Sustainable Procurement

Sustainability is fast becoming the single biggest focus area for organizations, whether driven by choice, customer expectations, or by emerging legislation. Many are also realizing the opportunity sustainability offers as a source of new competitive advantage. Achieving sustainability is a challenge for any organization and the supply base is the most challenging area of all. With typically around 60% of all sustainability initiatives involving the supply base in some way, understanding the areas we need to address and driving in change for what we buy, who we buy from, and back up our supply chains, requires a fresh approach to procurement and supply chain management.

Positive Purchasing Sustainable Procurement is a unique approach. Built upon the foundations of our proven 5i® strategic Category Management and 5A/5S Orchestra of SRM® methodologies, it enables organizations to make meaningful changes in terms of supply-side sustainability. We combine our Sustainable Procurement process and toolkit with online or classroom training courses to equip your team with the resources and capability to determine the supply-side risks, impacts, and opportunities against overall corporate sustainability goals. We then help implement improvement programs that will realize these goals.

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Our Sustainable Procurement program builds upon our proven 5i®, 5S Orchestra of SRM® and 5A methodologies.

It equips and enables your team to implement Sustainable Procurement as a contributor towards overall organizational sustainability goals. Based around the unique OMEIA® process, our Sustainable Procurement program provides a best practice methodology, enabling cross-functional teams to determine and implement sustainable category and supply strategies as well as product, category, supplier and supply chain improvement programs.

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The Sustainable Procurement program combines extensive capability development for expert practitioners together with our unique Sustainable Procurement process and toolkit to equip and enable your team

Enabling Sustainable Procurement

Learning Academy
Classic Toolkits
Intelligent Workflow

Learning Academy

A comprehensive range of digital learning modules and managed learning programs to measure and develop individual and team-wide capability:

Digital learning library

Substantial library of digital learning modules for category management, SRM and negotiation with self-study and on-demand video learning for all core processes, tools and activities.

Digital dynamic learning

Managed time-bound team learning programs, with options ranging from ‘digital learning weeks’ to 12-month supported programs.

Option to create unique custom learning modules or programs to reflect specific organizational needs.

Classic Toolkits

Strategic sourcing and negotiation toolkits featuring process and full suite of tools to support each step (including quick reference guides and practitioner resources), plus online and downloadable templates for:

Category Management

5i® Category Management sourcing and 5i® Lite

Supplier Relationship Management

5S Orchestra of SRM® including 5A Strategic Collaborative Relationship (SCR) process


Red Sheet®, Red Sheet Lite and Red Sheet Nano negotiation planning toolkits

The Buyer’s Toolkit

5D Power Buying® process

Sustainable Procurement

OMEIA® Sustainable Procurement process


Individual and team-wide competency assessment, psychometric assessment, personal development planning and functional diagnostic assessment to determine a measure of core strategic procurement or specialized negotiation capability

Assessed via online self-assessment, or a fully managed interview-based program, we offer structured insights into personal and team-wide capabilities and provide the basis to create a targeted learning and development roadmap.

Intelligent Workflow

Complete your Procleus platform with our intelligent workflow tools:

Capella – The Guided Category Strategy Creator®

This world leading tool will guide you towards creating powerful category strategies that will deliver game-changing value from the supply base for your organization. Capella will help you secure supply into the future, delivery cost savings, reduce supply-side risk and drive sustainability in your supply base. Get more value from your supply base for your key categories of spend and ultimately, make procurement a strategic contributor to organizational success.

Ruby – The Guided Negotiation Plan Creator®

Ruby is an intelligent workflow tool that enables you to create your own winning negotiation strategies. With a collaboration engine and fully responsive across devices, Ruby enables teams dispersed around the globe to work together to create effective negotiation plans. Ruby guides you towards a detailed plan for your negotiations. You can download it, share it and ensure your team is fully prepared to secure the best outcomes.

Buyer’s Toolkit Platform

Built on our unique 5D Power Buying® process, the Buyer’s Toolkit platform provides a simple step-by-step approach to buying well – suited to anyone from an individual to purchasing teams in large corporate organizations. This digital tool covers every stage of buying and combines all the best-practice tools and theory for professional buying and negotiation into a straightforward framework that can improve the result of a purchase at any scale or level.


Customizable, interactive management dashboard for real-time project status and learning progress

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Training Courses

We offer high-impact courses for individuals and procurement teams. These courses can be delivered online as a series of instructor-led workshops, in a classroom setting, or as blended learning solutions. Our trainers are renowned experts in the field, with personal experience gained from practicing procurement for large organizations around the world.

Training Course | Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement – Advanced

CPD Certified
IFPSM Accredited

This advanced-level course is aimed at experienced procurement practitioners who need to implement Sustainable Procurement View Course

Training Course | Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement – Awareness

This introductory-level course is aimed at procurement or stakeholders who need an overview of sustainability and Sustainable Procurement. View Course

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Our Sustainable Procurement packages are ideal for any organization seeking to develop Sustainable Procurement approaches and enable and equip the organization to identify where to focus efforts. They can then help to determine and put in place new sustainable sourcing arrangements for priorities in terms of key areas of spend with important suppliers and in your supply chains.

Two packages are available – the first is for organizations already practicing strategic procurement using 5i® Category Management and 5S/5A Supplier Relationship Management where Sustainable Procurement can be embedded into these approaches. The second package is for organizations starting out with strategic procurement.


Sustainable Procurement - Comprehensive Package

The Sustainable Procurement Comprehensive Package includes everything you need to mobilize and implement Sustainable Procurement, together with key strategic procurement approaches.


Sustainable Procurement - Accelerator Package

The Sustainable Procurement Accelerator Package includes everything you need to augment existing 5i® Category Management and 5A/5S SRM approaches with Sustainable Procurement and kick-off a new Sustainable Procurement program in your organization.

Learning Resources


Sustainable Procurement Book

A Practical Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain

Sustainable Procurement explains the vast topic of sustainability and the imperative to act for procurement and supply chain practitioners. Based around the OMEIA® Sustainable Procurement process, this book provides a step-by-step and highly practical methodology that embeds sustainable procurement into existing proven procurement approaches. It also provides some crucial new tools that equip and enable those in this field to drive highly effective supply-side sustainability.

Written by our CEO and leading procurement and sustainability expert, Jonathan O’Brien, this practical guide outlines how to establish sustainable procurement as a key strategic enabler to reduce supply-side risk and understand and drive in programs of action to respond to detrimental impacts in the supply base. It also explains how to seize the incredible future opportunity that the next generation supply base can offer to unlock new competitive advantage, and brand, social and environmental value from sustainable procurement.

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Course Catalogue

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If you’d like to discuss how our training, platform and package options could work for your organization, please click below or call us on +44 33 00 94 0000.

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