

Our partners

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The university of auckland

Brought together by:

Samuel McGlennonSamuel McGlennon

Project lead: Community


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“As both a procurer and supplier we understand the value of a consistent, best practice approach to sustainable procurement.”

– Peter Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, Fuji Xerox New Zealand