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Sustainable procurement in social housing: are we there yet?

The social housing sector’s approach to sustainable procurement can be insular and driven by regulation. The risk here is that the positive, motivating commitment seen in the earlier research is being eroded by a more negative, demotivating compliance approach. Coupled with this, there is little knowledge sharing with suppliers and contractors on sustainable procurement solutions.

Robert Ashton

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Of all the agencies working to combat worklessness and other social ills, housing associations already provide the homes they live in. They are trusted, have a working relationship and are inevitably one of the first ports of call when advice or help is needed. But the relationship between tenant and social landlord is under threat.

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