Inclusive Procurement: A greater imperative than ever before, made ever more possible by technology

Prior to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, there were a number of encouraging statistics that suggested that some progress, at least, was being made towards poverty reduction and other markers of development. The Millennium Development Goal of 2000 – to halve the 1990 world poverty rate by 2015 – was achieved five years earlier than planned, in 2010. To put this in context, in 1996, nearly 30% of the world’s population was living in extreme poverty1, compared to a much decreased 9.9% in 2015. From an environmental perspective, by 2017 American carbon emissions had actually declined over time: the US emitted 21 million tons of particulate matter and four million tons of sulfur dioxide, compared to 35 million tons of particulate matter and 20 million tons of sulphur dioxide thirty years earlier. This was not achieved at the expense of US GDP growth.

Inclusive Procurement: A greater imperative than ever before, made ever more possible by technology