CCSP cohort kicks off new year validating some old themes.
The CCSP kicked off its 2021 program with its first Peer Exchange webinar of the season on February 25th, featuring an assembly of almost 70 individuals representing organizations from coast to coast across Canada. Now in its 12th year of operation, the CCSP is a member-based network of 30 Canadian public sector institutions working together to align their spending with their values and sustainability commitments.
It was impressive to see how the broader sustainable procurement movement is growing in breadth and depth as members and guests engaged in lively discussion about some important elements of successful sustainable procurement. Members talked about taking a holistic, value driven approach to sustainable procurement that looks at the unique green, indigenous, social and ethical risks or opportunities that applied to their procurement objectives. We heard how important it is to follow a ‘two-track’ program that simultaneously works on building out the 10 elements of a successful program, while looking ahead to upcoming significant procurements.
Two CCSP members, the City of Winnipeg and the City of Nanaimo shared their individual Success Stories that are highlighted in the upcoming 2020 CCSP Annual Report. The City of Winnipeg used sustainability specifications within an RFP when looking to procure a fleet of multi-function printers and was impressed to receive sustainability features and services that more than met their targets at no additional cost over the previous contract. The City of Nanaimo saw an opportunity to create social value while addressing cleanliness issues by contracting with community groups with workers facing barriers to employment to clean up discarded needles and debris in the downtown area. A key message shared by both cities is that our communities, global and local, are counting on us to make positive change and that actions both small and large will get us that much closer to our sustainable goals.
Each year the CCSP produces an Annual Report that details the trends and best practices within sustainable public procurement in Canada. The 2020 Annual Report will be released soon to our members and will be made public in the coming month of April. Stay tuned for the biggest trends in sustainable procurement, inspiring success stories and CCSP updates from the past year.
The successful kickoff to the CCSP 2021 program has got us eager for more! We are looking forward to hosting CCSP members and some incredible speakers at our upcoming Peer Exchange webinar and many more to come. We hope to see you there!
WRITTEN BY: ERIN UNGER, PROGRAM MANAGER AT THE CANADIAN COLLABORATION FOR SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT (CCSP)
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