Speaker Series


The SMART Speaker Series in association with Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) is now in production. From live events and select local venues, to an on-line presence that enables the worlds of social media and live performance to seamlessly meet, the ECE experience is about collaborative learning, discovering new business opportunities and unique contacts.The ECE is always open and just waiting to be discovered. 



The Speakers have at least one thing in common - they share insight, provoke thought and stimulate conversation about compelling and timely issues, stories and events. By offering entertaining educational opportunities that are unique and unavailable elsewhere, ECE continues to attract expert Speakers from around the world. 

The first Speaker Series in 2013 featured a number of highly regarded experts in the field of Eco Commerce. The lecture program has since expanded to include internationally renowned business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, philanthropists, scientists, authors, media experts and other luminaries.

The Eco Commerce Exchange (ECE) has become a well-established and highly regarded highlight of the global commerce, and an integral part of the international business community. 

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International Audience

The ECE works closely with organizations around the planet to identify Speakers who have particular appeal for ECE's fast growing international audience of over 2 million business executives, values-based investors and donors, entrepreneurs, and policy leaders. 

Public Service 

The Speaker Series also addresses an important role of ECE's global mission - public service in the communities - by dedicating speakers to address education and other societal issues and concerns.

All production expenses for the Speaker Series are covered by sponsorships. NO state funds, research foundation funds, donations or general gifts are used to fund or support the Speakers or programs.

Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

We help business executives, investors, and philanthropists seeking potential partnerships to find projects and engage investors with enterprises, organizations and communities around partner projects by region. 

Collaborative Online Learning 

This speaker series is about bringing best practices to market. ECE brings together individuals and organizations in a way that does not require a large investment of funds and time. By pooling our contacts and resources, we can find new opportunities to bring innovations to market in a quick and efficient manner. Together, we can overcome market penetration challenges and remove barriers accelerating access to markets, funding and government approval process.

This Speaker Series will discuss the following:

Sustainable procurement (also called green procurement) is a spending and investment process typically associated with public policy, although it is equally applicable to the private sector. 

Organizations practicing sustainable procurement meet their needs for goods, services, utilities and works not on a private cost-benefit analysis, but with a view to maximizing net benefits for themselves and the wider world.

In doing so they must incorporate extrinsic cost considerations into decisions alongside the conventional procurement criteria of price and quality. These considerations are typically divided thus: environmental, economic and social (also known as the “triple baseline”) 

There is no single definition of sustainable procurement – not least because sustainability is a contested concept – and applications vary across organizational hierarchy and sector.

Greening the Supply Chain

"Greening the supply chain" refers to buyer companies requiring a certain level of environmental responsibility in core business practices of their suppliers and vendors. Many businesses have internal standards, policies, and/or environmental management systems that govern their own environmental performance and efficiency. If suppliers do not abide by these same standards, the buyer company may be buying and using products that do not meet their own standards.

A supply chain can be complex, with environmental issues occurring at the second and third-tier supplier levels. Some companies may also attempt to work the opposite spectrum of the supply chain, by educating their customers on the environmental benefits of their products.

Many companies have received requests from their corporate customers to address environmental issues. Several suppliers note that their efforts  greening their supply chain and toward meeting the customers' requirements have resulted in advantages such as cost reductions, greater operational efficiency, enhanced value to customers, increased sales, positive media attention, and positive ratings from socially responsible investment groups.

Greening the Federal Procurement Process 

In October 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This EO calls on Federal agencies to set and meet specific sustainability related targets throughout their operations. As part of this undertaking, GSA is leveraging its purchasing power to promote technologies and green products in recognition of the critical importance of “greening” the Federal procurement process. GSA is increasing its offerings of green products and services, providing training, and making it easier to find GSA's green offerings.

We will promote technologies and products that can be used in the Federal procurement process to make the Government’s supply chain more sustainable. The scale and breadth of the Government’s purchasing power has a significant impact, not only on federal government’s environmental footprint, but also on the Federal supply chain. 

Global Sustainable Procurement (SP) Hub

Sustainable Public Procurement projects aim to bring innovative highly energy-efficient environmental technologies, which have just been researched, developed and tested onto the market through the public procurement process. This will be done through IMC (integrated marketing communication) platform. Training programs are designed to support  and enable public authorities to become knowledgeable customers. We encourage early market engagement between public authority procurers and suppliers in the procurement phase and result in the issue of tenders.

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Finding and Procuring Eco Innovations - Creating a Lead Market for Eco Innovations

The Public Procurement Authorities have immense power to stimulate Eco Innovation and Investment in Eco Innovation. The public sector has the potential to be an effective lead market but barriers to fulfilling this potential will need to be overcome. How do we engage, support and enable public bodies to become knowledgeable and demanding customers that stimulate Eco Innovation?

Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) Partner Project

FCP is a new approach for Government to procure services and products, effectively harnessing Eco Innovation to improve public services. Meeting the public sector’s service objectives often requires new and innovative solutions, including ones that aren’t actually yet available on the market. FCP seeks to encourage industry to develop products to meet identified needs by providing the potential supply chain with confidence that a market will exist for products that meet the needs at specified quality and performance levels and price.

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