Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

2016 has been a productive year for the Council. We've added over 47 new members, spoken at over 30 conferences, attended even more meetings and events, released the second version of our Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing, started five new working groups, taken our Member Services up a notch with the hire of Lisa Shusko, and had two SPLC staffers become parents. Not to mention we hosted a 350-person Summit in DC in May. We've been busy! To top it off, our newsletter readership doubled this year. Thank you for your interest in our work.

In the immediate future, we are now accepting presentation proposals for our 2017 Summit, to be held May 8-10, 2017 in Denver, CO. Proposals are due January 15th. If you register for the Summit before the new year, you will receive a $200 SUPER Early Bird discount. Read more below.

Happy holidays, and we'll see you in 2017!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

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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.

SPLC’s Summit is one of the most dynamic and informative events that I attend. Great networking. - Debbie Jaslow-Shatz, Sourcing, Bloomberg; This was one of the best sustainability-related gatherings I've experienced in my 20 years working on sustainability. - Stephan Sylvan, Senior Policy Advisor, US EPA

Submit a Presentation Proposal: Deadline Jan 15th

speakers on stageSPLC’s Summit features workshops, panel presentations, lightning talks, roundtable sessions, and more.

Learn about the session types, themes, and speaker qualifications. Call for Presentations closes on January 15th.


Submit for a Leadership Award: Deadline Mar 10th

SPLC Call for Proposals
SPLC’s annual Leadership Awards recognizes public and private sector organizations that leverage their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet. See the 2016 Award Winners and learn more about submission criteria.

Healthier Procurement Webinar Series

Join the third and final installment in the series:

How to Achieve Better Results with
Integrated Approaches to Healthier Procurement

January 19 2017, 1:00pm Eastern time

You will learn:

  • How to integrate considerations of human and environmental health into the procurement process.
  • How integrated approaches, such as integrated cleaning or pest management, can transform an entire category of procurement in ways that are healthier for people, the environment, and your organization’s bottom line.

Confirmed Speakers

Judy Levin New Speaker! 
Roger McFadden
Chief Science and Sustainability Officer
Green Chemist (former VP and Senior Scientist at Staples)
Judy Levin Judy Levin
Pollution Prevention Director
Center for Environmental Health
Beth Meer Beth Meer
Special Assistant
New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Watch the recording of the first and the second webinar in the series: 

Healthier Procurement Webinar Series Part 1 Video   Healthier Procurement Webinar Series Part 2 Video

New Working Group on Supplier Ratings

support for this group provided by MicrosoftThe Supplier Ratings Working Group (SRWG) is charged with helping SPLC members identify the best practices and tools for evaluating their suppliers’ enterprise-level sustainability performance in a way that is robust, credible, and actionable within a procurement context. In doing so, SRWG participants seek to promote broad utilization of best-in-class rating 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. The group will also be identifying resources to support suppliers in addressing gaps identified by these evaluation tools.

The Supplier Ratings Working Group builds upon and extends the work of the Committee on Supplier Ratings (COSR), a project initiated by Microsoft and IEc, managed and facilitated by IEc and Brown-Flynn, and co-convened by GISR, EICC, and SPLC.

Learn more and apply to join the Working Group

Please welcome SPLC's newest members!

Want to know how SPLC membership can support your work? Let's get in touch.

Announcements: RFPs with Sustainability Criteria

State of Massachusetts - Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear, Accessories, Personal Care Products, and Bedding
Bid Opening Date: 02/07/2017 02:00:00 PM
Description: Statewide Contract CLT08 for Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear, Accessories, Personal Care Products, and Bedding includes EPP criteria.

The City of Portland, Oregon - Office Furniture (task chairs, adjustable/sit-stand furniture)
RFP Number: #00000443
Description: The City of Portland is seeking proposals from qualified firms or contractors to provide office furniture and related services for bureaus City-wide.

Got an RFP announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.

10% Off New Memberships Before 2017!

We're running a year-end membership drive! If your organization submits a membership application between now and January 1st, 2017, it will receive a 10% discount off the price of membership dues. Join today, or, help a peer out by sharing the news! 

Members gain access to a number of exclusive benefits, including:  

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

Alameda County GSA - Procurement Administrator
Location: Oakland, CA
Deadline: January 13, 2017
Sustainability Responsibilities: GSA is seeking a dynamic and engaging leader to administer and oversee the Agency’s centralized procurement functions, services, and systems. This position is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of procurement policies, projects, and programs to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of the Agency and the County. GSA provides a host of centralized services including sustainability services.

City of Santa Monica - Sustainability Analyst
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Compensation: $6,227 - $7,688 a month
Responsibilities: Assists in the development, coordination and administration of programs and projects in areas such as water and energy efficiency, green building, watershed management, sustainable procurement and hazardous materials management.

Meyers - Environmental/Sourcing Specialist
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sustainability Responsibilities: Represent the Company overseeing and managing waste disposal, sorting the streams of waste and defining the methods to receive and dispose of any hazardous and non-hazardous materials; Write and train on standard operating procedures on hazardous materials, ensuring OSHA compliance and best practices; Secure purchase of corporate defined items as needed seeking best pricing/sourcing; Aid in strategic sourcing initiatives as defined.

Nestle - Manager Purchasing/Buyer Strategic
Location: DeKalb, IL
Sustainability Responsibilities: Implement rigorous, ongoing 7-Step Strategic Sourcing process for all managed spend; This includes acquiring and maintaining a high degree of commercial Market Category Expertise (MCE) in the category. Specifically, an up-to-date knowledge of leading supplier technologies and capabilities, green/sustainability trends, and Intellectual Property (IP) management best practice in this market. 

Quantis - Senior Consultant
Location: Boston, MA, USA with potential for flexibility in location
Deadline: Ongoing
Sustainability Responsibilities: Quantis seeks to recruit a highly motivated and dynamic Senior Consultant to join our growing US team. The Senior Consultant will be in charge of developing new and existing client relationships and delivering high quality consulting services for our clients, with a focus on enabling better sustainability decisions, management and communication through the best science and insights.
Have a job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.

Thank you to our 2017 Summit Sponsors!

2017 SPLC Summit sponsors

Sponsor & Exhibit: Download the Sponsor ProspectusInterested in having your sustainable purchasing leadership, your brand, your products, or your services be visible to the 400+ sustainable purchasing thought-leaders who attend SPLC Summits? We have a limited number of high profile sponsorship opportunities available.  

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
Register today w/ SPLC's discount code GB17SPLC to save 20%! 
Climate Leadership Conference
Mar 1-3, 2017
Chicago, IL
Workshop on Managing Risk moderated by Jason Pearson
ProcureCon Indirect East 2017
Mar 6-8, 2017
Orlando, FL
Panel presentation moderated by Sam Hummel
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
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