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There is national and international focus on social and sustainable procurement. It presents a huge opportunity for businesses to increase their impact.
This course is ideal for professionals who work in procurement or engage with procurement processes and want to learn to design and implement more sustainable practices that can drive social good.
Examine different social procurement practices
Review different types of social procurement, including sustainable procurement, procurement addressing labour market disadvantage, and Indigenous procurement. Critically assess the rationale of social procurement and the reasons to adopt it.
Assess key procurement policy, concepts and frameworks
Evaluate research and practical perspectives on key social procurement concepts and definitions. Consider related policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks.
Consider how major stakeholders act across sectors
Identify the key participants in the Australian social procurement sphere and discuss how they intersect. Examine how social procurement works in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
This Melbourne MicroCert is offered by the Melbourne School of Government. Sign up to the School’s monthly e-news for course, research and event updates.
Who you will learn from
Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.
Dr Warren Staples
Lecturer in Social Procurement
Warren researches public and social procurement, with a focus on value-for-money criteria for construction and infrastructure projects. He has previously worked in local government and is currently a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria Sustainability Community of Practice.
Professor John Howe
Director, Melbourne School of Government; Director, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
John researches labour market policy and regulation, regulatory design, and corporate social responsibility. His research has covered government and corporate procurement as a mechanism for addressing labour market disadvantage, compliance with labour standards and human rights, and sustainability. He's undertaken commissioned research for both state and commonwealth governments.
Research Fellow in Social Procurement
Hannah (BA, LLB-LP (Hons), LLM) is a research fellow in social procurement across all sectors, with a focus legal, policy and regulatory design and social procurement’s function as a social justice mechanism and disaster recovery tool. Her research spans regulatory design, corporate law, human rights, sustainability and disaster management. Hannah has experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including with top-tier international and Australian law firms and international
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Social procurement is an exciting shift in the way businesses and governments spend their money. Anyone wanting to take procurement to the next step will benefit from a deep understanding of what is driving this trend and how to unleash its potential.Lisa Boothby, Executive Director, Market Development – Social Traders
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To take Foundations of Social and Sustainable Procurement as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.
$1990.00 AUD (inc GST)
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