Sustainable Supply Chains Training: Sustainable Procurement
The Sustainable Procurement course trains companies on assessing their current procurement processes and adopting more sustainable practices in the future. The course provides an overview of the Smart Freight Centre’s Freight Procurement Guidelines developed in conjunction with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This course will bring participants up to date on the Circular Economy and Green Procurement (Clause 8.3 within ISO50001) in the context of a rapidly changing legislative and business environment.
The Sustainable Procurement training workshop consists of three modules. Each module will be delivered in interactive 50-minute sessions via the WebEx platform. This will be followed by a Q&A session where participants can raise particular issues and challenges their organisations to face.
Date: March 28th – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Online: Microsoft Teams (Half-Day)
Module 1: Reprise and Update
Module 1 will review the legislative and climate context for adopting sustainable business practices. Participants will learn of the various frameworks and approaches and the ethical and business cases for taking action. Case studies of best practices, including examples of Irish-based companies, will be examined. This will be followed by an exploration of the definitions of circular economy, sustainable or ‘green’ procurement and the next steps for implementing these strategies within an organisation.
Module 2: The SFC/WBSCD Framework
Module 2 will introduce participants to the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Freight Procurement Guidelines. Participants will learn the key steps for implementing sustainable procurement strategies, including preparation, planning, tendering and contracting, and managing and reporting of carbon emissions. Participants will also learn of options for accessing funding, such as the EEOS-funded ECO Fleet platform.
Module 3: Engaging SME suppliers
Module 3 will train participants to engage suppliers in a sustainable energy and carbon reduction programme and ensure their suppliers provide accurate and complete data. Participants will be provided with a copy of the Smart Freight Centre Procurement Guidelines for adoption within their companies.
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Learn of the rapidly changing legislative and climate context and the ethical and business cases for sustainable logistics procurement
- Learn case studies of best practices in sustainable procurement
- Understand the meaning of the circular economy and how it may apply to their business
- Understand the priorities and criteria being used in Green Public Procurement
- Learn of the approach taken by the SFC/WBCSD Freight Procurement Guidelines
- Learn the key steps for implementing sustainable procurement strategies, including preparation, planning, tendering and contracting, and managing and reporting
- Learn how to engage, measure and report carbon savings from within their SME carriers
Who should attend:
The course would suit a broad range of professionals from any business involved in international trade, including:
- Procurement Managers
- Senior Management
- Heads of Sustainability and Sustainability Officers
- Supply Chain Managers
- Logistics Managers
- Operations Managers
Digital Badge Awards:
All trainees who successfully complete the training workshop receive a digital badge award containing verifiable data on the skills or knowledge attained. Digital badges can be shared on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or added to digital CVs or email signatures. After completing a course, you will receive an email containing simple instructions for downloading, sharing, or collecting digital badges.