Despite an increased focus on sustainable procurement, 70% of procurement professionals lack the skills and knowledge to create and implement strategies in this area.
This data comes from ADR International’s Development Needs Analysis (DNA) skills survey, a global assessment of procurement learning needs.
Social, environmental and ethical sourcing and supplier management practices are essential for organizations seeking to grow sustainable procurement skills.
These translate into competencies such as identifying sustainability gaps, problem-solving improvement with suppliers, and managing supplier-specific sustainability targets. Organizations that do well in this area support their procurement people with training, inspirational examples, suitable supplier management tools and industry-accepted metrics.
Sustainable procurement skills and knowledge was introduced to ADR’s skills survey in 2018, as the topic began to routinely feature in enterprise competency frameworks for procurement.
Since then, it has rated bottom of the league for global procurement’s competency scores.
It is classified by procurement professionals as one of their “developing” skills and is 15 percentage points away from reaching even “proficient” status.
2020 marks the 15th year that ADR’s online skills survey has been used by individuals from multinational procurement teams to self-assess their own strengths and areas for development. We hope it is also the year that more firms increase the emphasis on sustainable procurement through their sourcing and supplier management initiatives.
It is the expectation of global citizens that firms manage people, profit and plant with equal attention.