Published on 14/10/2021

ARMOR publishes its responsible purchasing guide

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Purchasing accounts for an average of 50% of a company's turnover and is therefore an important area for improving its economic performance. This is why ARMOR, through its entity ARMOR Print Solutions, is publishing a practical guide to responsible purchasing this quarter. This publication is aimed at private and public sector players wishing to implement a responsible purchasing policy within their organisations, in line with recent legislative developments.

The guide lists 10 environmental and social criteria (waste management, working conditions, biodiversity, etc.) with key questions to ask suppliers for each category.

"At ARMOR, we are convinced that collaboration is the engine of transition. This is why we are providing companies and local authorities with a guide summarising the challenges linked to responsible purchasing as well as optimisation paths that each player, whatever its size, can implement within its organisation", notes Catherine Lacroix, Head of Continuous Improvement of Purchasing within the ARMOR Group's Purchasing Department.

At the heart of the functioning of organisations, Responsible Purchasing is a real growth lever for private and public players.
"As a vector of innovation, Responsible Purchasing encourages the creation of new products and services with less environmental and social impact. It also enables the company to position itself on more tenders and thus generate new business opportunities.  Not to mention that such a policy allows companies and local authorities to be in line with the changing expectations of consumers, partners and employees, for whom taking into account environmental and social issues is essential today”, explains Catherine Lacroix.

Toner and ink cartridges are among the 17 product families listed in the decree on the obligation to acquire goods from reuse or incorporating recycled materials in public procurement. In this respect, printing consumables are a concrete example of goods that can be easily integrated into a responsible purchasing strategy.  
"Produced from empty cartridges, remanufactured print cartridges, such as those of our OWA brand, are part of this responsible approach because they are reused. This offer of products  is enhanced by a collection service for used print cartridges, in order to revalorize  them and put them back on the market. When print cartridges are reusable, they are dismantled, cleaned, certain parts are replaced, and ink or toner powder is reinjected to offer a ready-to-use consumable," concludes Gerwald van der Gijp, Managing Director of ARMOR Print Solutions.

Find out more about ARMOR Print Solutions' responsible purchasing guide