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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Björn Stigson, World Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentIntroduction Trevor RusselSection 1: Public purchasing1. Implementation of public green procurement programmes Tapio Pento, University of Jyvaskala, Finland2. Towards greener government procurement: An Environment Canada case study Environment Canada, Corporate Services, Administration Directorate3. Environmentally preferable purchasing: The US experience William Sanders, US Environmental Protection Agency4. The greening of public procurement in the Netherlands Nicolien van der Grijp, Vrije University, Netherlands5. Issues for environmental purchasing in australian local government Wayne Wescott, Environs Australia6. 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, France7. Greener purchasing and trade rules: Can they be reconciled? Stig Yding Sorensen, Centre for Alternative Social Analysis, Denmark Trevor RusselSection 2: Private purchasing8. Encouraging green procurement practices in business: A Canadian case study in programme development Michael J. Birett, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Canada9. 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, UK10. Small and medium-sized enterprises: The implications of greener purchasing Robert Baylis, Lianne Connell and Andrew Flynn, Cardiff University, UK11. 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, Australia12. Integrating environmental criteria into purchasing decisions: Value added? Jim Hutchison, University of Hertfordshire, UK13. Global environmental management: An opportunity for partnerships Julie M. Haines, US-Asia Environmental Partnership, USASection 3: Innovations14. The Green Purchasing Network, Japan Hiroyuki Sato, Japanese Green Purchasing Network15. The European Green Purchasing Network: Addressing purchasers across sectors and boundaries Raymond van Ermen, European Partners for the Environment Arndt Mielisch, ICLEI, Germany16. Putting the green into greener purchasing: Protecting nature consciously Philip Sutton and Kathy Preece, Green Innovations Inc., Australia17. The role of independent eco-labelling in environmental purchasing Michael Jones, UK Eco-labelling Board18. Ethical purchasing: Developing the supply chain beyond the environment Rita Godfrey, The Body Shop, UKSection 4: Case studies19. The practicalities of greener purchasing: A guide with examples from Washington state Sandra Cannon, Battelle, USA20. Enabling environmentally conscious decision-making in supply chains: The Xerox example Kirstie McIntyre, Xerox, UK21. Purchasing operations at Digital's Computer Asset Recovery Facility Joseph Sarkis, Clark University, USA Mark Liffers and Susan Malette, Digital Equipment Corp., USA22. Integrating environmental considerations into purchasing programmes at Procter & Gamble Robert J. Shimp, Procter & Gamble, USA Henri de Henau, Procter & Gamble, Belgium23. Environmental purchasing: Some thoughts and an IBM case study Brian Whitaker24. How effective is B&Q's timber purchasing policy in encouraging sustainable forest management? Liz Humphrey, University of Sussex, UK