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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.

Guides & Resources > Paper


posted on 11:34 AM, January 26, 2011

EcoPaper Database

posted on 10:02 AM, January 13, 2011

This is a listing of Ancient Forest Friendly™ and other environmentally preferable papers available in the North American marketplace produced by Canopy.

Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products: An Introduction

posted on 10:03 AM, January 13, 2011

This World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute publication is an information and decision-making tool to help buyers develop sustainable procurement policies for wood and paper-based products.

WWF Guide to Buying Paper

posted on 10:04 AM, January 13, 2011

Here is a guide to help businesses source environmentally friendly paper. It includes a scorecard to enable buyers to evaluate the environmental performance of current and future suppliers on recycling, responsible forest management, pollution and climate change. It covers a range of papers (from packaging paper to office paper to tissues) and provides recommendations on how to work with suppliers to make improvements.

Printing Supplier Questionnaire (BC Hydro)

posted on 10:08 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

This is a questionnaire, developed by BC Hydro, to assess the sustainability performance of conventional printers.

Paper and Forest Products Purchasing Policy (Limited Brands)

posted on 10:10 AM, January 13, 2011
Link: PDF

This is a policy to guide paper purchases developed by Limited Brands, a company that owns Victoria's Secret catalogue and has a significant paper catalogue business.

Paper Calculator (Environmental Defense Fund)

posted on 10:21 AM, January 13, 2011

The Paper Calculator shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.
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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.

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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.

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