Plan for pre-qualification
Pre-qualification approaches can support sustainable procurement, especially for recurring, large, complex, or high-risk purchases. Firstly, pre-qualification with no limit on the number of qualified suppliers can identify and build a large, sustainable supply pool before solicitation. Secondly, pre-qualification with a limit on the number of qualified suppliers (also known as pre-selection) shortlists the number of suppliers based on minimum sustainable qualification criteria for the procurement concerned. While it can slow processes or limit suppliers, especially in new sectors or innovative categories, its suitability depends on procurement type and speed of supply needs. For public procurement, always check local legal frameworks regarding pre-qualification.
EXAMPLE: Disney avoids sourcing in high-risk regions
Disney has created a predefined list of countries from which its products can be sourced to avoid regions with a high risk of child and forced labour. The list is based on the World Bank Governance index, the US Department of Labour's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor, and the US Department of State's Trafficking in Persons Report.1 2