The Best Practice Tour Circular Purchasing project arose from a cooperation between the VIB, the professional federation for buyers and logistics professionals, and CSR CAMPUS, the training platform with a focus on sustainable business and the circular economy.
The Best Practice Tour is an entire programme consisting of several organised visits to companies that already apply sound circular principles and thus form an inspiring example or 'best practice'. These company visits are specifically aimed at buyers who are interested in circularity.
Learning how to make circular purchases through workshops on purchasing projects, tenders, market surveys and measuring circular impact is already an important basis. With this project, we want to supplement that knowledge with real examples in the field. We are convinced that this will only strengthen the motivation to make circular purchases and the belief in a circular market.
During this project, several companies and projects with exceptional circular example cases were visited. For example, we paid an inspiring visit to the internationally renowned circular city office VENLO, the participants were introduced to Signify's new circular lighting models or to the circular high-tech in the Flemish textile sector at Alsico and Concordia.
Vereniging voor Inkoop en Bedrijfslogistiek
Partners CSR Campus, IFMA Belgian Chapter
Discussions are currently underway to determine whether we can structurally embed this initiative in our training offer to purchasers. Based on the knowledge gained and the lessons learned during this pilot project, we are considering launching another approach that is based more on the needs of the buyers, rather than on the supply of good examples. At the same time, we are still looking for the right earning model to make this process financially feasible. There is a good chance that we will link a follow-up to this.