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New responsible procurement guide for Quebec organizations

The working group Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR) has released new responsible procurement guidelines for Quebec organizations.

This initiative – the first of its kind in Canada – offers an easy-to-understand framework for taking social and environmental considerations into account when making decisions about products and suppliers. 

It lays out five principles:

  1. Exemplarity: Be an example of corporate responsibility by implementing responsible internal practices.
  2. Governance: Be committed to responsible procurement and motivate employees and suppliers to do the same.
  3. Equity and efficiency: Use responsible procurement to create and fairly distribute value across the supply chains. 
  4. Environmental integrity: Implement procurement practices that reduce environmental impacts.
  5. Socioeconomic development: Implement practices to ensure that the goods and services that are acquired are produced in compliance with human and labour rights and provide maximized benefits to workers and the community.

To read the guide: Principles and guidelines for responsible procurement