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Green Procurement
Green procurement is probably better described as sustainable procurement. This means that suppliers must tick all the boxes on environmental issues, such as: reduced packaging, less pollutants, energy efficiency, water conservation, etc. But there is more, suppliers also need to treat their workers fairly, offer a safe workplace and purchase their own inputs in a similarly sustainable fashion.

For example, Hewlett-Packard adopted the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct in 2004, and has now signed up 557 of its biggest suppliers. The code covers a wide range of issues including: the environment, ethics, how workers are treated and safe working conditions.

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