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Executive Director

We have extended the deadline to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 SPLC Summit to next Tuesday, February 16th. This will be the only extension, so act now if you want the chance to speak to the 300+ sustainable purchasing movers-and-shakers at the 2016 Summit.

I'm pleased to announce that we are offering full and half-day Pre-Summit Courses on a number of important aspects of sustainable purchasing. These courses are open to anyone, not just Summit attendees. Make sure to plan your travel accordingly, as the short courses take place on Monday, May 23rd, before the Summit.

There's still time to submit your organization's work for one of SPLC's Leadership Awards. The deadline for those submissions is March 18th. Please don't wait to download and familiarize yourself with our case study templates.

As always, thanks for reading SPLC Update.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Submit a Presentation Proposal Today

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The Call for Presentations for the 2016 SPLC Summit offers opportunities to propose speaking roles in a number of different session formats. The Summit will take place May 24-26th in Washington, DC and will convene over 300 leading practitioners and thinkers in the sustainable purchasing movement to share best practices and emerging practices, build valuable relationships, and influence the future of sustainable purchasing. Be seen and heard as a leader in sustainable purchasing! 

Register for Pre-Summit Short Courses

All courses take place on Monday, May 23rd in DC.
Space is limited. Don't wait to register!

Certificates of course completion given to participants.

Fostering Sustainable Purchasing Behavior 
In this full-day course taught by renowned behavior-change expert Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, participants will learn how to make sustainability and sustainable purchasing the norm in their organizations by applying scientific methods that research shows are highly effective at producing sustainable behavior change. Case studies and exercises will highlight how McKenzie-Mohr's methods have helped enable the success of several SPLC Member's sustainable procurement programs. Participants will receive a free copy of Fostering Sustainable Behavior. Learn more and register...

Spend Analysis for Sustainability Leadership 
This full-day course will introduce different types of sustainability-related spend analysis used by many organizations to understand and prioritize ‘hotspots’ in their procurement and their supply chains. The course will cover the execution of sustainability-related spend analysis, as well as interpretation and communication of results. Case studies, discussions, and a hands-on exercises will give attendees a practical understanding of the capabilities and limitations of sustainability-related spend analysis.
Learn more and register... 

ACCO Climate & Supply Chain Training Bootcamps 
In these half-day courses provided in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, participants will learn how to identify and assess climate-related risks in their supply chain, win stakeholder engagement for addressing those risks, and productively work on climate risks with suppliers. Learn more...

Building a Renewable Energy Purchasing Strategy
This full-day course will introduce various renewable energy purchasing opportunities, the benefits and considerations for each, and guidance on how to build a strategy that’s right for your organization. Hands-on exercises will give attendees a practical understanding of how renewable energy purchasing can align with existing organizational goals while saving money, and how to narrow renewable energy purchasing options based on the unique needs of your organization. 
Learn more and register...

Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainable Product/Services Claims
In this full-day course lead by ISEAL Alliance, you'll learn how to evaluate the credibility and impact of standards, certifications, and product/service claims; how to use sustainability standards and certifications in procurement; how to contribute to the development of strong sustainability standards; as well as learn about cutting edge practices in the sustainability standards field. Participants will receive free copies of several key ISEAL publications, including their Credibility Principles booklet.
Learn more and register...

Committee on Supplier Ratings
Phase 1 Report-Out

Enterprise-level supplier ratings: The potential application of investor-developed ESG ratings systems to purchasing
Watch the COSR Phase 1 Webinar
The Committee on Supplier Ratings (COSR) is a collaborative project aimed at evaluating the applicability of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) enterprise sustainability ratings developed for the investor community to procurement decision-making and supplier relationship management.

Phase 1 of the project was co-convened by SPLC, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR), and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalitions (EICC). Phase 1 was funded by the indirect procurement division of Microsoft, and SPLC Member, with IEc providing technical consulting and framework development, and BrownFlynn convening and facilitating a multi-stakeholder advisory committee. Phase 2 is beginning and we invite you to get involved.

Submit your work for a Leadership Award

Deadline 3/18
Submit your work for a leadership award! Leadership Awards for Organizations
SPLC's Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The Leadership and Outstanding Case Study Awards are based on case studies from candidate organizations. Learn about the Awards Categories and submission process.

Leadership Awards for Individuals
New this year, we are soliciting nominations for the SPLC's Individual Leadership Award(s). This Award will recognize one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have significantly advanced the sustainable purchasing movement. Download the nomination instructions.

