Happening at ECO-Buy

ECO-Buy has updated the links section of the website. There are now six topics ranging from sustainable product databases to ecolabels and certifications. Each of which contains plenty of information to help answer your sustainable procurement questions. The information has been collated from leading Australian and international resources. 

Social Procurement Breakfast Forum

ECO-Buy is running a breakfast forum which will explore the issues and approaches to addressing social considerations in procurement. As customers’ expectations on social responsibility increase, it is important that suppliers meet these expectations through their supply chain.

How organisations spend their money, who they purchase from, and what they purchase can have profound social impacts. Yet often the social aspect of the triple bottom line is not adequately addressed, partially because organisations don’t understand what is required. Social procurement is a key business strategy both to avoid negative press from poor labour conditions and unethical practices and also to show leadership in developing communities and assisting the disadvantaged.

The breakfast forum will include speakers that are actively working in this space, including:

·         Sarah Law from National Australia Bank

·         Amanda Minniti from Department of Planning and Community Development

·         Mark Daniels from Social Traders

Following these three presentations, there will be a panel discussion to answer any questions from participants. Two additional experts will join the panel and share their perspectives:

  • Jacquelin Saultry from Places Victoria
  • Chris Newman from PMMS

The forum will be held on 16 August 2012 from 8.00 -10.00am at 60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC, and includes a continental breakfast. For more information and to book, please visit the event page.

Supplier Expo

ECO-Buy is holdng its 2012 ECO-Find Green Purchasing Expo in September.

Not only does buying green help reduce your organisation’s environmental footprint, but it can also reduce your costs and demonstrate leadership to staff, suppliers, customers and the wider community.

To help you do your research and ensure the products you purchase not only meet your needs but meet genuine environmental standards ECO-Buy is holding a supplier expo.

ECO-Buy has been running green purchasing expos for several years with great success. The 2012 ECO-Find Green Purchasing Expo builds on this success and features suppliers of genuine green products listed on ECO-Find.

With a wide selection of suppliers of innovative green purchasing options on hand to showcase and discuss a terrific range of genuine green products, the expo presents an ideal opportunity to find out more about the latest innovations. You can also can ask suppliers the difficult questions face to face and see if they can answer them.

For convenience, this year’s expo will held at Royal College of Surgeons in central Melbourne from 9-12 on September 12th.

Attending the Green Purchasing Expo is FREE, but you do need to register.