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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Announcing Annual Meeting Speakers
A Look Inside the Annual Meeting Workshops
Who should attend the Annual Meeting?
CPO Roundtable Luncheon at Annual Meeting
Bundle and Save: 10% Membership Discount
Save 20% on Sustainability Conferences
Upcoming Presentations
Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

It's not too late to save $150 by registering for our 2014 Annual Meeting before early bird pricing ends at midnight this Friday, April 11th!  Below you'll see that we have a great program and diverse group of expert presenters that you won't want to miss.  

For those who have not yet registered, I am pleased to announce that, in response to your feedback, both days of the meeting are now open to Members and non-Members alike!  For Members, this means that our work in the Day 2 workshops will benefit from additional experience and expertise. For non-Members, this means that attending the meeting will provide you with a unique opportunity to simultaneously contribute to the Council's guidance development conversations and assess - live and in person - the value of becoming a member of the SPLC community and a regular contributor to our work.  We look forward to your participation!

See you in person at the Annual Meeting in a little over a month!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Announcing Annual Meeting Speakers

(with more to come!)

On Monday, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee completed selection of presenters for the Challenges & Solutions workshops. We received a large number of excellent proposals, and the final roster reflects a remarkable diversity of perspectives from purchasers, suppliers, and public interest advocates in government, private sector, academe, and civil society. It is exactly this diversity which will ensure that the work that emerges from this Meeting provides a strong foundation for the Council's guidance, benchmarking, and recognition programs.

Here is a sample of the more than thirty presenters selected to share their leadership expertise and experience during the first day of the Annual Meeting's program. Additional speaker and workshop facilitator announcements are forthcoming.   
Go to the full speaker list...

Speakers: Michelle Diller, HDR; Dan Pleshko, Lockheed Martin; Seema Wadhwa, Inova Health System; Brennan Conaway, US GSA; Stacey Foreman, City of Portland, OR; Japen Tal Hollist, Aflac; Yalmaz Siddiqui, Office Depot; Beth Eckl, Practice GreenHealth; Alison Kinn Bennett, US EPA; Bjorn Claeson, International Labor Rights Forum; Heather Gaddionex, PE International; Pierre-Francois Thaler, EcoVadis; Libby Bernick, Trucost; Jonathan Rifkin, District of Columbia; Mary Ann Remolador, Northeast Recycling Council; Alicia Culver, Responsible Purchasing Network; Mark Rossolo, UL Environment; Karen Hamilton, King County

A Look Inside the Annual Meeting Workshops

In case you haven't heard, this is not your typical conference.  Our workshops will not be "sage on the stage" or "droning trainer" affairs.  They will be focused on getting real work done, right then and there, together. Day 1 workshops focus on how purchasing works as a process. Day 2 workshops focus on what is being purchased. 
Photo of people talking at Founding Summit
Challenges and Solutions Workshops (Day 1)
The first 40% of each Day 1 workshop will consist of two or three quick presentations of real-world case studies and/or research related to the workshop's topic.  During the remaining 60% of the time, participants will gather into peer groups, share the real-world challenges they are facing, and then work together to identify solutions, best practices, tools and resources for addressing those challenges.  Given the leadership caliber and diverse perspectives of the participants coming together at this meeting, we are confident that many great connections will be made between challenges and solutions, and we will capture the output of those conversations as important input for the Council's Strategic Planning Guide for Sustainable Purchasing. Workshop topics include:
  • Winning Support for Sustainable Purchasing Programs
  • Spend Analysis: Identifying Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts
  • Supplier Engagement: Surveying, Evaluating, Collaborating and Supporting
  • Requests for Transparency and Disclosure: What Makes Sense?
  • Changing End-user Behavior
  • Sustainable Purchaser Training and Credentialing
  • Measuring Success: Choosing Metrics and Setting Goals
  • Making Sustainability Part of the Bid Award Decision
  • Selecting Labels, Standards & Certifications for Use in Purchasing
  • Influencing Purchasers: Challenges Selling Sustainable Products & Services
  • Buying Innovation: Using Procurement to Stimulate New Solutions
Photo of people talking at Founding Summit Purchasing Category Workshops (Day 2)
In each Day 2 workshop, participants will be invited to share their perspective on the priority impacts associated with purchasing in that workshop's category and the challenges involved in trying to address those priority impacts.  Then, the participants will work together to identify existing guidance and tools available to purchasers wishing to address the impacts identified in the first brainstorm.  Participants will be able to take the resulting compendium of existing guidance and tools home with them, while that same output will be used to inform the work of Purchasing Category Technical Advisory Groups which will be formed over the next six months to build consensus on what is the best currently available guidance for high priority purchasing categories. Categories to be workshopped on Day 2 include:
  • Food Service
  • Electricity
  • Construction & Facility Renovation
  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Information Technology (IT) Hardware and Services
  • Fiber- and Timber-based Products
  • Chemically-intensive Products
  • Professional Services
People talking at Founding Summit

Who should attend the Annual Meeting?

