Sustainable Supply Chains Training: Sustainable Procurement – March 28th

The Sustainable Procurement course trains companies on assessing their current procurement processes and adopting more sustainable practices in the future.  The course provides an overview of the Smart Freight Centre’s Freight Procurement Guidelines developed in conjunction with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This course will bring participants up to date on the Circular Economy and Green Procurement (Clause 8.3 within ISO50001) in the context of a rapidly changing legislative and business environment.

The Sustainable Procurement training workshop consists of three modules. Each module will be delivered in interactive 50-minute sessions via the WebEx platform. This will be followed by a Q&A session where participants can raise particular issues and challenges their organisations to face.

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Price: Member Rate: €399 Non-Member Rate €499

Date: March 28th

Online: Microsoft Teams (Half-Day)



Module 1: Reprise and Update

Module 1 will review the legislative and climate context for adopting sustainable business practices. Participants will learn of the various frameworks and approaches and the ethical and business cases for taking action. Case studies of best practices, including examples of Irish-based companies, will be examined. This will be followed by an exploration of the definitions of circular economy, sustainable or ‘green’ procurement and the next steps for implementing these strategies within an organisation.

Module 2: The SFC/WBSCD Framework

Module 2 will introduce participants to the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Freight Procurement Guidelines. Participants will learn the key steps for implementing sustainable procurement strategies, including preparation, planning, tendering and contracting, and managing and reporting of carbon emissions. Participants will also learn of options for accessing funding, such as the EEOS-funded ECO Fleet platform.

Module 3: Engaging SME suppliers

Module 3 will train participants to engage suppliers in a sustainable energy and carbon reduction programme and ensure their suppliers provide accurate and complete data. Participants will be provided with a copy of the Smart Freight Centre Procurement Guidelines for adoption within their companies

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Learn of the rapidly changing legislative and climate context and the ethical and business cases for sustainable logistics procurement
  • Learn case studies of best practices in sustainable procurement
  • Understand the meaning of the circular economy and how it may apply to their business
  • Understand the priorities and criteria being used in Green Public Procurement
  • Learn of the approach taken by the SFC/WBCSD Freight Procurement Guidelines
  • Learn the key steps for implementing sustainable procurement strategies, including preparation, planning, tendering and contracting, and managing and reporting
  • Learn how to engage, measure and report carbon savings from within their SME carriers.

Who should attend

The course would suit a broad range of professionals from any business involved in international trade, including:

  • Procurement Managers
  • Senior Management
  • Heads of Sustainability and Sustainability Officers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Logistics Managers
  • Operations Managers

Digital Badge Awards

All trainees who successfully complete the training workshop receive a digital badge award containing verifiable data on the skills or knowledge attained. Digital badges can be shared on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or added to digital CVs or email signatures. After completing a course, you will receive an email containing simple instructions for downloading, sharing, or collecting digital badges.



Sustainability Series Member Non-member
Any two Sustainability courses €678 €848
Any three Sustainability courses €958 €1198
Any four Sustainability  courses €1197 €1497

For more information or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Niamh Reynolds or Paul Corbett at 01 661 2182 or

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Online - Microsoft Teams March 28, 2023 09h30 - 12h30

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