ISO 20400 – Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement
Training Courses & Certification

What is ISO 20400 ?

ISO 20400 is an international standard that provides guidelines on sustainable procurement. The standard can be used by an organizations that intend to improve their social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

The standard’s main guidelines include key sustainability considerations, integrating sustainability into the organization’s procurement policy and strategy, managing risks and opportunities, planning and integrating sustainability into the procurement processes, and measuring and improving the sustainable procurement performance. Throughout all these instances, the engagement of stakeholders is just as important in order for the sustainable procurement initiatives to be successful. Therefore, considerable attention is given to the engagement of stakeholders throughout the supply chain.

Benefits of ISO 20400 Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement

By becoming ISO 20400 certified, you will be able to:

  • Help organizations to put in place a sustainable procurement system which takes into account the pillars of sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental aspects,) as well as the UN SDGs
  • Assist organizations in improving their sustainability within the procurement policy and strategies and the supply chain
  • Assist organizations in improving the environmental, social, and economic impacts of procurement activities
  • Assist organizations in improving resource usage and reducing costs by adopting a life-cycle approach
  • Assist organizations in fostering a systemic approach to engaging all interested parties throughout the supply chain in contributing to sustainability
  • Assist organizations in improving their risks management and opportunity realization
  • Assist organizations in improving their compliance with national and international regulations
  • Assist organizations in gaining international recognition regarding sustainability
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PlaninLux is an authorized provider for ISO 26000 PECB Training Courses and Certifications. PECBProfessional Evaluation and Certification Board – is a certification body which provides education and certification in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024 for individuals on a wide range of disciplines.

Our training & certification offer

Lead Manager

  • Why should you attend?

    The ISO 20400 Lead Manager training course helps develop the necessary abilities to support an organization in integrating the sustainable procurement guidelines of ISO 20400. It also provides information regarding the prioritization of sustainability issues and the planning and integration of sustainability within procurement processes and practices and throughout the supply chain by applying widely recognized sustainable procurement principles, procedures, and techniques.
    After mastering the necessary concepts of sustainable procurement, you can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified Lead Sustainable Procurement Manager” credential. By holding such a credential, you will be able to demonstrate that you possess the practical knowledge and professional capabilities to support and lead sustainable procurement projects based on best practices.

    Who should attend?

    • Procurement directors, managers, officers
    • Procurement strategy consultants
    • Top management members who seek guidance on how sustainable considerations should be integrated at a strategic level
    • Individuals responsible for the procurement of goods and services
    • Individuals interested in sustainable development

    Learning objectives

    • Understand the guidelines of sustainable procurement based on ISO 20400
    • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 20400 and other sustainability-related standards, such as ISO 26000 and ISO 14001
    • Learn how to interpret the ISO 20400 guidelines in the specific context of an organization
    • Learn how to support an organization to effectively plan, integrate, manage, monitor, and review sustainable procurement practices
    • Acquire the competences necessary to advise an organization with regard to sustainable procurement based on best practices

    Educational approach

    • This training course is based on theory and best practices used in sustainable procurement
    • Lecture sessions are illustrated with practical examples
    • The participants are encouraged to communicate and engage in discussions, quizzes, and exercises
    • The structure of the exercise questions are similar to the certification exam questions


    A fundamental understanding of the procurement process and sustainability principles.

  • Course Agenda

    Duration: 5 days

    Day 1: Introduction to ISO 20400 and key considerations

    Day 2: Organizing and integrating sustainable procurement

    Day 3: Planning and integrating sustainability into the procurement process

    Day 4: Contract management and continual improvement

    Day 5: Certification exam

    Training materials

    Training material containing over 300 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed.

  • Examination

    Duration: 3 hour / Number of questions: 12 / Open Book / Exam: Essay Type

    The “PECB Certified ISO 20400 Lead Manager” exam complies with the PECB Examination and Certification Program (ECP) requirements. The exam covers the following competency domains:

    Domain 1: Fundamental principles and key considerations for sustainable procurement

    Domain 2: Integrating sustainability into the organization’s procurement policy and strategy

    Domain 3: Organizing the sustainable procurement based on ISO 20400

    Domain 4: Measuring and improving performance based on ISO 20400

    Domain 5: Planning and integrating sustainability into the procurement process based on ISO 20400

    Domain 6: Supplier selection based on ISO 20400

    Domain 7: Contract management and continual improvement based on ISO 20400


    After successfully passing the exam, you can apply for one of the credentials below. You will receive the certificate once you comply with all the requirements related to the selected credential.


    A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued.

    ISO 20400 Lead Manager - ISO 20400 Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement

Advantages of our ISO standards training offer

Global recognition of PECB accredited certifications. A PECB certification will provide an opportunity for professionals to demonstrate compliance, dedication for excellence, and competence in improving operations of organizations worldwide.

Free access to KATE app, an exclusive learning platform. Through KATE, you will easily access your training courses as well as download them locally on your device.

By including both examination and certification processes into the training course fee, not only does PECB hold the lowest charging rate of professional training certification services, it also concludes with providing the lowest certification maintenance fees in the industry.

Training courses containing exercises, case studies, and quizzes, available in multiple languages.

Training and certification offer fully in compliance with Standards and their conditions

Exam preparation guides & Candidate Handbooks

Certification and exam fees are included on the training price.

In case of exam failure, you can retake the exam within 12 months for free

User-friendly digital environment for online examination

Self-study & training provided by experts

Check out the advantages of our two training options: self-study or training provided by experts.

    • Registration open at any time.
    • Freedom and flexibility: you study the course on your own.
    • Training materials are available and can be download through KATE app.
    • Online examination – you can choose the date of the exam with total flexibility.
    • Low fees.
    Recommended option for “introduction” and “foundation” courses
    • On-demand training for organizations.
    • We organize the training at your organization, in an external classroom setting, via teleconference or a hybrid environment.
    • Participants get the opportunity to ask questions and share some practical tips with a certified ISO expert.
    • Training materials are available and can be download through KATE app.
    • The exam type can be online or paper-based.
    • Tailor-made quotation.
    Recommended option for “Lead Implementer” and “Lead Auditor” courses
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