The NSPR was announced on 11 July 2019 in Singapore at an annual procurement profession conference, with founding members DBS, Mandai Park Holdings, Singtel and StarHub. Our current members are:
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The importance of Sustainable Procurement highlighted at the SG Sustainable Procurement Forum
The NSPR held our inaugural SG Sustainable Procurement Forum on 10 November 2020.
A total of 18 speakers from various organisations including NSPR members Accor, CBRE, DBS, ENGIE, Mandai Park Holdings, MSIG, INSEAD and Sodexo spoke at the event. NSPR also invited guest speakers from Conservation International, The Food Bank Singapore and Zero Waste SG, representing the voice of the people sector and adding more diverse perspectives and robustness to the discussions.
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Minister Fu highlighted the importance of Sustainable Procurement and shared the Government’s vision for building a sustainable Singapore. See the full text of Minister Fu’s speech here.
The speakers deliberated and shared their insights on various current procurement related subjects such as how it contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role it has in building a carbon neutral and zero waste world. The experts also weighed in on lessons learned on climate resiliency and social impact from managing food security and food waste, and how bold partnerships and collaboration can help sourcing professionals uncover innovations for sustainability.
One of the panel moderator Dr Lee Hui Mien, Vice President and Lead, Sustainable Solutions, Mandai Park Holdings said, “It was a great pleasure to be a panel moderator at this event which has been insightful and encouraging. Looking forward to these exciting opportunities translating into progress to the movement of sustainability in Singapore.”
Over 170 participants across the private, public and people sectors attended this virtual event.
SG Sustainable Procurement Forum to be held on 10 November 2020
The NSPR is pleased to announce that we will host our inaugural SG Sustainable Procurement Forum on 10 November 2020. Originally intended to be a physical gathering of sustainability and procurement practitioners based in Singapore, we have decided to hold a free virtual event to benefit practitioners of all levels. This will be the biggest corporate sustainable procurement event in Singapore, delivering relevant insights and practical ideas on the hottest topics in sustainable procurement.
We are delighted to have Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment joining us to deliver the keynote address at the forum. Together, we expect over 15 distinguished speakers from Accor, CBRE, DBS, DHL, ENGIE, HP, Mandai Park Holdings, MSIG, INSEAD, SAP, Sodexo, The Food Bank Singapore and Zero Waste SG.
RSVP by 6 November 2020 on a first-come-first-serve basis, please register here or scan the QR code.
ENGIE and INSEAD join the NSPR
The NSPR welcomes two new members joining the movement.
• ENGIE. ENGIE is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. ENGIE’s purpose is to act to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions, reconciling economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet. ENGIE relies on its key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to customers. ENGIE has been present in Singapore since 1979, notably through ENGIE Services Singapore and is an active player in facilities management, power generation, district cooling, energy-efficient data centres and renewable energy. ENGIE established its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2019 with a focus to grow its footprint in this region.
• INSEAD. INSEAD is a top-tier business school that believes in forging responsible and analytical leaders that create value for their organisations and society. INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore set up in 1999 was a pioneer in ‘creating a bridge between Asia and the rest of the world’. INSEAD already publishes extensively on topics such as environmental sustainability, gender diversity, social impact, etc. and plans to by 2023 increase the proportion of sustainability-related publications to 30%.
Including the three new members announced in July – Accor, MSIG and Ricoh, the NSPR is now backed by 12 leading organisations across a myriad of sectors.
“INSEAD is honoured to be joining the NSPR to continue the journey of continuous improvement in sustainability in Procurement. Sharing best practices and constantly benchmarking and innovating with peers is the only way to learn, progress and have a significant impact in the long run. We are looking forward to contribute and develop our own capabilities in Singapore and beyond.”
Anne-Gaëlle Gonet, Global Procurement Director, INSEAD Asia Campus
“The NSPR is extremely pleased to welcome global leaders ENGIE and INSEAD joining our sustainable procurement movement right here in Singapore. We believe that these new members, our first members respectively in the energy and academic sectors, will bring to the table exciting capabilities and collaboration opportunities to progress our national sustainable procurement agenda.”
Anthony Tan, Head of Secretariat, NSPR
“ENGIE is delighted to join the National Procurement Sustainable Roundtable. With the ambition to transition towards a carbon neutral world, we are proud to partner other NSPR members to share sustainable procurement best practices, build a sustainable and innovative supply chain and contribute to Singapore’s decarbonisation efforts and sustainability goals”
Christophe Soulas, Chief Procurement Officer, ENGIE Asia-Pacific
The NSPR publications are corporate publications to guide organisations to be more sustainable in their procurement. This is made possible through the passion and efforts of local practitioners that are already more advanced in their sustainable procurement journey. The publications below are available to non-NSPR members upon request.
The procurement function is in a unique position to drive sustainable ou…
The procurement function is in a unique position to drive sustainable outcomes for businesses through embedding Circular Economy thinking in supply chains. Businesses can adopt a structured approach to retrain existing sourcing teams to take advantage of the Circular Economy opportunities to get value while managing risks. One proven way is to charter pilot projects starting from simple items and progressively move to ones with more complexities and impact, eventually integrating circularity into the operations and balanced scorecard.
Most people today recognise the environmental impact arisi…
Most people today recognise the environmental impact arising from the excessive use of plastics. Many companies have in the past few years, removed most of the bottled water consumption from their operations or retail points, stepped up sustainability efforts with increasing filtered tap water points and reusables options where practical. With new options emerging in the market, the current challenge for businesses is to identify suitable alternatives, with a fair understanding and consideration of the pros and cons of each alternative. This could include factors such as materials composition, packaging for delivery, water stress of origin countries, recyclability, etc. The considerations should take into account relevance to the organisation’s context.
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