Greener Purchasing

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Greener Purchasing

Opportunities and Innovations

Edited by Trevor Russel

Every organization, public and private, no matter what its size, purchases goods and services. Large organizations also have considerable influence over the practices of their suppliers. As greener purchasing practices have become more common in large organisations, the implications for companies in the supply chain have similarly increased. Yet greener purchasing policies remain the exception rather than the norm in large organizations. Why is this? And how can environmental purchasing practices that have produced tangible business benefits for a number of companies worldwide receive wider take-up?

Greener Purchasing: Opportunities and Innovations has been published to facilitate the development and dissemination of best practice in environmental supply chain and procurement management worldwide. Divided into four sections, covering "The Public Sector", "The Private Sector", "Innovations" and "Case Studies", this book brings together international expertise from four continents, including contributions from organisations such as the US EPA, Environment Canada, Procter & Gamble, Xerox and The Body Shop, as well as describing burgeoning new initiatives such as the Japanese and European Green Purchasing Networks. It provides a number of checklists and examples on how to establish and maintain successful greener purchasing and supply chain practices in order to bring not only environmental, but business value to organisations of all sizes.

The book is essential reading for purchasing officers, environmental managers, CEOs, consultants, academics and students interested in the topic around the world.

A superb coverage of this complex topic, including loads of real-life checklists and company criteria.

'The Green Business Letter'

This book ... provides a very comprehensive examination of the key issues around the topic of "greener purchasing" ... it also sets out the nuts and bolts, the "how to" of developing "greener" supply chain policies and implementing them.

Björn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Björn Stigson, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Section 1: Public purchasing

1. Implementation of public green procurement programmes
Tapio Pento, University of Jyvaskala, Finland

2. Towards greener government procurement: An Environment Canada case study
Environment Canada, Corporate Services, Administration Directorate

3. Environmentally preferable purchasing: The US experience
William Sanders, US Environmental Protection Agency

4. The greening of public procurement in the Netherlands
Nicolien van der Grijp, Vrije University, Netherlands

5. Issues for environmental purchasing in australian local government
Wayne Wescott, Environs Australia

6. Nordic countries' green public procurement of paper
Tito Gronow, Conference of European Paper Industries, Belgium
Tapio Pento, University of Jyvaeskylae, Finland
Alain Rajotte, University of Paris, France

7. Greener purchasing and trade rules: Can they be reconciled?
Stig Yding Sorensen, Centre for Alternative Social Analysis, Denmark
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Section 2: Private purchasing

8. Encouraging green procurement practices in business: A Canadian case study in programme development
Michael J. Birett, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Canada

9. Do-It-Yourself or Do-It-Together? The implementation of sustainable timber purchasing policies by DIY retailers in the UK
David F. Murphy, New Academy of Business, UK
Jem Bendell, University of Bristol, UK

10. Small and medium-sized enterprises: The implications of greener purchasing
Robert Baylis, Lianne Connell and Andrew Flynn, Cardiff University, UK

11. An exploratory examination of environmentally responsible straight rebuy purchases in large Australian organisations
Michael Jay Polonsky, Philip Henry and Craig Schweizer, University of Newcastle, Australia
Harry Brooks, University of Western Sydney, Australia

12. Integrating environmental criteria into purchasing decisions: Value added?
Jim Hutchison, University of Hertfordshire, UK

13. Global environmental management: An opportunity for partnerships
Julie M. Haines, US-Asia Environmental Partnership, USA

Section 3: Innovations

14. The Green Purchasing Network, Japan
Hiroyuki Sato, Japanese Green Purchasing Network

15. The European Green Purchasing Network: Addressing purchasers across sectors and boundaries
Raymond van Ermen, European Partners for the Environment
Arndt Mielisch, ICLEI, Germany

16. Putting the green into greener purchasing: Protecting nature consciously
Philip Sutton and Kathy Preece, Green Innovations Inc., Australia

17. The role of independent eco-labelling in environmental purchasing
Michael Jones, UK Eco-labelling Board

18. Ethical purchasing: Developing the supply chain beyond the environment
Rita Godfrey, The Body Shop, UK

Section 4: Case studies

19. The practicalities of greener purchasing: A guide with examples from Washington state
Sandra Cannon, Battelle, USA

20. Enabling environmentally conscious decision-making in supply chains: The Xerox example
Kirstie McIntyre, Xerox, UK

21. Purchasing operations at Digital's Computer Asset Recovery Facility
Joseph Sarkis, Clark University, USA
Mark Liffers and Susan Malette, Digital Equipment Corp., USA

22. Integrating environmental considerations into purchasing programmes at Procter & Gamble
Robert J. Shimp, Procter & Gamble, USA
Henri de Henau, Procter & Gamble, Belgium

23. Environmental purchasing: Some thoughts and an IBM case study
Brian Whitaker

24. How effective is B&Q's timber purchasing policy in encouraging sustainable forest management?
Liz Humphrey, University of Sussex, UK

Edited by TREVOR RUSSELL, procurement specialist

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