Sustainable Supply Chains: Sustainable Procurement

Start date: 19 April 2024

Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Online: Microsoft Teams (Half-Day)

Certificate: Digital Badge Certificate awarded by the IEA

Cost: €300

Course code: 19211

Programme overview

The Sustainable Procurement course is part of the Sustainable Supply Chains training programme which has been developed to provide companies with practical support to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chains.

The Sustainable Procurement course trains participants on how to assess their organisation’s current procurement processes and how to adopt more sustainable practices going forward. 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.

This course is delivered virtually by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA)

The course is significantly subsidised at €300 from €399

Who Is This Course For?

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

Course Content

The Sustainable Procurement training workshop consists of three modules. Each of the modules 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 are facing.


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 practice 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 in how to engage suppliers in a sustainable energy and carbon reduction programme and how to ensure their suppliers are providing accurate and complete data. Participants will be provided with a copy of the Smart Freight Centre Procurement Guidelines for adoption within their companies.

Learning Outcomes

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 of case studies of best practice 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.

Course Evaluation, Assessment & Grading

Participants will be asked to complete an online quiz at the end of the training workshop to demonstrate they have understood the key concepts of the course.


Each participant will be awarded a digital badge certificate awarded by the Irish Exporters Association.

The digital badge contains verifiable data on skills attained and can be downloaded for use in digital CVs, e-portfolios and email signatures and for sharing on social media platforms.

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