“Green Practices – Resolutions Part III of V”

December 28th, 2011

Today’s post is by David Wenig; Senior Account Manager at SafeSourcing.

By now this is a classic company resolution. But now is the time to act on your good intentions. This is a great resolution and this author sincerely hopes that you can make this work, even if only in a small way.

If we really consider going green, it is easy to see the benefits of and get caught up in the big areas. We might want to reduce our carbon footprint by limiting corporate travel or replacing our equipment and office supplies with the green versions of the same. These are certainly great aspirations. While you determine which of the major green projects you can implement, I would suggest you step back and make a smaller change as well.

One way to implement an environmentally friendly purchasing process is to enlist help from your strategic sourcing partner. Ask your provider to limit your vendor selections to only include vendors that hold at least one environmental certification. This would ensure that as you go about your business of purchasing the items and services that you already need, you will also be supporting a green initiative.

This may seem like a small step, but every small step we take is a step in the right direction.

In tomorrow’s New Year post, we will take a look at another annual procurement issue; evergreen contracts.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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