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Best Practice Framework Series #7: Don’t Overlook Training and Communications

If an entire Sustainable Procurement Program is a 100-mile journey, 50 out of the 100 miles is allocated to Training and Communications. Typically, Training and Communications is the most undervalued element of Reeve’s 10-element Best Practice Framework. Organizations put effort into developing high quality Policies, Procedures, and Tools to build out solid infrastructure for their sustainable procurement program, however, they often neglect to effectively train staff and communicate to internal stakeholders. Without an understanding of sustainable procurement, staff and internal stakeholders cannot execute sustainable procurement effectively.

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A Guide to Seeking Sustainability This Halloween

The sustainability issues associated with Halloween may be spooky, but don’t let them scare you. Whether it’s a full-blown office party, or a low-value purchase, don’t forget about sustainable procurement while planning your Halloween festivities. Here is a quick guide to help you make your Halloween purchases more sustainable this year.

 

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Fostering Indigenous Culture Through Procurement

The CCSP was excited to kick off the second half of the 2023 programming on September 21st. In the spirit of the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th, this month’s topic was Economic Reconciliation: Attracting Indigenous Suppliers.

Procuring with Indigenous businesses within the public sector not only aligns with the Government of Canada’s TRC Call to Action 92: Business and Reconciliation, but also helps support the growth and preservation of Indigenous companies, communities, and culture. As such, it is important that the public sector engages with Indigenous suppliers to help foster the economic resilience and cultural safety of Indigenous peoples.

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Brighter Communities Begin with Giving Back

A fundamental Reeve principle, at the heart of our ethos, is a commitment to “doing the right thing”. Our dedication to ethical actions, both in our work and community involvement, stems from our belief that fostering a healthy and thriving community ultimately benefits long term societal wellbeing.

Among our other community involvement initiatives like our annual Shoreline Cleanup and Afterparty and supporting local businesses in our purchases, we donate to various organizations and initiatives every year with the goal of giving back to the communities we believe in.READ MORE

Free Sustainable Product Factsheet Series by Reeve Consulting: Food Service Ware

 

If you have purchased catering for an event, you have used a food service container.

Food service ware can an integral part of catering and takeout, but without consideration, they can also be a procurement risk. Reeve is back with another factsheet (check out our previous factsheet about Coffee and Tea), and will continue to release factsheets for some of the most common product categories such as furniture, promotional products, and professional services. These resources will help define sustainable products/suppliers, eco-labels to look out for, and top tips to make your next procurement as impactful and seamless as possible.

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UNEP Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement

Foreward

Procurement processes that consider social, economic and environmental factors play a strategic role in trans- forming markets for more sustainable products and services; the ‘sustainable procurement’ approach can ad- dress not only the triple planetary crisis, but also salient socio-economic issues such as human and labor rights, diversity, inclusion and gender equality. Public procurement, which amounts to over US$13 trillion annually at global level, can prove to be a game changer in this regard. This was acknowledged by the international community when it included Target 12.7 on sustainable public procurement in the Sustainable Development Goals. More recently, private organizations have joined the global sustainable procurement movement thereby adding further to the transformation of demand signals towards sustainability.

 

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Sustainability Playbook for Major Sport Organizing Committees

How to use this Playbook & Toolkit

This Sustainability Playbook & Toolkit has been created to help the Special Olympics USA Games and other large event organizers be more effective and efficient in implementing robust and successful sustainability programs and projects. The Playbook draws from the deep expertise of team members and first-hand experience gained at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle—the first time the Special Olympics USA Games have had a comprehensive sustainability program. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games demonstrated that sustainability has the potential to inspire meaningful connections between Special Olympics USA Games stakeholders, and leave lasting, positive legacies for the local community and the broader Special Olympics movement. A robust sustainability program covers both environmental and social issues. For more information on what a sustainable event involves, (refer to page 39 for the Sustainability Strategy used for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games).

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Special Olympics USA Sustainability Impact Report

About This Report

This report tells the sustainability story of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Its purpose is to provide an open and transparent account to various stakeholders and interested parties of the actual results and outcomes of the Games. We’ve profiled short stories of some things that went well, and we’ve provided the data to let readers come to their own conclusions on how well the sustainability program worked at the 2018 USA Games, and what may be improved upon in the future.

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