Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Procurement Policy for Sustainable Development

  • Ryan WalkerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_294


Procurement policies reference actions by a multinational corporation through supply chains. Often reporting of corporate sustainability is limited to the assessment of sustainability within a corporation’s own operations and excludes supply chain actions. However, pricing pressures, regulatory variations, and externalizing of costs are the very basis for outsourcing corporate activities. In employing a supply chain, a company can limit responsibility for sustainability and profit through the supply chains actions. For this reason, procurement policies that include sustainability parameters can promote and enable sustainability in vulnerable and poor communities, which are often those most exploited by supply chain operations, particularly in developing countries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Candidate for Master in Science in Engineering and Public Policy at Northeastern UniversityPortlandUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA