Sustainable procurement

Our goal is to help procurers reduce waste by making sustainable choices when procuring products and services - helping companies to cut costs, and meet their social, economic and environmental objectives.

Helping you procure more sustainably

Sustainable procurement embeds environmental, economic and social criteria into contractual documents with the aim of motivating suppliers to offer more sustainable products and services.

Tools and resources

The following tools and resources are available to help you procure more sustainably and evaluate the sustainability of your supply chain.

WRAP also highlights initiatives designed to enable sustainable procurement, such as the EU Ecolabel.  This is a voluntary scheme that helps consumers identify the top environmentally performing products available.  The criteria that sit behind the EU Ecolabel are developed by the European Commission, Member States and industry.  The UK is an active participant and promotes the growth of EU Ecolabel products in the UK.  For more information see the website or email the UK Helpline (

Public and private sector

We have developed a series of free e-learning modules for key categories such as textiles, ICT, construction and furniture, all designed to help you procure more sustainably, make cost savings, use fewer resources and send less waste to landfill.

We provided a programme of targeted assistance to public sector organisations in the south east and their supply chains to help embed sustainable procurement within policy and practice. Support provided included reviews of corporate and procurement documentation, such as policy, targets, project brief, tender evaluations and contracts. The report from this project is available to read online and three case studies can be accessed under ‘related documents’.

Within the public sector there are common barriers that repeatedly hold back commissioning and procurement from playing its full part in delivering sustainability outcomes. Our research has shown that there are some common and workable solutions that enabled our delegates to embed sustainability into their organisation’s policy and practice. View the summary of this research or view the full research report.

We have also set up an online knowledge hub, to encourage discussion and to share real examples of things that have worked within a range of organisations. Sign up now

Health Sector

The un-interrupted supply of essential items for patient care is crucial for organisations that deliver health and social care in the UK. In partnership with Plymouth University, the Department of Health and other health organisations in Cornwall, we have developed and validated a methodology for identifying items of frequent use in the NHS that pose high risk in terms of future availability, and to support decision making for future planning for securing at risk items. The methodology is applicable to, and has the potential to be replicated across a range of private and public sector organisations, as well as public healthcare trusts. View the summary report and register for the full research report.

In 2014/15 WRAP undertook a number of Waste Prevention Audits at NHS Trusts in England aimed at delivering resource efficiency and cost savings. As a result a number of this work, 6 case studies have been developed which can be downloaded under related documents.

Facilities Management sector

WRAP’s goal is to help the facilities management (FM) sector make more efficient use of resources and reduce waste - helping companies to cut costs, and build a reputation for corporate responsibility. We are developing model procurement wording for catering, furniture, waste management, hard FM, textiles and ICT services for tenders, specifications and clauses to help FM clients and suppliers achieve good practice. We also have a range of case studies that look at resource efficiency in FM services.

Construction sector

There is a range of freely available procurement guidance including model wording for tenders, specifications and clauses to help construction clients and contractors achieve good practice.

Local authorities

Local authority clients can use our advisory support and guidance to help procure sustainable new collection and recycling services or materials sorting contracts.

Event organisers, venues and suppliers

Many organisations and businesses organise events. Our free online resource management plan tool will not only help you to demonstrate your corporate social responsibility, but can even help your bottom line, with potential cost savings from the planning and procurement stage right through to waste management costs.