If sustainable development can be defined as “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, (Gro Harlem Brundtland) then sustainable procurement can be defined as the engine which delivers it. Pressure is increasing on purchasing professionals to integrate this thinking into university and college supply chain processes. Integrating sustainable development into the supply chain often means identifying and reducing problematic social, environmental and health and safety issues.

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