Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Environmentally friendly products and services - further information

Environmentally friendly products and services - further information

There are several organisations that provide guidance and toolkits you can use to help introduce sustainable procurement in your business. They can help you to work out your priorities, assess environmental and social impacts and identify how to reduce your impact.

WRAP Northern Ireland (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a government organisation that aims to reduce waste and resource use across supply chains.

WRAP NI: Sustainable Procurement

Recycled Products Guide: Find a producer

Zero Waste Scotland is a government organisation that aims to reduce waste and resource use across supply chains.

Resource Efficient Scotland: Sustainable Procurement

Recycled Products Guide: Find producers of recycled goods

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for environmental policy, including encouraging sustainable procurement.

Defra: Standards for sustainable procurement

Other information for businesses

For other sources of information, you can access the following websites:

British Standards Institution (BSI): BS 8903 Sustainable Procurement

BSI: Sustainability and environmental management standards

CISP: Responsible Supply Chain Management

WWF: Responsible sourcing of forest products

Public sector procurement tools and guidance

Guidance and toolkits designed for public sector organisations may also help you to consider social and environmental factors in your purchasing decisions.

European Commission: Green Public Procurement

European Commission: Buying Green! Handbook

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges: Sustainable Procurement

Northern Ireland DFP: Sustainable purchasing for the public sector

Sustainable Scotland Network: Sustainable Procurement

In this Guideline

Benefits of buying sustainable goods and services

Avoiding unnecessary purchases

How to make your buying more sustainable

Buying products and services with environmental labels

Top tips for buying key goods and services sustainably

Selecting a sustainable supplier

Environmentally friendly products and services - further information

Things to consider when buying goods or services for your business

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