Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company’s Purchasing Policy
The purpose of this policy is to support the purchase of products that are manufactured, shipped, used, reused, and disposed of in ways that minimize their impact on the environment. These “environmentally preferable” products should be purchased whenever their performance and price are in keeping with sound business practices.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft personnel will purchase recycled, reused, recyclable, local and environmentally sensitive products whenever practicable. These products include, but are not limited to: printed material, paper products, food service products, packaging materials, cleaning products, building materials, fertilizer, vehicles and parts, outdoor gear.
In making purchasing decisions, Glacier Guides and Montana Raft personnel should research, evaluate and compare products based on price, quality, performance, and environmental impact. Products with the minimum amount of environmental impact should be chosen over those with a larger impact. If a product with a larger impact is chosen it must be justified and explained to one of the owners.
Measurements of environmental impact include, but are not limited: minimal environmental impact of entire product or service life cycle; maximum use of recycled products in product or service life cycle; minimum impact of shipping, including materials used, transportation methods and delivery distance; reuse of existing products or materials in product or service life cycle; recyclability of product; minimum packaging; reduction of energy/water consumption; toxicity reduction or elimination; durability and maintenance requirements; minimum of virgin material in product or service life cycle; minimum threat of harm to human or environmental health; ultimate disposal of product.
When requested, personnel responsible for purchasing will provide a status report to the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft “Green Team.” This will help share information across the organization with a goal of improving environmentally sound purchasing.