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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.

Advisory Services

supply_chain_400x175.jpgAlong with its open learning events, the BuySmart Network offers custom training and advisory services to help you launch your own sustainable purchasing program.

Talk to us about how to introduce sustainable purchasing to your organization in a manner consistent with your values and operational goals. Our technical advisory services include business case development; policy and program development; supply chain management and innovation; tendering tools and stakeholder engagement.

Business Case Development

A business case for sustainability identifies the positive impacts of sustainable purchasing and related opportunities for your organization. It is a valuable tool for planning and building internal support. BuySmart can assist with the development of a business case tailored to government, business and not-for-profit sectors.

Policy and Program Development

BuySmart can assist in creating sustainable purchasing policies and programs for organizations in all sectors, whatever their stage of progress: from benchmark research, to strategy development, to final roll-out.

Supply Chain Management and Innovation

We offer strategic and technical assistance to help organizations in working more productively with their suppliers – to encourage positive social and environmental performance as well as innovation across the entire supply chain.

Tendering Toolkit

BuySmart can help your organization prepare a tendering toolkit that encompasses sustainable purchasing criteria. Tools may include request for proposal templates, evaluation score cards, total cost of ownership tools, procedural guidelines, supply chain engagement strategies, case studies or monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

Stakeholder Engagement

Need to reach out? BuySmart can assist you with engaging internal and external stakeholders who are critical to the success of your sustainability policies and programs.

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