Intouch: Executive Pulse – Business thinking on sustainable procurement

Business people overwhelmingly back the policy that government agencies should procure sustainably – based on whole-of-life costs, rather than day-one price alone.
Sustainable procurement by government agencies in June became “business as usual” following the new Government’s overall review of its procurement policy.

On what basis do you think government agencies should buy goods and services?

All respondents
Best ‘day-one’ value for money (the price at the time of purchase)19%
Best value for money over the whole-of-life (not necessarily at the time of purchase)67%
Don’t know12%
Another basis (please specify)3%

Business decision makers
Best ‘day-one’ value for money (the price at the time of purchase)13%
Best value for money over the whole-of-life (not necessarily at the time of purchase)74%
Don’t know8%
Another basis (please specify)5%

Source: ShapeNZ, May 12-27, 2009. 3298 respondents, including 777 (managers, proprietors, self employed and professionals). Weighted by age, gender, personal income, employment status, ethnicity and party vote 2008. Maximum margin of error on the national sample +/- 1.7%, and +/- 3.5% on the business sub sample. ShapeNZ is operated by the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development. www.shapenz.org.nz
and www.nzbcd.org.nz

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