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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Membership: Everything You Need to Know
Introducing SPLC Café
SPLC Café #1: Experience with Spend Analysis
Dispatch from NMSDC Conference
REMINDER: Safer Chemistry Survey
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
Message from the
Executive Director

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Dear colleagues,

First, thanks to those who have submitted applications on behalf of your organization for general membership in the Council! We are excited by the momentum of growth, which is also reflected by increased mainstream media coverage (see the article on SPLC in this week's The Guardian business blog).

As we explained in the General Membership Introductory Webinar last week and further detail below, membership is now open to organizations in the Purchasing and Public Interest roles, and we will soon be opening membership to organizations in the Supplier role, as well. If you have not yet submitted an application, be sure to act now to take advantage of the Early Bird discounts. Organizations joining now will also be eligible to nominate candidates for the Founding Board of Directors. The deadline for Board nomination is November 4.

For those who have already signed up as members, please tune in for the inaugural SPLC Café: a series of informal member-to-member conference call discussions on key topics. More information about the SPLC Café on November 12th, as well as an opportunity to provide input about future topics, is provided in the newsletter below.

Thank you again for your interest in our work!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Membership: Everything You Need to Know 

Are you ready to join a dynamic community of organizations and professionals working together to advance sustainability via the power of institutional procurement?  If so, now is the time to act!  

Purchasers can save 30% or more until October 18th.  Then, it will be Suppliers' turn to save big from October 18th to November 18th.
Please share this invitation with your internal colleagues and peers at other organizations!

Introducing SPLC Café: A Discussion Series

Want to share your leadership work with other members, learn about their efforts, and talk together about challenges and opportunities?  If so, you are going to love SPLC Café!
SPLC Café is a series of member-to-member discussion calls focused on specific topics of interest to members.  (See below for info about the first topic.)  During each Café call, two to three members will kick-off the discussion by sharing 5 minute presentations about their work related to that call's topic.  Other attendees are then invited to share their related work before general discussion begins.  The facilitated discussion will move the conversation from current challenges to opportunities for further leadership, and explore how Council activities can support collaboration on the topic.  In order to encourage frank sharing, the Chatham House Rule applies in the Café.

What topics do you want to discuss with other members?  
Rank topics of interest to you in this quick survey, or send comments to

SPLC Café: Experiences with Spend Analysis

Has your organization done a sustainability-related spend analysis?  What method did you use?  What did you learn?  What advice would you have for others considering doing a similar analysis?  Join fellow SPLC members for a discussion about combining sustainability and spend analysis.  You can share your experiences or just come to listen and learn from others' experiences.

What: SPLC Café - Experiences with Spend Analysis
When:  2-3pm ET, Tuesday, November 12th
Where: Register for this SPLC Café 
Facilitator:  Stephan Sylvan, US EPA
Lead-off Presenters:
 - Brennan Conaway, US General Services Administration
 - Erin Stanforth, Portland Community College
 - A corporate member (pending)

Dispatch from NMSDC Conference

SPLC's Sam Hummel is at the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference and sent this dispatch:

Among social sustainability supply chain initiatives, the supplier diversity movement is one of the most advanced.   Organizations like NMSDC, its regional councils and its international counterparts have done an impressive job of defining, guiding, measuring and recognizing leadership in sourcing from diverse suppliers.  Walking the massive tradeshow, it is clear how transformative the collective effort of NMSDC's members to make the business case for supplier diversity has been.

It's critical that as organizations ramp-up their use of environmental sustainability criteria in procurement that they don't disadvantage small and minority suppliers, who may not have as much capacity to take on GHG inventories, GRI reporting, or obtain additional certifications.  Some leading purchasing organizations I talked to today are showing that this can be avoided by providing training, tools and resources to help their diverse suppliers implement sustainable business practices.  (See PG&E's Diverse Suppliers Go Green program, as a prime example.)  

But what if your organization doesn't have the capacity to design and host its own training and support program for its diverse suppliers?  Try connecting your diverse suppliers with NMSDC or one of its regional councils.  They've run a number of sustainability trainings this year (see notes from today's session on sustainability), have sustainability committees, and, judging from the conversations I've had, are eager to continue the work of preparing diverse suppliers to compete for "green" business - the same way they've prepared them to compete for every other kind of business.

As SPLC's sustainability training and credentialing program for procurement professionals takes shape, we hope to work with NMSDC, its regional councils and others to ensure that it addresses the needs of minority businesses and advances the supplier diversity movement.          

REMINDER: Safer Chemistry Survey

The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production has initiated a project to understand best practices in advancing safer chemistry through public and private sector institutional purchasing in the United States and abroad, with an emphasis on case studies. As part of our partnership with the Lowell Center, we invite you to complete a brief survey to help the Lowell Center identify appropriate candidates for these case studies.

Take the quick Survey

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

Council staff and Steering Committee have been 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.

10/01 Retail Sustainability Conference 2013 RILA
10/07 A "LEED for Purchasing" AASHE
10/15 Webinar: Sustainable Purchasing JCCC  
10/24 Buyer-Supplier Partnerships NAEMF
10/31 Empowering Procurement... AASHE
11/12 'LEEDing' for Sustainable Procurement World50
11/20 Sustainable Acquisition & Materials Management Group White House

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Thank you to our Founders...
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
Bloomberg LP
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 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 Environmental Protection Agency
City of Washington DC
Waste Management

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