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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.

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 2:16 PM, November 3, 2014

We are always looking for ideas for our learning events. If you have a topic to suggest for an upcoming workshop, let us know! Contact Bob Purdy at .

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