Include your sustainability expectations in your solicitation documents
Incorporate a sustainability section in the solicitation documents (Rfx – Request for Proposals (RFP), Request for Tender (RFT), Invitation to Tender (ITT)) to guide bids by outlining sustainable practices and requirements for bidders. Your tender should outline clear expectations for supplier and product/service sustainability, utilising the outcomes-based and technical specifications developed during the pre-qualification process, along with relevant standards and labels. Respect your bidders’ time and resources and try not to repeat questions already asked at the pre-qualification stage and instead focus on additional sustainable criteria. Avoid using criteria for measures or information you or your suppliers can't verify. Dedicate a section to sustainability to demonstrate commitment, including key metrics, eco-friendly materials, standards, or certifications where relevant.
EXAMPLE: Telecom company signals climate commitment expectations to suppliers
The telecommunications company, Ericsson, clearly articulates to all suppliers that the issue of climate is a priority by sharing a Supply Chain Climate Action letter which states that the company “is working in alignment with the 1.5°C ambition, and we expect our suppliers to join us on this crucial journey.”1