Sustainable Procurement Workshop: Considerations and Best Practices
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Strategic sustainable purchasing programs allow institutional purchasers to advance the sustainable design of products and services they purchase while realizing environmental savings for their own organization. This workshop explains foundational aspects of a sustainable purchasing program, viewed through the lens of the procurement professional. The workshop’s “Procurement First” philosophy offers solutions that help purchasers balance primary procurement needs while integrating sustainable considerations into the purchasing process. Workshop leaders will survey participants prior to the workshop to customize content so that material speaks to the each participant’s level of maturity and focus and so that breakout groups can be formed accordingly. This may include referencing policy, laws, processes, or procurements that address sustainability, and facilitating conversation around forthcoming initiatives.
Workshop presenters bring more than a decade of sustainable procurement experience and will share best practices and tactics through five workshop modules:
- Understanding the sustainable purchasing value add
- Organizational considerations and buy-in
- Commodity prioritization and specification development
- Embedding sustainability into the procurement process
- Maintaining a sustainable purchasing program
This session is appropriate for members of the procurement team who want to start or grow their sustainable purchasing program as well as sustainability staff looking to influence their procurement colleagues and set organization-wide policies that empower all relevant stakeholders to make procurement decisions that help grow the sustainable economy.
Location: 3280 Peachtree Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30305
Participation in this workshop is free for purchasers. Registration is required. Space is limited.