Responsible purchasing cards tailored for Canada's context

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

To provide tangible support to requisitioners and purchasing agents seeking to make sustainable acquisitions, ECPAR has developed a series of sustainable purchasing sheets on common goods and services; eight of them are publicly available.

Designed to meet the needs of different types of users (buyers, sustainability team, final user), these sheets include those sections: before buying, sustainable purchasing, rationale and additional information and references.

Further information

To provide tangible support to requisitioners and purchasing agents seeking to make sustainable acquisitions, ECPAR has developed a series of sustainable purchasing sheets on common goods and services; eight of them are publicly available. Designed to meet the needs of different types of users (buyers, sustainability team, final user), these sheets include those sections: BEFORE BUYING : best practices to rethink the need before purchasing, guidelines to respect the 3R-R hierarchy and some simple rules to reduce the environmental impacts and costs associated with the consumption of goods and services. SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING : sustainable purchasing criteria to incorporate relevant environmental, social and economic specifications into procurement processes. RATIONALE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : life cycles of the products and services, main impacts that arise in each phase and more information about the certifications. REFERENCES : sources that were used to produce the information sheet as well as a list of social economy enterprises that provide the goods and services discussed in the information sheet. *Note that the sheets were made between 2011-2013 and are currently in the process of being updated -2020