Sustainable Procurement – Action Learning Lab

You genuinely want to advance sustainable procurement in your day to day business. But competing priorities, an absence of strategic direction and the lack of practical guidelines hold you back. How can you move the needle on this impactful tool to transition to low-carbon pathways and procurement options?

Introducing the Sustainable Procurement Action Learning Lab, a groundbreaking program that will break open the opportunities and access critical and underused levers of Sustainable Procurement. Learn how to drive your business toward a low-carbon, socially just economy.

Because we are at a tipping point.

Meaningful action on sustainability has never been so possible with Canada’s Federal Paris Commitment to 30% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 and a Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Sustainable Procurement is a critical and underused lever that can help us drive towards substantive progress.

Why Sustainable Procurement?

More than ever, it is clear procurement is an integral component of advancing sustainability. As the profession shifts toward a more strategic, externally focused and forwardlooking mandate, enabling Sustainable Procurement can drive environmental and social value while enabling long-term financial returns.

The Action Learning Lab is designed to provide participants with:

  • The insights and business case examples required to scale up the role of procurement in delivering policy objectives and organizational goals.
  • Tools and resources to facilitate the integration of sustainability into procurement processes and systems.
  • Networks and relationships that provide access to expertise and years of experience in driving successes and overcoming barriers.

Who should attend?

This interdisciplinary Action Learning lab is designed for leaders from:

  • Sustainability
  • Finance and Administration
  • Procurement
  • Innovation
  • Treasury Board

What we’ll cover:

  • The urgency of sustainability and the possibilities of Sustainable Procurement.
  • The business case for Sustainable Procurement.
  • Life cycle and value chain thinking.
  • Getting started: Effective prioritization strategies.
  • Tactics for integrating Sustainable Procurement into public sector DNA.
  • From blockchain to e-bidding and new technologies: Innovation opportunities in Sustainable Procurement.
  • Success strategies for overcoming common barriers.
Frances Edmonds

Frances Edmonds

Head of Sustainability, HP Canada

For over a decade HP has been investing in sustainability education in all areas of Canadian Society — from Kindergarten to businesses that aren't even our customers. The Academy for Sustainable Innovation will take this to a new level, delivering what Canada needs: a workforce ready for the Green Economy.

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Our Mission

  1. Recognizing the urgency of achieving an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 — and the opportunities this creates for scaling innovation, acting as an advocate for our movement, and its future impact.

  2. Supporting the development of a profession of managers and entrepreneurs committed to transition. We are aiming to qualify and accredit a minimum of 100,000 transition managers within 15 years.

  3. Supporting the development of role models and mentoring capacity at all levels – including ‘reverse mentoring’ – and providing for digital matchmaking of those joining the movement.

  4. Creating new educational pathways of accessible and flexible learning in transition-related topics by sharing existing educational opportunities.

  5. Developing new educational opportunities that transcend disciplinary and institutional barriers and leverage new course formats, online and open access resources, conferences, and co-labs.

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