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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.

Learning Events

learning_event_2.jpegBuySmart offers training workshops, learning circles and other events open to everyone with an interest in sustainability purchasing.

Learning events can also be tailored for communities or for workplaces to help executives, managers and staff sharpen their knowledge and skills. Each learning event offers practical information with valuable take-aways:

  • Discover ways to save costs, advance innovation and help create new business opportunities
  • Learn how to overcome internal barriers to sustainability purchasing
  • Develop “know-how” to build strong supplier relationships that improve reliability and performance
  • Learn how to manage environmental, social and ethical risks along supply chains
  • Develop expertise and brand in an emerging purchasing specialty area.

Here are some of the topics covered in BuySmart events:

  • Sustainability Purchasing 101
  • Case Studies in Green Fleet Management
  • Green Printing
  • Reducing Carbon in your Supply Chain

Watch our calendar for what’s on. Would you like to have BuySmart arrange a learning event for your organization or for your sector? Would you like to sponsor an event? Bring us your ideas!

Contact Bob Purdy at E: or T: 604 488-5355.

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