After several years of hard work and several rounds of feedback, the new International Standard for Sustainable Procurement, ISO 20400, is due to be released early this year.

The standard will offer guidelines for public and private sector organisations that wish to integrate sustainability into their procurement processes. Since sustainable procurement is an important characteristic of social responsibility, the new standard will complement ISO 26000, which provides ‘Guidance on Social Responsibility’, allowing companies to support international, national and…