Greener Purchasing: Opportunities and Innovations

  • ID: 2671624
  • Book
  • 328 Pages
  • Greenleaf Publishing Ltd
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Every organisation, no matter what its size, purchases goods and services. Large organisations 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 organisations. 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?

Buying (and selling) goods and services per se is, of course, fundamental to sustaining economic growth. Greener purchasing can become a vital tool for achieving sustainable development.
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Foreword
Björn Stigson, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Introduction
Trevor Russel

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, and 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, and Trevor Russel

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, and 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, and 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, and 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, and 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, and 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
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