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This study assessed the state of sustainable procurement practices in Ghanaian tertiary institutions. The adoption of sustainable procurement practices has gained significant attention due to the growing emphasis on the environmental, social, and economic impact of organizations and their suppliers. It aimed to determine the extent to which sustainability principles were incorporated into procurement practices, identify challenges faced in adopting sustainable procurement, and identify factors that could influence sustainable procurement adoption. A quantitative approach was used, and data is collected through a structured questionnaire administered to procurement officers in Ghanaian tertiary institutions. The questionnaire included statements of sustainability practices, challenges of adoption, and factors influencing adoption. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics. The findings revealed that the adoption of sustainable procurement practices in Ghanaian tertiary institutions is a low to moderate state. Respondents show disagreement in areas such as following up on environmental and social performance, ensuring the well-being of the less privileged, and including reporting on environmental and social issues. However, respondents express moderate agreement in considering alternatives to purchasing, such as reusing, recycling, and hiring. Challenges in adopting sustainable procurement practices were identified, including difficulty in accessing suppliers of sustainable products, suppliers' lack of understanding of sustainability concepts, and low commitment of management to sustainability adoption. Factors that can influence sustainable procurement adoption are also explored, including demystifying the perceived cost of sustainable products, encouraging top management support and policy implementation, providing sustainability training for staff, and enforcing governmental laws and regulations on sustainability. The study highlights the need for increased awareness and implementation of sustainable procurement practices in Ghanaian tertiary institutions. It emphasizes the importance of addressing challenges and promoting factors that facilitate adoption. By incorporating sustainability principles into procurement practices, these institutions can contribute to a more sustainable future, where resources are used efficiently, waste is minimized, and social well-being is prioritized.


Procurement sustainability Ghanaian tertiary institutions sustainable procurement sustainability practices

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Author Biographies

Wisdom Akannobe Nchor, Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University, Wa

Assistant Lecturer

Department of Procurement and Supply Chain Management, School of Business,

Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University, Wa, Upper West Region of Ghana

Matilda Maaboah Owusu-Mensah, Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Quama Food Processing Co. LTD, Asawase- Ejisu, Ashanti Region,

Director of operation

 Quama Food Processing Co. LTD,

Asawase- Ejisu, Ashanti Region,

How to Cite
Dauda, S., Akannobe Nchor, W., & Owusu-Mensah, M. M. (2023). Assessing the State of Sustainable Procurement Practices in Ghanaian Tertiary Institutions. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies and Innovative Research, 11(3), 1427–1435.


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