Advancing Sustainable Procurement in the Public Sector

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COP26 and Procurement

It is encouraging to see that sustainable procurement played a crucial role in the talks at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26).

Recognizing the need to address supply chain impacts on climate change, important resources to help companies, including small and mid-size enterprises, decarbonize their supply chain and achieve Net Zero by 2050 were announced. 

Get ready for the Canadian federal single-use plastics ban this year!

What is the Single-Use Plastics Ban?

Single-use plastics are, as their name implies, plastic products designed to be used once and then disposed of.  Under the existing Canadian Environmental Protection Act (federal), plastics were placed on the Federal Toxic Substances List. Later this year, new regulations will be developed and implemented to officially ban single-use plastics in Canada.

Banning single-use plastics is a significant component of our federal government’s goal of achieving zero plastic waste in Canada by the year 2030, a goal that we can all support in both our personal lives and as procurement professionals.

What does Procurement have to do with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals with 169 targets designed as a blueprint to help achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of a UN Resolution called "The 2030 Agenda".

Implementing the agenda requires co-operation amongst society including all governments, and as always, public procurement plays a key role.

         Click here to get the Quick Guide for Sustainable Purchasing!

The Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba Working Group developed this document for professional purchasers seeking a “quick guide” for purchasing sustainable goods and services.

This document outlines the minimum sustainable recommendations for a wide variety of commodities and services commonly purchased by the public sector, businesses and the general public. 

                            Click here to get the guide!
 

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