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094: Where to Start in Integrating Sustainability into the Procurement Process w/ Jason Pearson

By October 3, 2016 January 4th, 2019 No Comments

In today’s Art of Procurement, I am joined by Jason Pearson, the President & CEO of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC).

In my experience, influencing and managing supply chain sustainability – covering both Direct and Indirect spend categories – is something that as a procurement community we have not yet tackled head on. Examples of success are limited to a few leading edge procurement teams.

So in today’s episode, I wanted to explore what we – as procurement professionals and leaders – could do to integrate sustainable thinking into the way that our organizations buy.

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“We hypothesized that if the purchasing power of large organizations could be leveraged towards sustainability we could harness market forces and the innovation capacity of the supplier community to achieve truly revolutionary change” 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why is supply chain sustainability so important?
  • What can procurement leaders do to make sustainability a prioritization for their organizations (Jason recommends a number of case studies for further reading).
  • How can we initiate cross-sector collaboration to address sustainability issues that impact all the players in our industry but that require an industry wide response?
  • How can procurement leaders prioritize sustainability initiatives – for example, by supplier or by category?
  • The eight Direct and Indirect spend categories that lend themselves to sustainability initiatives, particularly when you are looking to start a program and are seeking early wins.
  • The impact that legislation is having – and will continue to have – on how we building sustainability into our scoping and sourcing activities.

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Philip Ideson

About Philip Ideson

Philip founded Art of Procurement in 2015 as a way to empower procurement professionals at all levels to deliver change with confidence; whether from the inspiration of the popular weekly podcast that he hosts, or with targeted solution offerings that guide clients on their journey to transform the impact of procurement.