Leveraging Purchasing to Drive Sustainability

Businesses often overlook the strategic power of their purchasing spend to drive change.  Companies offering products and services to their customers strive to deliver solutions that align with their customers needs.

Virgina Mason is a leading regional health care provider in the Seattle area.  They are driving change and delivering value to their customers through implementation of their Virginia Mason Production System based lean manufacturing principals originally established by Toyota.  This program established the foundation of their EnviroMason program driving cost and waste reductions.

At the GoGreen Seattle event in April 2012, Sarah Patterson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Mason stated that the medical industry is the second largest generator of waste behind fast food industry.   She highlighted the importance leveraging your purchasing clout to driving sustainability and waste reductions with your suppliers.

Looking for a place to start?

  • Establish a baseline of your annual spend detailed by supplier and products/services.
  • Align this with your strategic plan to drive sustainability and waste reductions
  • Clearly communicate these requirements to your suppliers

Wishing you success on your sustainability journey!


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