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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.

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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.

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Sustainability Purchasing Guides and Reports

posted on 11:25 AM, January 26, 2011

BuySmart Network Guide to the Business Case and Benefits of Sustainability Purchasing (2007)

posted on 9:44 AM, January 13, 2011

Link: PDF

This guide was written by the BuySmart Network to help everyone within an organization understand the triple bottom line benefits (financial, social and environmental) of sustainability purchasing. The Business Case at-a-Glance provides a succinct list of the financial, management, environment and socio-economic benefits of sustainability purchasing.

BuySmart Network Business Case for Sustainability Purchasing “At-a-Glance”

posted on 9:45 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

A quick list of the financial, management, environment and socio-economic benefits of sustainability purchasing.

Sustainability Purchasing Trends and Drivers (2008 Revised)

posted on 9:46 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

Sponsored by Industry Canada and written by the BuySmart Network, this research paper is a comprehensive review of global, national and regional trends in organizational efforts to maximize environmental and social benefits through purchasing.

EcoMarkets Report (2009)

posted on 9:46 AM, January 13, 2011

This report, published by Canada's Terra Choice Environmental Marketing, provides an overview of the trends in sustainability purchasing in Canada and the US. The results show that purchasers continue to consider green criteria despite the downturn in the economy, and the propensity for green purchasing increases with the adoption of organization-wide sustainability policies and/or green purchasing policies. The BuySmart Network was a partner in producing this report.

Sustainable Procurement: a crucial lever to end the crisis?

posted on 9:47 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

This 2009 white paper from HEC, ecoVadis, and sponsored by Ariba, asks procurement directors in Europe how their sustainability initiatives are progressing despite the current economic crisis. It concludes that sustainability purchasing is still a priority, and three quarters of the companies interviewed are integrating CSR into their bidding process.

Sustainable Purchasing Survey (2006)

posted on 9:47 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

Survey findings, produced by the BuySmart Network, documenting specific training, information and collaboration needs of BC-based purchasing organizations.

Sustainability Purchasing Initiative (2005)

posted on 9:49 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

A study, written by the founders of the BuySmart Network, Charlene Easton, Tim Reeve and Coro Strandberg, assessing the interests and capacity development strategies related to a sustainability purchasing network of lower mainland British Columbian businesses and organizations.

Sustainable Supply Chain Logistics Guide

posted on 9:50 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

This Metro Vancouver guide assists supply chain logistics professionals to improve the sustainability performance of the logistics function.

Total Cost of Ownership (Workbook)

posted on 9:51 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

A  2006 resource workbook produced by the BuySmart Network describes a TCO workshop tool, best practices and application, and a list of further resources.

Metro Vancouver Sustainable Purchasing Guide

posted on 9:51 AM, January 13, 2011

A 2004 guide on integrating sustainability criteria into the purchasing process. The guide is produced by Metro Vancouver and authored by Five Winds International.

EU Handbook on Green Public Procurement

posted on 9:52 AM, January 13, 2011

The European Commission offers a handbook on integrating environmental considerations in public procurement.

ICLEI and Procura Sustainable Public Procurement Manual

posted on 9:53 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

This is the International Centre for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Procura Guide to sustainable public procurement.

Focus forward – enhancing supply chain value with green logistics and transportation

posted on 5:05 PM, October 13, 2011

Link: PDF

This is one in a series of sustainability reports from the Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL) and the Royal Bank of Canada. Focus Forward can help businesses better understand and tackle the top five environmental challenges of weather, energy, emissions, water and waste that relate to their operational logistics.

Global Scan of Sustainable Purchasing Practices

posted on 9:31 AM, October 17, 2011

Link: PDF

Here are highlights of a scan of sustainable purchasing practices of companies both inside and outside the insurance field. Also see the full report on the Cooperators website: Full report.


Responsible Purchasing Guide for Credit Unions

posted on 12:38 PM, April 10, 2012

Link: PDF

This guide, prepared for Credit Union Central of Canada by Strandberg Consulting in 2011, is a tool to help credit unions build a responsible purchasing program that fits and fulfills their corporate social responsiblity goals.

2011 Report on the State of Municipal Sustainable Procurement in Canada

Trends and Best Practices
posted on 5:13 PM, June 4, 2012

Report: PDF

A report by Reeve Consulting for the Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Purchasing sets out some current trends and best practices among Canadian municipalities interested in sustainable procurement. Canada's 15 largest municipalities now spend over $10 billion annually on goods, services and capital projects - and there's an opportunity to spur on marketplace innovation by making sustainability a criteria for procurement.

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