Here is a repost that responds to a question from a good retail friend.

September 1st, 2009

So here are nine steps to safer and more eco-friendly procurement.

A good friend of mine that works in retail procurement recently had safety and green initiatives added to his list of responsibilities. We discussed some of what that entails and other thoughts as to how designing a program that supports safer and more eco-friendly procurement.

1. Be pro-active in driving not for resale and for resale product safety within your company, and also supporting eco-standards in the procurement process.
2. Pay it forward with all of your trading partners by sharing what you are doing, and asking what they do to support yours or similar initiatives.
3. Educate your employees and trading partners about common safety standards and guidelines such as the SQF Certificate and the Global Food Safety Initiative
4. Educate your employees and trading partners about common eco-standards such as Green- Energy National Standard or EcoLogo
5. Point associates and trading partners to free educational websites such as to use their free SafeSourcing Wiki or the Sourcebook professional social network for procurement professionals.
6. Only use trading partners that follow your lead.
7. Train your team to understand and use all available tools that insure supply chain safety such the free daily safety in sourcing blog at or the low cost SafeSourceIt Supplier Database and Reverse Auction Tools.
8. Impose a system of measures and controls to monitor performance against clearly defined goals.
9. Start at the top and engage all levels of your company.

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