The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) has joined forces with leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs to develop a groundbreaking guidance program for leadership in sustainable purchasing. Public and private sector organizations will use the program to guide trillions of dollars in collective purchasing towards goods and services that simultaneously meet the needs of their organization, society, and the planet.
CAFR, through its Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing, joins an esteemed group of organizations representing purchasers, suppliers and the public interest, including Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Center for Environmental Health, Ecoinstitut, and World Resources Institute.
As a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, CAFR will play an instrumental role in solving the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardization in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded. The Council’s Guidance Program for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, now under development, will enable efficient sharing of best practices, solutions, training, benchmarking, recognition, and policy efforts among organizations, sectors, and regions.
“The Council supports a strategic approach to sustainable purchasing that is consistent across sectors,” says Executive Director Jason Pearson. “The potential for alignment, market influence, and supply chain innovation accelerate dramatically when we all speak the same language and use similar processes to evaluate and mitigate the impacts associated with institutional purchasing. The Council’s visionary members are working to unleash the full transformative potential of global institutional purchasing, which in the US alone annually represents an estimated $10 trillion in spending.”
About Colorado Association for Recycling
CAFR is committed to supporting, educating, and guiding individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. www.cafr.org
CAFR’s Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing is a group of like-minded organizations who share procurement and supply chain management strategies and learn from each other. The group believes that by harnessing their collective knowledge and experience they can better align their efforts and significantly leverage resources and influence in creating a cleaner environment, a healthier community and better workplaces in Colorado. www.cafr.org/members/ccsp.php
About the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Launched in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council builds on four years of work by the Green Products Roundtable, a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder forum convened by the Keystone Center in 2008. The Council’s mission is to support and recognize institutional purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. Today, more than one hundred member organizations are working together to advance this mission. www.purchasingcouncil.org