1. Introduction and Learning objectives

    2. Real Life Buyer. Listen to Dave and Aurora talk about Sustainability and Fair trade (48 min).

About this course

  • Free
  • For your benefit
  • All buyer roles


Real Life Buyer Dave Barr

Hello! I'm Dave Barr, also known as The Real Life Buyer. With over two decades of experience in purchasing, my career journey has been diverse and fulfilling. It all started when I was 16, commuting 20 miles to my technical apprenticeship on a 50cc bike, rain or shine. By 20, I was delving into Quality Engineering for industrial diesel engines, a field I deeply enjoyed. My commitment to quality led me to system and process improvements, and I played a key role in achieving BS5750 accreditation for my company. My passion for windsurfing took me to a seaside role as a Quality Manager, where I also began to dabble in purchasing. This interest blossomed into a career pivot, and I soon found myself as a Purchasing Manager. My dedication and hard work paid off, earning me a role as Commodity Manager, dealing with global manufacturing. A stint in procurement management with a major war gaming manufacturer followed, expanding my horizons in global supply chains and manufacturing. After a fulfilling five years there, I moved to a large business focusing on UK infrastructure, where I delved into a wider range of procurement activities, including facilities management. Family ties and the birth of my son eventually drew me back to the coast, where I rejoined a previous employer, bringing with me a wealth of experience. Ten more years have flown by, and my enthusiasm for procurement and facilities management continues unabated.

Instructor Aurora Dawn Benton

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton is Founder and Chief Change Agent of Astrapto LLC, which exists to advance positive impact in the workplace. Her passion is to make sustainability practical and approachable for people whose main job is not sustainability, but who have a passion or mandate to improve social and environmental performance in their operations and supply chains. Aurora loves helping people realize their potential while discovering a greater purpose for good in business. She has helped over 120 young professionals launch green teams and perform sustainable procurement audits. She has coached numerous professionals on how to research and improve sustainability in their corporate purchasing. Her clients include World Wildlife Fund (Hotel-Kitchen), Sodexo Live (Centerplate), Baltimore Convention Center, Green Seal (hotel eco-certification), the Events Industry Council, and various hotels and restaurant groups. She has been a thought leader and volunteer in hospitality industry organizations, including a task force for Sustainable Events Standards and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Aurora has a Doctorate in Business Administration in Social Impact Management.

Sustainable Procurement by Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton

Recommended next step if you want to dive into the world of Sustainable Procurement

This bundle is perfect for any one in any type or size of organization who wants to learn more about how to improve environmental and social performance in daily operations. No expertise or experience in sustainability is required. It is ideal for general managers, small business owners, corporate procurement staff, sales teams, and anyone who wants better understand sustainability and take practical steps in the right direction. This is for anyone who sells anything to a publicly traded company! Supply chain transparency is becoming a hot compliance topic. Are you ready?

About Learn How to Source

Learn How to Source is an online platform based in Sweden, offering a range of procurement courses accessible globally. It serves as a community where procurement experts share their knowledge through online courses, designed for various experience levels from introductory to expert. Courses are concise, about 30 minutes each, and cover different aspects of procurement, tailored for different buyer roles. The courses focus on practical knowledge, presented by seasoned professionals, and include quizzes and certificates. They can be accessed from any device, emphasizing microlearning for flexibility and efficiency.