We make choices every day in relation to our health, our family, our community and our profession. Some choices are straight forward and easy to make. Many times there are areas of grey and that brings with it a measure of ambiguity.
Last month, Alun Rafique from Market Dojo and I co-wrote an article for Procurement Insights about Variables in the Adoption of Auctions. A discussion about the article really picked up steam in the ISM group on LinkedIn, and one of the questions posed in response was “Someone explain to me how a Reverse Auction is fair and equitable to the supplier..."
After considering that question carefully, Market Dojo published an article that asks a question in response: “Should Suppliers Still Fear eAuctions?” The article, which you can read here, takes an interesting look at the progression of auctions from carefully managed consultant resource, to part of an ERP system, to their somewhat questionable state today – in limbo in a world where procurement is driven to create as much value as savings. A third question in this discussion might be, are auctions still relevant?
There was a factory fire about 20 years ago in the Boston area. The owner, Aaron Feuerstein, continued to pay the workers until the factory was rebuilt. That was exceptional and unheard of in business. This remarkable story of Malden Mills was on CBS news at the time. Mr Feuerstein was referred to as a Mench – a person of integrity and honor.
Do you remember life before yellow sticky notes? Maybe you are too young. In one of my prior organizations, our note paper was old company newsletters that were cut into note paper blocks. You only use one side so it would not matter what was on the other side. There was nothing confidential so it was all good. It truly was scrap paper.
In our area, there are several fields that have been converted into solar farms with lots of solar panels. A good friend of mine has installed a solar panel at their home and actually sells excess electricity back to the utility companies. There is so much power from the sun.
How do you start a journey of a 1000 miles, - one step at a time!
I was at several airports this month and everyone is recycling. On the plane, they are separating the waste to improve the recycling opportunity. Clearly they have taken steps to do something to sustain the environment!
So how does that translate to your organization? This week’s eSourcing wiki is the first of several parts to discuss areas for going green.
IT – I know our town has certain days throughout the year to recycle IT equipment – old computers, cell phones and printers. However, the key is to think up front as your are doing the purchasing. Are they energy efficient, repairable as opposed to disposable, and highly recyclable?
This week we also discuss office supplies and office furniture as things to think about.
Has your organization conquered IT and office supplies as a way to be sustainable? Did you take a similar approach? What would you suggest? Share your thoughts by commenting below or tweeting @buyersmeetpoint
What I found facinating is that they are not all modern day Presidents. They go back to Thomas Jefferson's day. He was a great believer in nature, science and public education.
Conservation and preservation of public lands which makes up the US National Park System is attributed to both Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
This resource also has a buying guide with all types of information on how to buy green. It lists a large array of consumer goods that are energy efficient, recyclable or have clean manufacturing practices.
There are so many reasons to be aware of our purchasing behaviors both as consumers and as procurement professionals. Protection of our environment and resources is key. Many organizations will communicate their practices to their customers to gain their loyalty.
What has your organization done in buying green? Have they found it to be beneficial and cost competitive? Share your thoughts by commenting below or tweeting @buyersmeetpoint