A Comparative Study on Sustainable Procurement Practices in Sisal Processing Firms in Nakuru County
International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 5, October 2015, Pages: 453-459
Received: Aug. 5, 2015; Accepted: Aug. 11, 2015; Published: Sep. 17, 2015
Views 4318      Downloads 150
Muma Benard, Department of Accounting, Finance and Management Science, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
Eunice Waruguru, Department of Accounting, Finance and Management Science, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
Caroline Mundia, Department of Accounting, Finance and Management Science, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
Sophie Kiruri, Department of Accounting, Finance and Management Science, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
Article Tools
Follow on us
Sustainability in business operations continues to attract much attention in the business environment and so is among researchers. This is due to the benefits organizations enjoy when they achieve internal sustainability. While most organizations adopt sustainable business practices for various reasons; to improve performance and to be responsive to stakeholders’ demands, some organizations just adopt these strategies s a formality. In developing countries for instance, most organizations do not take a strategic approach to sustainability in internal business organizations. It is clear that studies need to be conducted on sustainability so that recommendations can be made to management of processing and manufacturing firms to enhance sustainability. This study sought to establish the level to which sisal processing firms in Nakuru County adopt sustainable procurement activities and further compare the level of adoption between the two major sisal processing firms in Nakuru County; Athinai Sisal Estate Lomolo (1962) Ltd. The study adopted a comparative study design and was guided by four objectives; To compare the level Supply Chain Efficiency between Athinai Sisal Estate and Lomolo (1962) Ltd., To compare Supply Chain Risk Management practices between Athinai Sisal Estate Lomolo (1962) Ltd., To compare attention to Stakeholder’s Expectation and Awareness between Athinai Sisal Estate Lomolo (1962) Ltd. And To compare Supply Chain Organizational Policy Commitment between Athinai Sisal Estate Lomolo (1962) Ltd. The study findings revealed that the two firms adopt similar sustainable procurement activities. However, Athinai Sisal Estate was found to adopt these practices at much higher level. The study recommended that the processing and manufacturing organizations build sustainability in the internal business operations and take a strategic approach to sustainability. Sustainability in operations should not be left functional areas. It should be management led and should be a cross the organization. The researchers suggested that further studies should be done on other sustainable business practices such as reverse logistics, just in time and green supply chain management as well as establish the role of these practices in operational and other aspects of organizational performance.
Sustainable Procurement, Sisal Processing Firms, Nakuru County
To cite this article
Muma Benard, Eunice Waruguru, Caroline Mundia, Sophie Kiruri, A Comparative Study on Sustainable Procurement Practices in Sisal Processing Firms in Nakuru County, International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 5, 2015, pp. 453-459. doi: 10.11648/j.ijefm.20150305.16
Australian Government: Department of Sutainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities (2013). (2013). Sustainable Procurement Guide. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
Bennett, M., James, P., 1998. Environment under the Spotlight—Current Practice and Future Trends in Environment—Related Performance Measurement for Business. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, London.
Bowen, F. E., Cousins, P. D., Lamming, R. C. and Faruk, A. C. (2001), “The role of supply Management capabilities in green supply”, Production and Operations Management, 10 (2), 174-89.
Camerinelli, E. (2009). Measuring the value of supply chain. Farnhan: Gower publishing limited.
Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (2011). CIPS Sustainable procurement review. Reviewed on 14th January 2015 from:https://www.cips.org/Documents/Products/Sustainable_Procurement_Review_%20new_.
Chege, E. N. (2012). Green Supply Chain Management Practice and Supply Chain Performance of Private Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Unpublished MBA Thesis.
Chien, M. K. & Shih, L. H. (2007). An empirical study of the implementation of green supply chain management practices in the electrical and electronic industry and their relation to organizational performances. Int. J. Environ. Science and Technology. 4 (3)383-394.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (2000). Improving Environmental Performance and Compliance: 10 Elements of Effective Environmental Management Systems. Guidance Document, Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Cooper, D. R. and Schindler, P. S. (2006). “Business Research Methods”, 9th Ed, New York: McGraw-Hill Publications.
