In our previous post we noted
that sustainability regulations in the EU are forcing APAC IT vendors
who want to protect revenue streams to improve compliance and
reporting. But what about ESG regulatory activity closer to home?
There are already changes that are beginning to have an impact on
public-sector procurement. New rules are sure to become more
widespread in the coming years, bringing new challenges and
opportunities for distributors, resellers and other channel
Predictably, it is the more mature APAC markets that are leading on
sustainability. Consider the following:
Australia: Both Department of Finance
guidance and the government's Sustainable Procurement
Guide highlight the importance of sustainability in procurement decisions.
Hong Kong: The Environment Bureau
Circular Memorandum No. 1/2021 focuses on green specifications
for products and services used by government departments.
Singapore: The government's GreenGov.SG initiative
is a key pillar of the Singapore Green Plan, which emphasises the
administration's commitment to sustainability. The inaugural
GreenGov.SG report, slated for publication by the end of 2023, will
measure public-sector progress on emissions and outline plans for
environmental sustainability. The government technology agency,
GovTech, is also in the process of defining standards for green IT procurement.
New Zealand: The Government Procurement
Rules emphasise sustainability, focusing on reduced energy
consumption and waste minimisation.
Going forward, distributors and resellers with public-sector clients
operating in these markets will need to:
Meeting these challenges requires new ways of operating. But
public-sector mandates will eventually be adopted by the private
sector throughout APAC, so there are obvious commercial advantages to
making a head start.
This is where data-driven decision-making is essential. CONTEXT is
currently developing a product carbon database providing a single
source of vendor-approved ESG information for distributors and resellers.
To enquire more about this product, get in touch with the
CONTEXT Sustainability team:
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