Green Supply Chain

Green Supply Chain

Online Sustainability Courses


Enjoy the convenience of online learning working at your own pace as your schedule allows, wherever you are, whenever you want. You can even apply your coursework toward one of our professional certifications. Many organizations use our individual courses for their sales force, customer service department, purchasing department and management team.

Organizational purchasing has evolved tremendously over the last decade shifting from an administrative function to a strategic role. The changing dynamics of the global economy altered the skills of procurement professionals amplifying the importance of conditions such as quality, cost, and delivery. Now, the next step in professional evolution is upon us and the functions of on-time delivery and the lowest price are no longer sufficient. Organizational purchasing is in a strategic position to influence the sustainability and carbon footprint of an organization through multiple channels. What are world class purchasing departments doing to help their organizations become more sustainable? Green Purchasing Fundamentals introduces foundational concepts that align with systems, policies, and procedures that support green purchasing practices and organization sustainability. 

Introduction to Sustainability & Green Purchasing

  • Sustainable Development
  • Introductory Concepts
  • The Business Drivers for Green Purchasing Practices
  • Procurement’s Impact to Sustainability Strategies

Design for Environment (DfE)

  • Life Cycle Assessment - LCA
  • Cradle-to-Grave & Cradle-to-Cradle analysis
  • Six Decisions Required for an LCA
  • Limitations of LCA
  • Application of Design for Environment

Green Labeling

  • Federal Trade Commission Actions
  • ISO 14020 Series - Environmental Labeling
  • Green Washing

Green Product Standards

  • Green Product Standards - Principles
  • Understanding Third Party Programs

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing - EPP

  • EPP & Government Purchasing
  • The Green Supply Network
  • International Green Purchasing Programs

Supplier Relationship Management & Sustainability

  • Environmental Business Partnerships
  • The International Chamber of Commerce
  • World Commission on Environment & Development 16 Principles
  • Global Environmental Management Institute (GEMI) 4-Level Typology of Strategies for Suppliers
  • Supplier Environmental Stratification

Green Purchasing Program Development

  • Green Purchasing Policy
  • Total Cost of Ownership & Green Purchasing
  • Spend Analysis and Sustainable Action Planning
  • The Global Supply Chain & Green Practices

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