Reeve ‘Out and About:’ Reeve Consulting Arrives in Montreal for the Symposium on Responsible Purchasing
Reeve Consulting is in Montreal to participate as a speaker and subject matter expert at the 2nd Symposium on Responsible Purchasing being held April 22 & 23, 2009. The Responsible Purchasing Symposium is a multi-stakeholder conference focusing on ethical purchasing and fair labour rights, sustainable supply chain practices and corporate responsibility. The first event held in Montreal in 2007 drew 200 international representatives from civil society, labour groups, NGOs, the legal profession, academics, cooperatives and institutional representatives. Check out the conference link at: www.ciso.qc.ca/colloquePAR09/programmation_en.html
Symposium organizers have assembled a high caliber group of speakers and participants. As an example, in our car travelling in from the airport was Joseph Breham a human rights lawyer from Paris. He told us about a recent settlement with one of the world’s largest uranium mining companies that will have really positive and wide ranging impacts for local communities and employees. I’m looking forward to meeting Heather White, founder of Verite, the non-profit social auditing, training organization that has been a leading source of capacity building for ethical sourcing in the last 15 years www.verite.org
After the main conference has concluded in Montreal a few of the international guests and Reeve will be taking a mini-version of the event on the road to speak in Chicoutimi (April 27) and finally in Quebec City on April 28 & 29. Our objective on this trip is to share our knowledge of best practices in ethical and sustainable purchasing and sustainable supply chain solutions by describing our experiences with clients like Vancouver 2010, the Sustainability Purchasing Network (SPN), Coast Hotels & Resorts, and the City of Calgary.