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Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

I'm very excited to announce SPLC's participation in this December's COP 21 in Paris. We'll be taking part in a number of sustainable procurement-related side events - see below for more details.

If you're considering getting involved in SPLC, there is no better time than right now - our End-of-Year Membership Drive starts today. Membership gives you and your colleagues access to all of SPLC's member benefits, which includes a discount to our 2016 Summit, to be held May 24-25 in Washington, DC.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2016 Summit, please let us know and we'll send you the sponsorship overview as soon as it is ready.

As always, thanks for reading SPLC UPDATE.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

SPLC at COP 21 in Paris


Over 40,000 people are expected to gather in Paris between Nov 30-Dec 11 for the 21st Conference of the Parties, the annual meeting of all countries taking action on climate change. SPLC has partnered with a number of key organizations to raise the profile of sustainable purchasing in relation to climate change. If you'll be there too, send us a note and we'll organize a meet-up.
 

Here's where we'll be:


1) The UNEP 10YFP SPP Programme Side Event on Sustainable Public Procurement and Climate Change
Cities and Regions Pavilion - TAP 2015, Le Bourget, December 5, 17:30-19:00 CET
- SPLC will present its work with UNEP on measuring the impacts and communicating the benefits of sustainable public procurement.

2) La Galerie des Solutions, December 2-9
- SPLC will be hosting a 45 minute workshop on sustainable procurement on Friday, Dec 4 at 17:30 CET, and will be interviewed on TV at 11:15 CET on Wednesday, Dec 9th
**SPLC members receive a special 10% discount on exhibiting, contact us for more info


3) The Sustainable Innovation Forum
- SPLC is proud to be an Institutional Partner of the biggest business forum at COP21

SPLC and 31 Organizations Call for Greater Transparency in US Federal Procurement


business man holding question markDuring her 2015 SPLC Summit video address, Charmian Gooch of Global Witness highlighted the problem of fraud, waste, and other abuses perpetrated behind the smoke screen of "anonymous companies." These shell companies enable or hide many of the illegal environmental, labor, corruption, and human rights abuses in supply chains.

The Obama Administration can powerfully address this problem now by making "beneficial ownership" reporting a requirement of doing business with the federal government. Thirty-two civil society organizations, including SPLC, signed a letter to the President asking him to make this kind of reporting a key part of the US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, which is currently under development.
 

How you can help

SPLC, Global Witness, and several high profile business leaders believe that all public and private sector organizations would benefit from the risk mitigation and cost reductions that come with making beneficial ownership reporting part of their procurement processes. However, a central, public registry of beneficial ownership information would be preferable to every organization creating their own registry. If your organization would like to see the US Federal Government establish a public registry that all organizations can use, please let us know. We are interested in coordinating another letter of support signed by public and private sector purchasers and suppliers. 

10% Off New Memberships Before 2016!


We're launching a year-end membership drive! 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. Join today, or, help a peer out by sharing the news! 

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

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.

Upcoming SPLC Presentations & Meet-ups


SPLC will be presenting and hosting in-person meet-ups at a number of upcoming conferences. If you'll be at these meetings, send us a note to receive details.
SPLC Booth @ GreenBuild Expo and Conference
November 18-20
Washington, DC
Register through SPLC for a FREE Expo pass ($150 value)
UNEP 10YFP SPP Programme Final Meeting of Working Group 2B on Measuring Impacts and Communicating Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement
November 19, 2015
Seoul, South Korea
NGLCC National Gala and Dinner
November 20, 2015
Washington, DC
ISM Indirect 2015
December 3-4, 2015
Orlando, FL
Use promo code LOCAL2015 to receive $100 off registration
CSPA Annual Meeting - Collaboration 2015
December 7-10, 2015
Washington, DC

SPLC Webinar Recordings


SPLC's Fall Webinar Series is drawing to a close, but for SPLC members and partners, access to the recordings will continue: all of the webinars below are available on-demand through SPLC's Online Member Community.

Purchasing for Zero-Waste
Nov 4, 2015
Solid wastes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the environmental impacts of purchases. Learn how organizations are applying zero waste approaches in their purchasing strategy to reduce impacts, save money, and create value. And, learn about pitfalls organizations can encounter with zero-waste approaches.

How Executive Order 13693 Is Being Implemented within Federal Purchasing
Oct 29, 2015
Representatives from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the US General Services Administration briefed attendees on the President's Federal Sustainability Executive Order, as it pertains to sustainable acquisition. They also shared how agencies are operationalizing the EO's comprehensive Implementing Instructions.

IT Purchasing: Addressing Worker Health & Safety, Energy Use, Toxics, and Disposal
Oct 21, 2015
In this webinar reprisal of a popular and well-reviewed workshop session a SPLC's 2015 Summit, attendees heard purchaser, supplier, and public interest perspectives on sustainability challenges within IT supply chains and how IT purchasers can support solutions to those challenges.

Strategies and Tools for Purchasing Products with Safer Chemistries
Sep 30, 2015Report Cover: Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products
This webinar identified key steps to purchase products with safer chemistries. Topics covered included case studies, lessons learned, and outcomes from a recent study of pioneering purchasers who are driving the market towards safer chemistry. SPLC moderated several presentations from The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Perkins+Will, Oregon Environmental Council, Responsible Purchasing Network, and Green Electronics Council.

News You Can Use


U.S. Government Includes Social Sustainability Considerations in Procurement Process
The United States General Services Administration recently updated their Verification Guide for Federal Purchasers of Sustainable Products to incorporate guidance on addressing social sustainability considerations (human rights, labor rights) during the procurement process. The new guidance on social sustainability (Sections II.G and III.E) provides best practices for addressing social sustainability risks for both the pre-award and post-award stages of a procurement. Section II.G outlines pre-award best practices pertaining to risk identification by sector, providing notice of risks to the contractor, and incorporating requirements into contracts. Click the link above to read the Verification Guide.

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

Jobs in Sustainable Procurement


Deutsche Telecom and Orange
Sustainable Procurement and CSR Manager
Position Type: Full time
Deadline: November 14
Sustainability Focus: Responsible for the design, roll-out and monitoring of the end-to-end Sustainable Procurement process for all sourcing activities lead by BuyIn, the procurement joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange, making it Europe’s largest procurement organization in the ICT industry.

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!

United Nations Environment Programme
Consultant to support UNEP programmes on Eco-labelling and Voluntary Sustainability Standards
Location: Paris, France
Application deadline: 19 November
Responsibilities: Supporting ongoing work on ecolabelling and voluntary sustainability standards in the context of the UNEP-managed and European Commission-funded project on “Stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable products through Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling” (SPPEL). The consultant will also ensure strong linkages on ecolabelling activities with the 10YFP programmes, more specifically with the Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and Consumer Information Programmes.

 
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