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Buy Social Canada Summit

June 16-17, 2014 | Vancouver

The first annual Buy Social Canada Summit will take place in Vancouver on the evening of June 16 and all day June 17.

Delve deeper into the “what is” and “how to” of social purchasing. Talk to the experts about the opportunities and barriers you may encounter, learn about social purchasing policies, tools and evaluation criteria, and find out what’s happening in other parts of the world in a range of industries.

To learn more and to register, visit the Buy Social Canada website.

Buy Sustainably, Buy Smart

The BuySmart Network (formerly the Sustainability Purchasing Network) is a key source of information and education on sustainable purchasing. Administered by the non-profit Fraser Basin Council, BuySmart benefits from the participation of leaders in business, public bodies and non-profit organizations who are willing to share procurement strategies and learn from each other.

Would you like to help create a cleaner environment, a healthier community and better workplaces by weighing the social, economic and environmental impacts of the goods and services you buy? Welcome ― this website is for you.


News from the Network

BuySmart Learning Events

posted on 3:37 PM, September 4, 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended "Leveraging the Power of Sustainable Purchasing" on November 20. This was a fabulous session that looked at how to build internal support for sustainable procurement and refine the procurement process. Participants learned the fundamentals of integrating sustainability into bid documents, creating performance scorecards for suppliers and evaluating proposals.

Don't miss our last event of 2013!:

New Purchasing Resources

posted on 3:33 PM, October 13, 2011

Check out these resources:

  • Focus forward – enhancing supply chain value with green logistics and transportation – New in a series of sustainability reports from SCL and RBC, Focus forward helps businesses understand and tackle the top five environmental challenges relevant to operational logistics. Read the report.
  • ENP Social Enterprise Purchasing Toolkit – Enterprising Non-Profits offers online resources, including a directory of Canadian social enterprises, to help you consider social values in purchasing decisions. Explore the toolkit on the ENP website.
  • Global Scan of Sustainable Purchasing Practices – Here are highlights of a scan of the sustainable purchasing practices of companies both inside and outside the insurance industry. Download the summary. The full report is available on the Cooperators website.

Program Vision

The vision of the BuySmart Network is for organizations in all sectors to recognize sustainable purchasing as smart purchasing and to make it integral to their operations.

Our Work

The BuySmart Network helps public, private and non-profit organizations learn how to purchase products and services that offer social, economic and environmental benefits and to create a sustainable purchasing strategy that supports their own goals.

Our Sponsors

The work of the BuySmart Network is possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, along with the contributions of partners, advisors and a circle of participants. Find out more.

Reach Us

BuySmart is a program of the Fraser Basin Council (FBC), a charitable non-profit society that advances sustainability in the Fraser River Basin, across BC, and beyond. Established in 1997, FBC brings people together from multiple sectors to learn about sustainability and find collaborative solutions to current issues.

For more on the BuySmart Network, contact , Director of External Relations and Corporate Development at the Fraser Basin Council.

Learn more about FBC by visiting