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Green Services Hub prepares for first green procurement events | 26 September 2013

Green procurement will be the central topic in a series of events held by the Green Services Hub, reports placenorthwest.co.uk.

The first one will be held in Preston on Thursday (September 26th), followed by similar workshops across the country in September and October.

Nicholas Doyle, project director at Places for People, the hosts of the Preston event, explained that the organisation brings together stakeholders such as lawyers and suppliers who meet EU requirements on green issues, with the aim of helping firms to be more environmentally friendly in the workplace.

He said: “We helped to set up the Green Services Hub because we recognise the growing pressure on organisations to buy more energy efficient products and services.”

The group is backed by leading property firms such as Willmott Dixon and Savills. It seeks simplify green matters – for example, putting a company in touch with a reputable solar panel manufacturer.

Green standards are a common bugbear among British businesses and their efforts are continually scrutinised by the public, as well as certain researchers. However, the sustainability indices produced and discussed do not always tell the whole story, according to greenbiz.com’s Michael Kramer.

The columnist highlighted a number of issues with metrics like the Global Compact 100 – which ranks companies on how closely they stick by ten given principles – including the narrow definition of sustainability that is often used. There are so many topics that could play a part, from offensive images in marketing campaigns all the way up to links to oppressive political regimes.

It is not just a question of recycling more and using less energy, Mr Kramer explained.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author

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