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Certificate in Green Procurement Practices : CGPP™

Building a sustainable future through responsible procurement.

Course Summary

Procurement is a powerful instrument for organizations wishing to behave in a responsible way and contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” – These words are quoted from the ISO International Standard 20400 which compliments ISO 14000 and specifically addresses Sustainable Procurement. What an exciting time to work as a procurement professional! This course is especially designed for you: the Procurement, Purchasing and/or Supply Management Professional. As our title: Certificate in Green Procurement Practices: CGPP™ implies, the focus color today is: GREEN! Please keep in mind that companies are changing how they manage their Supply Chains. Rigid, arms-length relationships are giving way to alliances with both suppliers and customers. Companies of all sizes are further enhancing these fundamental Supply Chain changes by considering the environmental impact and related bottom line effects of their decisions and actions. The aim of this course is to provide practical guidance in Greening your Supply Chain based on what is being done in Fortune 100 companies, recognized world-wide for their environmental initiatives and financial savings. This hands on course is a blend of best practices, case studies, tools and methods based on those utilized by the companies above to allow for a doable, straight-forward-Green Supply Chain with a specific focus on Procurement. This 4 day course consists of eleven key modules which include presentations, demonstrations, discussions and exercises.
CGPP™ is certified by the Missouri State University International Leadership and Training Center (ILTC) who provide customized, non-credit training and vocational programs for international students and professionals. CGPP™ has been analyzed by Missouri State University ILTC and it had the proper content and quality to get the university’s quality seal, that means that you’re going to get a top of the line course.

Benefits of Attending

  • Create a Strategic Supply Plan and an Operations Plan to implement it

  • Understand both the benefits of a Green Supply Chain with a focus on Procurement and the costs of lacking a focus

  • Deploy a four-step process to decision making

  • Engage a ten-step approach to Green Procurement

  • Identify Green focus areas then implement key strategies and practices

  • Understand both ISO14000 and ISO20400 and how they compliment Green

  • Take this program from concept to reality – conclude with a doable Procurement action plan

  • Be equiped with the knowledge and skills to implement sustainable Procurement practices tha align with ISO20400 standards.  

  • Learn how to assess supply chain sustainability 

  • Develop and implement Green Procurement Strategies

  • Measure and report on sustainability performances

  • Implement best practices and emerging trends in Green Procurement Initiatives


Who should attend this CGPP™ course?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for:​​

  • Procurement Heads, Directors and Managers

  • Supply Chain Heads, Directors and Managers

  • Purchasing Heads, Directors and Managers

  • Buyers / Senior Buyers

  • Manufacturing Directors and Managers

  • Inventory Directors and Managers

  • Warehousing Directors and Managers

  • Transportation Directors Managers

  • Heads of Logistics

  • PLUS anyone who is responsible for / involved in supplier relationships, procurement, tenders or anticipates being involved with the above in the future

Course Contents

Module 1:  Introduction to Green Procurement Principles 

  • Transition from tactical purchasing to Best-In-Class Supply Management

  • Determine significant opportunities from improving material flow and use

  • Define environmental practices that lead to major savings

  • Review innovations in purchasing, materials handling, storage, materials recovery, disposition and product take-backs 

  • Analyze the key practices of successful GPP companies


 Module 2: Environmental Costs and Benefits

  • Note why environmental costs are overlooked by traditional models

  • Compare and contrast misallocating environmental costs versus improving the allocations 

  • Define the key cost categories of:  conventional, potentially hidden, contingent, relationship and external as well as understand how to improve them

Module 3: Decision-Making Framework

  • Understand and implement a four-step approach to decision making

  1. - Identify Costs

  2. - Determine Opportunities

  3. - Calculate Benefits

  4. - Implement/Monitor

  • Practical Exercise: In various groups, review case studies on key corporations that are following these steps


Module 4: Stakeholder Engagement

  • Strategies for engaging stakeholders in green purchasing initiatives

  • Building partnerships with suppliers

  • Educating and involving employees

  • Communicating with customers and the public

Module 5: Establish GPIs-Approach

  • Understand and implement a ten-step approach to Green Procurement

  1. Commit to being Green

  2. Identify/categorize needs

  3. Develop specifications and standards

  4. Establish selection criteria

  5. Focus on Green products and/or services

  6. Use Life-Cycle Costing

  7. Include performance clauses in contracts

  8. Communicate/inform

  9. Use technology

  10. Make it easy

Module 6: Establish GPIs-Contract Management

  • Integrate sustainability into Procurement contracts

  • Implement  sustainable Procurement practices

  • Manage supplier performance and conducting audits

  • Measure and report  on sustainability performance

  • Practical Exercise: Develop contract language with key suppliers related to GPI


Module 7: Determine The Green Focus Areas

  • Manufacturing

  • Bio-waste

  • Construction

  • Packaging

  • Information Technology

  • Office Supplies

  • Transportation

  • Food

  • Energy

  • Practical Exercise: Determine as groups,  if these areas are feasible for the participants and their companies and/or look at additional areas related to Procurement                  

  • Develop Green Strategies

    • Risk-based

    • Innovation-based

    • Closed-Loop bases

  • Review The Profile Company – Commonwealth Edison

    • What practices they used

    • What their strategies were

    • How much they saved

  • Practical Exercise: In various groups, analyze case studies  -

    • reducing Supply Chain carbon emissions

    • building a Green Supply Chain for fun and profit

    • addressing Sustainability issues

    • evaluate the benefits of environmentally friendly packaging

    • develop a business case for corporate stategies in procurement

Module 8: Understanding both ISO14000 and ISO20400

  • What do they have in common?

  • How do they differ?

  • Detail what is required to become certified

  • Formalize  policies and procedures

  • Continue with continuous improvements and recertifications

  • Drive ISO 14000/ISO20400 with your supply base

Module 9: What is COP and How Does It Affect You?

  • Open Discussion

Module 10: Reaching Positive Conclusions

  • Understand the four step process

  • Proactive management of suppliers

  • Adoption of eco-efficient manufacturing

  • Attention to customer satisfaction

  • Determine end-of-life product issues


Module 11: Build the Action Plan

  • Practical Exercise: Determine in a group settings,  your Procurement action plans based what has been discussed in this course to “hit the ground running” the very next week


Wrap Up


CGPP™ Assessment and Certification 

Only those who successfully complete the online examination and participate effectively in the course case studies will receive the Certificate in Green Procurement Practices CGPP™.



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