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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE

IN THIS ISSUE:

10% New Member* End of Year Discount
Invitation to Join SPLC Pilot Program
What to expect at SPLC's 2015 Summit
New Blog Articles: Spend Analysis. Policy Pitfalls.
New Video: Protecting Human Rights in Procurement
Board Candidates: Election December 15th
Welcoming Khadija Pounsel to the SPLC Team
Upcoming & Recent Presentations
Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

We look forward to an exciting year in 2015, and we take this opportunity to invite you all to deepen your engagement in the Council's collaborative conversation about leadership in sustainable purchasing:

We are very please to introduce Khadija Pounsel, our newly hired Administrative Coordinator (see below). And, we would like to welcome new members Accenture and Biosynthetic Technologies to the Council this month.

We look forward to collaborating with you in the coming year!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

10% New Member* End of Year Discount

Prospective Members Save 10% before New YearsIf you've been thinking about joining the Council, you can save a little money by submitting your application before the end of the year!

If you have a little money left over this year but you’d need to act quickly to use it, call 202-607-2600 x201 and we can get you an invoice right away.

If you want to sign up now but pay from next year’s budget, you can do that too. We allow 60 days from your application submission to make payment, which means you can apply now and pay in January.

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* Current members can earn a 10% discount on their next membership by referring a new member before New Years.

Invitation to Join SPLC Pilot Program

In January, SPLC will release its Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 and kick off a Pilot Program in which purchasers, suppliers, certifiers and public interest advocates will test using the guidance and provide feedback.  Pilot participants will have access to educational sessions, peer practice groups, SPLC staff consultation, listening sessions, and will receive recognition for their involvement.  

To learn everything you need to know about participating:
  1. Watch the Pilot Overview Webinar 
  2. Review the Timeline, Participation Options and FAQ
  3. Fill out the Expression of Interest form
Enrollment in the Pilot will continue on a rolling basis for the next few months. The first webinar orientation for participants is on December 18th. Invitations to that are sent to respondents to the request for Expression of Interest.

What to expect at SPLC's 2015 Summit

The 2015 Summit will feature interactive workshops, presentations from leaders in the sustainable purchasing movement, peer-to-peer problem solving, high caliber networking, and opportunities to give input into the development of the Council's planned rating system. But that doesn't capture half of what makes an SPLC Summit so great! This brief video featuring voices from the 2014 Summit gives a fuller picture of what to expect:
Screengrab from SPLC 2014 Summit video
We expect the 2015 Summit to be about twice the size of the 2014 Summit, but with many of the same qualities, so the 2014 program, speakers and attendee lists are good guides for what to expect: Join us at the 2015 Summit in Seattle, May 27-28!

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Blog Articles: Spend Analysis. Policy Pitfalls.

We have two new blog posts since our last issue:

New Video: Human Rights in Procurement

Protecting Human Rights in Supply Chains through Procurement

Lessons for the Private and Public Sector
from the ICAR Report

A Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium & SPLC Webinar

SPLC and the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium hosted this presentation and discussion about the recommendations the report Turning a Blind Eye?  Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing. The webinar featured the lead author of the report and discussion by SPLC members, including GSA and Int'l Campaign for Responsible Technology. 
Watch the Webinar Recording

Board Candidates: Election December 15th

Every year, SPLC members elect three new Board members. Each of the three open seats is reserved for one of the Council's three membership Roles: Purchaser, Supplier and Public Interest Advocate.  Purchaser members will vote on candidates for the Purchaser Role seat, while Suppliers will vote on candidates for the Supplier Role seat and so on.  Members will receive voting instructions and candidate statements by email on December 15th and will have until January 16th to vote.

The candidates for election are as follows:
  • Purchaser Role
    • Joan Kerr, PG&E
    • Lynda Rankin, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Supplier Role
    • Sol Salinas, Accenture
  • Public Interest Advocate
    • Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Fair Trade USA
    • Steve Hitov, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Welcoming Khadija Pounsel to the SPLC Team

Photo of Khadija Pounsel, SPLC's Administrative CoordinatorWe are very pleased to introduce Khadija Pounsel as SPLC's Administrative Coordinator and first employee (a major milestone for this start-up nonprofit!). Khadija's responsibilities include administrative support for SPLC's Board and many guidance development committees, as well as supporting many internal processes, such as accounting and membership management.  
Learn more about Khadija 

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.
     
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Thank you to our Founders...
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American University
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Arizona State University
Bloomberg LP
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California State, Department of General Services
The CarbonNeutral Company
CIPS Sustainability Index
DEKRA
Dell
Domtar
Ecolab
Emory University
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FairTrade USA
FedEx
Goodyear
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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
SciQuest
SCS Global Services
Social Hotspots Database Project
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US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
City of Washington DC
Waste Management

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