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Executive Director

Since our last newsletter, 195 countries have signed a historic climate agreement, forever changing the global dialogue around sustainability, climate change, and GHG emissions. It is my distinct pleasure to say that SPLC was present in Paris. By speaking at and attending a number of COP 21 side events we joined with several international partners to raise the profile of sustainable procurement as a tool for combating climate change. A full blog article debrief is forthcoming; for now, watch my interview at La Galerie des Solutions and read SPLC's Twitter coverage of the COP.

We're pleased to invite you to register today for SPLC's 2016 Summit in Washington, DC, May 24-26. Climate change and the Paris deal are sure to be among the many topics on sustainability in procurement discussed during the 80+ workshops, the networking receptions, short courses, awards dinners, and other events that take place at our Summit. Plan now to be part of the conversation as a presenter, sponsor, or award winner. The call for presentations and award case studies will open in early January.

If you're considering getting your organization involved in SPLC as a member, there is no better time than right now - our End-of-Year Membership Drive ends December 31st. Applications received by that date will receive 10% off their first year of membership. Membership gives you and your colleagues access to all of SPLC's programs and member benefits, including discounted Summit registration.

Have a happy holiday and new year!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

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Registration for the 2016 SPLC Summit is now open! The Summit will take place May 24-26th in Washington, DC and will convene 300 of the 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. 

What to expect at the Summit:

  • Networking with 300+ professionals
  • 80+ presentations on best and emerging practices*
  • Expanded Leadership Awards Program and Dinner*
  • C-Suite Keynote Conversation
  • Innovation Accelerator: 30 roundtable presentations and discussions about innovative projects that are ready to be launched, joined, expanded, or replicated!
  • SPLC Connect, a unique buyer-supplier matchmaking event
  • A variety of educational short courses:
    • SPLC Guidance training
    • Sustainability-related Spend Analysis
    • Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainability Claims
    • Buying Renewable Energy at Scale
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The Call for Presentations and Leadership Award submissions will open in early January.

SPLC Update on ISO 20400 International Standard for Sustainable Procurement

SPLC has been tracking the development of the ISO 20400 standard via our liaison status to the ISO/PC 277 Committee for the past year-and-a-half, and we are excited to see it released for public comment. Read a blog article from SPLC's Director of Programs on how the ISO 20400 Standard relates to SPLC’s Principles, Guidance, and Rating System.

Upcoming Events and Café Calls

In the new year, SPLC will be hosting several Café Calls and webinars, as well as attending a number of events. Be sure to check our Activities Calendar and Upcoming Presentations page to stay up-to-date on where we'll be.
SPLC Café Call: What are members' focus areas or goals for 2015? *
Thu, Jan 14, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
What are you hoping to accomplish this year with regard to sustainable purchasing? Want to hear what other members will be working on? We invite participants in this call to share their challenges, plans and aspirations for the new year - as much as they are comfortable sharing. Come inspire and be inspired.
SPLC Café Call: How to motivate sustainable purchasing? *
Thu, Jan 28, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
How is your organization motivating sustainable purchasing? Has your organization tried incorporating it into performance reviews? Tried incentives? How far can educate get you, by itself? What has worked and what hasn't?
Green Biz
February 23-25, 2016
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ
Save 10% on registration with our discount code GB16SPLC
Speakers: A number of SPLC members will be presenting from organizations such as Domtar, Arizona State University, Trucost, Dell, WWF, Best Buy, and BSR
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

* SPLC Café Calls are member-to-member dialogues open to SPLC members only.

SPLC members can always access past webinar recordings through SPLC's Online Member Community.

Welcome to SPLC's Newest Members!

We are quickly approaching 150 member organizations thanks to these new members:  If any of your contacts would value an SPLC membership, connect them to our Communications Coordinator, Cuchulain Kelly.

Member Spotlight: King County, WA

In November, the King County Council unanimously approved the 2015 update of the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan - a five-year blueprint for action to confront climate change, integrating climate change into all areas of County operations and its work in the community. The County has identified that 46% of its GHG footprint is in its purchase of goods and services, and another 45% is associated with its purchase of vehicles, fuels for those vehicles, and utilities.

