2018 Webinar Series

SPLC hosts 1-2 webinars per month that focus on hot topic issues in the field of sustainable purchasing. The live webinars are publicly available and free thanks to the support of EcoVadis. Webinar recordings and slides are available to SPLC members only. Learn more about SPLC membership.

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Past Webinars


Sustainable, Climate-Friendly Food Procurement: Cost-effective and Multi-benefit Strategies

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
1. About the quadruple benefits (health, economic, community well-being, environmental impact) of shifting food procurement to more plant-based proteins and fewer animal-based foods.
2. Understand methods for tracking and reporting on climate and water benefits of food procurement shifts.
3. Share best practices and real life examples from schools and municipalities across the U.S. that are adopting sustainable, healthy, and climate-friendly food procurement policies and practices.


– Chloë Waterman, Senior Food Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
– Julian Kraus-Polk, Program Consultant, Friends of the Earth
– Taylor Spicer, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University



The weight of the freight – how to account for climate pollutants from freight transport

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
1. How logistics carbon emissions are calculated and reported – and who is doing it
2. The strategic business value of carbon accounting and climate awareness in global logistics value chains
3. The potential to use results calculated with the GLEC Framework for sustainable decision-making
4. Why and how to adopt a Science Based Target for transport.

–Eszter Toth-Weedon, Industry Relations Manager, Smart Freight Centre
–Suzanne Greene, Technical Advisor, Global Logistics Emissions Council, Smart Freight Centre
–Fernando Rangel Villasana, Senior Technical Manager for the Science-Based Targets initiative, World Wide Fund for Nature



Addressing Labor and Human Rights Impacts in Procurements: Green Electronic Council’s Guide for Institutional Purchasers

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
• How the IT industry is addressing human and labor rights in their supply chain.
• How to introduce human and labor rights related performance criteria in technical specifications, supplier selection and procurement award criteria, as well as in contract performance clauses, with practical examples from institutional purchasers.
• How to monitor and evaluate the results of a procurement and provide supplier human and labor rights performance data to meet internal sustainable procurement policy goals and external regulatory requirements.

– Nancy Gillis, CEO, Green Electronics Council
– Brian Pittelli, City of Madison, Wisconsin Procurement Services
– Liz Thomson, Portfolio Manager of ICT Products, Scottish Government



Building Sustainable Supply Chains: Approaches for Engagement by Leading Companies

This 90-minute webinar will share Sustrana LLC’s findings and analysis from a new research study of over 100 companies, three stages of supply chain engagement, and recommendations as to how we can collectively be more successful in supply chain sustainability. The webinar will share recent supplier engagement efforts from Lockheed Martin.
– Jennifer Anderson, COO, Sustrana
– Niki King, Director of Responsible Sourcing, Campbell Soup Company
– Tiffany Rodriguez, Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
– Lauren Schultz, Lockheed Martin, Senior Ethics Analyst



Does your sustainability strategy truly help the environment and your bottom line?

One of the most interesting debates at the 2017 SPLC Summit was between Yalmaz Siddiqui and Jason Pearson on sustainability metrics. We will build on this discussion and make the case that environmental sustainability is best helped through a data driven assessment that:
a. Takes into consideration the full life cycle of an organization and its products.
b. Assesses the organization’s impacts in terms of not only externalities, but also in terms of how environmental factors affect costs and risks.
c. Allocates scarce resources to projects that support sales while minimizing externalities, costs and risks. Presenters:
– Yann Risz, Aligned Incentives
– Matthew Swibel, Lockheed Martin


The Missing Link: Suicide and Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector

Sept. 12, 2018 – 12pm-1pm ET

This webinar discussed specific workplace conditions that increase risk of worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, and what can be done about this human rights issue. The webinar was based on the forthcoming report by Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch: The Missing Link: Suicide & Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector which seeks to identify the link between employee suicides and specific employment conditions such as income, shift work, speed and intensity of the work, overtime, time off, respect, and discipline and violence.

