The CCSP is Kicking Off Its 15th Year!

The CCSP is Kicking Off Its 15th Year!

This year, the Canadian Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement is entering into its 15th year of operations! On February 8th, we were joined by new members, returning members, and guests from various public-sector organizations from across the country to kick things off. We are so excited to see how CCSP members will continue to collaborate and advance the sustainable procurement movement in 2024! 

 

At the kick-off event, the network of public-sector organizations from all levels of government, post-secondary education, and crown-corporations came together to hear about how the CCSP Program supports members with sustainable procurement, listen to other members share what they’re working on, and discuss priorities for upcoming programming. Amanda Chouinard, Program Manager, reiterated the CCSP’s ethos around the four pillars of sustainable procurement (environment, social, ethical, and Indigenous), the 10 elements of the Best Practice Program Framework, and the importance of acting on High Impact Procurement Opportunities (HIPOs) early on.  

 

 

As a sneak peak into the 2023 Annual Report, three members shared success stories from their organizations. City of Vancouver showcased how they set a requirement for their new IT Hardware and Software supplier to take back and refurbish equipment at end of life. The successful proponent had an established partnership with BC Tech for Learning, a local charity specialising in in refurbishing IT and giving it to local schools, non-profits, and individuals in need – ultimately the City was able to foster circularity while addressing a community need.

The City of Winnipeg arranged a sole source contract with a local social enterprise that hired five workers experiencing with homelessness for a litter pick-up contract. As a result, all workers have now been able to find homes and other City departments are using the services of this social enterprise.

Lastly, the City of Charlottetown spoke about the environmental and social requirements included in an RFP for new transit buses; resulting in the award of a company that was able to demonstrate leadership across several areas of corporate sustainability. 

 

We also heard from new and existing members about their priorities this year with common themes like working on implementing new tools to help staff integrate sustainability criteria into RFPs, training for staff to increase their knowledge and confidence, and establishing KPIs and measurement systems.  

 

Before concluding the event, we asked our audience to vote on various Peer Exchange and Working Group topics to determine interests for the year. Some of the topics that came up included:   

  • Establishing and measuring sustainable procurement KPIs
  • Integrating sustainability requirements into capital/construction projects, consulting services, and fleet
  • Advancing topics like Indigenous procurement and circular economy
  • Supporting more supply chain transparency

 

 

If you’d like to learn more about the CCSP, download our Annual Report here. This report reflects on the previous years’ sustainable procurement trends, best practices in Canada and success stories from CCSP members. Stay tuned for the 2023 report, set to publish in March 2024!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far, six new members have joined the program – Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), BCIT, BC Assessment, TRIUMF, Service New Brunswick (SNB), and the University of Alberta.  

 

It’s not too late to sign up for the CCSP and learn along with 50 other members working on all facets of sustainable procurement. You will gain access to a variety of resources such as contact directory of sustainable procurement professionals, a resource library, a Working Group and 8 member-only Peer Exchange webinars each year.  

 

 

Email ccsp@reeveconsulting.com for more information and sign up for the CCSP newsletter for updates. 

 

 

WRITTEN BY: ETHAN YIU, SPECIALIST AT REEVE CONSULTING & AMANDA CHOUINARD, PROGRAM MANAGER AT THE CANADIAN COLLABORATION FOR SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT (CCSP)

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