The 2015 SCAP will guide County work to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, and ensure that King County continues to lead on climate action.

View inforgraphic summary of King County's Climate Action Plan

Hurry! Get 10% Off New Memberships Before 2016

Our end-of-year membership drive ends on December 31st! If your organization submits a membership application between now and January 1st, 2016, it will receive a 10% discount off the price of membership dues. (Payment can follow in the new year.) Act now to take advantage of the offer, payment can come in 2016. Join today, or, help a peer out by sharing the news! 

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

Conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment & Business

Many conversations among SPLC members have noted that life cycle assessment tools are strong in addressing environmental issues and relatively lacking when looking at social impacts. That is changing as research, datasets, and tools are improving. The International Social LCA Conference is at the center of that work. This year the theme of their conference will be the intersection of business and social life cycle assessment. Please consider if sharing your experience could help advance this important work.

Call for Presentation Themes:
  • Supporting supply chain due diligence on human and labor rights with Social LCA
  • Calculating product and organizational social footprints
  • Knowing and growing social handprints (positive impacts)
  • Evaluating and improving supply chain impacts on human health and human well-being
  • Inventory databases and impact assessment methods
  • Collaborating to standardize indicators and to work on root causes
  • Identifying social impacts in a circular economy
  • Considering social issues in design and innovations
When: June 13-15 2016
Where: Cambridge, USA
Abstract submission deadline: January 8, 2016
For more information and to submit an abstract, visit the Conference website.

News You Can Use

195 Nations Approve Historic Climate Agreement in Paris at COP 21
Negotiators at this year's 21st Conference of Parties in Paris successfully produced and signed an agreement that commits nearly every country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to stave off climate change. But what does that mean for your work? Read GreenBiz's take on what the agreement means for business, and then read the agreement itself.

ISO 20400 International Standard for Sustainable Procurement is now open for public comment
Comments can be submitted through BSI Group until January 12th, 2016. SPLC will be submitting comments during this period, and we encourage everyone to review the draft and contribute feedback.

Scottish Government encourages procurers to ask about treatment of workers
The Scottish government has released new procurement guidance that encourages public procurers to question the fairness of working practices within companies invited to bid for contracts. While the guidance is not mandatory, the government says that it should only be ignored if the procurers have “a very good reason” to do so. The guidance will apply to procurement processes launched on or after 1 November 2015.

Google, thinkstep, Flux and their database of building materials' enviro impacts
Google, its Google X spinoff Flux, software and consulting firm thinkstep, and the Healthy Building Network have produced an open-source database of 100 common building product categories, their ingredients and their environmental and health impacts. The database, Quartz, lists building products with generic terms and does not list manufacturer’s brand names.

A Guide to Responsible Sourcing from the International Council on Mining and Materials
A comprehensive guide from ICMM on the context and drivers for responsbile sourcing, guidance on actions that businesses can take, the future of leadership, and its connection to sustainable procurement.

Please submit items for inclusion in "News You Can Use" via our newsletter submission form.

Jobs in Sustainable Procurement

Pacific Gas & Electric
Procurement/Supply Chain Positions
Location: San Fransisco, CA
Sustainability Focus: Procurement of goods and services, strategic sourcing and cost savings, contract management, supplier relationship management, supplier diversity planning, execution and outreach, compliance management, ongoing procurement field support and management of the procure to pay cycle.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Oregon DEQ's Materials Management Program is hiring staff in sustainable materials and solid waste management
Location: Portland, OR and other Oregon offices
Description: Oregon’s legislature recently authorized funding to implement Oregon’s groundbreaking 2050 Vision for Materials Management. The 2050 Vision takes a holistic approach to reducing the environmental impacts of materials across their entire life cycle – from resource extraction and design through production, consumption and management of discard. In 2015 and 2016, DEQ will be hiring for fifteen positions in the areas of sustainable consumption, LCA, toxics, groundwater protection, and others. Express interest today!

If you have a job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership, please submit via our newsletter submission form.

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