Sustainable Purchasing Guide

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ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Many businesses are interested in purchasing products and services with characteristics that make them environmentally and socially beneficial. Yet, it is often difficult to know whether one product or service is better than another, and whether you are making good decisions about what to buy. The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) designed this Sustainable Purchasing Guide to help you incorporate social and environmental considerations into your company’s purchasing decisions.

WHO CAN USE THIS GUIDE

The Guide was designed to help procurement managers and individual employees who make purchasing decisions, in small and medium-sized companies. Others in large companies, government agencies and non-governmental organizations may also find the ideas and concepts presented in this Guide useful.

HOW THIS GUIDE WILL HELP ME

This Guide will help you to make better purchasing decisions based on an expanded notion of cost, and consideration of the environmental attributes and social issues associated with the products you buy.

This Guide will offer tips for integrating sustainable practices into your company’s purchasing decisions in a way that will be systematic and long lasting. Integrating sustainability criteria into purchasing decisions takes time and challenges you to think differently. Once you begin to integrate elements of sustainable purchasing into your business process, you will realize additional benefits from making better procurement choices.

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