ISO 20400 Lead Manager

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Course Overview

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.

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.

Target Audiance

  • 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

Schedule Dates

ISO 20400 Lead Manager
24 June 2024 - 28 June 2024
ISO 20400 Lead Manager
30 September 2024 - 04 October 2024
ISO 20400 Lead Manager
30 December 2024 - 03 January 2025
ISO 20400 Lead Manager
31 March 2025 - 04 April 2025

Course Content

  • Introduction to ISO 20400 and key considerations

  • Organizing and integrating sustainable procurement

  • Planning and integrating sustainability into the procurement process

  • Contract management and continual improvement

  • Certification exam


ISO 20400 Lead Manager is a certification program designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead sustainable procurement initiatives within organizations based on the ISO 20400 standard. This certification focuses on providing comprehensive guidance on sustainable procurement principles, strategies, and practices to promote ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility throughout the supply chain.

The ISO 20400 Lead Manager certification is intended for professionals responsible for leading sustainable procurement efforts within organizations, including procurement managers, supply chain managers, sustainability managers, consultants, and individuals involved in procurement, sustainability, corporate responsibility, or organizational governance roles.

Obtaining ISO 20400 Lead Manager certification offers several benefits, including advanced knowledge and skills in sustainable procurement, ability to effectively lead procurement initiatives, enhanced understanding of ISO 20400 guidance, improved supply chain resilience and stakeholder relations, increased credibility in sustainability and procurement fields, and potential career advancement opportunities in sustainable procurement management, supply chain sustainability, and related roles.

To prepare for the ISO 20400 Lead Manager certification exam, individuals can enroll in training courses offered by accredited training providers. These courses cover key aspects of sustainable procurement, including strategy development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, as well as the requirements of the ISO 20400 standard and relevant procurement principles and techniques. Additionally, studying the standard itself, reviewing case studies and examples of sustainable procurement practices, and practicing with sample exam questions can further enhance readiness for the certification exam.

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