Sustainable procurement

The international standard ISO 20400 provides guidance for the integration of social responsibility in policy and procurement processes of an organisation

Sustainable procurement ensures that organisations only purchase products and services when they are actually needed and that they do not have negative impacts on the environment and the community. Moreover, the organisation can seize new opportunities, such as more effective and sustainable cost reduction, resulting in savings in financial, human and technological resources and proactive supplier management.

The international standard “ISO 20400 - Sustainable procurement - Guidance” defines guidelines for the integration of social responsibility into the procurement policies and processes of an organisation. In addition to triggering virtuous mechanisms of competition based on social responsibility, supply chain organisations are urged, made more aware and in some cases obliged to adopt sustainable behaviours, processes and initiatives.

The standard is also particularly suitable for managing the risks associated with delocalised procurement processes and outsourcing activities.

Details of the service

The ISO 20400 standard is designed for all types of organisations that want to improve their social responsibility performance and integrate social responsibility into their procurement process.

It is addressed not only to organisational units that manage procurement, but also to managers or technicians involved in procurement decisions and to those in organisations dealing with social responsibility.

Verification procedure

The RINA verification process involves the issue of a certificate and a report indicating the strengths and areas for improvement relating to the integration of social responsibility into the procurement process.

The assessment activity takes into consideration the level of application of ISO 20400 with respect to social responsibility issues:


Thanks to its extensive experience in the certification and assessment of the multiple aspects addressed by the standard, RINA is able to provide a complete and highly detailed ISO 20400 verification service.

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