Consulting Project: Swiss Post

Project Title: Roadmap for Sustainable Procurement at Swiss Post

This project is assigned by Swiss Post to a consulting team of 4 participants within the Diploma in Sustainable Business program. The project timeline includes the period of October 2015-June 2016.

Background

By drawing a roadmap for sustainable procurement, Swiss Post wants to define options for a systematic integration of sustainability into its procurement organization. Based on a thorough analysis, existing gaps and future potentials should be laid open with the goal to continuously develop and improve the sustainability performance of Swiss Post’s purchasing organization (POP).

Goals

To develop a roadmap for sustainable procurement by defining areas of activity and specific actions which help POP to systematically integrate sustainability aspects into its organization. The roadmap should contain:

  1. Analysis of current situation: existing sustainability efforts within POP
  2. Target state analysis: What does/should POP look like with sustainability systematically integrated?
  3. Benchmarking analysis: What do comparable companies do concerning sustainable procurement?
  4. Recommendations: What actions should POP take in order to integrate sus-tainability systematically into its activities?
  5. Prioritization: What recommended actions should POP approach primarily?

Project activities

  • Develop a project plan
  • Present project plan to sponsor
  • Gain profound knowledge about (public and sustainable) purchasing
  • Gain profound knowledge about Swiss Post’s Procurement organization and its sustainability activities (analysis of current situation)
  • Hold an intermediate presentation at sponsor
  • Benchmark with other companies’ sustainability activities in purchasing
  • Literature analysis: systematic integration of sustainability into purchasing (target state analysis)
  • Consolidation: Comparison between current and target state, including identification of gaps / recommended action
  • Development of prioritized recommendations for POP