Postgraduate research projects - Impact of sustainable procurement: complexity introduced and how companies build the capabilities to overcome it


Kim Urbauer

In the past decade globalisation has led to an increase in global supply chains, exposing companies to increased reputational risk as their end customers increasingly hold them responsible for the social and environmental impact of all stages of the supply chain.  One way companies manage this risk is through implementing sustainable procurement. However even companies committed to sustainability find that overcoming the increased complexity brought from including sustainability in their procurement is beyond their capabilities.

This research will examine the complexity introduced into the procurement function when companies include sustainability in their procurement and seek to understand how companies build the capabilities needed to overcome this complexity.