2018 Summit Call for Presentations

Share Your Work Alongside Top Practitioners & Experts!
Click below to see all the speakers from last year’s Summit:

Photos of 2017 Summit speakers

SPLC’s Summit attracts high caliber presenters and workshop facilitators. See the speakers featured at the 2017 Summit, as well as last year’s full program line-up to get a sense of what to expect.

Submission Instructions

  1. Presenter Opportunities
  2. Desired Themes
  3. Holistic Sustainability Leadership
  4. Product/Service Categories of Interest
  5. Submission Instructions
Submit a Proposal


Presenter Opportunities

This year’s program will feature several different presentation types:

  • Interactive Workshops (60 mins)
  • Full Panel Sessions (60 mins)
  • Lightning Talks (10-15 mins + 5 mins Q&A)
  • Innovation Accelerator Roundtable Presentations (10 min presentation + 20 min of discussion)

See detailed descriptions of the presentation types.

Desired Themes

The themes and subthemes below have been requested by SPLC members and members of the Summit Planning Committee. You are also welcome and able to submit proposals for presentations outside of these themes.

  • Sustainable Purchasing Program
    • Sustainable Purchasing 101
    • Sustainable Purchasing Policy
    • Sustainability-related Spend Analysis
    • Providing Sustainable Purchasing Training/Education
    • Motivating Sustainable Purchasing/Behavior
    • Tracking Sustainable Purchasing
    • Benchmarking Sustainable Purchasing
  • Product Sustainability
    • Product Evaluation
    • Circular Economy
    • Certifications & Standards
    • Integrating Product Info into eProcurement/eCatalogs/ERP
    • Product Ingredient Transparency
  • Supplier Sustainability
    • Supplier Engagement/Development
    • Supplier Evaluation/Scorecarding
    • Supplier Diversity
    • Auditing for Supplier Compliance
    • Supply Chain Transparency/Traceability
  • Impact
    • Issue-based initiatives that cut across categories and suppliers (e.g., climate, human rights, biodiversity, anti-corruption, etc)
    • Measuring the Social, Environmental, and Economic Impact of Sustainable Purchasing
    • The Business Case for Sustainable Purchasing
  • Policy & Regulatory Affairs
    • Current Regulations Affecting Sustainable Purchasing
    • Current Policy Initiatives (national, state/province, local gov’t)
    • Policy Advocacy
    • Global Policy Perspectives/Outlook
    • Multi-lateral Collaborations (UN, EU, etc)

Holistic Sustainability Leadership: More than Just Environmental
Every year we received many excellent presentation proposals for environmental topics. In addition to environmental topics, we strongly encourage the submission of presentation proposals that challenge the common misconception that “sustainability” is just about the environment. Peruse SPLC’s Key Factors Affecting Sustainable Purchasing worksheet to see a list of some of the many social, environmental, economic, and ethical aspects of sustainable purchasing. Here are a few prompts to spur your thinking:

  • Can you share how you are evaluating social and ethical risks in your supply base? Beyond Tier 1?
  • Have you challenged your suppliers to put in place anti-discrimination and affirmative hiring practices?
  • How have you addressed human rights concerns, such as conflict minerals and human trafficking?
  • Has your procurement helped prevent corruption?
  • Do you have a story of how you’ve increased transparency in your supply chain?
  • Have you connected your purchasing to local economic development that improves the community in which you operate?
  • Have you worked to develop the sustainability competency and capabilities of small, medium and diverse suppliers?
  • Have you found a way to support workers’ rights in your supply chain?

Product & Service Categories of Interest

Some presentations will address aspects of sustainable purchasing that apply across all product and service categories (such as supplier scorecarding). In other cases, presentations may focus aspects of sustainable purchasing within one or more specific purchasing categories. To help guide those submitting proposals, the following categories have been identified by SPLC members as being of particular interest. However, presentation proposal submitters are also welcome and able to submit proposals for presentations that focus on other categories.

  • Chemically Intensive Products (e.g., Cleaning and Sanitizing Products, Building Maintenance Products, Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Products, Personal Care Products)
  • Construction and Renovation (e.g., Building design and construction, renovations and fit outs, leasing, furnishings)
  • Electricity
  • Food and Beverages for Food Services (e.g., food service operations, vending, concessions, catering)
  • Garments and Linens
  • IT Hardware and Services (e.g., personal computers, mobile phones, imaging equipment, televisions, data centers, etc.)
  • Professional Services (e.g., legal, management consulting, public relationships, HR, financial, architecture, etc.)
  • Transportation and Fuels (e.g., vehicle fleets, freight, last mile delivery services, travel, fuels)
  • Wood and Agrifiber Products (e.g., lumber, MDF, office and janitorial paper products)
  • Other

Submission Instructions

Important Dates
December 1, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline 

January 31, 2018: Disposition Notifications Sent

February 16, 2018: Presenter Registration Deadline

Submit a Proposal

All proposals must be submitted electronically via the online submission site within the submission period outlined at right. All required fields, indicated with an asterisk, must be completed before you can save your submission. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you examine the Submission Template prior to beginning your submission. All fields must be completed prior to submission. You may enter “TBD” as placeholder text for any fields you are unable to complete during the initial submission process and are able to edit your submission until the December 1 deadline.

Here is an email template you can use to collect the necessary fields from any co-presenters.

You may submit as many proposals as you like and are able to edit your submission until the deadline of December 1, 2017.

If selected for presentation, select information from your proposal will be posted on the conference website and in the event mobile app.

By submitting a proposal, you agree to the conference release agreement.