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By 23 May 2014December 27th, 2018Uncategorized


Responsible Procurement Code (RPC)

Responsible Procurement Code (RPC)

Responsible Procurement Code (RPC) – the new procurement certification for UK organisations that helps to assess and reduce environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of procurement activities within your organisation and across your supply chains.

Why use the Responsible Procurement Code?

This service can provide an independent audit and certification to measure the sustainability of your procurement policies and practices and to assess how effectively these are embedded across your organisation.

The RPC incorporates an expenditure analysis of your responsible products and services and evaluates levels of responsible procurement and supply chain performance; it then uses this information to provide you with an audit report, recommendations for improvement and a targeted workshop.

Its authors developed the RPC to help you identify sustainability risks within your procurement practices as well as respond to your organisation’s sustainability commitments and your customers’ requirements and expectations for evidencing, implementing and improving good procurement practices – those which recognise and attempt to lessen social and environmental impacts of doing business.

Benefits of the Responsible Procurement Code

The RPC offers a range of benefits for your organisation, including:

  • a better understanding of the social, environmental and financial risks associated with the products and services that you purchase
  • help to mitigate sustainability risks associated with regulation, operational activities, supplier operations, customer requirements and raw materials availability
  • identifying and realising cost savings
  • identifying and reducing environmental and social impacts
  • recognition of procurement performance through the award of a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze certification
  • instilling continual process improvement through regular assessments and recommendations
  • information to help you engage with your internal (finance, procurement, environment , CSR and marketing teams) and external stakeholders

The RPC audit tool is aligned with best practice for responsible procurement, most notably the UK government’s Flexible Framework and the British Standard guidance BS 8903.

It also complements other good practice, including Environmental Management Systems (EMS), the ISO 14001 standard and the Social Value Act, to provide you with an independently verified, holistic and robust assessment that evidences the sustainability of your procurement activities.

Why LRS?

A team of specialists behind LRS has significant expertise in assessing organisations’ performance in sustainable procurement and helping them to realise opportunities in resource efficiency.

They have a long track record of providing advice on best practice including:

  • delivering the ground-breaking Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code (2001-2013) on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA);
  • participating in the steering group for the development of the British Standard for sustainable procurement – BS 8903,
  • supporting the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) with the development and authoring of its Sustainable Procurement Review.

How to start benefiting from the RPC

To register to use the new RPC tool, or to discuss sustainable procurement and supply chain services:



Andy Marsh at

020 7936 9761, or

Cora Morena Fritz at

020 7936 9765.

LRS Consultancy

107-111 Fleet Street London, EC4A 2AB

020 7936 9760

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See Also:


LRS Circular

  • May 2014 
  • Urban Mines merger
  • Tesco packaging trials
  • MRF Sampling Guidance
  • Responsible Procurement certification
  • Biomethane investment


Initials Abbreviations & Acronyms

  • BES
  • CIPS
  • CSR
  • EMS
  • GLA
  • RPC
  • SVA

Words and Phrases

  • BES 6001
  • BS 8903
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • external stakeholders
  • Flexible Framework
  • Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • GreenSpecLight
  • ISO 14001 standard
  • Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code (2001-2013)
  • Responsible Solutions
  • Responsible Sourcing
  • Responsible Procurement Code (RPC)
  • Social Value Act
  • Sustainable Procurement Review





  • Waste Management Secification Preliminaries




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4th April 2014  – 27th December 2018