The relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement in the public sector

Helen Walker, Stephen Brammer

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This study examines the relationship between sustainable procurement and e-procurement, two recent initiatives in public procurement in many countries. A survey of sustainable procurement and e-procurement adoption was conducted with a sample of over 280 public procurement practitioners from 20 countries and with collective responsibility for expenditure totalling $45 BN. Using multiple regression, we develop a model to show that e-procurement and communication with suppliers supports some types of sustainable procurement, and hinders others. E-procurement and communication with suppliers may help environmental, labour, health and safety aspects of sustainable procurement. Conversely, e-procurement may hinder buying from small local firms that are not e-enabled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-268
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • E-procurement
  • Environmental issues
  • Information technology
  • Public sector
  • Supplier communication
  • Survey
  • Sustainable procurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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