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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Multimedia Summary of the Annual Meeting
Welcoming Three New Members
SPLC Approved as Liaison to ISO 277 Development
Next Member Update Call: 1pm ET 6/26
Upcoming Presentations
Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week at the Convention Center in Washington, DC for the first Annual Meeting of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.  Almost 200 participants representing over 120 leading organizations from government, business, academia, standards developers and NGOs came together for two days of intensive workshops and panels to kick off development of our shared guidance, benchmarking, and recognition program for institutional leadership in sustainable purchasing. Highlights included:
  • US General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini outlining the value of SPLC's Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing to GSA and the sustainable purchasing movement;
  • Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) leaders from Aflac, Interface, Lockheed-Martin, and NREL sharing practical insights on building internal momentum and executive leader support for sustainable purchasing initiatives; and
  • Volunteer facilitators from across our membership leading workshops designed to explore and document challenges, solutions, best practices, and resources for incorporation into SPLC guidance. (Slides from the lead-off presentations are now posted on the Workshops page.)
By the end of June we will be sharing-back a detailed summary of the meeting, including compilations of all the impacts, challenges, solutions, tools, resources and case studies shared through the workshops. Over the next six months we'll be turning those into Version 1.0 of our Guide for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing, which we have committed to deliver in December, 2014.

Stay tuned!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Multimedia Summary of the Annual Meeting

We've created a multimedia page to capture the event in full color.  A few highlights include...
  • 4 min video of address by Dan Tangherlini, Administrator of the US General Services Administration (GSA)
  • 3 min video clip from the CPO Keynote Conversation
  • Photo album of the meeting 
  • Quotes from attendees
  • Presentation slides
Image of video player
Image of Annual Meeting photo album

Welcoming Three New Members

SPLC Member LogoWe'd like to welcome several new members:

SPLC Approved as Liaison to ISO Sustainable Procurement Standard Develoment 

International Standards Organization logoWe are pleased to report that SPLC's application to engage the ISO/PC 277 Sustainable Procurement standard development process as a Liaison A has been approved.  International or broad-based regional organizations in the Liaison A role are expected to participate in sharing "in both directions" in order to "ensure coordination of parallel standardization activities in different bodies."  We look forward to playing that role along with the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Next Member Update Call: 1pm ET 6/26

Each month, Council members are invited to join this conference call in which staff provide an update on the Council's activities since the last update call and a look at what's ahead. These calls include opportunities for members to ask questions, get answers and give feedback.
Next Update Call: Thursday, June 26th at 1pm ET
Register for the call 

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.
6/2-5 Sustainable Brands Conference SB 14
6/12 Value Chain Outreach Committee American Chemistry Council
6/18 Biobased Stakeholders' Dialogue United Soybean Board

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

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