de Poel hits back at polls
de Poel hits back at polls against sustainable procurement
The largest purchaser of temporary agency labour in the UK has this month rejected claims that sustainable procurement isnt providing buyers with significant savings.
de Poel rebuffed the views obtained in a survey by Supply Management of 100 private purchasers around the world, which suggested that 64 per cent of buyers surveyed had not secured financial benefit from sustainability.
The number one cost-saving consultancy also disagreed with findings that private companies put sustainable procurement low on their agendas during the current economic climate.
Sustainability, they argued, was critical in the present climate, not only in ensuring savings but in improving company efficiency and productivity, crucial to business survival.
Chief Executive of de Poel, Matthew Sanders, said: de Poels solutions almost certainly come under the heading of sustainable procurement, but the responses weve had completely contradict the results of this survey.
Every single one of our clients has reported savings of between 6 and 12% each year, and most claim to have benefitted almost immediately after implementing our solutions.
If anything, sustainable procurement, at least as far as were concerned, has been high on the agenda for companies during the credit crunch. Our solutions help reduce organisations temporary agency labour spend and improve company productivity by optimising the quality of staff supplied.
Mr Sanders added that since de Poels fees are taken as a per­centage of the direct savings achieved rather than through a hefty set-up charge, their solutions are often more attractive than some of the short-term cost-saving solutions currently advertised.
Supporting the benefits of sustainable procurement at a time of financial instability, the new trend within the retail sector to implement more sustainable HR strategies is proving popular.
Focusing on initiatives to retain and attract more quality staff rather than merely reducing overall headcount, high street names such as Sainsburys and large fashion retailers are showing how long-term plans can also have short-term benefits.
Meanwhile, the public sector, who remain under massive pressure to cut spending, have become notorious for adopting a more sustainable approach, recognising the direct savings possibilities as well positive side-effects.
Incidentally, the importance of the added advantages of sustainable procurement was also echoed by a number of respondents in the SM 100 poll, who identified factors such as reduced energy and water outlay in some cases.
Experts in their field, de Poel was quick to reject any remaining negative assumptions about sustainable procurement, which is typically associated with a long, inconvenient implementation process.
Predominantly, they drew attention to e-tips, their web-based, electronic timesheet and invoice-processing system, which they say is easily accessible to clients and their agencies.