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Executive Director

On June 28th, SPLC launched the second version of its Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The updated version features significant updates to the content thanks to the hard work of more than 100 volunteers on eight Technical Advisory Groups and the Technical Advisory Committee. Guidance v2.0 is now delivered in an online portal that makes it much easier to browse and share segments with colleagues.

After our last newsletter, we received dozens of excellent applicants for our new Supplier Development Working Group. In this issue, we are inviting members to apply for our new Benchmarking System Working Group. I encourage you to give this important opportunity a close look and consider applying. 
Later this month, I'll be attending the annual National Contract Management Association World Congress in Orlando, FL on July 26. Cuchulain will be at the NIGP Forum in National Harbor, MD on August 23rd. If you'll be at either event, let us know so we can plan a meet-up. 

Finally, we'd like to congratulate our peers at ICLEI as they celebrate 20 years of promoting sustainable public procurement by local governments. 

As always, thank you for reading SPLC Update. 

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Guidance v2.0 Launched!

A New Online Platform
The second version of SPLC's Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing is hosted within SPLC's online member community, which provides a more dynamic way to browse, search, download, and share all or portions of the Guidance with colleagues. It also provides mechanisms for users to discuss the guidance with peers and provide feedback on ways the Guidance could be further enhanced.

SPLC Guidance v2.0What's New in Version 2.0
  • Significant revisions of purchasing category sections, now delivered as "playbooks"
  • Development of new purchasing category sections
  • Expansion of spend analysis recommendations
  • Greater focus on implementation strategies. 
Watch the Guidance v2.0 launch webinar recording for more details.


Help design SPLC’s new Benchmarking System!

We will be focusing substantial program resources for the remainder of 2016 on creating the first version of a Benchmarking System that will enable diverse organizations to: 1) assess their own sustainable purchasing activities against the recommendations in SPLC's Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing; and 2) benchmark the maturity of their sustainable purchasing activities against those of other organizations. The assessment framework developed for the Benchmarking System will inform the Rating System for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing that SPLC will develop in 2017.

We are seeking volunteers to participate in the Benchmarking System Working Group, which will advise SPLC staff on creating the first version of the Benchmarking System. For more information about the opportunity to contribute, please review the Benchmarking System Working Group Charter and draft project outline (member only). The first meeting of the working group will occur in early August.

Please note participation is limited to SPLC members, and preference will be given to professionals in SPLC’s Purchaser Role.

Call for 2017 Summit Planning Committee


Photos from 2016 Summit: CPO Keynote Conversation; Green Power Happy Hour; Innovation AcceleratorWant to help us shape the 2017 Summit programming? Now is the time to express interest in joining the Summit Planning Committee.

Planning Committee Members are asked to:
  • Advise staff on:
    • Program design
    • Keynote speakers
    • SPLC Connect: Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking
  • Assist staff with:
    • Speaker selection
    • Outreach and marketing
Planning Committee members receive a FREE registration.

Time Commitment: 1 hour conference call once per month, plus presentation proposal judging in February. 75% attendance required to receive free pass.

Welcome to SPLC's Newest Members!

Want to know how SPLC membership can support your work? Ask Cuchulain Kelly.

Featured Case Study: The District of Columbia's Award-Winning Sustainable Purchasing Program

The District of Columbia Sustainable Purchasing program was built on the premise that sustainable considerations can be embraced if:
  1. Sustainable specifications are designed in a way that balances sustainability with the basic needs of a procurement stakeholder, e.g. cost, availability, and performance.
  2. The process of embedding guidance language into specifications is made as simple as possible via employee support and “cut and paste” templates, and,
  3. Training resources and tracking tools are embedded in the District’s standard operating procedures, thus institutionalizing efforts and raising the awareness of initiatives their inevitability in the eyes of the rank and file.
With the above mentioned guiding premises in mind, the DC Sustainable Purchasing Program was launched in 2015. A philosophy that emphasizes inclusion, planning, and clear thinking resulted in methodologies and tools, often reflected in, and sometimes derived from, SPLC guidance. The DC approach is both analytical and pragmatic, and features the clear goals, strategies, and results.

