Call for participants - new ISO standard in sustainable purchasing


The Standards Organizations of France and Brazil have recently established a technical committee to develop an ISO international standard “PC 277 Sustainable Purchasing”.

At present, there is limited representation on the committee from countries in Asia and the Pacific, with only Singapore and China signed up to participate. The majority of countries signed up are based in Europe, perhaps reflecting the regulatory nature of sustainable purchasing in that context.

There is an opportunity for Australia to establish a ‘mirror committee’ which would review outputs of the technical committee, provide feedback on whether it is fit for purpose and ensure the ultimate outcome is as globally applicable as possible. If you are interested in participating, contact Jean-Louis Haie at 0423 328 603 or by email. More details provided below.

PC 277 Sustainable Purchasing Standard

The aim of the standard, "PC 277 - Sustainable Purchasing", is to assist organisations, independent of their size and sector, to integrate the principles and issues of social responsibility within the purchasing process. The PC 277 technical committee is being set up to develop the standard and 22 other countries have currently signed up to participate (see this list). The first meeting of the committee is on 23-24 September 2013.

Participation involves:

  • Duration of the project: 2 to 3 years
  • Frequency of meetings: 2-3 times a year

Expected workload: 

Committee members will be asked to comment on various drafts of the standard and to provide their collective Australian viewpoint which will be considered by the international technical committee – probably about half a day every 2-3 months

Location of meetings: Standards Australia offices Sydney or via teleconference

Financial contribution: none

The benefits of participating include:

  • Increasing knowledge on Sustainable Purchasing issues, sharing best practices with Australian and international peers. 
  • Enhancing your network and building contacts with Sustainability and Procurement experts.
  • Influencing the content of an incredibly important ISO Standard which will have a major impact upon the profession in the coming years.