Sustainable Procurement: A Guide to Ethical Purchasing
This course sheds light on the social and environmental issues organizations encounter in their supply chains and offers recommendations for sustainable procurement.
Is this course for you?
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.
This is for anyone who sells anything to a publicly traded company! Supply chain transparency is becoming a hot compliance topic. 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 contains 20 lessons with bite-sized content (videos 10 minutes or less); 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 and video how-to for conducting your own audit.
Topics include circular economy, plastics and single-use items, toxic chemicals, carbon emissions, humane working conditions, supplier diversity, and buying local.
See the full curriculum below and preview the first 3 lessons for free.
Three Course Options
Take as little or as much time as you want. Some go through the whole course in one day. Discussions and assignments are optional (you’ll need a lot more than one day to do those!). You have access to the course for 12 months for a one-time purchase of $99.
Guided Accountability Program
More than half the people who sign up for courses like this never even get through the first lesson. We get it. Life happens. You get busy and everything these days is an urgent fire drill that will always take higher priority.
The other reason for this is people trying to get sustainability going at their jobs often complain of feeling like they’re alone in this.
The solution is to have regular guidance. You’re not alone in this journey! We can help you stay accountable – not only to viewing and learning the content but to put it into action! If you sign up for this 8-session program (typically runs over 2 to 4 months), you’ll get customized, 1-on-1 expert advice for 3 payments of $249.00 each.
Download the one-on-one program details and sample schedule here.
Once you sign up you will receive an email with an intake form and a link to select a date and time for your first call. You will have access to the course for 2 years.
Cohort Coaching Program
Everything is more fun in a group! We offer the Guided Accountability Program in a 6-week group format. The key benefits of this program are:
Cohorts are made up of up to 15 participants. Our Fall 2021 Cohort begins October 18th. Download the program here. The Cohort program is 2 payments of $219 and you will have access to the course for 2 years from date of enrollment.
Lesson 1 Outcome and DescriptionFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1 ChecklistFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1 Getting Started SurveyFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1 Video: Course IntroductionFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1 Discussion: What's your why?FREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1 Exercise: Research warm-up and information exchangeFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1 Summary and HandoutFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 3 Outcome and DescriptionFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 3 ChecklistFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 3 Video: Triple Bottom Line of ProcurementFREE PREVIEW
Lesson 3 Discussion: Synergy
Lesson 3 Exercise: Prepare to Scale Contract Mountain
Lesson 3 Summary and Handout
Lesson 4 Outcome and Description
Lesson 4 Checklist
Lesson 4 Video: Environmental and Social Implications of Procurement
Lesson 4 Discussion: The Start of your Journey
Lesson 4 Exercise: Read Between the Lines
Lesson 4 Summary and Handout
Lesson 5 Outcome and Description
Lesson 5 Checklist
Lesson 5 Video: Some Reality and Trade-offs
Lesson 5 Discussion: The Reality of Trade-offs
Lesson 5 Summary and Handout
Lesson 6 Outcome and Description
Lesson 6 Checklist
Lesson 6 Video: The Stakeholder Imperative
Stakeholder Engagement Survey
Lesson 6 Discussion: Who is in your circle?
Lesson 6 Exercise: Stakeholder Inventory Worksheet
Lesson 6 Summary and Handout
BONUS: Video on the value of Green Teams
Lesson 7 Outcome and Description
Lesson 7 Checklist
Lesson 7 Video: Materials Management and Circular Economy
Lesson 7 Discussion: Reflections on Recycling
Lesson 7 Exercise: Circularity Deep Dive
Lesson 7 Summary and Handout
Lesson 8 Outcome and Description
Lesson 8 Checklist
Lesson 8 Video: Plastics and Packaging
Lesson 8 Discussion: Hold the plastic, please.
Lesson 8 Exercise: Unpack Packaging
Lesson 8 Summary and Handout
Lesson 9 Outcome and Description
Lesson 9 Checklist
Lesson 9 Video: Paper and Single-Use Items
Lesson 9 Exercise: Be a TreeHugger
Lesson 9 Summary and Handout
Lesson 10 Outcome and Description
Lesson 10 Checklist
Lesson 10 Video: Carbon Emissions in Supply Chains
Lesson 10 Exercise: What’s the Footprint?
Lesson 10 Discussion: Share the Footprint
Lesson 10 Summary and Handout
Environmental Priorities Survey
Lesson 11 Outcome and Description
Lesson 11 Checklist
Lesson 11 Video: Chemicals and Human Health
Lesson 11 Discussion: Why so sensitive?
Lesson 11 Exercise: Concerning Vendors
Lesson 11 Summary and Handout
Lesson 12 Outcome and Description
Lesson 12 Checklist
Lesson 12 Video: Humane Supply Chains
Lesson 12 Exercise: Supply Chain Research and Information Exchange
Lesson 12 Summary and Handout
Lesson 13 Outcome and Description
Lesson 13 Checklist
Lesson 13 Video: Supplier Diversity
Lesson 13 Discussion: Representation Matters
Lesson 13 Exercise: Supplier Diversity
Lesson 13 Summary and Handout
Lesson 14 Outcome and Description
Lesson 14 Checklist
Lesson 14 Video: Buy Local Strategies
Lesson 14 Discussion: Where is local?
Lesson 14 Exercise: Impact Over Convenience and Uniformity
Lesson 14 Summary and Handout
Social Impact Priorities Survey
Lesson 15 Outcome and Description
Lesson 15 Checklist
Lesson 15 Video: The Role of Certifications
Lesson 15 Exercise: Certifications Inventory
Lesson 15 Summary and Handout
Lesson 16 Outcome and Description
Lesson 16 Checklist
Lesson 16 Video: Prepare for a Sustainable Procurement Audit
Lesson 16 Discussion: Teamwork makes the dream work!
Lesson 16 Exercise: Get Ready!
Lesson 16 Summary and Handout
Lesson 17 Outcome and Description
Lesson 17 Checklist
Lesson 17 Video: Perform a Sustainable Procurement Audit
Lesson 17: Perform the Audit (download spreadsheet template)
Lesson 17 Summary and Handout
Lesson 18 Outcome and Description
Lesson 18 Checklist
Lesson 18 Video: Sustainable Procurement Policies and Practices
Lesson 18 Discussion: Check-in
Lesson 18 Exercise: Propose and Implement Changes
Lesson 18 Summary and Handout
Sustainable Procurement Audit Survey
Lesson 19 Outcome and Description
Lesson 19 Checklist
Lesson 19 Video: Impact Goals and Reporting
Lesson 19 Exercise: SMART Goals
Lesson 19 Summary and Handout
Lesson 20 Outcome and Description
Lesson 20 Checklist
Lesson 20 Video: Next Steps
Lesson 20 Discussion: What's next?
Lesson 20 Summary and Handout
Handouts in Combined Document
Sustainable Purchasing Audit Template
Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton
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