The ever-increasing need for organisations to comply with new government regulations or maintain Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards means that incorporating a sustainable approach to procurement has never been more vital. Understanding how to source in an effective and ethical fashion can be a challenging new dimension to integrate into your procurement process.

That’s where our A Successful Guide to Sustainable Procurement course comes in. Learn alongside Procurement Expert, Gillian King, to gain a better understanding of the relevant legislation and ISO guidance and learn how to build a robust and responsible supplier selection process.

Receive specialist advice on how to build sustainable strategies into your procurement framework through ‘whole of life’ thinking.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards, and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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Gillian King
Procurement Professional and Trainer

Gillian King is a highly experienced procurement professional and trainer, with over 20 years’ experience in global procurement and supply chain management, working for government and multinational corporations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Her sector experience is as a procurement professional, initially with the Civil Service in the UK Home Office and later as a global category leader for Zurich Financial Services, where her group annual spend was in excess of $400 M.

More recently she has provided consultancy and training to international government and ‘Blue Chip’ organisations in Abu Dhabi and Singapore, specialising in ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the seven core subjects of sustainable procurement
  • Define sustainable procurement criteria for your organisation and align procurement with organisational objectives and goals
  • Integrate sustainability in your existing procurement process and build a resilient and sustainable supply chain with ‘whole of life’ thinking
  • Develop an internal and supplier auditing process to ensure compliance with the ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement guidance

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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:15

Introduction and Overview of Sustainable Procurement

  • Gain an overview of the ISO 20400 and the seven core subjects of sustainability
  • Understand the importance of social responsibility and the guidance of the ISO 26000
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to a sustainable procurement model
  • Define realistic and effective sustainability goals
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15


  • Break down the current regulatory framework
  • Understand the rules and stipulations of public procurement
  • Look to the future of legislative measures that might impact procurement processes
12:15 - 13:00

Barriers to Building a Sustainable Procurement Process

  • Gain a firmer understanding of the potential challenges to face when transitioning to sustainable procurement
  • Understand how to deal with supply disruptions and climate-related risks to supply chain
  • Learn how to balance sustainability goals with economic reality
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Evaluating Suppliers

  • Build a robust, timely and efficient selection process for suppliers
  • Understand the criteria that can be used in selection, how to evaluate those criteria and which ones are suitable for your organisation
  • Gain greater awareness of various ESG factors that could affect your decisions
14:30 - 15:00

Making the Case

  • Learn how to produce persuasive and comprehensive internal reporting to bring to senior leadership and make the case for your sustainable procurement proposals
  • Identify the initial steps you can take to demonstrate sustainable practices
  • Explore ways that incentives such as performance rewards and active support for sustainability improvements can be integrated into your contract and supplier management
15:00 - 16:00

Building Your Long-Term Sustainability Strategy

  • ­Understand the importance of setting ambitious but realistic long and short-term goals so you can keep sustainability on track
  • Discuss how to build your sustainability strategy in a comprehensive and detailed fashion
  • Integrate ‘whole of life thinking’ to ensure that sustainability practices are built into procurement framework from start to finish
  • Bolster your knowledge of the best tools and techniques you can utilise to make your plan a reality
16:00 - 16:15

Round-Up ad Takeaways


Private Sector

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£445 +VAT

Central Government & Agencies

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£345 + VAT

Local Government, Housing, Education & Health

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£345 + VAT


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£345 + VAT