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12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

Engage in the procurement of paper made from more sustainable materials.




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


Promote procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities


Category Assessment



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(1) Assess the sustainability quality of the current paper being used at your company.
(2) Discuss with your departments to identify the type or quality of paper used in your organization and where compromise is a possibility (if the top-grade paper is not absolutely required, then quality can be sacrificed for sustainability value).
(3) Conduct research into different paper alternatives that suit your requirements. The below link is very informative.
(4) Engage with your suppliers to gauge their willingness to provide your company with sustainable alternatives.
(5) Depending on the quality of paper needed and purpose, the level of transition or changes needed can be made.


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Scope to develop such a brand image along with cost savings derived from such a decision (use of recycled paper or paper with lower brightness). Scope to expand your network through the adoption of sustainable practices.

Forest conservation reduced energy, and chemical consumption during the production/manufacturing process of recycled paper.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Establish the goals and targets (along with potential commercial benefits) which would fit your company in association with the adoption of a sustainable initiative.
(2) Determine to what degree the transition would be appropriate (if high-grade paper is necessary for the function of the company, consider smaller-scale innovations than the use of 100% recycled materials). The decision will depend on the extent to which the use of high-grade paper can be scaled down without affecting the company functions.
(3)Discuss with the existing paper suppliers about this initiative and determine the level of transition they are willing to make to help towards achieving this as a goal or target.
(4) Align employees towards the sustainability initiative and have them on board by explaining benefits and potential sacrifice in quality that comes with the adoption of the initiative.
(5) Award contract and implement the initiative.
(6) Monitor and keep a record of benefits reaped.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Negotiate with existing/potential suppliers on the value-adding elements such as shipping and handling, installation, and disposal of end-of-life supplies.
(2) Establish in the contract the various supplier performance measures which would be tracked.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Integrate the reporting of CO2 emission reductions into the annual supplier performance management.
Schedule annual meetings to discuss new technologies or products released in the market with respect to sustainable paper materials and the scope for the procurement of such products.

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