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Sustainable purchasing

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO

When making purchasing decisions, you look at the price, quality and delivery time of a product. When you choose sustainable purchasing, you also pay attention to social and environmental aspects. Especially if you are dealing with foreign suppliers. Avoid risks that could harm your product or business.

Consider which sustainability topics are important to you

Sustainable purchasing, or socially responsible investing (SRI), is different for every company. Consider which sustainability themes are most important for your company. That determines what requirements you set for your supplier’s products or services.

Avoid purchasing risks

If you buy products abroad, it is important to know the origin. Production may take place in a different country than your supplier’s country. And under different circumstances than in the Netherlands. Avoid risks that could harm your product or business. For example, poor working conditions (in Dutch), corruption or discrimination.

Know your chain

Customers, governments and social organisations expect companies to do business with respect for people and the environment. Internationally, this is laid down in the OECD guidelines for corporate social responsibility (CSR). The government requires you to identify, prevent and mitigate CSR risks in your supply chain. This is called due diligence or CSR risk management. Not just your own company, but the entire chain it is part of should be socially responsible. Read more about your chain responsibility (in Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO
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