Otago Polytechnic

Better Business Buying


Block courses and presentation day in various locations with online webinars

12 weeks
2017 dates to be confirmed
Are you ready to transform your business buying to create sustainable value?

This short course is specifically designed for procurement managers, CFO’s and sustainability managers looking to manage the supply chain to support organisational values, reduce risk and drive sustainable value. If your organisation is looking to adopt international best-practice business buying, then this course will give you all the foundation knowledge you need. You will learn how business buying can support the shift towards long-term sustainable value creation, using local best-practice examples and internationally-recognised procurement frameworks. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Learn with New Zealand’s best

Simon Harvey
Lead tutor Simon Harvey is a management consultant, trainer and keynote speaker specialising in transformational strategy for sustainable enterprise. As a recognised expert in the field of organisational strategy and sustainability, Simon has provided advice, training and coaching to over 100 businesses, as well as a diverse range of public sector agencies. Taking a ‘people first’ approach to sustainability, his work focuses on connecting strategy to effective risk management and value creation by increasing the internal capability and understanding of client teams. All Simon’s work is underpinned by a commitment to openly share his knowledge, expertise and skills in delivering solutions that foster internal ownership of decision-making and accelerate internal momentum. Simon is a Senior Associate of The Natural Step and a Director of the BusinessLAB collaborative strategy consultancy.

Calum Revfem
(MSc Environmental Systems Analysis. IEMA Associate)
Calum Revfem is a passionate sustainability advocate who works with enterprises to help them understand, communicate and implement their sustainability values. Calum has developed sustainable procurement criteria and processes for local government organisations and businesses, enabling them to create value through purchasing.
Calum trained in Environmental Systems Analysis and has a Masters from Wageningen UR in the Netherlands. He is the managing director of Envirostate, a board member of Conscious Consumers and the chairman of Enviro Challenge NZ, a charitable trust delivering a sustainability education and leadership programme in high schools.

Selection procedure

There is a limited number of 20 participants per block course.

This course is provided through the Centre for Sustainable Practice. A business unit of Otago Polytechnic, the Centre’s mission is to inspire capability for real change. Qualifications, research, business programmes, projects and leadership do this through implementing action competence – a combination of the ability to take action, having a future focus, connectedness with others, knowledge, experience and reflection.

Indicative content

* Strategic supply chain risks and opportunities

* Supply chain mapping and analysis

* Supplier evaluation criteria and processes

* Sustainable procurement policy and practice

Learning outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, you will have:

* an understanding of purpose, benefits and challenges of sustainable procurement for an organisation

* an understanding of sustainable procurement principles, processes and application

* the ability to undertake a sustainability procurement process within your own or another organisation Understand procurement risks and opportunities

* the necessary skills and frameworks to evaluate your suppliers

* the ability to build supplier capability.


Evidence-based assessment through course activities and development of a sustainable procurement plan.

Your workload

This programme involves one two-day block course in either Auckland or Wellington followed by three webinars and a project presentation day.

You should expect to undertake approximately 50 hours of directed study and 100 hours of self-directed study. 

Further study options

A great kick start opportunity, this course contributes 15 credits towards our Certificate in Sustainable Practice (Level 5) or Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.

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While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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