Reflect on your most recent procurement cycle in preparation for making improvements on your next one.

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Assess the sustainability performance of this procurement cycle

Incorporate sustainability into your post-contract review process by implementing systems that prompt category managers to assess the contract's sustainability performance through evaluating its outcomes, alignment with goals, identifying successful practices, addressing concerns, and conducting root cause analysis. Evaluate how the outcomes align with your sustainable procurement priorities and goals. Identify successful practices and areas of concern, considering sustainability target areas, measurable KPIs, documentation practices, and supplier data management. Establish a protocol for root cause analysis to address recurring or systemic sustainability issues. Determine where and when in the value chain or procurement process these issues occurred and identify opportunities for improvement to prevent re-occurrence.

Share post-review findings with suppliers and the business

Engage in post-contract review through discussions, and communications with suppliers and the business to share sustainability information, insights, and resources. You can communicate with suppliers through formal or informal contract mechanisms such as supplier meetings, debrief sessions, site visits, webinars, and dedicated web pages and supplier portals. Be sure to also loop back internally with insights that may help to shape future procurements. Consider developing a template to guide post-review topics and facilitate meaningful discussions.

EXAMPLE: Patagonia remediation protocol

Patagonia has a detailed investigation and remediation protocol to address the allegations of forced labour and human trafficking. It involves assembling an investigative team (including the sustainability team) to conduct an in-depth audit; then sending a formal remediation letter to factory management requiring a written reply within 24 hours that outlines the factory's willingness to address all concerns.1

EXAMPLE: Apple’s on-site corrective action plans team

Apple has a Subject Matter Expert program to help suppliers improve. It consists of 30 experts who visit facilities to work directly with suppliers to help develop and implement customised corrective action plans.2

Prepare for your next procurement PLAN stage

Use review results to create time-bound actions and sustainability goals, and to inform the next procurement PLAN stage, including contract renewal or renegotiation based on performance and changing needs. Make sure to share both what was done well and any missteps to raise awareness of key barriers and possible solutions for next time. Depending on the extent the supplier is providing sustainable products and value, consider contract renewal or renegotiation with expanded or altered sustainable deliverables. If sustainability performance is not as high as hoped, you may need to restart the procurement life cycle, with market engagement and a new RfP. Consider also if your original need is being met, or if it has changed and you need to assess your needs again.

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Guide to Procurement: Conducting Reviews

This guide from the New Zealand Government covers the steps involved in conducting post implementation and end of contract reviews. It will help inform the planning of your next procurement cycle.

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Vendor performance evaluation guide: Tips, tools and resources

This guide by RFP360 outlines the importance of reviewing vendor performance and the steps you can take to implement a vendor review process.

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Procurement Journey: Lessons Learned

A brief list of questions developed by the Scottish Government. It will help you uncover lessons learned during the course of the procurement cycle.