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On July 22, at SPLC’s virtual Deep Dive event Defining the Delta: Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies the Chief Sustainability Officer of the Federal government, Andrew Mayock (Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President of the United States) thrilled the audience of industry, government, research, and sustainability leaders with the statement that “sustainable purchasing is going to be a key part of the Federal Sustainability Plan coming up.” See Andrew Mayock's full speech or read excerpts here.
As the world begins to see a glimmer of light at the end of this crisis year, sustainable procurement has never been more important. To ensure that our community’s ambitions meet the moment, and to provide an alternative convening that deeply engages attendees and avoids virtual event fatigue, the SPLC is launching three one-day Deep Dive virtual events focused on critical topics in sustainable procurement strategy and execution. Learn more
Reducing/eliminating the use of hydrofluorocarbons has been identified as one of the top strategies for climate action. To support purchasers in acting on this opportunity, we are excited to share the new Procurement Recommendations for Climate Friendly Refrigerants.
“The first thing to ask for is a membership in the SPLC. For me, it’s been so important because as a responsible purchasing subject matter expert, many times you are alone and that is typical. Having an organization that helps you learn and share best practices, an organization where you bring all that knowledge together and are able to share it, is huge.”
“The SPLC is always my first source for information when researching sustainability impacts for a new bid I’m working on, looking for best practice examples for a new program, or wondering what innovative companies/organizations are doing in the field.”
“SPLC keeps us up to date on the latest thinking in supply chain sustainability. We benefit from being part of a community where next practices are shared and challenging issues are discussed in a collaborative forum.”
“Make sure you’re involved in forums like SPLC or others. Get involved in the different networks that advance supplier sustainability because then you meet like-minded, professional, exciting people who will help you move your program forward.”
“SPLC’s Guidance has allowed us to apply an unprecedented strategic approach to our sustainable procurement efforts, and brought more attention and excitement to our program than I have seen in years.”
“We prefer to embrace best practices in the marketplace rather than proprietary expressions of those best practices. The SPLC has helped to direct our resources towards those practices that can efficiently scale to maximize our return on investment.”
“SPLC is invaluable to me and the City’s sustainable procurement program for its technical resources and the incredible networking and collective problem solving that occurs within the SPLC community.”
The SPLC’s goal is convening a global, collaborative community to enable purchasers to make meaningful, measurable, large-scale positive change in the world.
This past year has presented many of us with unprecedented challenges to planning, budgets, and business as usual. The upside is that the crisis has provided an opportunity to see things fresh and develop bold new strategies for new circumstances. The SPLC has prepared to meet our members’ changing needs by reframing programs and resources intentionally designed as a series of scalable solutions. With these new options, we can provide support that fits your budget, your time, and your team objectives, wherever those are in the moment.
Sustainability and resilience in procurement has never been more visible, nor more critical to business strategy than it is right now. As we take a collective deep breath after the many challenges of 2020, the year ahead presents a compelling opportunity to redesign our strategies and our work together. The SPLC’s vibrant community of experts and peers is here to help you flourish and do your best work in the year ahead, and beyond.
Join us for a membership demo to see how we can support you on your sustainable procurement journey.
– Sarah O’Brien