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Figure 4-3 Technical requirements for sustainable procurement.

Source : Peter Graf presentation, December 8, 2011.

and more, he noted, companies want to leverage cloud-based tools and systems in part because they can usually be deployed more quickly. Also, individuals want information to be accessible wherever they happen to be, not only through their desktop computers but from mobile devices. A procurement manager who needs to approve a specific purchase, for example, could see from glancing at his or her mobile device that a requisition is urgent. Figure 4-3 summarizes what many participants described as the technical requirements for sustainable procurement, including data management.

COMMON THEMES GOING FORWARD

During the last session of the workshop, participants discussed major gaps in knowledge for sustainable procurement, positive or negative attributes that characterize sustainable procurement, and what those attributes should be moving forward. The following are themes and issues many participants observed to be relevant and in need of further attention as sustainable procurement continues to be adopted by private and public sector organizations.

•  Semantics and units of measurement were raised as an issue, especially regarding relevance and materiality. For example, even if the same unit of measurement is being used for the rating of a given product, the rating and information presented within a single product category are often not reported in the same away across



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