Department of Housing and Public Works. (2009). Procurement guidance: Integrating sustainability into the procurement process. The State of Queensland: Department of Housing and Public Works.
Department of ustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (2013).Sustainable Procurement Guide. Australian Government.
Global Environmental Management Initiative (1998). Measuring Environmental Performance. A Primer and Survey of Metrics in Use. Global Environmental Management Initiative.
Henry, J.-F.-o., & Journeault, M. (2007). Environmental performance indicators: An empirical study of Canadian manufacturing firms. Journal of Environmental Management 87 (2008) 165–176, 87 (2008), 165-176.
Kombo, D. K., & Tromp, D. A. (2006). Proposal and Thesis Writing: An Introduction. Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya: Paulines Publications Africa.
Kothari, C. R. (2008). Research Methodology-Methods and Techniques. New Delhi: New Age International (P) Limited Publishers.
Marshall, R. S., Brown, D., 2003. Corporate Environmental Reporting: What’s in a Metric? Business Strategy and the Environment 12 (2), 87.
Meehan, J., & Bryde, D. (2010). Sustainable Procurement Practice. Business Strategy and the Environment, 20 (2011), 94-106.
Mosqaard, M. (2009). Green procurement: A Matter of Organizational Change in Elsam Institute for Sam fundsud Vkling of Plan laegning, Ailbord University.
Mugenda, O., Mugenda, A. (2003) Research methods. Quantitative and Qualitative approaches. Nairobi. Africa Centre for technology studies.
Muma, B. O., Nyaoga, B. R., Matwere, B. R. and Nyambega, E. K. (2014). Green Supply Chain Management and Environmental Performance among Tea Processing Firms in Kericho County, Kenya. International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Science2 (5) 270-276.
Neely, A., Gregory, M., Platts, K., 1995. Performance Measurement System Design: A Literature Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Operations and Production Management 15 (4), 80–116.
Nijaki, L. K., & Worrel, G. (2012). Procurement for sustainable local. International Journal of Public Sector, 25 (2), 133-153.
Ninlawan, C., Seksan P., Tossapol K., & Pilada W. (2010). The Implementation of Green Supply Chain Management Practices in Electronics Industry. Proceedings of the International Multi Conference of Engineers and Computer Scientists, 17-19 March 2010 Hong Kong.
Orodho, A. J and Kombo, D. K. (2002). Research Methods. Nairobi: Kenyatta University Institute of Open Learning.
Preuss, L. (2009). Addressing Sustainable Development Through Public Procurement: The Case of Local Government. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 14 (3), 213-223.
Principles and Practices of Public Procurement (2012). Public Procurement Practice, Sustainable Procurement Practice. CIPS and NIGP.
Queen’s Printer and Controller (2006). Environmental Key Performance Indicators. Reporting Guidelines for UK Business. Queen’s Printer and Controller.
Saleemi, N. A. (1997). Purchasing and Supplies Management Simplified (1st Edition ed.). Nairobi: N. A. Saleemi Publishers.
Sarkis, J., Zhu, Q. & Lai, K., (2010). An Organizational Theoretic Review of Green Supply Chain Management Literature, Working Paper No.201-2011.
Saunders, M., Lewis, & M., Thornhill, A. (2012) Research methods for business students (6th Ed). Italy: Pearson education ltd.
Tang, E., & Chan, R. (1998). Purchasing Behaviors and Perception of Environmentally Harmful Products. Journal of Marketing Intelligence and Planning.16 (6). 356-362.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing& Supply. (2012). Sustainable procurement practice. CIPS and NIGP.
UNDP. (2008). Enviromental Procurement: Practice Guide. UNDP Practice series (pp. 18-23). New York: UNDP Procurement Support office.
Walker, H., & Brammer, s. (2007). Sustainable procurement in the United Kingdom Public Sector. Claverton Down: University of Bath.
Walker, H., & Philips, W. (2006). Sustainable Procurement: Emerging Issues. International Public Procurement Conference Proceedings.
Science Publishing Group
1 Rockefeller Plaza,
10th and 11th Floors,
New York, NY 10020
Tel: (001)347-983-5186