On 8 May, we invited international expert Shaun McCarthy to speak to the ECO-Buy network. Shaun is Director of Action Sustainability in the UK, chaired the Committee for a Sustainable London 2012 (overseeing the sustainability of the London Olympics), and contributed to writing the British Standard 8903 for sustainable procurement.
The event saw a very strong turnout – supply chain is certainly a hot topic this year, and it will only increase in focus.
Cameron Neil began the event with an update on ECO-Buy and Net Balance (see his slides), including:
- Who is Net Balance in 90 seconds - new video.
- ECO-Buy remains a not for profit within Net Balance as its parent company, and continues to be led by its mission.
- Future directions for the ECO-Buy Membership include expanding our interstate networks and offering increased social procurement and supplier capacity building services.
- Net Balance also offers consulting services for more advanced assistance - see the flyer with our combined expertise
- ECO-Buy and Net Balance are sponsoring two new Banksia Awards for local government.
- We've just launched the State of Local Government Green Purchasing Report 2011/12 and Palm Oil in Australia: Facts, Issues and Challenges Report.
Shaun McCarthy then provided an update on global best practice. You can see his slides here or video of his presentation below. The key areas he discussed included:
- The British Standard BS8903:2010 Principles and framework for sustainable procurement, and the BSI Guide to Procuring sustainably using BS 8903.
- The London 2012 Olympics was a great example of sustainable procurement. A number of case studies and resources are available through the Learning Legacy website.
- Action Sustainability has worked with a number of construction industry partners to create the Supply Chain Sustainability School, a virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence. It is free to access.
It was a great event and we look forward to working with Shaun again. If you would be interested in arranging a meeting during one of his future visits, contact us.