Factors affecting effective implementation of sustainable procurement practices in the Zimbabwe hotel industry: a case of Victoria Falls Hotels 2012-2015
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Sustainable procurement is concerned with socially responsible procurement, curtailing environmental impacts through the whole supply chain, bringing up economically viable solutions and good business practice. In the Zimbabwean hotel industry the implementation of sustainable procurement practices has been a slow process. The study aimed at identifying factors affecting effective implementation of sustainable procurement practices in the Zimbabwean hotel industry focusing on hotels in Victoria Falls. In particular the study aimed at assessing how organizational resource capacity, organizational structure, legal and regulatory framework, cost of sustained products affects effective implementation of sustainable procurement practices in the Zimbabwean hotel industry. The researcher conducted the study using a descriptive research method. A target population comprising of 75 procurement practitioners and a sample of 25 respondents was selected. The study revealed that legal and regulatory framework, organizational structure, organizational resource capacity and cost of sustainable products and services affected effective implementation of sustainable procurement practices. The study recommends that hotels must provide education for its procurement practitioners and also look for sources of information on sustainable procurement. They should take into account whole life costing, obtain top management support and use benchmarking as a way of evaluation. The study also finally recommends the government to implement laws that govern sustainability in organizations and enforcement of the respective sustainability legal framework.
- Department of Economics