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Executive Director

I'd like to encourage you to consider submitting your organization's work to advance sustainable purchasing for an SPLC Leadership Award. We have awards categories for suppliers and public interest advocates who are advancing sustainable purchasing, in addition to purchasers. The deadline to submit a case study for consideration is March 10th. Read more below on how to be considered.

I'm pleased to announce that our Supplier Assessment and Supplier Development Working Groups have established new rosters for 2017. Thank you to the impressive group of 40 professionals who have volunteered their service.

SPLC is currently accepting Board of Directors applications. The SPLC Board is seeking candidates for up to six (6) of ten (10) appointed seats, and two (2) of six (6) member-elected seats. To formally express interest as a candidate, complete the application form. Candidates should express interest by Feb 28th, 2017.

Finally, we are pleased to welcome 14 new members to the Council, including the entire University of California System!

As always, thank you for reading SPLC's Update. 

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

SPLC Summit 2017: May 8-10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Save the Date!

SPLC’s 2017 Summit will bring together 400 purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions in order to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy.

Photos from the 2017 Summit

Save $100 with Early Bird rates for a limited time.

Special Offer for New Members:
If you join the Council and register for the Summit at the same time, you can receive 10% off your first year's membership. Plus, you get member pricing on Summit registration!

Submit for a Leadership Award: Due March 10

SPLC’s annual Leadership Awards recognize public and private sector organizations that leverage their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet. 

Leadership Awards for Organizations
SPLC's Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on case studies submitted by candidate organizations. The submitted case studies become part of SPLC's Case Study Library, which SPLC draws upon in its Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and when giving best practices presentations. Learn about the Awards Categories and submission process.

Leadership Awards for Individuals
We are soliciting nominations for the SPLC's Individual Leadership Award(s). This Award recognizes one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have significantly advanced the sustainable purchasing movement. Nominate an individual.
Learn How to Apply

Case Study Highlight: Office Depot's Award-Winner

Office Depot Office Max Greener OfficeSPLC's Leadership Awards program includes recognition for suppliers because SPLC values the role that suppliers play in helping purchasers understand and positively influence their supply chain's sustainability performance. To help inspire great supplier submissions for 2017, we're sharing Office Depot's award-winning case study entitled Advancing Sustainability by Engaging Customers. Here's the abstract:
What if a supplier could switch from reacting to customer demand for more sustainable products and services, to proactively helping solve customer problems associated with sustainable purchasing? This case study describes one company’s efforts to do just that. It details Office Depot’s 15 year journey to customer-centric sustainability – a journey that started reactively but ended proactively – not just for the company and its customers, but potentially for an entire marketplace.
Download the Full Case Study

Upcoming SPLC Webinar:
Optimizing Environmental Sustainability in Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Procurement

Mark Trowbridge Feb. 23rd 2017, 2pm-3pm EST

This webinar will share innovative strategies for cost-effectively reducing the overall environmental impact of Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) spending. Whether your MRO procurement is for related to facilities maintenance, IT repairs, safety supplies, fleet operations, capital equipment, or tools, the keys to sustainability success are similar. The speaker, Mark J. Trowbridge (CPSM, C.P.M., MCIPS), will show how sustainability goals and more conventional procurement goals can be aligned in the MRO category to help overcome some of the thorniest challenges for sustainability and procurement professionals alike.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Common complications with managing MRO spend and related impacts
  • Key strategies for overcoming MRO complications, reducing impacts, and saving $$
  • Opportunities for partnership between procurement and sustainability professionals
  • Leveraging MRO spend data to uncover hidden impacts outside MRO spend
Please pass the invite along to MRO buyers everywhere. This webinar is open to the public.
The recording and slides will be made available to SPLC members only.
Register Today

Recordings of Recent SPLC Webinars

Missed an SPLC webinar? Recordings of webinars are available on our website and in our online member community:

Healthier Procurement Webinar Series (publicly available) Available to SPLC Members Only:

Supplier Assessment Working Group Reloaded!

support for this group provided by MicrosoftWe're pleased to announce the 2017 roster of the SAWG: 
  • Alexis Bateman, MIT
  • Anastasia O'Rourke, Industrial Economics
  • Ashley Rubinsky, Lockheed Martin
  • Cynthis Cummis, WRI
  • Craig Moss,
  • Farid Yaker, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Bettina Schaefer, Ecoinstitut
  • Diana Rosenberger, Shaw Industries
  • Jairo Garcia, City of Atlanta
  • Jason Bates, Michigan State University
  • Jed Ela, US General Servics Administration
  • Jocelyn Azada, Nielsen
  • Josh Kurtz, Caesars Entertainment
  • Joshua Wickerham, ISEAL Alliance
  • Malcolm Fox, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings
  • Pam Alexander, Ingersoll Rand
  • Scott Fong, Department of General Services, State of California
  • Siya Singhal, Baxter International
  • Shawn Postera, Multnomah County
  • Tiffany Rodriguez, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft
The Supplier Assessment Working Group (SAWG)  is charged with helping SPLC members identify the best resources for guiding and assessing their suppliers’ enterprise-level sustainability performance in a way that is robust, credible, and actionable within a procurement context. In doing so, SAWG participants seek to promote broad utilization of best-in-class assessment tools and related services and tools. Convergence around these best-in-class tools will have benefits for suppliers and buyers because suppliers will have fewer places they need to report data, and buyers will find many of their suppliers already reporting to these tools. 

