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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.

Sponsors & Partners

The Fraser Basin Council thanks BuySmart Network sponsors, partners and advisors for their tremendous support. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Network, consider our sponsorship opportunities.

Founding Sponsor


Vancity is Canada's largest credit union. Based in Vancouver, Vancity has $14.5 billion in assets, nearly 500,000 members, and over 60 branches throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, and Squamish. Vancity and its subsidiary companies are guided by a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve. Vancity is a carbon neutral company, and has won awards for its CSR reports. Learn more on the Vancity website.

Bronze Sponsors


 Fairware is a leader in ethically sourced environmentally responsible promotional products. The company focuses on products that communicate clients' values, drive change and provide a great return on investment. Since 2005 they have sourced custom-branded products for North America's leading sustainable brands specializing in insightful and creative solutions to animate promotional campaigns. Visit Fairware  today.

 sponsor_logo_novex.jpg  Novex Couriers is the first local courier company in Canada to proactively take steps to reduce its impact on the environment and develop sustainable business practices. Novex uses a variety of emission-reducing vehicles, including hybrids, natural gas and biodiesel-powered vehicles that save approximately 88 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Novex is also involved in waste reduction and paper conservation programs, energy reduction initiatives, environmental awareness campaigns and sustainable purchasing. The company has an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system and is carbon neutral. Visit Novex Delivery Solutions.




Acquisti & Sostenibilità is a not-for-profit Italian Association established in 2007 that has a broad network of partners in Italy and around the world working to create economic, social and environmental value in purchasing and supply chain sustainability initiatives. They provide studies, data, training, and tools; create and implement projects; and support the efforts of partners committed to sustainable purchasing and supply chains. Learn more.

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