Thank You Khadija; Welcome Lisa!

Khadija Pounsel On January 20th, SPLC said farewell to Administrative Coordinator Khadija Pounsel. We thank her for her invaluable help in establishing processes and procedures that have laid the foundation for SPLC to grow as an organization. We wish Khadija all the best in her future endeavors. 

Lisa ShuskoFortunately, Lisa Shusko, an experienced Member Services Coordinator, has jumped in on an interim basis to help keep things running smoothly while we figure out a permanent replacement. Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Lisa!

News You Can Use

Practice Greenhealth Magazine: Annual Buyer's Guide for Green Purchasing
The winter 2016 edition of PGH's quarterly magazine includes informative articles on topics such as Integrated Pest Management, sustainable seafood, and applying Lean principles to transportation, in addition to their supplier directory.

BSR and CDP Report: Mobilizing suppliers toward a climate-resilient world
Coming off the historic Paris climate change agreement in December, BSR and CDP teamed up to analyze the information submitted to CDP by more than 4,000 suppliers of 75 CDP supply chain members, which represent more than US$2 trillion in procurement spend.

Moody’s Request for Comment on Green Bonds rating assessment methodology
Moody’s Investors issued a request for comment seeking feedback in response to a proposed Green Bond Assessment (GBA) methodology. The GBA would provide a forward-looking opinion of the relative effectiveness of the approach adopted by green bond issuers to manage, administer, allocate proceeds to and report on environmental projects financed with the proceeds derived from green bond offerings. These ratings will be important for organizations looking to finance environmental projects through green bonds, as well as organizations buying green bonds. Moody’s is seeking feedback from market participants by February 12, 2016.
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Upcoming Events

Here's what's coming soon. Be sure to check our Activities Calendar and Upcoming Presentations page to stay up-to-date on where SPLC will be.
ProcureCon Indirect East
February 22-24, 2016
Orlando, FL
Meet SPLC's Executive Director Jason Pearson there!
Save 25% on registration with our discount code PIE16SPLC.
Green Biz
February 23-25, 2016
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort
Scottsdale, AZ
SPLC and ISM will host a "guru" roundtable lunch on sustainable purchasing on Wednesday, Feb 24th
>> Save 10% on registration with SPLC's discount code GB16SPLC
Squaring the Circle on Sustainability and Risk Management
March 3
Lockheed Martin, Arlington, VA
Panel: "Sustainable Development Goals: An Action Plan to Address Geopolitical Risk"
Speaker: Jason Pearson, Executive Director
Save 25% on registration by contacting us
Green Schools Conference & Expo
March 31-April 1
Pittsburgh, PA
Title: "Is Your Institution Ready for the Future of Sustainable Procurement?"
Speaker: Cuchulain Kelly, SPLC Communications Coordinator
8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
June 2-4, 2016
Madison, WI
Early bird registration opens Feb. 15. Scholarship applications are being accepted now until Feb. 29.
Thank you to our Summit Sponsors and Partners:
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Summit Partners

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ISEAL logo

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Look at who's already planning to be at the 2016 SPLC Summit...
  • ACCO
  • Aflac
  • Allstate
  • Altenex
  • ANSI
  • Apex Clean Energy
  • Best Buy
  • Bloomberg
  • CBRE
  • Center for Resource Solutions
  • Citi
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Santa Monica, CA
  • City of Washington, DC
  • County of Alameda
  • Domtar
  • Ecolab
  • EcoVadis
  • Edelman
  • Emory University
  • Equitable Origin
  • Fair Trade USA
  • Fannie Mae
  • FedEx
  • Forest Stewardship Council US
  • GreenBiz
  • GreenCircle Certified
  • Green Seal
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Industrial Economics Inc
  • Interface
  • ISEAL Alliance
  • Institute for Supply Management
  • King County
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MCSP
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota MPCA
  • NIGP
  • Office Depot
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • PNNL
  • Practice Greenhealth
  • PRGX
  • ProcureCon Indirect East
  • Renewable Choice Energy
  • Roppe Corporation
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Sonoco
  • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
  • Sustrana
  • thinkstep
  • TreeZero
  • Trucost
  • TUV Rheinland
  • UL
  • United Soybean Board
  • UPenn
  • US DoD
  • US EPA
  • US GSA
  • US Green Building Council
  • VitalMetrics
  • Weyerhauser
  • WRI
  • WWF
Plan now to join these organizations at the Summit.

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