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About the Awards

SAP is thrilled to showcase stories that involve implementing a successful Sustainable Procurement initiative. Now it’s your chance to be recognised and inspire others with your journey.

Please read these notes carefully and if you have any queries, don’t hesitate to drop us an email at

Entry is open to all (not just SAP / SAP Ariba / SAP Fieldglass customers), and we very much welcome submissions from private, third and public sector organisations.

Judging Criteria

Peter Smith, a CIPS Past President, ex CPO, ex Editor of Spend Matters Europe and now a business writer and adviser, will chair a panel of judges including sustainability experts, current procurement / supply chain practitioners and consultants.

The judges will conduct a short-listing process based on the entries submitted, then for the short-listed entries we plan to arrange a Skype call /video with at least one of your team members, so the judges can ask some further questions to help inform their decisions.

The criteria that entries will be judged against are as follows:

  • The strategy, planning and execution of the project 20%

  • The results in terms of benefits to the organisation 20%

  • Most importantly, the “sustainability” (wider) benefits 40%

  • The creativity and innovation shown (in the idea, or how it was delivered) 20%

Clearly, it is advisable to support claims of benefits with hard evidence wherever you can – numbers, testimonials, external verification, etc. At the Awards event, we will announce a winner for each category, as long as we feel that there is a worthy project to recognise. Plus there will be recognition awards for every organisation that the judges feel has made a significant contribution to sustainable and purposeful procurement with their work.

Content and Sharing

Given the subject matter here, and the urgent need in many sustainability fields for good practice to be spread as widely as possible, we want to be able to share entries where we feel that is useful to humanity! So we will assume that you are happy for your entry to be shared and published unless you tell us otherwise. If there is a small element of it that you do not wish to share, please indicate this when you enter – but we reserve the right not to include any entry where we feel this significantly reduces the benefits of sharing your knowledge. We will discuss any such case with the entrant before we make a decision, however.  

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