Learning Outcomes:
–What industry, the Chinese government, and public buyers can and should do to mitigate this risk
–The main arguments, conclusions and recommendations from the study

–Björn Claeson, Director of Electronics Watch
–Dimitri Kessler, Founder & Director, Economic Rights Institute


Transforming Communities Through Food Sourcing & Food Waste Management

Oct. 11, 2018 – 12pm-1:30pm ET

What this webinar to learn how large companies are making real social impact within their communities through their food procurement and food waste management programs – and how you can too! Sodexo and Bon Appetit were recipients of SPLC’s most prestigious Leadership Awards in 2018 and MGM’s food sourcing program was featured on national television.

Learning Outcomes:
–Learn how leading companies are tackling social issues and gaining positive brand visibility through their food sourcing
–Learn how to make the case for similar programs at your organization

–Judy Panayos, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Supply Management, Sodexo
–Yalmaz Siddiqui, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International
–Nicole Cardwell, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Bon Appetit Management Company

Sustainable Purchasing 101 – Strategies for Implementing a Sustainable Procurement Program

Oct. 25, 2018 – 12pm-1:30pm ET

Building a strong sustainable procurement program involves many moving parts, and progress can sometimes feel elusive. But learning where to focus and how to engage stakeholders can help grease the wheels. This session will provide an overview of key implementation strategies to focus on when initially building program. Key concepts covered will include staffing and management support, prioritization, stakeholder partnerships, communication and education strategies, supplier engagement, and reporting. Whether attendees are new to sustainable procurement or need some new ideas, this session will provide insight into what works to grow a sustainable procurement program.

Learning Outcomes:
–Core elements of implementing a sustainable procurement program
–Communicating with and educating staff and suppliers about sustainable procurement
–Overview of sustainable procurement metrics and reporting

–Johanna Kertesz, Former Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control
–Sarah Church, Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
–Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft


Raising The Bar With Ratings – Amgen and Bain Drive Sustainability Performance Improvements

Nov 5, 2018 – 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Watch this webinar to learn how sustainability ratings help procurement tackle the risks and opportunities in ‘long tail spend’ of Indirect categories. Hear how Amgen’s reaching out to Bain & Company about their Ecovadis score prompted one of the largest single-year increases in ratings, and what Bain did to make it happen. We also share what benefits Bain and Amgen have seen from working together on the topics covered by the Ecovadis system.

Learning Outcomes:
–How to stimulate the right discussions with your suppliers to prompt action. 
–What it takes to drive major improvements in areas covered by Ecovadis scores, even in a short time.
  –Which benefits are most powerful from tackling these issues. 

–Kristin Bentsen, Sr. Associate, Global Strategic Sourcing, Amgen 
–Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Partner, Bain & Company 
–Caroline Detalle, Marketing and Communication Director EMEA, Bain & Company
–David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis 


What’s in Store for 2019 – The rising importance of supply chain sustainability leadership in a time of disruptive change

Dec. 12, 2018 – 12:00pm-1:00pm ET

From plastic waste to science-based climate targets to gender equity, companies and their suppliers are under the spotlight from investors, watchdog NGOs, and their own employees more than ever before. What are the underlying trends driving these issues in the coming year, and how do companies need to prepare? How can they engage productively with critics, and partner to advance shared goals? Watch this one-hour webinar for a preview of select notable trends and case examples of corporate leadership in stakeholder engagement.

Learning Outcomes: 
— What are select key trends and dynamics driving environmental and social advocacy priorities through 2020, and how will they materially impact companies across the supply chain?
— Why engage externally? What are the best practices in NGO and activist engagement to navigate these challenges, and for partnering with NGOs to help you advance your CSR goals and procurement standards?
— What are the various forms of collaboration and partnership to consider?

— Brendon Steele, Director, Future500
— Sarah O’Brien, Director of Programs, SPLC


More webinars coming soon…

Stay tuned!