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12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

Procure reusuable pens




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

Category Assessment



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(1) Conduct research into the current waste disposal process of pens in use.
(2) Evaluate the inventory of pens that are for use in the office and note types in use. Identify percentages of pens which are single use and refillable. The evaluation would interestingly bring to attention how many in use are plastic (reusable or not), as these are not ideal even if reusable.
(3) Assess and identify potential suppliers to procure refillable/reusable pens from and analyse the potential leverage that you could have (such as promoting their brand as a green supplier).
(4) The below link lists out multiple recycling options, refer through and identify the best sustainable disposal method for the single use pens used by your organization.


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Reduce the waste management costs, promote high brand image value (goodwill).

Energy conservation through reduced waste sorting at your facility, and lower volume of waste being sent on to the landfill.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Establish the goals and targets (along with potential commercial benefits) which would fit for your company in association with the adoption of a sustainable initiative.
(2) Assess to identify whether making the switch to reusable pens is feasible for your company based on goals recognized.
(3) Identify and decide on the most viable sustainable pen disposal of choice for your organization (based on size and capital available to the cause).
(4) Based on the potential refillable pen suppliers identified, select a supplier to proceed with.
(5) 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.
(6) Award contract and implement the initiative.
(7) Monitor and keep track.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Obtain alignment with suppliers on sustainable waste management and deliver the same training program to them to ensure commitment on these practices.
(2) Negotiate with existing/potential suppliers on the value adding elements such as: shipping and handling, installation, and disposal of end-of-life supplies.
(3) Consider the implementation of a warranty program with suppliers, in case the quality of the sustainable alternative is not up to standard or as discussed.
(4) Encourage them to recommend such initiatives to other clients, which will result in business creation (circular economy). Leverage this into the contract for discount rates.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Integrate the reporting of CO2 emission reductions into the annual supplier performance management.

Resource Links

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