ECO-Buy has had a jam packed year, filled with vibrant forums, network meetings and training sessions. ECO-Buy remains as committed as ever to achieve our mission and vision for sustainable procurement. In addition to ongoing membership support, some of the highlights of 2014 include:
- Gaining our first members in Western Australia and Tasmania
- Holding our first green supplier expo in Adelaide
- Launching the Recycled Mixed Plastics Purchasing Toolkit in conjunction with the Australian Packaging Covenant
- Developing the Sustainable Procurement Series for APC signatories.
- Contributing to the development of Social Procurement: The Business Case with Social Procurement Australasia
- Delivered sustainable procurement fundamentals training to CitySwitch signatories and developed the Quick Guide to Sustainable Purchasing
- Reviewing the tracking and reporting process for sustainable purchasing to make it easier for organisations to report
- Developing new infographic summaries of organisational sustainable purchasing spend
- Co-delivering the Forum on Recycled Materials in Infrastructure and Capital Works in Geelong, along with the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group
- Delivering webinars on engaging your staff on sustainable procurement and how to procure goods with recycled mixed plastics content, which can be accessed here by members
- Stephen Reardon, Research Manager, presenting at the WMAA SA Government Procurement of Resource Recovered Materials event
- Delivering our first Leaders' Forums for business and state government members
- Presenting at various Victorian Regional Procurement Excellence Network forums
- Sara Redmond-Neal, Program Manager, co-presenting with ECO-Buy member, Aubrey Jansen from Glen Eira City Council, at the Procurement Transformation in the Public Sector Conference, Sydney
- Delivering sustainable procurement training sessions to various organisations
ECO-Buy has also moved to operate from Ernst & Young (EY), which is one of Australia's leading professional services firms. The move happened as the Net Balance Group, under which ECO-Buy operated from previously, was acquired by EY.
ECO-Buy continues to operate as a not-for-profit, independent organisation. Terence Jeyaretnam will remain as ECO-Buy Director and Trish McGee as General Manager. The ECO-Buy staff will remain the same.
ECO-Buy will continue to deliver its membership services as business as usual, adding value to the membership services and continue to broaden membership to a national scale.
We are excited to be able to draw upon EY's expertise in sustainability reporting and advice, social impact, carbon and energy, and health, safety and environment to enhance the services, tools and resources we provide to members. We also look forward to working with our members, and other interested organisations, to continue creating a more responsible purchasing world.
If you are interested in becoming a member or finding out more about the sustainable procurement support we are able to provide, please contact Trish McGee by email or phone 03 9288 8052.