Challenges with the implementation of sustainable procurement practices in the Mining Industry. (A case study of some selected mining firms in Western Region of Ghana)

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Sustainable Procurement (SP) as a new phenomenon seeks to divert the practice of traditional procurement to modern day procurement practice that inculcates sustainability issues that foster the need for organizations to improve upon achieving efficiency. The study sought to focus on the challenges in implementation of Sustainable Procurement and to do that structured questionnaires were administered to some selected mining firms in the Western Region of Ghana to analyze the extent to which these firms mitigate challenges. Questionnaires were deployed to departments such as Procurement, Finance, Human Resources, Maintenance and Marketing using the purposive sampling approach. Most questions were designed using a likert scale of 1 to 5 for responses. 50 questionnaires that were circulated were retrieved and analyzed. Data analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software in descriptive statistical tools in the form of percentages. The study made some key findings that competitive bidding was rather practiced as compared to sole sourcing and that also there was not enough awareness and knowledge in the area of Sustainable Procurement. Challenges such as ICT difficulties, innovation, remuneration and increased cost, regulation and governance, inadequate funding, consumer perception, among others were very critical challenges inhibiting SP implementation. Also, social incentives, understanding and managing risks, regular monitoring and control reviews, among others were all critical practices of SP. In addition, interdepartmental coordination, continuous improvement, measuring supplier performance, among others were also critical success factors enabling the drive of SP. The study concluded that SP implementation and practice should be done in conformance with the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science,