Sustainable Procurement 101

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Full Conference Schedule

Unless you are a sustainability expert, you may not have a solid understanding of the definition of sustainability and what it means to practice sustainability through procurement. Or, you may be looking for easy ways to explain these concepts to others. This session will provide insight into sustainability in an easy-to-understand framework, describing the potential benefits of sustainable procurement, identifying key drivers for integrating sustainability into procurement, sourcing and supply chain management, and highlighting the many ways you are likely already engaged in work that supports sustainable procurement. Building on this shared understanding, participants will be invited to explore ways to approach sustainable procurement with a multi-issue lens and consider the many opportunities to incorporate sustainability considerations throughout all aspects of purchasing, from pre-competitive market engagements, sourcing, bidding, contracting, catalog management, reporting, supplier relationship management, and more.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and be able to communicate definitions of sustainability and sustainable
  • Document ways in which you are currently engaging in sustainable procurement
  • Identify new ways to approach sustainable procurement in a multi-issue manner