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Embedding sustainability into procurement can support the objectives of the organisation as set out in relevant policies and/or strategies and can be adapted to reflect the nature of the contract.
Many sustainability benefits can be achieved through supplier engagement before the procurement process begins which is essential to allow the market to understand and prepare their response to tender requirements.
Also key is the approach to selection of suppliers, the inclusion of relevant and proportionate requirements in the specification, the evaluation of relevant and proportionate award criteria, and an effective contract management process.