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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.

Topics in Sustainability Purchasing > Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Forestry

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Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management

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CSA is a non-profit membership body serving industry, government, consumers and others and offering a national program on standards for sustainable forest management in Canada.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada Certification

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FSC is an international certification and labelling system that certifies forest products as coming from responsibly managed forests and verified recycled sources. Under FSC certification, forests are certified against a set of environmental and social standards, and fibre from certified forests is tracked to the buyer through a chain of custody certification system.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

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SFI Inc. is a non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving a sustainable forestry certification program in North America. The SFI 2010-2014 Standard is based on principles and measures that promote sustainable forest management. This standard is developed and maintained by the forestry industry.

Price Waterhouse Coopers Independent Chain of Custody Certification Standard

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The PwC Independent Chain of Custody Standard™: 2005 (PwC-ICoC™:2005) is designed to accommodate the combination of recycled waste paper and certified wood fibre. It can also be applied to solid wood, veneer and composite wood products.

Sustainable Wood and Wood-Based Paper Products Procurement Guide

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This Guide, produced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resource Institute, is an information and sourcing support tool for purchasers. It outlines the 10 most important aspects of wood-based product purchasing, related to sourcing and legality, environmental and social issues.
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