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ORSE - Purchasing and Sustainable Development Directory

Added on 22-03-2013


ORSE (Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises)



Business challenge

Today, the question asked within Purchasing departments is no longer "why", but "how" to deploy a responsible Purchasing policy.

The move from dialogue to act is a complex exercise of responsibility which implies the integration of numerous criteria throughout the supply process


Capitalising on the work of ORSE's "Purchasing and Sustainable Development" Club, this directory is designed to outline the challenges and responsibilities of the Purchasing function with regard to Sustainable Development as well as the main answers provided.

It was developped under the supervision of a steering committee composed of purchase managers and SD specialists. It has been designed in a practical and educational manner :

  • one central document of 32 pages around 5 themes
  • one practical sheet
  • feedback sheets (France Telecom, Danone, Adecco, Rhodia, Axa,...)


Purchasing managers must decide between growing and sometimes contradictory demands from the company's stakeholders (customers, employees, unions, shareholders, prescribers, consumers, suppliers, territories in which they operate, etc.) and find the means to achieve a good overall performance.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

The directory was designed in such a way that all the players interested in the implementation of the responsible Purchasing approach are able to familiarise themselves with the various methods for integrating the Social Responsibility and Environmental lever into the Supplier relationship.

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