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Green 101: Best Practices

Each RPN Purchasing Guide details best practices for responsible procurement and end-use. Typically, best practices include product-specific advice for the following practices:

  • Forming a Stakeholder Team to analyze issues and opportunities, collect data, develop policy language, and implement responsible policies.
  • Establishing baseline product inventory data and social and environmental impact indicators.
  • Setting goals for the procurement and use of socially and environmentally responsible goods and services.
  • Adopting a policy with clear guidance to staff on protocols required for achieving social and environmental goals.
  • Evaluating standards and issuing specifications to identify producers with verified social and environmental attributes.
  • Improving staff and end-user practices to minimize costs and maximize effectiveness.
  • Measuring progress towards social and environmental goals.

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