Running head: AFFECTS OF GREEN SUSTAINMENT IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING 1Affects of Green Sustainment in Government ContractingAnthony HillWebster University
SUSTAINABLILTY AND THE AFFECT ON PURCHASING AND SUPPLY2AbstractGreen procurement in America has been the talk of the town since attention has been given regarding the impact on the ozone and topic of global warming. Organizations face increased challenges to incorporate a certain level of corporate responsibility and sustainability aspects regarding their business practices. The future trend of green purchasing and sustainability suggests that prospective Government contractors will require the incorporation of these products to remain successful. The impact on the environment and buying green are key factors to be considered in the future and success of sustainable sourcing. However, the key issue resides in the organizations ability to address stakeholder demands to improve corporate responsibility and sustainability concerns as well as mitigate possible negative effects on purchasing power and the supply chain. The research discusses the relationship and it synergy that affects the stakeholders and decision-makers in their business practices.
AFFECTS OF GREEN SUSTAINMENT IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING3Sustainability as it Relates to (Green Purchasing)Sustainability as it relates to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is based on a premise: Whatever we need for human survival and well-being results, either directly or indirectly on our natural environment (EPA United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2012). Therefore, the importance of preservation of life and resources are a few of the driving forces regarding sustainability. Stakeholders more than ever are paying closer attention to the concept of sustainability, which falls in line with “greening” which will be discussed later in this paper. Reporting is another factor that is resultant of this trend however; this trend is the way of the future as global economies are on the downturn. Sustainability reporting will begin to increase as governmental policies and directives place increased attention on greening initiatives as cost savings measures. Sustainability reporting in the United States is in its infancy and is expected to increase over the years with pressure from stakeholders and government interest. The first ever sustainability report for U.S cleaning products industry was released in April by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) (INCLEAN, 2011). The (ACI) report focuses on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), energy use, water use and solid waste associated with U.S. production of cleaning products (INCLEAN, 2011). Sustainability will affect purchasing and supply chain management in a variety of ways to include collaborations, trade marking, verification of green products, and costs of products, affordability of customers, recycling initiatives, complexity, and efficiency of the supply chain. (PSM) professionals will constantly