FACTORS AFFECTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GREEN PROCUREMENT PRACTICES IN NAIROBI CITY WATER AND SEWERAGE COMPANY LIMITED

WAMBUI Lucy

Abstract


Buying products which are environmentally responsible can be a dicey occupation. Labeling and certification requirements vary, so a green procurement officer may think that he or she is doing the right thing by purchasing a product which bears a “green” label and later learn that the product is not more environmentally responsible than that of a competitor, even though it's more expensive. Good procurement officers investigate their sources with care, taking the time to confirm that the claims made by a company are accurate and comparing data from different sources to see which vendor is the best. This research study was motivated to investigate the factors affecting the implementation of green procurement practices in NCWSC. The study also sought to establish the effects of trading partners, organizations management and purchase price on the implementation of green procurement practices in NCWSC. Descriptive research design was used in this research study. The population for this study was all the employees of NCWSC. There are 220 employees working in 14 departments of NCWSC. The target population of this study was therefore 220 employees. The researcher in this study used purposive sampling to select the employees working in the supply chain department of NCWSC. The sample size of this study was therefore 18 respondents. The main instrument in data collection was self-administered questionnaires. The research was quantitative in nature. Descriptive statistics generated percentages, mean scores and proportions which were presented in tables and figures. This research study found that trading partners influence the implementation of green procurement practices in NCWSC to a great extent. The study also established that a green supply chain can improve environmental performance (reducing waste and emissions as well as increasing environmental commitment). It was also revealed that purchase price affects implementation of procurement practices to a great extent. This study also found that organizational management influences implementation of green procurement practices at NCSWC to a great extent. In relation to trading partners, the study established that suppliers were highly influencing the implementation of green procurement practices. This study therefore recommends that screening of suppliers for environmental performance should be key deciding factor in the procurement processes.

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