Green Procurement in the private sector: A state of the art review between 1996 and 2013

Andrea Appolloni*, Hui Sun, Fu Jia, Xiaomei Li

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The purpose of this paper is to identify the main themes of Green Procurement (GP) in the private sector through a literature review of papers published between 1996 and 2013 and to develop some future research directions. GP research has garnered interest from academics and industry alike. This is demonstrated by the increasing number of academic papers published in recent years. This literature review builds on the three themes in the adoption of GP identified from the literature: 1) the motivation and drivers for the implementation of GP; 2) barriers to the implementation of GP; 3) the performance impacts of the adoption of GP. Given that there are distinctive features of the private sector, compared to the public sector, this analysis focuses on GP in the private sector. The approach to GP holds important implications for managers, by directing limited resources towards projects which intersect both environmental performance and economic performance. The article discusses interesting findings, develops a conceptual framework of GP and suggests a number of directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-133
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2014


  • Barriers
  • Drivers
  • Green procurement
  • Literature review
  • Performances

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