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Executive Director

I'm pleased to announce that SPLC's Fall Webinar Series will be kicking off later this month with a presentation from Alameda County on Motivating Sustainable Procurement within Decentralized Purchasing. Between now and the end of the year, SPLC will be hosting a number of presentations and conversations around cutting edge topics in sustainable purchasing. Read more below and tune in.

We've recently launched two new working groups - a Supplier Development Working Group, and a Benchmarking Working Group. We are pleased with the impressive group, listed below, that came together for the Supplier Development Working Group. Thank you to everyone who applied! If you're interested in taking part in our Benchmarking Working Group, I invite you to learn more and apply today

As always, thank you for reading SPLC Update. 

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Announcing SPLC's Fall Webinar Series

We're very excited to announce the first four webinars that we'll be hosting as part of our 2016 Fall Webinar Series. We hope you'll be able to join us for some or all of them!

Motivating Sustainable Procurement within Decentralized Purchasing
Alameda county logo August 25, 2016
2:00 PM -3:00 PM EDT

Sarah Church, Alameda County

In this reprisal of a well-reviewed 2016 Summit workshop, participants will learn how to identify what actually motivates changes to purchasing decisions, and how to use four core tools to change purchasing behavior. The interactive webinar will combine real-world examples from County of Alameda's sustainable purchasing program with interactive exercises focused on participants' own organizational contexts. Audience participation strongly encouraged!

materials Material Ingredient Reporting – Why Do We Care?
September 6, 2016
1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

Annie Bevan, GreenCircle Certified
Sara Cederberg, US Green Building Council
Andrea Cooper-Lazarczyk, International Living Future Institute

In a growing trend, many large purchasing organizations (Google, Walmart, various Universities, municipalities, etc.) are requiring product ingredient transparency from their suppliers. For buyers who wish to follow that example and for suppliers who need to respond to it, understanding the fundamentals of Material Ingredient Reporting programs is essential.

Smoke, Suicide, Slavery - The Social in Sustainability
September 21, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Robert Stumberg, Georgetown University Law Center
Nicole Vander Meulen, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
Bjorn Claeson, Electronics Watch

Like other institutional purchasers, governments purchase through global supply chains that are linked to serious violations of human rights. For governments, doing no harm is not only a moral obligation; it is a legal one. Panelists will point to the natural experiments where effective practices are being tested.

Streamlining Supplier Sustainability Evaluation & Engagement
October 5, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Supplier Engagement Keynote Conversation
David Burrows, IPC (Subway)
Deb Bonner, Pacific Gas & Electric
Gayle Ta, University of California, San Diego
Zachary Freeze, Walmart
Jason Pearson, SPLC (moderator)

This webinar will reprise this very well-reviewed 2016 Summit Keynote Conversation. One of the most challenging aspects of sustainable purchasing is deciding when to evaluate the sustainability performance of one’s suppliers, what criteria to evaluate them on, where to get the data, and then how to engage them in improving that performance over time. Webinar participants will be introduced to the approaches and tools that these purchasers are leveraging in their work engaging their suppliers.

Guidance v2.0 - Was this helpful?

Now that SPLC's comprehensive Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing is hosted in an online format inside the SPLC member community, users now have the ability to provide instant feedback on the Guidance via the "Was this section helpful?" buttons following each section of content. We are making improvements to the Guidance as we receive feedback through this mechanism, so we encourage you to use this functionality liberally!

SPLC Guidance v2.0When you click a "Was this helpful?" button a special comment box pops up through which you can submit comments privately to SPLC staff. It's very helpful to us (and you!) when you bring our attention to an area of the Guidance that could be improved to meet your needs better. SPLC Staff will be making changes in response to feedback received on an ongoing basis.

What'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.

New Supplier Development Working Group
Invites Your Input!

SPLC's Supplier Development Working Group is charged with helping SPLC identify and implement strategies, partnerships, and programs that will enable buyers from a wide variety of sectors to better support the development of their suppliers’ sustainability capabilities.

Invitation to Contribute Your Insights 
As a first step, the group is cataloging existing sustainability-related supplier development resources in order to identify building blocks, gaps, overlaps, and synergies. If you know of resources that should be included in the group's mapping, please email by August 16th.

Here's a non-exhaustive list of the kinds of resources the group is interested in:
  • Training
    • terminology and definitions
    • evaluation of supply chain sustainability risks/opportunities
    • introduction to sustainability standards and certifications
  • How-to guides
    • sustainability policy development
    • sustainability program implementation (step by step)
    • best practices library
  • Tools
    • maturity models
    • self-assessment tools
    • sustainability risk ratings/rankings by industry
    • YOY performance tracking
Deadline: Tuesday, August 16th

We wish to thank the Working Group Members for committing their time and expertise to this important project:
  • Ann Dougherty, Roppe Holding Company
  • Diana Rosenberger, Shaw Industries
  • Candace Waterman, Women Business Enterprise Network (WBENC)
  • Cassandra Dorrington, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council
  • David Morgan, Cornwall Council, UK
  • Javette Hines, Citi – Enterprise Supply Chain
  • Joan Kerr, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Jocelyn Azaa, Nielsen
  • John Edelman, Edelman
  • John Glann, Alameda County
  • Joshua Gutstein, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Julia M. Presley, NYNJ Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Justin Troy, FedEx
  • Lynda Rankin, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Mark Mills, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Jones-Bey, ConEdison
  • Michelle Albanese, TD Bank Group
  • Rebecca Stevens, GSA
  • Sarah Church, Alameda County
  • Siya Jiang Singhal, Baxter International
  • Tiffany Rodriguez, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Todd Yaney, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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 about to wrap up the call for Benchmarking System Working Group volunteers. The members of this working group 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).

