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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council UPDATE


Report Back: Consultation on President Obama's NAP
Leadership Awards Deadline Extended - May 12th
Summit Announcements: 
     Summit Presenters
     Summit Workshops
     Book Your Room Before Hotel Sells Out!
     Rating System Development Kickoff
     Chief Procurement Officers Roundtable Dinner
     Pre-Summit Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking Event
     Post-Summit Short Course on Spend Analysis
Upcoming & Recent Presentations

Photo: Jason Pearson, Executive DirectorMessage from the
Executive Director

I'm very pleased to announce the 2015 SPLC Summit program, below. Once again, an outstanding group of speakers will be sharing best practices and leading attendees in shaping the Council's Guidance and Rating System development. Join the 100+ organizations already planning to attend by reserving your spot today.

If you haven't begun your application for SPLC's inaugural Leadership Awards, you'll be glad to know we've just extended the submission deadline to May 12th.

I'd like to thank our newest Summit Partners for helping connect the Summit with leaders in their communities of practice:

Many thanks also to SPLC Members Karen Hamilton, Molly Ray, Mark Rossolo, and Ted Lucas for presenting about SPLC's work at next week's GoGreen Seattle Conference.

We look forward to seeing you at the Summit!

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, Executive Director

Report Back: Consultation on President Obama's proposed National Action Plan (NAP) on Responsible Business Conduct

Last week, SPLC participated in a Consultation meeting with over 200 government, corporate, academic and civil society organizations to discuss President Obama's proposal to create a U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Responsible Business Conduct, which would have significant implications for procurement by government and corporations operating abroad. Read Jason Pearson's report about the meeting on the SPLC Blog.

Leadership Awards Application Deadline
EXTENDED to May 12th

The Council is seeking examples of leadership from purchasers, as well was case studies from suppliers and public interest advocates that show how they can support purchasers in better understanding and addressing supply chain impacts. The deadline to submit a case study for a Leadership Award has been extended to May 12th. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on the first evening of SPLC's 2015 Summit, May 27th.
Submit a Leadership Award case study today

Summit Presenters Announced:

Summit Workshops Announced:

(Workshop times now posted!)

Rating System Development Kickoff

SPLC's 2015 Summit will feature a Rating System Development Kickoff Workshop, which will give Summit attendees the opportunity to give input on foundational questions that will inform the design of the Council's Rating System for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0The Summit will close with a detailed look at the rating system development process and how members can participate over the coming year. Register for the Summit

photo of Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research at US Green Building Council
Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research for the U.S. Green Building Council will explain how the LEED rating system built and continues to strengthen a marketplace of innovation, and how institutional purchasing can further shape the market.

Pre-Summit Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking

Want to meet suppliers who have earned the esteem of purchasers involved in the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council?
Want your business to be considered for participation?
Want to show your support for sustainability innovation?

Learn how SPLC Connect works and register today!

SPLC Connect: A Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking Event

Chief Procurement Officers Roundtable Dinner

The CPO Roundtable Luncheon at the 2014 Summit provided a highly valued opportunity for Chief Procurement Officers to dialogue with their peers in a private setting. This year, the CPO Roundtable Dinner will take place Wednesday, May 28th. This dinner is by-invitation. Interested supply chain leaders should contact

Several CPOs shared their sustainable purchasing leadership insights during the public CPO Keynote Conversation:
Chief Procurement Officer Keynote Conversation - SPLC 2014 Summit
Video from the public Chief Procurement Officer Keynote Conversation during SPLC's 2014 Summit

Book Your Room Before Hotel Sells Out!

The Edgewater Hotel is filling up fast!
There's only one more hotel nearby.
Act now to get our group rates:
Cityside - $169 (view of the street)
Waterside - $219 (view of the harbor)

Summit Short Course:
Spend Analysis for Sustainable Purchasing Leadership

Spend Analysis ChartSPLC, in partnership with VitalMetrics (formerly IERS), is offering an in-person half-day course on sustainability spend analysis the day after the Summit (May 29th).

This half-day course will introduce different types of sustainability-related spend analysis used by many organizations to understand and prioritize ‘hotspots’ in their supply chains. The course will also cover the execution of spend analysis, as well as interpretation and communication of results.

Learn more and register today.

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.
3/24 Discussion with SPLC & TSC CRA
4/8 Green California Summit & Exposition SPLC
4/29 HEASC Webinar: Best Practices in Sust Purchasing SPLC
4/30 GoGreen Seattle Conference KC, UL
5/12 Webinar: Reducing GHG Emissions in the Construction Sector WCCF
5/12-14 CleanMed 2015 SPLC
5/26 SPLC Connect SPLC
5/26-28 SPLC 2015 Summit SPLC
SPLC Summit 2015 banner - May 27-28, Seattle Washington.  Share Expertise.  Discover Solutions.  Build relationships. Shape the future.
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Exhibit or Sponsor
Register for the Pre-Summit Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking Event, May 26, 3-8pm
Look who's coming to the 2015 SPLC Summit...
  • AGCO Corporation
  • Altenex
  • American Chemistry Council
  • Apex Clean Energy, Inc.
  • Arizona State University
  • Asia Pulp and Paper
  • Boeing
  • BSR
  • CA Dept of General Services
  • CBRE
  • Center for Resource Solutions
  • City of Cleveland
  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of San Antonio
  • City of Santa Monica
  • City of Seattle
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
  • Consumer Specialty Products Association
  • County of Alameda
  • CRG Sustainable Solutions
  • Domtar
  • Ecolab
  • Edelman
  • Emory University
  • Equitable Origin
  • Fair Trade USA
  • Federal Acquisition Services
  • FedEx
  • Forest Stewardship Council
  • Goby LLC
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Green Electronics Council
  • Green Seal
  • GreenCircle Certified, LLC
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • iFixit
  • Industrial Economics Inc
  • Institute for Systems Biology
  • Interface Americas, Inc.
  • International Campaign for Responsible Technology
  • Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • King County
  • Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC
  • LittleFootprint Lighting
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Marriott International
  • Michigan State University
  • MindClick Group
  • Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MSCP)
  • National Association of State Procurement Officers
  • NIGP
  • Office Depot
  • Office of Contracting and Procurement, District of Columbia
  • Oregon Dept of Env Quality
  • Pacific Market International
  • PG&E
  • Port of Tacoma
  • Portland Community College
  • Practice Greenhealth
  • Reeve Consulting
  • Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)
  • Rivanna Natural Designs
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • RPI Printing
  • San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • SDI International Corp.
  • Seventh Generation
  • Sonoco
  • State of California
  • State Connecticut 
  • Ste Michelle Wine Estates
  • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)
  • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
  • Sustrana
  • TD Bank
  • Techway Services, Inc.
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • thinkstep
  • UL Environment
  • United Soybean Board
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Enegry
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US General Services Administration
  • Venable LLP
  • VitalMetrics
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Waste Management
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • World Resources Institute
  • World Wildlife Fund
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