Research Purpose :
Businesses are currently struggling with the challenges of building a competitive
advantage; however the current trend for being successful is through adopting an allinclusive
corporate responsibility idea of sustainability. Sustainability within an
organisation is supported by sustainable procurement. The purpose of the research is to
identify the factors that lead to the effective implementation of sustainable procurement.
Research Methodology :
A quantitative and descriptive research approach was conducted. This was implemented
through a self-administered online survey questionnaire, which was sent to procurement
specialist and managers within the private and public sectors. The basis for the research
was formed through a literature review, which focused on the factors effecting sustainable
procurement within the private and public sectors. The research carried out statistical
data analysis on the elements contributing to best practice, enablers, opportunities, the
country s competitiveness and barriers to sustainable procurement.
Research Finding :
The results reveal that there is a distinct difference between the factors that impact
sustainable procurement within the private and public sectors. The factors affecting
private sector are more inclined to measurement and tracking, leadership and the
alignment of the company and procurement strategy, public sector investment and
knowledge and awareness of sustainable sourcing. The public sector is influenced by
clear policy, strong technical expertise, strategic partnership, and the potential to export
locally manufactured goods.
Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2016.