World Sustainable Procurement Day 2022

With JDP team members joining as many World Sustainable Procurement Day sessions as possible, the resounding feedback within the team was that the first ever World Sustainable Procurement Day (WSPD) was inspiring, motivational, and very informative.

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP), an international non-profit organisation for procurement professionals, to drive awareness and knowledge on responsible sourcing practices, set up World Sustainable Procurement Day for the first time in March 2022. Taking place during the 24 hours of the spring equinox on March 21st, it was a day ‘FOR Procurement Professionals BY Procurement Professionals’, with the aim of providing hands-on and practical sessions to address sustainable procurement challenges and how to confront these.

With a wide range of sessions running throughout the day on topics such as ‘How to Champion Sustainable Procurement Leadership’ and ‘The Value of Social Procurement to Your Procurement Function, Your Company and Society’, the sessions were run by business professionals from a wide range of organisations with varying insights, practical advice and guidance.


JDP’s Key Takeaways:


  • Sustainability is top of the agenda and isn’t going anywhere – 63% of executives felt that sustainability is a key priority for procurement, compared to 25% just 3 years ago.
  • There is a wide range of maturity in terms of defining, developing, and delivering sustainable business strategy, many organisations are still very focused on their internal practices and are not considering their wider supply chain impact.
  • Most organisations struggle with how to define and measure performance improvement initiatives and with no real baseline data there is a sense of the task being overwhelming. Organisations need to know where to start.
  • The focus across organisations differs significantly, some organisations are focussing solely on Scope 3, others on social value, human rights, and ethical practice – all change starts with empathy, and all progress creates momentum.
  • Although there is a range of start points, a lot of organisations have made significant progress, moving towards achieving Absolute Zero rather than Net Zero with a bigger push to Avoid > Reduce > Replace emissions.


Given the success of Monday’s World Sustainable Procurement Day, we have no doubt that we have this to look forward to again next year!

If you are looking for some useful information, check out the links below or contact us to start your sustainability journey today.

Government Sustainability Advice

Defining Social Enterprise

The Social Procurement Manual


#SustainableProcurementPledge #Absolutezero #Socialenterprise #Scope3 #Supplychain



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