Responsible Sourcing – Insights from SGS

Friday May 19th, 2017 | Diane de Beaudrap | Partners, Technical Expertise, White Paper

With the new ISO20400:2017, promoting sustainable procurement, it is now even more the time to engage with suppliers to improve standards. We are looking for best practices to fulfill, pillars to follow and software to implement. 

What is Responsible Sourcing? Are we responsible? How to implement it?

The purpose of this white paper is to provide an overview on current thinking for how best to ensure responsible sourcing from emerging economies. The aim is to promote an understanding of the key principles of responsible sourcing and how best to implement supplier safeguards.

This paper covers the concept/implementation of a responsible sourcing management system, and is aimed equally at those organisations with established supplier evaluation programmes as well as those considering development and implementation of responsible sourcing protocols.



This white paper gives a review of the key issues and challenges that organisations may experience when sourcing from emerging economies, and an overview of paths towards responsible and sustainable sourcing.

This white paper has been provided by SGS in May 2017.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The Société Générale de Surveillance works quietly behind the scenes to ensure that everything is meeting best practices, the latest standards and international regulations.   



If you want to have more information about the white paper or you want to share your opinion with us, contact us at .

Please note that you might be interested in our other articles.

  • White Paper: Corrosion Under Insulation – SGS

  • The Path to a Sustainable Supply Chain in the Steel Industry

  • One Belt One Road – Summit in Beijing, May 2017


We are Steel Available, an online supplier relationship management and sourcing platform connecting suppliers and buyers from the heavy industry. We are developing the first ecosystem in the heavy industry. It allows clients to efficiently manage and automate their supply chains using web-based tools and services. Our goal is to reduce the hidden risk in value chains. We do it by providing the information that matters, from compliance to quality assurance, creating value for all stakeholders.

To get more information you can download our brochure.

This white paper has been provided by SGS in May 2017.


Written by:



Diane de Beaudrap

Sales & Marketing Director @Steel Available