• Research Initiatives

    Sustainable Public Procurement Accelerator Lab

    Government by its buying policies and its trillions of dollars of spending can exert substantial leverage on an economy’s supply chains to advance environmental and social change.  This Centre research unit brings researchers, educators, government and industry together to accelerate the adoption of best in class solutions to empower public procurement practitioners to deliver against objectives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.7.   The Lab is focused on four activities:

    1. Benchmark the maturity of existing Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) best practices and tools.

    2. Develop and test new SPP tools and practices to meet and extend existing sustainability targets, compliance requirements and due diligence standards.

    3. Scale implementation of SPP through better change management and adoption of appropriate digital technologies.

    4. Develop and test SPP monitoring tools to measure progress and the impact of SPP efforts to enhance end–to-end supply chain transparency and accountability for specific sustainability objectives.

    The Lab currently is working with governments at various levels in Canada and leading firms in their supply base to advance these objectives. This involves Schulich faculty, graduate students and industry partners. Inquiries on this initiative can be directed to the Centre Director, David Johnston.

    United Nations Sustainability Development Goal Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.


David A. Johnston

Director, George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains
Director, Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program
Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems
Contact: djohnston@schulich.yorku.ca

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Related Reading: Our Journey Towards Sustainable Supply Chains