The Sustainable Procurement Network (SPN) is a partnership led by China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), a non-for-profit organization facilitating the development of “green consumption” and “green supply chain”. China hosts world largest supply chain when manufacturing of product is concerned. Lax environmental regulations and enforcement over decades have compromised the country’s environmental security, threatened public health, increased costs of growth, not only environmentally but economically and socially. To address these issues, the Chinese government issued the Guide of Enterprise Green Procurement and published the Code for Retailer Procurement in Sept 2017. CEC and its partners jointly launched the Alliance of Green Consumption and Green Supply Chain (GCSG) to help companies manage their own performance or their suppliers’ sustainability and green performance. This partnership platform has 109 key partners from government agencies, universities, companies (Chinese and international), and NGOs. GCSG is working with JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce platform by revenue, to reduce its carbon footprint, energy consumption, packaging consumables and implement its green supply chain. The SPN aims to:
- Apply the state-of-art measurement and reporting system of supply chain sustainability;
- Localize the system with the context of manufacturing industries in China;
- Engage with the public sectors and private companies, and promote sustainable procurement; and
- Establish IT-based reporting platform and facilitate green procurement management.
By 2020, SPN expects to recruit 100 furniture companies to join, and 100 electronic companies to utilize SPN. If these efforts are successful, SPN expects to increase water and energy efficiency by 10 percent for enterprises using SPN while also reducing carbon emissions by 10 percent. GCSG has also established a blockchain working group with Energy Blockchain Labs, a company that integrates technologies such as blockchain and the Internet of Things to digitize and tokenize green assets and green behaviors, to provide information technology and innovative financial services for green development. This technology will be used to give priority to the purchase of environmental labeling products with less negative impact on the environment, and thus promote and demonstrate the green consumption and green procurement of society and create a sustainable development ecosystem.