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The relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement in the public sector

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  • Walker, Helen
  • Brammer, Stephen

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This study examines the relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement, two recent initiatives in public procurement in many countries. A survey of sustainable procurement and e-procurement adoption was conducted with a sample of over 280 public procurement practitioners from 20 countries and with collective responsibility for expenditure totalling $45 BN. Using multiple regression, we develop a model to show that e-procurement and communication with suppliers supports some types of sustainable procurement, and hinders others. E-procurement and communication with suppliers may help environmental, labour, health and safety aspects of sustainable procurement. Conversely, e-procurement may hinder buying from small local firms that are not e-enabled.

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  • Walker, Helen & Brammer, Stephen, 2012. "The relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement in the public sector," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 140(1), pages 256-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:140:y:2012:i:1:p:256-268
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.01.008
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