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AN EVALUATION ON THE FACTORS AFFECTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GREEN PROCUREMENT PRACTICES IN KENYA; A CASE OF NATIONAL OIL CORPORATION


Judith Kwamboka Onchomba

Student, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Noor Ismail Shale

PhD in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya


ABSTRACT

In a competitive and globalized business environment, organizations are now very keen on how their operations affect the environment in which they are operating in.  Organizations have tried to implement green procurement so as to gain the benefits associated to it. However many challenges have stood in the way thus not many organizations have taken full advantage of the value of green procurement. The overall objective of this study was to evaluate the factors affecting the implementation of green procurement practices in Kenya.  A case of National Oil Corporation. A descriptive research design was used in this study. The study targeted employees of National Oil Corporation. Primary data was collected using a questionnaire from the employees. A samples size of this study was 40 respondents.  Descriptive statistics was used in this study aided by Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) to analyze the data collected. Inferential statistics using multiple regression and correlation analysis also were applied. From the findings of this study, consumer awareness was found to be fundermental aspect that shapes the activities of the organization in a sense that organisations will mainly gain a competetive advantage if they meet customer needs adequately.  The study found out that information technology provides tools that enable organizations to consistently procure the best value materials and services in an efficient, cost friendly and environmentally friendly manner. The study found out that top management supports the benefit and realization of strategic green procurement implementation and that that financial availability positively impacts on the implantation of green procurement at National Oil Corporation. As the study suggested, it is recommended that National Oil Corporation should invest more on new technologies that foster green procurement, allocate more resources for green procurement initiatives and have a capacity training programme for green procurement practitioners.


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