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WEBINAR: Sustainable Procurement: Purchasing the Future We Want


July 7, 2021

Written by Intengine in partnership with ECO Canada

Hosted by: ECO Canada  

EP Member: Price: Free  

Non-Member Price: $49 

Webinar Length: 60 mins  

Career Stage: Junior to Mid-Career 


Practical Steps to Help Your Organization Make More Sustainable Purchasing Decisions 

ECO Canada’s sustainable procurement webinar features Frances Edmonds - head of sustainable impact at HP Canada, one of Canada’s most sustainable companies, and Amy Castor, a specialist at WWF- Canada, dedicated to protecting the environment. Through the collaboration between HP and WWF-Canada, they have created a sustainable procurement workplace guide. 

Sustainable procurement is important for a variety of reasons including the fact that current activity in Canada is not sustainable. Businesses play a large role in sustainability on the planet, and sustainable purchasing is one of the most effective ways action can be taken. Sustainable procurement is defined as taking into consideration the economic, social, and environmental impacts of purchasing spanning from the time of purchase to the course of a product’s life. Sustainable procurement isn’t just a personal choice but acts as the best business decision as well through benefits including cost savings, increased revenue, and a positive brand reputation.


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Talking Points: 

Recent years have seen a transition from sustainable procurement practices as a choice to a requirement. Societal expectation around the subject leaves companies no option but to meet these expectations or quickly fall behind those who do. This paradigm shift has businesses rethinking everything from product design, collaboration with like-minded companies, and new business models. 

Despite the importance of businesses keeping up with the new paradigm, there still aren’t enough making radical changes. HP and WWF-Canada have put together a 5-step guide to provide the necessary information for sustainable purchasing. 

These 5 steps include: 

  • finding the right support, mapping out processes & goals, 
  • identifying & discussing gaps, 
  • finding common ground and common goal setting, 
  • and tracking progress while making any required changes. 

HP encourages businesses to consider a circular strategy, which entails thinking about the entire life cycle of a product before it is created. While supply chain procurement is the most effective means for driving sustainable development and investment, it is currently the least utilized. 

With the ever-increasing importance of sustainable procurement, companies leading the way along with the information necessary for businesses to incorporate sustainable decisions are helping make these decisions more likely.

This webinar is meant for businesses, governments, education and training institutions, and individuals. 

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ECO Canada is the steward for the Canadian environmental workforce across all industries.

From job creation and wage funding to training and labour market research – we champion the end-to-end career of an environmental professional. Our aim is to promote and drive responsible, sustainable economic growth while also ensuring that environmental care and best practice is a priority.



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About: Expert: Frances Edmonds, HP Canada – Head of Sustainable Impact and Expert: Amy Castator, WWF Canada – Specialist


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