As global warming and climate change continue to disrupt our environment, procurement professionals are in a pivotal position to purchase environmentally responsible products and facilitate the implementation of environmentally sound practices. However, making decisions based on sustainability can have problematic financial, operational, or even ethical implications. Sustainability programs can fail when stakeholders have different perspectives, there are barriers to change, or supply chain contributors engage in unethical practices. This course reviews how to implement simple sustainability practices, investigates major areas of concern when applying those practices, and explores how to develop long-term sustainability goals. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Clarify responsibility and the definition of “sustainability” to establish a framework for a sustainability program
Develop a sustainability plan by identifying important aspects of a sustainability program and determining strategies for overcoming obstacles
Develop a sustainability plan to market achievements and mitigate risks
Develop training and communications plans to minimize risks to sustainability plans
Implement a sustainability plan while keeping stakeholders engaged
This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
Senior-level public procurement professionals and senior-level central warehouse professionals who already have an in-depth knowledge of public procurement and handle or manage high-level, complex procurements for their respective entities.
Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created entities) who direct procurement operations and establish procurement policies.