Read the case study of the sustainable purchasing program that won SPLC's most prestigious Leadership Award in 2016.  

SPLC Member Spotlight: CO2logic

CO2logic CO2logic, a new supplier member of SPLC, started 10 years ago in Europe with the mission of helping companies and cities calculate their carbon footprint. CO2logic's services have evolved from greenhouse gas calculation, reduction and offsetting strategies to include LCA and supply chain analysis. They have helped hundreds of organizations including the European Parliament, GS1 and Unilever on their path toward sustainability, carbon neutrality and supply chain analysis. CO2logic has developed carbon offset projects in Africa, each project satisfying a triple bottom line with social, financial and environmental benefits. 
Want to have your work featured in an SPLC member spotlight? Let us know.

News You Can Use

Major Updates re: Social Sustainability in U.S. GSA Procurement Tool
This social sustainability module provides a framework for government procurers on how best practices and resources for improving social sustainability can be incorporated within federal procurements. Social sustainability includes promoting workers’ rights and safe working conditions, preventing human trafficking, and addressing other human rights-related risks.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Includes Sustainable Procurement in their Supplier Sourcing Code
"Tokyo 2020 will not only comply with all relevant laws and regulations, but also take into full account the impact of its procurement process on the following aspects: environmental issues including climate change, depletion of natural resources and biodiversity loss; human rights and labour issues; unfair business practices, etc."
Got a news item or announcement? Let us know.

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

Campbell's - Director – Procurement – Corporate Social Responsibility
Location: Camden, NJ
Description: The Procurement Director of CSR will lead Campbell’s Integrated Global Services (IGS) supply chain’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts globally. This person will drive meaningful advancement of Campbell’s supplier diversity, responsible sourcing and sustainability strategies by integrating global initiatives and proactively engaging with stakeholders including suppliers, customers and non-government organizations (NGOs). This individual will ensure ongoing education among our IGS supply chain team, share best practices and develop reporting metrics to effectively communicate our initiatives both internally and externally.

PepsiCo - Supply Chain Senior Manager - Water Sustainability
Location: Role can be remote. Preferred locations are Plano TX, White Plains NY or the UK.
Description: This role will support the Global Operations Environmental Sustainability team and our sectors to deliver PEP's new Performance with Purpose Environmental Sustainability Water goals at 300 company owned manufacturing sites through the development and installation of water savings technology, the implementation of water best practices and processes, the training / development of our team members on improved water use and the reduction of world-wide water risks to PEP's operations.

PepsiCo - Supply Chain Senior Manager - Climate Change Sustainability
Location: Role can be remote. Preferred locations are Plano TX, White Plains NY or the UK.
Description: This role will support the Global Operations Environmental Sustainability team and our sectors to deliver PEP's new Performance with Purpose Environmental Sustainability energy and climate goals at 300 company owned manufacturing sites through the development and installation of energy savings technology, the implementation of best practices and processes, the training / development of our team members on improved energy use and the reduction of world-wide climate risks to PEP's operations. A global GHG reduction strategy for scope 1 & 2 emissions will also need to be developed and executed which includes the utilization of energy efficiency, fleet efficiency, Power Purchase Agreements and other carbon reduction instruments.

WGL - Senior Sustainability Analyst
Location: Washington, DC
Description: Measures and reports on internal and external corporate CSR initiatives including Supplier Diversity supply chain and Second Tier reporting for Public Service Commission reporting, GRI-4 compliant Sustainability Reporting, Corporate Scorecard reporting metrics, and other items as required. Provides analytical support to Manager of Sustainability and Division Head CSR. Provides critical analytical support to develop best-in-class CSR programming and reporting.

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