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12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

Purchase of more sustainable ink refills for reusable pens




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

12.5 & 12.4

12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.4: 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) Evaluate the inventory of pen ink refills that are in use in the office and note types in use.
(2) Conduct research on the method of production/manufacturing of the contents used in the ink refills (different chemicals used).
(3) Assess the various local alternatives that sell such sustainable ink refills.


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Create value through the use of reuseable options (brand image), and cost savings if not realized early on, it will come into the picture at a later stage based on the products available.

Reduce pen ink refills in landfills, and reduced or use of safer chemicals, which will benefit both the environment and the ecosystem.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Based on the assessment, if unsatisfied with the quality of the ink refills or found a sustainable approach, then let the lifecycle of the current ink refills run its course and dispose off them as sustainably as possible.
(2) Identify, contact, and purchase the potential suppliers for the new sustainable ink refills.
(3) Align company employees to get on board the new initiative by explaining the reasoning behind the switch and sustainable disposal practices.
(4) Implement, maintain, and track.

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.

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