4.40 (12 reviews)
☑ Course participants will learn about the social and environmental impacts of their organization's purchasing by conducting a sustainable purchasing audit using a template provided in the course.
Astrapto means to illuminate and this course sheds light on the social and environmental issues organizations encounter in their supply chains and offers recommendations for ethical procurement. Every organization purchases something so every organization has an opportunity to make a positive impact on people, planet, and profit through responsible sourcing.
This course is perfect for any one in any type or size of organization who wants to learn more about how to improve environmental and social performance in daily operations. No expertise or experience in sustainability is required. It is ideal for general managers, small business owners, corporate procurement staff, sales teams, and anyone who wants better understand sustainability and take practical steps in the right direction.
Participants will learn to engage stakeholders, conduct a sustainable procurement audit, create ethical purchasing policies, and set goals to improve social and environmental performance. The course does not require any specialized skills or knowledge in procurement or sustainability. It invites learners to consider the implications of the purchases they can influence and offers practice steps forward.
The course includes information on sustainability topics such as circular economy, plastics and single-use items, toxic chemicals, carbon emissions, humane working conditions, supplier diversity, and buying local. There are several handouts you can download with additional resources and worksheets and guidance for preparing for and performing a sustainable procurement audit.
Recognize the social and environmental impact of procurement through supply chain research.
Develop a research process for finding purchasing data needed to make informed decisions.
Conduct a sustainable purchasing audit.
Establish sustainable purchasing goals, policies, and practices.
Welcome to the course
Course Context and Application
Sustainable Procurement Foundations
The Triple Bottom Line of Procurement
Environmental and Social Implications of Procurement
Some Reality and Trade-offs
The Stakeholder Imperative
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Materials Management and Circular Economy
Plastics and Packaging
Paper and Other Single or Limited Use Items
Carbon Emissions in Supply Chains
Social Impact in Supply Chains
Chemicals and Human Health
Humane Supply Chains
Buy Local Strategies
Sustainable Procurement Management
The Role of Certifications
Preparing for Your Sustainable Procurement Audit
Perform a Sustainable Procurement Audit
Sustainable Procurement Policies and Practices
Impact Goals, Metrics, and Reporting
Next Steps and Bonus Material
Loved all the thought and reference materials that went into the course. I walked away with a lot of knowledge and ways of using this new knowledge. Thank you!
Wow! This course was perfect for someone who doesn't really know where to begin. The instructor does a great job walking me through the how and why for each procurement decision.