Sustainable Procurement

Delivering positive change through a ‘triple bottom line’ approach

There is widespread recognition across society that the world needs to address sustainability challenges as a priority.

As a result, businesses are broadening their focus to consider the ‘triple bottom line’ – People, Planet, Profit – as they build sustainability into the way they operate.

Organisations are increasing their focus on sustainability for six key reasons:

  • Regulatory RequirementsThere is increasing legislation and legal requirements that companies are required to ensure they adhere to.
  • Customer Expectations – Consumer tastes have changed. People want to buy products and services that are sustainable.
  • Investor Expectations – Investors are prioritising companies that have a clear sustainability strategy, impacting on access to capital​.
  • Talent Attraction & Retention – Employees are wanting to work for companies whose values align to their own.
  • To Increase Competitiveness – Sustainability can support profitability and growth through focusing efforts on efficiency (e.g. use of resources and raw materials) and innovation​.
  • It’s the Right Thing To Do – Fundamentally being a more sustainable business is the right thing to do for the sake of current & future generations​​.

We support clients that need help in accelerating their Sustainable Procurement journey though diagnostics, strategy development & implementation. Sustainable Procurement is the integration of sustainability principles into a company’s end-to-end procurement processes.

Our View on Sustainable Procurement

We believe…

Sustainable procurement ensures that all activities in sourcing & supply chain management are undertaken with consideration of impact and reflect broader goals of resource efficiency, climate change, social responsibility and economic resilience.

We see…

  • Reduced supply chain risk
  • Compliance to new and emerging regulations & legislation 
  • Enhanced brand reputation, which is favourable for customer and employee relations​
  • Cost control and value realisation by adopting a life-cycle approach to procurement​
  • Reduced waste and improved resource efficiency
  • A point of differentiation to competitors, leading to competitive advantage​
  • Stronger investor relations, with potentially easier and cheaper access to capital​
  • New market opportunities

Sustainable Procurement Solutions

Sustainability Maturity Diagnostic

Sustainable Procurement Maturity Diagnostic

Review how Sustainable Procurement principles are embedded and gain a Roadmap for future improvements


Our Sustainable Procurement Maturity Diagnostic assesses the maturity and effectiveness of policies and practices in the context of sustainability. Our standardized methodology assesses the maturity and effectiveness of your Sustainable Procurement policies and practices throughout your end-to-end procurement process (aligned to ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Standard) to identify gaps to be addressed. 

It is integrated into our standard Procurement Diagnostic as the “eighth dimension” within our 9 Dimensions of Procurement Excellence model, or can be delivered independently.

We work with our clients to understand the current state in order to identify recommendations for the future, supported by a roadmap for improvement. Our team then gather information, assess the information against the Sustainable Procurement maturity assessment, then develop the findings into a structured recommendations report and business case including an implementation plan.

Sustainability Analytics

Sustainable Procurement Analytics

Focus your efforts and accelerate your sustainable impact


Visualise your spend data with Sustainable Procurement Dashboards that highlight sustainability opportunities & risks, and identify priority areas to focus on. We utilise your spend data to create dashboards that provide insights into key sustainability and resiliency topics. We have developed a range of sustainable procurement analytics dashboards for clients that can be customised based on individual needs, and our dashboards can be customised with additional granularity added based on your needs. Our Sustainability Analytics covers carbon emissions, modern slavery risks, supply chain risks and local spend. 

Our Carbon Cube solution utilises a spend-based approach, applying emissions factors to give you an understanding of your Scope 3 emissions.  We take your spend data and select the right emissions factors from our database of thousands of up-to-date emission factors​, to give you a view of your estimated Scope 3 Emissions. The Carbon Cube helps you to prioritise the sub-categories and suppliers to engage with on sustainability initiatives. 

Capability Development

Capability Development

Uplift your team’s Sustainable Procurement skills to drive sustainable initiatives


We work with organisations to understand their objectives and desired learning outcomes, then align our training modules into a comprehensive and practical course to meet their specific requirements and deliver training through a blended approach to reach different learning styles.

Our pQ Knowledge Surveys assess individuals and teams against a range of procurement competencies, including Sustainability. It is designed to establish the baseline of knowledge in teams and individuals to target training investment and measure the success of capability development programs. ​

ArcBlue’s learning solutions help clients address any identified knowledge gaps, with a range of learning options including in-company face-to-face training, online training, eLearning modules and practical coaching.

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ArcBlue supports our clients to accelerate their Sustainable Procurement journey through diagnostics, strategy development & implementation.

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Workforce & Skills Development Review

We were engaged to undertake a Workforce & Skills Development Review for a government organisation in New Zealand.

Social Procurement and Workforce ​Development​

We developed a Social Procurement and Workforce Development Strategy on behalf of a state government project in NSW.

Social Impact Measurement & Analytics

We worked with a state government department to enhance their reporting capabilities through our procurement Dashboards.

Risk Governance Management

We were engaged in order to understand what due diligence was in place for the client's supply chain and how it was being applied.