Public-Private Webinar Series


Join the Green Electronics Council as we explore approaches to sustainability as viewed from the varying lenses of organizations in the public and private sector. This series brings together procurement professionals from verticals within the public and private sectors to share their unique and shared experience in implementing sustainable procurement within their organization. Sessions will highlight novel approaches to advancing sustainability and the challenges and goals that can be applicable to a broad array of commodities and focus areas.

In 2019 GEC is offering four new installments. The first installment was held on February 21, 2019 and focused on Sector-Specific approaches to leadership in the public and private sectors. Forthcoming webinars in 2019 will address the following topics:

  • How the Public and Private Sectors Leverage Global Reporting Initiatives
  • Sector Approaches to Purchasing Sustainable Products through Aggregate Purchasing Vehicles such as Cooperatives and GPOs.
  • Sector-specific Approaches to Embedding Sustainability into the Procurement Process

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Webinar #1:

Sector-Specific Approaches to Leadership
(Thursday February 21, 2019)

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This webinar brings together professionals from the public and private sectors to share their unique sector-specific experience in advancing sustainable purchasing in their organizations and beyond. During this installment of the webinar series, Angela Shell, CPO for the State of California Department of General Services (DGS), and Yalmaz Siddiqui, VP of Corporate Sustainability for MGM Resorts (and Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council), will talk about sustainable procurement within and outside their organizations, and discuss how different motives and structures of authority unique to the public and private sector, inform their respective approaches to leadership. 

Webinar #2:

Sector-Specific Approaches to Utilizing Reporting Tools
(Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 9:30 am PDT; 12:30 pm EDT)

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In this installment of GEC’s Public-Private Webinar Series, panelists will share their approaches and experiences utilizing reporting tools such as CDP and GRI. Whereas platforms such as CDP and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have typically been leveraged by for-profit organizations to assess and rate their sustainability, public sector stakeholders are finding ways to leverage these platforms as well.  This session will feature different ways in which the public and private sector are engaging with sustainable protocols and reporting platforms. Panelists from the Federal Government General Services Administration, CDP, GRI, and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) will speak on the following topics:

  1. The Federal government, General Service Administration’s (GSA), recently approved a move to ask its suppliers to disclose sustainable information to CDP. Panelists from the GSA and CDP will talk about how this information will be used to promote sustainable activities and procurement across the Federal government, and its impact on the broader marketplace.
  2. The Global Reporting Initiative is bridging the gap between business and government by creating links between its reporting and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using data-driven reporting, GRI has aligned the international principles embodied in the SDGs with activities that both public and private governments can follow under the SDG framework. Working with the UN SDGs and groups such as the UN Global Compact, which helps businesses to align with the SDGs, GRI is helping to crystalize how all sectors can align with global principles and sustainable procurement goals, such as those embodied in SDG 12.1 for Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Webinar #3:

Sector Approaches to Purchasing Sustainable Products through Aggregate Purchasing Vehicles such as Cooperatives and GPOs

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During this installment of GEC’s Public-Private Webinar Series, GEC will highlight how aggregate purchasing vehicles such as public sector cooperatives and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO), frequently utilized in the Healthcare sector, are being used to help stakeholders purchaser more sustainable products and services. Aggregate purchasing vehicles serve as a key sourcing tool for for thousands of jurisdictions across the US and facilitate billions of dollars per year in spend in schools, cities, states, and large healthcare systems. This installment will speak to the power of the cooperative and GPO as a tool to promote sustainability, feature specific contracts that have included sustainable requirements or specifications, and highlight successes and challenges that prominent cooperatives and GPOs are facing as they try to offer their stakeholders more sustainable products.

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Jonathan Rifkin

Green Electronics Council

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Webinar #4:

Sector-Specific Approaches to Embedding Sustainability into the Procurement Process

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This series installment will explore key differences in the life of a procurement in a public and private sector organization. Sector-specific differences in an organization’s mission and structure create material differences in how sustainable considerations become a part of each respective procurement process. During this webinar, panelists will outline the basic procurement process their organization follows starting with the end-user’s initial need for a product and service and concluding with the maintenance of an awarded contract. Panelists will discuss why these differences exist and how core differences in motivation and process impact their ability to pursue successful sustainable purchases.

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