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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 > Social and Ethical Purchasing

Social and Ethical Purchasing

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Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

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The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent resource on corporate human rights impacts worldwide. The site covers discrimination, environment, poverty and development, labour, access to medicines, health and safety, security and trade. The website links to a wide range of materials published by various organizations.

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

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CAMSC is a private sector-led, non profit membership organization composed of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. It delivers programs and processes to promote and facilitate procurement opportunities between major corporations and suppliers of all sizes owned and operated by Canadian Aboriginals and Minorities.

Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)

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The Clean Clothes Campaign aims at improving working conditions in the garment and sportswear industry worldwide.

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

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The Ethical Trading Initiative is a membership organization of over 60 companies along with trade unions and voluntary organizations. ETI’s mission is to improve the working lives of people across the globe who make or grow consumer goods such as tea, t-shirts, flowers and footballs. Corporate members adopt the ETI Base Code of labour practice, which is based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Fair Factories Clearinghouse

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A collaborative industry effort between retail and consumer brands and retail trade associations to develop tools to manage and share data about workplace conditions around the world.

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

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The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is non-profit organization dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide and building innovative and sustainable solutions to abusive labor conditions.

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF)

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Fair Wear Foundation promotes good labour conditions in the garment industry. The foundation verifies that member companies work to enhance labour conditions in the factories all around the world where they source their garments.

Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN)

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The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women's rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better quality of life.

Sweatfree Communities

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Sweatfree Communities is an organization that works to convince school districts, cities, states, and other institutional purchasers to adopt “sweatfree” purchasing policies.


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Verité is a socially responsible auditing, training, capability building and research organization working to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal working conditions.

Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)

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The Worker Rights Consortium is an independent labour rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe.

Social Accountability International (SAI)

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Social Accountability International’s mission is to promote human rights for workers around the world. Their SA8000 is a system for managing ethical workplace conditions throughout global supply chains. SAI works with companies, consumer groups, non-governmental organizations , workers and trade unions, local governments, as well as a network of agencies accredited for SA8000 auditing, to help ensure respect for the basic human rights of workers around the world.

Social Enterprise Purchasing Toolkit

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The Social Enterprise Purchasing Toolkit, produced by Enterprising Non-Profits, helps increase the integration of social values into purchasing decisions, resulting in healthier communities and a stronger market for social enterprises.

TransFair Canada

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Transfair Canada certifies Fair Trade products such as coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, fruit (bananas and mangos), cereals (rice and quinoa), spices, cotton garments, wine, roses and sports balls.
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