If you are a professional in the private, public or nonprofit sectors with an interest in leveraging the power of the multi-trillion dollar institutional purchasing marketplace to advance sustainability then this meeting is for you - no matter your rank, role, sector or locale.  But, to give you some idea of who you'll find at the meeting when you arrive, here are just a few of the titles of those already registered for the 2014 Annual Meeting:
  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • VP Strategic Sourcing
  • VP Supply Chain
  • Senior Director of Finance
  • AVP, University Business Services Director 
  • Contract Administration Associate Director
  • Purchasing Sustainability Leader
  • Supply Chain Sustainable Procurement Coordinator
  • Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy
  • National Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability
  • Senior CSR Analyst
  • President & CEO
  • Principal
  • Certification Officer
  • Sustainability Communications Manager
  • Standards & Quality Control Manager
  • Senior Regulatory Counsel
  • Federal Public Affairs Director
  • VP Value Chain Outreach
  • Senior Policy Analyst
  • Program Manager

CPO Roundtable Luncheon at Annual Meeting

Japen Tal Hollist, AflacThe CPO Roundtable will meet during lunch on the first day of the Annual Meeting, Tuesday May 20th. The CPO Roundtable is an intimate cohort of leading CPOs, representing both the public and private sectors, who have a vision for how CPOs - as a group - can uniquely contribute to the sustainable purchasing movement, and who have a desire to coordinate with other CPOs to realize that vision.  It also serves as a peer community of practice for those executives responsible for their organization's procurement and/or supply chain programs. Japen Tal Hollist from Aflac will chair this meeting of the Roundtable.  All CPOs attending the Annual Meeting are invited to join this lunch. Those interested in dialing in should register their interest by emailing

Bundle and Save: 10% Membership Discount

SPLC Member LogoIf you are holding off on joining the Council even though your intuition says you're going to come back from the Annual Meeting fired up and ready to get involved, listening to your gut will save you money.  That's because you'll get 10% OFF a new membership in the Council when you join and register for the 2014 Annual Meeting at the same time.
Take advantage of this bundle discount today!

Save 20% on Sustainability Conferences

We are pleased that our efforts to contribute programming to leading sustainable business conferences is resulting not only in exposure for SPLC and our message, but also in opportunities for our audience to participate in those events at reduced registrations fees.  In addition to registering for SPLC's Annual Meeting (of course!), we hope many of you will be able to take advantage of one of these opportunities to engage, learn and network:  

Sustainable Strategies Conference, April 16-18 at Miami Beach Convention Center Save 20% when you email John Rosser for the SPLC discount registration instructions.  SPLC Board members have led the curation of a sustainable procurement track for this conference, which will feature over 100 expert speakers.  Topics will include fostering C-suite engagement, evaluating credible product claims, analyzing spend for impacts and risks, social hotspots, planning for product end-of-life, and more.

Sustainable Brands, San Diego, June 2-5Save 20% with our code NWsplcSB14sd when registering.  SPLC staff and members will be presenting a training workshop and two sessions at this conference attended by 2,000 brand leaders.  Topics will include leadership in sustainable purchasing in principle and practice, supplier engagement, policies and tools. PRICE INCREASES TOMORROW!

Upcoming & Recent Presentations

Council staff and members are actively promoting the Council and its work to a variety of stakeholders. More information about each of these presentations is available on the Council's website.
4/1 Sustainable Procurement Working Group US DoD
4/16-18 Sustainable Strategies Conference Sustainatopia
4/23-24 Training: G4 GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting WBCSD
5/5-7 Sustainable Purchasing from the CPO Perspective ISM
5/20-21 SPLC 2014 Annual Meeting SPLC
6/2-5 Sustainable Brands Conference SB 14
9/24-26 EcoProcura 2014 ICLEI

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Look who is planning to be at the 2014 Annual Meeting...
  • Aflac
  • Alameda County
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Clean Skies Foundation
  • American University
  • Apex Clean Energy, Inc.
  • Arizona State University
  • Bloomberg LP
  • City of Portland, OR
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Seattle, WA
  • District of Columbia
  • Domtar
  • Ecolab
  • EcoVadis
  • Edelman
  • Emory University
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fair Trade USA
  • FedEx
  • Forest Stewardship Council
  • George Washington University
  • Green Seal, Inc
  • GreenCircle Certified, LLC
  • Haworth Inc.
  • HDR Architecture
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • IEEE Standards Association
  • Interface Americas, Inc
  • International Labor Rights Forum
  • King County, WA
  • Kohler Company
  • Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC
  • LittleFootprint Lighting
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Michigan State University
  • Office Depot
  • Ohio University
  • Portland Community College
  • Practice GreenHealth
  • PRé
  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • Resonate
  • Responsible Purchasing Network
  • Reeve Consulting
  • RepRisk
  • Rutgers University
  • SCS Global Services
  • Shaver Consulting, Inc
  • Sphere-e
  • State of California
  • State of Minnesota
  • The CarbonNeutral Company
  • The University of Texas, Austin
  • Trucost
  • UL Environment (ULE)
  • United Soybean Board
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • US Dept of Energy
  • US Env Protection Agency
  • US General Services Administration
  • World Resources Institute
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Thank you to our Founders...
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
Bloomberg LP
Caesars Entertainment
California State, Department of General Services
The CarbonNeutral Company
CIPS Sustainability Index
Emory University
Ernst & Young
FairTrade USA
GreenCircle Certified
GreenCircle Certified
Lockheed Martin
Michigan State University
State of Michigan
State of Minnesota, PCA & MMS
Government of Nova Scotia
Office Depot
City of Portland, OR
Portland Community College
City of San Francisco
SCS Global Services
Social Hotspots Database Project
UL Environment
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
City of Washington DC
Waste Management

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