Best Practice Framework Series

Best Practice Framework Series #8: They Say “What Gets Measured Gets Managed”, So Are You Measuring?

How impactful is your sustainable procurement program? Without a way to measure a program’s outcomes, it is very difficult to know if you’re truly making an impact. Although measurement and reporting can be a challenge and often requires a lot of effort, it is important to consider it while establishing other preliminary elements like Policy, Strategy, and Action Plan.  

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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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Best Practice Framework Series #5: Tools: Bridging the Gap

A Sustainable Procurement Program is only as impactful as its executors allow. Best Practice Framework elements like Strategy and Action Plan, Staffing and Resources, Policy, and HIPO Lists are crucial for building the strong foundation of a Sustainable Procurement Program, but are not always utilized in day-to-day purchasing decisions. This is why Tools are a crucial element of high performing Sustainable Procurement Program: they provide a tangible starting point, empowering procurement staff to translate sustainable procurement principles into actionable steps.

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Best Practice Framework Series #4: HIPO Lists: Don’t get Stuck in the Planning Phase

When building and implementing your sustainable procurement program, it is easy to get caught in a perpetual planning phase. Creating a Strategy and Action Plan, updating Policies and Procedures, and mapping Staffing and Resources are all important elements of a sustainable procurement program, but they are only a portion of a high impact program. The goal when implementing a high impact sustainable procurement program is to avoid spending too much time on planning while the organization spends thousands of dollars on high-risk product/service categories.

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Best Practice Framework Series #3: Sustainable Procurement Policy, Less is More!

An effective Sustainable Procurement Policy directs staff to meaningfully consider sustainability during procurement practices, alongside the traditional criteria like price, quality, and service. The Policy is often a base for Sustainable Procurement Programs. One of the most common mistakes that organizations face when developing their Programs is allocating too much time and resources into developing their Policy. This cannibalizes valuable time and effort from other important elements like the Strategy and Action Plan or Staffing and Resources.

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Best Practice Framework Series #2: Don’t Get Your Sustainable Procurement Program Stuck on the Side of your Desk!

Sustainable procurement is strategic initiative with the potential to power the most important organizational priorities. But to improve the sustainability of our supply chains, we can’t expect procurement professionals to implement Sustainable Procurement out of the goodness of their hearts: big impacts can only come with adequate support and resourcing. In this Best Practice Framework Series blog, we will discuss the effect resourcing can have on making Sustainable Procurement programs impactful.

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Best Practice Framework Series #1: Unlocking the Importance of a Sustainable Procurement Strategy and Action Plan

Earlier this year, Reeve Consulting launched a Best Practice Framework Blog Series, highlighting the importance of having a Program in place to achieve impactful sustainable procurement.

Today, we will be diving into the important role that a Strategy and Action Plan plays in driving a high-performing Sustainable Procurement Program. Check back next month to learn more about Policy, and how it can assist in communicating your organization’s sustainability commitments.

At Reeve we are all about ‘less planning and more doing’ but having said that, we see the importance that a good plan can play in providing common vision amongst staff and stakeholders to guide program development. If you have tried to incorporate green or sustainable procurement efforts, but haven’t seen much impact, this might be why. READ MORE

An Introduction to the Reeve Best Practice Framework Series

Are you getting questions about what’s the natural starting point for developing a sustainable procurement program? Have you wondered what it would take to get more impact out of your existing efforts? You’ve got a Policy; how come you’re not getting more results?

Catastrophic climatic events over the last few years have proven that we need to take immediate action to address our climate crisis for benefit of our plant, economy, and population. Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Development Goal #12, is a powerful tool to address ongoing ethical, environmental, social, and Indigenous issues in our supply chains. Organizations can have a meaningful impact on minimizing sustainability risks and creating opportunities, but sustainable procurement must be approached as a fulsome program rather than just another policy. Throughout this year, Reeve will be releasing blogs as part of our Best Practice Framework Blog Series. Next month, we will be diving into one of the first essential program elements, Strategy and Action Plan. Check back to learn more about how this element can provide a common vision amongst staff and stakeholders.

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