Landscape Scan



The Landscape Scan is a strategic review and analysis of existing guidance programs and reporting frameworks that organizations use to guide their sustainable purchasing efforts. This work will ensure that the Council’s integrated guidance, measurement and leadership recognition programs learns from, supports and integrates with the existing programs.

The process will include surveying existing guidance programs from around the globe to identify lessons for the Council, and how the Council can support and build upon these prior efforts. This will include evaluating:

  • commonalities and differences;
  • methods for providing flexibility while also driving demonstrable performance improvements;
  • mechanisms for prioritizing material purchasing categories;
  • ability to support common spend management and procurement contexts (government, corporate, centralized/decentralized, etc);
  • integration of social, environmental and economic considerations;
  • mechanisms for delivering supporting tools and resources;
  • success factors (adoption, business model, etc.).

The workstream will produce a Survey Report that members can use to understand the various approaches for guiding comprehensive sustainable purchasing programs and gain insight into approaches the Council is most likely to implement moving forward.


  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS (procurement-related sections)
  • AT Kearney’s Supply Management Stages of Excellence Framework
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s 7 Steps to Strategic Sourcing
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply/BSI Sustainable Procurement Standard
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index Survey
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • Global Reporting Initiative G4 Framework
  • ICLEI Procura+
  • International Green Purchasing Network Guidelines & Starter Kit  (Japan)
  • Michigan State University Strategic Sourcing 7 Step Process
  • National Association of State Procurement Officials’ Green Purchasing Guide
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Minority Business Certification
  • Responsible Purchasing Network 10 Step Process
  • UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Flexible Framework
  • United Nations Environmental Programme Sustainable Public Procurement Toolkit
  • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s GreenBuy
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Operations and Maintenance (procurement-related sections)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Certification