The BlueScan

From the MVO Nederland Maritime Network, several top Dutch maritime companies joined forces to make procurement more sustainable.

The role of procurement in the maritime sector is ever-evolving. The expected lifetime of a product is becoming shorter, while supply chains are becoming less transparent. With the increasing globalization of business, the need has arisen to look beyond cost-saving measurements. Over 80% of CPO’s recognize sustainable procurement as a trend. The Key is to generate sustained profitability, economically, socially, and environmentally. Boskalis, Heerema Marine Contractors, Royal IHC, Peterson, 8020 Procurement, and Theunissen Technical Trading collaborated to get to grips with this trend by creating a tool for sustainable procurement, the BlueScan.

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Different Views & Procurement Strategies

Parties in the maritime sector currently mainly act solitary when it comes to embedding sustainability in procurement processes, often leading to different interpretations and implementations of sustainability. Health and safety is often included in sustainable procurement, but are procurement officers aware of issues like bonded labour, supply of living wages or water consumption by their suppliers? Is it sufficient to ask a supplier to sign a code of conduct? Advanced levels of CSR, i.e. full integration of sustainability improvements in management systems, is rarely seen.

One Standard, One Audit

The tool enables information sharing amongst the maritime network partners. This means that suppliers only need to adhere to one standard and will receive only one audit request. The tool is embedded in a project framework that prescribes procurement process requirements to ensure a high audit or evaluation standard. This leads to efficiency gains. The project offers access to a well-founded sustainability method and a concrete incentive for sustainable choices in products and services for maritime suppliers worldwide.

Bridging the gap in Sustainable Procurement Practices

By aligning methods and collaborating through this platform the companies involved lifting their sustainable procurement processes to a higher level. This creates unity and clarity for all parties concerning sustainability expectations and process implementation. Extensive adoption in the Dutch maritime sector will create worldwide ripple effects throughout the entire maritime value chain.

How it Works

Invite Suppliers

Invite suppliers for CSR assessment via platform

Fill in Assessment

Suppliers fill in the CSR assessment, add supporting documents, explanations, and evidence


Review and score CRS assessment


Publish the assessment scores on the CRS dashboard. The CRS dashboard is available for all participants

After filling in the assessment the supplier can request a document validation or an external audit. All document validations and external audits are third party assessed by licensed validation bodies (internal audit/ document validation) & certification bodies (external audit/ onsite audit). All assessments on the GSE® System platform, also the BlueScan can be validated and certified in 77 countries worldwide! Check out our validation & certification partners on the “about us” page.