The criteria for the awarding of contracts are part of an organisation’s strategy. Next to purchase price information, long-term aspects and environmental issues are of great importance. How should these criteria be handled?

You have to set these criteria on the basis of both product data and the producer. Assessing suppliers in terms of quality, reliability etc. is part of your daily business. But your own organisation’s environmental department may have issued additional criteria for the supply chain management and the choice of suppliers. These are new aspects to you but not to service providers .

What applies for producers also applies for products - you need to take environmental aspects into account and compare different offers. This will help ensure that you comply with future legislation, and do not "buy in" negative environmental impacts to your own products, simply on the basis that this is your organisation’s strategy. Services as green procurement or environmental performance evaluation can help you find the necessary pieces of information.

In addition to totally new issues, new aspects for well-established issues must be considered. For example, a price is no longer a price. Life cycle costing addresses the question of "hidden" costs. Is the product with the lowest purchase price automatically the most favorable? Of course not. The services can help you to quantify hidden costs.