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

Boost Your LinkedIn Presence with SPLC

We have created a company page on LinkedIn. This has benefits for you!
  • If you are or have been a volunteer on a committee, you can add that role to your professional accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile. See example below.
  • If you are hiring related to sustainable procurement, you can draw the attention of SPLC's network by "mentioning" the SPLC company page when you announce the opening on LinkedIn. 
  • If you want to get updates from the Council via LinkedIn, you can also "follow" the page. Give it a try!
  • If you want to network, you can browse the followers list to discover people with relevant expertise. 
  • If you want to help spread the word about SPLC to your network, the company page enables you to easily "mention" SPLC in a post or status update you put on LinkedIn. 
Screenshot of a LinkedIn profile

Philips' Procurement & Sustainability Teams Partner to Make US Operations Carbon-neutral

In 2015, Philips’ Procurement and Sustainability groups worked together to develop a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality, a commitment the company made as part of COP21. The strategy included energy efficiency initiatives, deployment of onsite renewable resources, the purchase of renewable energy credits, and the purchase of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The PPA deal has helped the company take a leap forward in reducing the impact of its North American operations by achieving carbon-neutral U.S. operations and reducing its global carbon footprint by 8.3%. This case study outlines the process Philips undertook to develop its cross-functional strategy to carbon neutrality, along with an analysis of PPA benefits and business case.

Welcome to SPLC's Newest Members!

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

Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement

CO2logic The Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MCSP) is a group of Canadian municipalities and post-secondary institutions that are exchanging resources and technical expertise to advance sustainable procurement. Since its launch in 2010, the MCSP has been the leading sustainable procurement learning and capacity building network for municipalities in Canada. Members are typically represented by their Directors of Supply Management, Procurement Managers or Senior Environment/Sustainability Managers – all of whom take part in a series of networking teleconferences, webinars and action planning sessions held over the year.

Each year, the MCSP publishes an annual report on the State of Municipal Sustainable Procurement in Canada. The 2015 report can be downloaded here. For more information on the MCSP, please visit
Want to have your work featured in an SPLC member spotlight? Let us know.

Upcoming External Conferences

Here are a few conferences SPLC staff and members will be attending and presenting at this fall. Let us know if you'll be there too!

NIGP Forum 2016
August 23, 2016
National Harbor, MD
2016 AASHE Conference
Oct. 9-12, 2016
Baltimore, MD
SPLC will lead a panel presentation on Sustainable Procurement: Strategies & Leadership Case Studies on Monday, Oct 10

Supply Chain Risks & Rewards in Emerging Markets
October 13, 2016
Washington, DC
Canadian Public Procurement Council Conference 2016
Oct. 17-18, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
SPLC's Director of Outreach & Operations, Sam Hummel, will be presenting
2016 West Coast Climate Strategies Forum
Oct. 19-21, 2016
San Diego, CA
SPLC member Alameda County will be presenting
NMSDC Conference and Expo 2016
Oct. 24, 2016
Chicago, IL

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

ICLEI - Officer - Sustainable Economy and Procurement
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Location: ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg, Germany
Responsibilities: Being a focal point within the Sustainable Economy and Procurement team for communication work; developing, implementing and monitoring communication strategies, developing/maintaining websites ( and, compiling newsletters and development of promotional material.

Kerry - Sustainability & Assurance Systems Manager
Location: Beloit, WI
Description: Supports key components of Kerry’s Global Sustainability initiatives by developing best in class waste, water, and carbon minimization processes and manages internal and external HSE assurance processes throughout Kerry Americas Region. Will liaise with Corporate Purchasing on sustainable sourcing strategies and develop appropriate strategies for life cycle analysis / carbon foot printing of customer specific products or supply chains.

Johns Hopkins University - Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Location: Baltimore, MD
Key Responsibilities: Will lead the Office of Sustainability’s Smart Labs Initiative, working to identify opportunities, advocate solutions, and implement changes that advance campus sustainability. Will oversee the inventorying of laboratory equipment and evaluate procurement of supplies and reagents. Will research opportunities and generate proposals for programs and equipment that can reduce energy consumption, and provide recommendations to various departments including Facilities across all campuses and Procurement.

US Green Building Council - LEED Associate, Operations and Committees
Location: Washington, DC
Description: The U.S. Green Building Council has two openings for a LEED Associate, Operations and Committees position. He/she will support the basic operational functions of the LEED department and serve as a liaison between USGBC staff and the 100+ volunteers who serve on the committees and the LEED International Roundtable of organizations that support development of LEED.

Got a job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.
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