Exploring Sustainable Procurement Practices in Public Procurement: A Case Study of University of Health and Allied Sciences-Ho.

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November 2016
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Exploring sustainable procurement practices in Public Procurement is essential as sustainability is a discrete business activity which links the value chains for public procurement. The public procurement value chain environment has been subjected to various challenges right from purchasing decisions that are adverse to human and issues of climate change that impact on procurement decisions. Furthermore, the principle of balancing the triple constraints (economic, social and environmental) that directly influences procurement decisions especially within public procurement undertaken and value for money principles. This thesis looks at the supply chain perspective on procurement sustainability where, procurement entity needs to analyze elements that are necessary when making procurement decisions for the public institution. As part of the key components, public procurement management requires effective and efficient sustainable practices in the implantation of whole life costing. The aim of Public Procurement Act, Act 663, (Act 2003) is to ensure value for money in the public procurement system and by so doing integrating sustainable procurement practices into the process are integral. The practice not only ensure efficient utilization of scarce public funds but importantly; public projects are carried out in sustainable manner for which the economic, social and the environment constraints are balanced in public procurement project decisions and implementations. The objectives of this study is to assess the level of knowledge of sustainable procurement practices and to identify the challenges in implementing sustainable procurement practices in University of Health and Allied Sciences. With a population of (30), which comprises of Procurement Officer; Quantity Surveyors; Financial Officers; Estate Managers; Maintenance officer; Architects and General Administrative Staff as the major players involved in procurement activities for the University, census iii sampling technique was used. Questionnaires as research instrument were used to collect data for analysis. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistic (mean values) and frequency distribution for data presentation and interpretations. It has been identified from the study that UHAS procurement processes are often challenged by legal and regulatory framework, budget constraint and accounting practices, political commitment, technical capacity and supply constraints which poses challenges in implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement. Other recommendations were however made for integrating sustainable procurement practices into their public procurement process and practice.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science.