Interested in getting involved? Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Express interest here

Supplier Development Working Group Reloaded!

support for this group provided by MicrosoftWe're pleased to announce the roster for the second phase of this working group: 
  • Ann Dougherty, Roppe Holding Company
  • Cade Clanton, FedEx
  • Cassandra Dorrington, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council
  • David Morgan, Cornwall Council, UK
  • Diana Rosenberger, Shaw Industries
  • Jackie Lajoie, Ingersoll Rand
  • Joan Kerr, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Jocelyn Azada, Nielsen
  • John Edelman, Edelman
  • John Glann, Alameda County
  • Justin Troy, FedEx
  • Joshua Gutstein, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Lynda Rankin, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Mark Mills, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Jones-Bey, ConEdison
  • Rebecca Stevens, GSA
  • Renee Paris, Sonoco
  • Sarah Church, Alameda County
  • Shawn Postera, Multnomah County
  • Siya Jiang Singhal, Baxter International
  • Tiffany Rodriguez, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft
Over the next six months, the Supplier Development Working Group (SDWG) members will be creating an integrated supplier sustainability development program, building upon the SDWG's Phase 1 work. The Working Group has a special focus on developing small, medium, and diverse suppliers (SMEs), but SPLC expects that the approaches developed will also be instructive for larger suppliers.

Welcome to SPLC's newest members!

Did you know that SPLC memberships enable participation by all employees of a member organization who fall within the organization's Member RoleCheck if your organization is a member in a Role that would cover you. If it is, get started using your membership. If it is not, learn how to become a member.

News You Can Use

EcoVadis Releases 7th Edition of Sustainable Procurement Barometer
SPLC member EcoVadis surveys companies around the world about their sustainable purchasing programs annually. This year's report also include insights from a survey of suppliers. The report contains a wealth of information for both purchasers and suppliers.

Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) Releases Municipal Purchasers' Guide to Protecting Pollinators
SPLC member RPN and Friends of the Earth released this report in January 2017, outlining how government agencies and institutions can change their purchasing policies and practices to protect honey bees and other pollinators. Honeybees and other pollinators, which are an integral part of our food system, are rapidly declining due to several factors. A growing body of scientific research has implicated the widespread use of pesticides, including neonicotinoids (also called "neonics"), as a fundamental contributor to pollinator declines.

Invitation to Participate in a Study by the Global Sourcing Council: 
Taking the Pulse of how Business Embraces Sustainability and Sustainable Development

The goal of the study is to track different industry sectors' levels of adoption of sustainability dimensions in global functions such as supply chains, procurement, sourcing, outsourcing, risk management and others. The study also intends to measure the level of awareness of SDGs in business. 5 responders will win a free invitation to the GSC 3S Awards Ceremony at the UN on May 10, 2017.

Have a news item you'd like to publicize to SPLC's readership? Let us know.

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

Community Purchasing Alliance - Regional Director
Location: Washington DC
Deadline: Feb. 18th
Brief Description: The Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) seeks a full-time DC-based Regional / Associate Director who shares our vision and has an appetite to grow and deepen the work of our social-purpose cooperative. The ideal candidate will have an organizing, business development or sales background and an interest in sustainability, business operations, facilities, or related field. Responsibilities include: Manage relationships with CPA Members by supporting them in procurement of energy, trash, janitorial, security, landscaping, copier, supplies, and solar.

National Grid - US Sustainability Lead & Supplier Diversity Sr Analyst
Location: Waltham, MA
Deadline: Ongoing (posted Jan 12)
Sustainability Responsibilities: Developing and implement a diverse supplier development process for existing key diverse suppliers; Partnering closely with the Sustainability and Environmental groups responsible for developing policy, strategy and managing projects that are within our footprint; Identifying diverse suppliers, creating category strategies to integrate new sources of supply that contributes to year over year cost reductions and quality/delivery improvements; Works in partnership with regional/global diverse suppliers in order to ensure a proactive approach to supplier selection and understand their requirements and deliver appropriate solutions, in line with National Grid policies and processes.

Have a job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.

Meet SPLC at Upcoming Conferences

Here are a few conferences SPLC staff and members will be attending and presenting at this fall. Let us know if you'll be there too!
GreenBiz 2017
Feb 14-16, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
Panel presentation moderated by Jason Pearson on 2/16 at 8:30 am
Climate Leadership Conference
Mar 1-3, 2017
Chicago, IL
Workshop on Managing Risk moderated by Jason Pearson
Use our discount code CLC-SPLC-15% to get 15% off registration!
ProcureCon Indirect East 2017
Mar 6-8, 2017
Orlando, FL
Panel presentation moderated by Sam Hummel
Use our discount code PIE17SPLC to get 20% off registration!
Responsible Business Summit NY 2017
March 27-28, 2017
New York, NY
Plenary discussion on Responsible Sourcing with Jason Pearson and Tom Glaser, VF Corporation
Use our discount code MP200 to get 20% off registration!

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