Generating Positive Impact
in Supply Chains



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 anyone in any type or size 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.

Anyone who sells anything to a government entity or publicly traded company must comply with the increasingly strenuous expectations of supply chain transparency. Are you ready?

Participants learn to engage stakeholders, conduct a sustainable procurement audit, create ethical purchasing policies, and set goals to improve social and environmental outcomes. Learners consider the implications of purchases they can influence and walk through exercises to take real steps forward.

The course includes handouts with relevant and useful tips, tools, and resources; and exercises that help you take a step-by-step approach, including a Sustainable Purchase Audit Template.


 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.


Participants will gain from a combination of instructional methods, including lectures by an experienced practitioner and consultant, exercises, and group discussions covering current practices and their relationship to the implementation of concepts and techniques discussed.


The organization will benefit by:

  1. Enhanced Brand Reputation: By implementing sustainable procurement practices learned in the course, organizations can significantly boost their brand reputation, demonstrating a commitment to ethical and environmental standards.
  2. Cost Efficiency and Risk Mitigation: Sustainable procurement can lead to long-term cost savings through more efficient resource use and supply chain optimization, while also reducing risks associated with environmental compliance and social responsibility.
  3. Increased Stakeholder Trust: Adopting sustainable procurement practices fosters greater trust among stakeholders, including customers, investors, and employees, by aligning organizational values with broader societal and environmental goals.


Attendees will gain by participation in this program as a result of:

  1. Enhanced Knowledge and Skills: Gain a deep understanding of sustainable procurement practices and learn how to effectively implement them within your organization, leading to improved decision-making and strategic sourcing.
  2. Leadership in Sustainability: Develop the ability to lead sustainability initiatives, inspiring your team and stakeholders to adopt eco-friendly practices that benefit people, planet, and profit.
  3. Increased Career Opportunities: Acquire credentials and expertise that are highly valued in today's market, opening doors to advanced career opportunities in supply chain management and sustainability-focused roles.


  • Ethical Sourcing and Supplier Evaluation:
  • - Understanding and implementing ethical procurement practices.
    - Evaluating suppliers based on sustainability criteria.
    - Ensuring transparency and accountability in the supply chain.

  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment:
  • - Assessing the environmental footprint of procurement activities.
    - Analyzing social impacts, such as labor practices and community development.
    - Integrating sustainability metrics into procurement decisions.

  • Strategic Stakeholder Engagement:
  • - Collaborating with stakeholders to drive sustainability initiatives.
    - Communicating the benefits of sustainable procurement to internal and external audiences.
    - Building partnerships with suppliers and organizations for shared sustainability goals.


Day 1 (4 hours)

Organizational Sustainability Foundations

  • Engaging Stakeholders
  • The Business Case
  • Addressing Trade-Offs

Environmental Issues in Supply Chains

  • Circularity in Materials and Supply Chains
  • Plastic and Single-Use Items
  • Paper and Other Materials Waste
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Climate Action

Day 2 (4 hours)

Social Issues in Supply Chains

  • Chemicals and human health
  • Human rights in supply chains
  • Supplier diversity
  • Buying Local

Putting into Practice

  • Sustainable Procurement Criteria
  • Performing a Sustainable Procurement Audit
  • Setting Sustainable Procurement Goals
  • Establishing Sustainability Policies


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