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Buyers Meeting Point is home to two blogs: The Point is written by BMP's Kelly Barner and a diverse group of guest contributors. MyPurchasingCenter was acquired by BMP in 2020 we now showcase their content archive on BMP.

Small Businesses Can Have a Sustainable Supply Chain Too

In my article Data & Socially Responsible Procurement, I discussed how data analytics is located at the intersection of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and procurement. In particular, I explored why CSR is an essential component of modern-day procurement practices and the ways in which data can help organizations achieve their CSR goals. As a follow up, this article will dive into socially responsible procurement for small businesses.

Small businesses – defined as companies with less than 500 employees – make up about 99.7% of all employers in the United States, and, as recently as 2008, were responsible for about 46% of private-sector nonfarm output. The prominence of small businesses in the US economy makes it essential to include them in conversations about CSR and procurement. Faced with greater constraints of scale, how can these organizations maintain sustainable procurement practices?

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Electronic regulations around the globe

We live in a technology age. That is not big news. In some areas, the electronic record is considered official and binding. For example, for the last 4 or 5 years we have filed our taxes electronically and that has been adequate and official. In other areas, they still want an original signature on a paper, with multiple copies. I know when we have gone to refinance our house, the banks require paper copies.

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Zero deforestation practices in your supply chain

 We are in a small project of replacing our shed which is over 30 years old, had a major patch job about 10 years ago and now it is time to start over. Like any project, it is more involved than you plan. Surrounding the shed on two sides is a lot of brush, saplings and infiltration of the forest bordering our property. Today we ‘pushed back the tundra’ to make room for the bigger, better shed.


 In essence, we had a deforestation project on our hands. With that on my mind, I came across this article about sustainable practices on the Supply Management website, Its time for all Businesses to Adopt Zero Deforestation Policies.

This article discusses that consumers are requiring companies to utilize sustainable practices while providing quality goods at a reasonable price. It suggests that in order to maintain a sustainable consumer base, organizations must adopt sustainable business practices throughout their supply chain. One major practice revolves around zero deforestation. Asia Pulp and Paper is highlighted as one organization that has stopped forest clearance for the last 18 months. That is not an easy task for a paper company.

This week Cargill announced at the United Nations climate Summit that it would extend their deforestation policies to all product lines. Previously, it was only for the palm oil line that it produces. Now it is for sugar, soy, cattle and cocoa as well. This policy will lead the charge for improving the environment and fighting climate change.

What has your organization done for sustainable practices? Have you instituted a zero deforestation policy?

Share your thoughts by commenting below or tweeting us @BuyersMeetPoint.






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Are Millennials Changing the Face of Procurement?

There are approximately 80 million people in the United States between the age of 18 and 30, a group known as the millennials. Many believe that millennials bring a unique perspective to business as compared to other generations because of their tech savviness. Technology is one of the biggest drivers for globalization, but it also allows disparate locations to connect and communicate on various topics such as current events, special causes, and marketplace trends. Millennials have already started to drive major changes in the sourcing and procurement industry, such as green purchasing, the push for free and collaborative information, and updated workplace abilities.

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You can’t steer a parked car

Disney animation movies are classic and very entertaining. They have a very long success record. The recent CARS movies have followed suit. Lighting McQueen is the main character and is certainly always moving.

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Recycling is Simple

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.

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How do you drink your water?

Several years ago we installed a water filter in our home. We strive to drink water over other beverages and carry reusable water bottles with us to work, the gym and on trips. We will occasionally purchase single use plastic bottles, especially for holidays and large family gatherings.

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White House residents going green since 1801

This week's esourcing wiki is Benefits of Going Green. While researching that topic, I came across this article about the 7 Greenest Presidents in the History of America.

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

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Blog Pick of the Week: The Olympics and you

We are about to have two weeks of winter Olympic Games. This is a rare opportunity to see the world’s elite athletes compete and understand the sacrifice and work it took them to get there.

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Blog Pick of the Week: Get your Green going

I just read an article about the pending hurricane season will be one of the more severe on record.

Climate change is causing very intense weather patterns. Tornadoes, blizzards, floods and drought to an level never seen before. More than ever, now is the time to make changes. You can’t change the world but you can do something.

At home, we are a big recycling family. Some of our friends are also composting to utilize that as fertilizer in their gardens instead of chemicals. We are all working to reduce our personal carbon footprint.

In your procurement profession, going green in the sourcing process is another option. Another term for that is sustainable procurement, as described on the United Nations Global Marketplace

The article discusses why the United Nations has decided to move towards practices that encourage sustainability in the supply chain. They are sending a message to the business community to promote practices that are beneficial for the environment. Their goal is for climate neutrality so they do not have a negative impact on the environment.

This is a very helpful source as it has references for a tool kit and training for procurement associates and suppliers alike.

How is your organization working towards environmental neutrality? Have you put a green procurement process in place? What results and value have you seen from it?

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Blog Pick of the Week: The Energy of Green Purchasing

Although we planned to wrap up the year’s coverage of purchasing news and events with yesterday’s webinar coverage, we had one last post come to our attention that was too interesting to pass up.

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Blog Pick of the Week: Less Hunger, Less Landfill

I was at a business dinner this week with some leaders in the grocery industry. I learned that a vast amount of our landfill is from the waste at those organizations. I also learned how many people go to be hungry every night.

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Green Purchasing and you

going greenBeing Green is a large movement in households as well as businesses. We are switching our  light bulbs, recycling, shopping with reusable bags and buying local to reduce on the use of fossil fuels. Of course people want the environment protected for future generations. However, it sometimes is not that simple. In these tough economic times, it is difficult to take on the green movement if it is more expensive.

One organization I know prides themselves on building LEEDS certified locations. They utilize that as a marketing tools and their customers feel good about working with them. Another organization worked very hard to categorize all their opportunities for their customers to work with them on green projects, and the effort fell flat.  Why was one so successful and the other not at all?

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