Green initiatives and procurement performance of commercial state corporations in Kenya
The study focused on the green procurement initiatives and procurement performance of the Kenyan Commercial state corporations, the study objectives were: To determine green procurement initiatives commonly implemented by Kenyan commercial state corporations. To determine the effect of green procurement initiatives on procurement performance of Kenyan commercial state corporations. The target population of the study was107 state corporations spread across the ten sectors of the economy where 54 state corporations will be randomly selected from the 13 sectors of the economy for the study. The research adopted both qualitative and quantitative methods. The study involved collection of quantitative data that was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Primary data was collected using a structured questionnaire. The study findings revealed that 68.5% (37) of the respondents reported that their respective state corporations have green procurement policy initiatives, 31.5% (17) of them reported that they have do not have green procurement policy initiatives, the study revealed that that supplier Questionnaire, Supplier Compliance Auditing, product content requirement,Supplier Certification and Products Content labelling or disclosure have been adopted by their respective corporations as some of the green procurement initiatives to a large extent as shown by the mean score of 4.01, 3.96, 3.95, 3.87 and 3.79 respectively.Given that majority of the state corporations which were sampled for the study have in place green procurement policy initiatives, therefore the study concludes that procurement policy initiatives positively affect the procurement performance of the state Corporation in Kenya. Given that majority of the corporations that have adopted green procurement initiatives have enhanced the use of Product Content requirement, Product Content Restrictions, Products Content labelling or disclosure, Supplier Questionnaire, Supplier Environment Management Systems, Supplier Certification and Supplier Compliance Auditing respectively, therefore the study concludes that green procurement initiatives positively affect the procurement performance of the state corporations in Kenya. The researcher also recommends that the management of state corporations should first educate their employees on the best green procurement practices to be applied in their different organizations. The study also recommends that the management of the state corporations should allocate adequate financial resources to ensure green procurement practices are implemented. An extensive background check of suppliers should be done so as to make efficient decisions on which supplier is reliable for effective business operations.
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