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Leveraging Purchasing Power for Business & Community Impact

November 20, 2014 | Vancouver

Join us in Vancouver on November 20 for a new workshop to learn how sustainable, best value purchasing can enhance your business and help generate social, environmental and financial benefits.

Here's an opportunity to build a strong supply chain and boost customer and employee loyalty. Take away practical tools, scorecards and product guidelines to customize your own purchasing policies and practices.

Register soon — space is limited!

The workshop is hosted by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, BuySmart Network, Ecotrust Canada, Light House Sustainable Building Centre and One Earth, with support from the Vancouver Foundation and Discovery Parks.

About Us

Since 2005 the BuySmart Network has been a central hub for people in business, government and non-profit organizations to learn and share information about sustainability purchasing and supply chain management.

BuySmart works with organizations of all types ― private, public and non-profit sector ―  helping them create their own strategies to buy smarter. It’s an opportunity for progressive organizations to forge healthier, greener and socially beneficial supply chains in Canada.

Formerly known as the Sustainability Purchasing Network (SPN), BuySmart is a program of the Fraser Basin Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability in BC and beyond.

Our Goals

Simply put, the goals of the BuySmart Network are to:

  • encourage the demand for and use of products and services that support positive social, economic and environmental impacts, and
  • help organizations meet their strategic goals through sustainable procurement.

BuySmart helps purchasers find ways to deliver value, innovate and support the sustainability and corporate social responsibility commitments of their organizations.

Who Participates in BuySmart?

The BuySmart Network hosts a number of learning events open to all individuals and organizations with an interest in sustainability purchasing.

BuySmart draws together co-operatives, business associations, not-for-profits, governments (Federal, Provincial, Local and First Nations), labour organizations, public sector organizations and academic institutions. Attendees at learning events include purchasers, supply chain managers, office managers, sustainability or corporate social responsibility professionals, policy advisors, fleet managers and suppliers of products and services.

Custom Training and Advisory Services

BuySmart can also tailor educational sessions and technical advisory services to meet the specific needs of your organization.

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 www.fraserbasin.bc.ca.