Sustainable Purchasing


Sustainable Purchasing
International purchasing
Contact hours
27 H
Number of spots
Open to visitors
Philipp Christopher Sauer

Pedagogical contribution of the course to the program

Développer un management à impact grâce aux connaissances et aux outils les plus récents dans les domaines du management

Evaluate sustainable managerial practices using managerial concepts and instruments as well as digital tools

Développer des compétences managériales de niveau avancé se traduisant par un leadership responsable

Co-build a managerial and organizational culture through collaborations and team projects
Effectively argue his ideas orally and in writing with a professional posture
Adopt a responsible leadership posture by being an actor in its own development and that of its teams

Mettre en place un management responsable par des pratiques reflétant les valeurs d’éthique, de diversité et de développement durable

Critically assess issues related to diversity, ethics and sustainability in the context of their professional practice
Co-creating responsible management in one's professional practice

Pratiquer un management à impact dans un environnement multiculturel et international, porté par un "European mindset"

Communicate in a professional context in (foreign) languages, in writing and/or orally


This course links into current trends in sustainable purchasing like the comliance with national and international due dilligence laws such as the "loi sur le devoir de vigilance" in France. For supporting the students in working on these trends, the course will introduce the students to the specific challenges of integrating sustainability into purchasing as well as the available tools and concepts to address these challenges. The students will engage with the multi-dimensional aims of sustainable purchasing, social as well as environmental challenges in purchasing as well as the main tools for sustainability management in purchasing including the design of a dedicated balanced scorecard. To enable an engaging learning path, the course combines theory-focused lectures with a group project covering the entire semester and linking to all lectures. As a result, the students will handle each topic first in theoretical terms based on theory-focused and generalized inputs as well as discussions by the professor before relating the topic to their own more specific and practice-oriented group projects. During the semester several small work packages will be prepared and submitted by the student groups and the group project will have to be presented in the final sessions.

Teaching methods


- Lectures
- Tutorials

In group

- Exercises
- Oral presentations
- Projects


- Discussions/debates


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Learning objectives

Cognitive domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
  • - (level 1) define the basics of sustainability, procurement and sustainable procurement
  • - (level 2) illustrate the sustainability challenges that purchasing officers have to face
  • - (level 3) apply key sustainable purchasing tools to a exemplary cases
  • - (level 4) analyze the sustainability of competing suppliers against each other
  • - (level 5) justify the choices taken in their group work cases of sustainable purchasing
  • - (level 6) develop a sustainable purchasing scorecard for a limited case

Affective domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
None affective domain have been associated with this course yet


0. Organization of the course and group work 1. Introduction to sustainability and purchasing 2. Identification of sustainability hotspots 3. Sustainable purchasing tools 4. Sustainable purchasing balanced scorecard 5. Presentations

No prerequisite has been provided

Knowledge in / Key concepts to master

The basics of management and specifically purchasing and supply chain management (as covered in 1A PGE)

Teaching material

Mandatory tools for the course

- Computer

Documents in all formats

- Newspaper articles
- Case studies/texts
- Worksheets

Moodle platform

- Upload of class documents
- Interface to submit coursework
- Assessments


- Pack Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

Additional electronic platforms

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Recommended reading

- David B, G., Trautrims, A., & Wong, C. Y. (2013). Sustainable logistics and supply chain management. London: Kogan Page Limited. - Johnsen, T. E., Howard, M., & Miemczyk, J. (2018). Purchasing and supply chain management: A sustainability perspective. Routledge.

Further reading will be indicated during the individual lectures.

EM Research: Be sure to mobilize at least one resource

Textbooks, case studies, translated material, etc. can be entered
No reading material has been provided.


List of assessment methods

Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 1Other (date, pop quiz, etc.) : Quiz at the end of lectures
Written / Individual / English / Weight : 10 %
Details : Quiz performed in Moodle with closed questions
This evaluation is used to measure ILO1.2-PGE, ILO4.1-PGE
Final evaluationExam week
Written (60 Min.) / Individual / English / Weight : 40 %
Details : Multiple choice exam including closed questions as well as exercises on priorization and selection of suppliers, standards, indicators or risks in sustainable purchasing
This evaluation is used to measure ILO1.2-PGE, ILO3.1-PGE, ILO4.1-PGE
Final evaluationLast class
Oral (20 Min.) / Group / English / Weight : 50 %
Details : Presentation of group work
This evaluation is used to measure ILO1.2-PGE, ILO2.1-PGE, ILO2.3-PGE, ILO2.4-PGE, ILO3.1-PGE, ILO3.2-PGE, ILO4.1-PGE
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