How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs
Every purchase has hidden social, environmental, and financial impact. This course will discuss strategies that leading organizations throughout the world employ in their day-to-day procurement decisions. These include the use of products that minimize harm to the environment and human health, as well as purchasing decisions that support local communities and small businesses.
Start Date:
January 4, 2021
4 weeks

Meet Your Instructor

Darin Matthews, MAM, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.

Darin Matthews is the Director of Procurement and Supply Chain for the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has over 25 years of procurement and supply chain management experience in a variety of sectors, and formerly served as President for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. Darin is the author of several books and articles on procurement, including NIGP’s Logistics and Transportation and Effective Supply Management Performance published by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). His latest book, Public Procurement, is available through Birkdale Publishers. He is also a columnist for Government Procurement magazine and speaks throughout the world on such issues as strategic procurement, sustainable procurement strategies, and global logistics. He is a currently a faculty member for UCSC Silicon Valley Extension and California State University – San Bernardino. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Political Science and a Master’s in Acquisition Management. Darin is the recipient of several awards including the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award from NIGP, their highest honor, and the Lewis Spangler Award, bestowed to a supply chain professional based on contributions to the field by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.

The Curriculum

Sustainability and Equity in Procurement
All sectors are implementing procurement practices that promote equity and diversity and require a certain level of performance by their suppliers. We’ll discuss why and how to connect a supply chain to worldwide social and environmental sustainability agreements and goals, as well as the additional financial benefits of a sustainable supply chain.

Topics Include:

  • Using self-assessments and supplier assessments to assign sustainability scores
  • Holding suppliers accountable for their actions
  • What products today’s companies are buying and how they will impact future generations

Who Should Register:

  • Adults looking to transition into a supply chain career
  • Any supply chain professional who wants to do better work

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

Sustainability and Equity in Procurement
Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Do the extra work when you can
Be prepared to learn from each other