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Onsite Seminar

Ethics & Social Responsibility

Sustainability and Social Responsibility for Supply Professionals


The topics of sustainability and "going green" are raising questions globally about sustainability and environmental practice, policies and decision-making within the organization. These questions challenge supply management professionals to explore how our companies and suppliers are dealing with sustainability and the green initiative. This seminar will give you the tools to implement within your department to successfully move your organization towards environmentally preferable supply chain practices.

You Will Learn:
  • Strategies for developing a green and sustainable program within your organization
  • The short-term and long-term benefits of green purchasing and how to deal with challenges your organization may face
  • Key standards of green purchasing and an overview of existing programs that can assist your organization in its green initiative
  • How organizations are successfully implementing environmentally preferred purchasing standards and how to bring these to your organization
  • How to write an environmentally preferred specification
  • How to increase cost savings while reducing waste through sustainable purchasing
  • Introduction
  • Background and History
  • Program Effects
  • Governmental Policy
Course Outline:

Why the Need for Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP)

  • Focus and Program Deliverables
  • Success Degrees
  • Company Profiles
  • Major Pharmaceutical
  • United States Postal Service
  • Department of Defense

Definitions and Overview of Programs

  • Definitions
  • Key Standards
  • Executive Order 13101/12873
  • Case Analysis
  • EPP Programs Updates
  • Benefits of Green Purchasing
  • Electronic Product Standards
  • Biologically Based Products
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • OMB Scorecards
  • Other Related Documents

Migrating Toward EPP

  • The Five Guiding Principals
  • Environment + Price + Performance
  • Pollution Prevention
  • The Life Cycle Perspective
  • Comparison of Environmental Impacts
  • Environmental Performance Information
  • Tools for Your Organization
  • Case Analysis

Buying to Reduce Waste

  • Reducing the amount or the toxicity of materials
  • Reusing an item in its original form
  • Using repairable, refillable, durable products that last longer

Writing Specifications and Standards

  • It's Starts at the Beginning — the Specification
  • How to Write an Environmentally Friendly Specification
  • Example

Sources of Information

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Material Exchange
  • Manufacturer's Programs
  • State and Local Programs
  • Cooperative Purchasing Programs
  • Your Company

Areas of Concern and Interest

  • Office Equipment and Machinery
    • Examples
  • Paper Products
    • Examples
  • Printing
    • Examples
  • Vehicles/Personal Conveyance
    • Examples
  • Outdoor Furnishing
    • Examples
  • Grounds Maintenance
    • Examples
  • Building Maintenance
    • Examples

Other Essential Information and Forms

  • Executive Orders
  • Statutory References
  • EPP Resolution
  • Printing Checklist
  • Manufacturers Reusable Oil
  • DOT Technical Memo
  • Other Forms


Glossary of Terms


Who should attend:

This seminar is designed for all levels of supply management professionals from manufacturing and service organizations who are concerned with creating and implementing sustainable and socially responsible policies in their organizations and their supply chains.