Information sheet: Sustainable procurement

last updated : 2021/01/13

General information

Sustainable development can be defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The RCRC Movement, by its very nature as a humanitarian organization, has a moral duty to consider future generations when designing and implementing relief operations.


Sustainable procurement objectives are:

  • Incorporate sustainability principles into the design of the supplied goods.
  • Optimize the logistics chain to reduce the supply footprint.
  • Ensure that acquired products were manufactured under acceptable conditions in terms of environmental compliance.

To achieve these objectives, the selected products meet the following criteria:

  • Reduced weight and volume compared to equivalent preceding products.
  • Use of materials that can be collected and recycled, particularly in low technology environment.
  • Use of materials and products that can have a second life in a different usage.
  • Use long lasting products and materials, to minimize the replacement and allow the second life.
  • Use materials with reduced effect on environment due to their intrinsic nature.
  • Favour manufacturing processes that facilitate pollution control.


ICRC/IFRC Standard Product Catalogue – last updated 2021-01-13