What a year!

Before we get too far in to 2014, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months and the impact we have been able to bring to you and your organisations.

When ECO-Buy and Net Balance merged at the end of 2012, we set ourselves three key directions for the organisation: 1) maintain existing services for current members, and to 2) deepen and 3) widen the membership offering. By deepen, we mean to increase the value ECO-Buy membership provides to its members. By widen, we mean to take the ECO-Buy membership network national, both to bring ECO-Buy’s benefits to more organisations, but also to enrich the peer learning experience of our existing member network.

Three exciting ways we have deepened the membership in 2013 include helping to set up Social Procurement Australasia, developing an e-learning tool for green purchasing in consultation with seven local governments, and the Recycled Mixed Plastics Purchasing Toolkit to provide buyers with independent information on the features, uses and specifications for recycled plastic products. We have also begun widening the membership to South Australia, and looking next to Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.

We are starting 2014 off with a bang, in the next three months we will be hosting a Green Purchasing Expo in Adelaide, are partnering with Greater Shepparton City Council and Moira Shire Council to host a Greening Local Supply Chains Forum and Recycled Content Product Expo in Shepparton and partnering with the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group and WMAA to put on a Recycled Materials in Infrastructure and Capital Works Forum in Geelong. We will also be hosting six member network meetings and webinars all. We will continue to provide guidance on your sustainable procurement questions, provide training and events, and update and add new member resources throughout the year.

On behalf of the ECO-Buy team, we look forward to working with you on more exciting and fun sustainable procurement initiatives this year and increasing our impact by achieving bigger environmental, economic and social outcomes through procurement!