Strategic Purchasing

Sustainable business collaborationSome of our downstream impacts around the world can be difficult to see. Coffee and chocolate, for example, are mainly produced in third world countries with little or no labour and environmental protection.

One difference that even a small business can make is in their purchasing. Getting informed and acting strategically about regular purchases can be a way of making a real difference.

Coffee and chocolate

You can even make a difference by the coffee and chocolate that you buy. Purchasing organic, Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and other products is a way to build communities in third world countries. Yes, it’s a busy world – but is this small action one
you could take this month?

See www.fairtrade.net or www.fta.org.au for more information.

(Originally published in Balance3 Update, March 2005)

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Leigh is the principal of the business innovation practice Balance3 and her clients have included corporations such as Amcor, National Foods, Dair, SPC Ardmona, Kobelco, Corporate Express and New Balance as well as a range of smaller businesses and individual clients.