News Advisory: 2014 Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/26/14
CONTACT: Sam Hummel, 919.475.8136, media@purchasingcouncil.org

NEWS ADVISORY:

MAY 20-21 MEETING TO SHAPE NEW GENERATION OF SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING GUIDANCE
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2014 Summit to Be Seminal Event

WASHINGTON DC – During two days of intensive workshops and panels, leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs will collaborate on the creation of a multi-sector guidance, benchmarking, and recognition program for institutional leadership in sustainable purchasing.  Public and private sector organizations will use the program to guide trillions of dollars in collective purchasing towards goods and services that produce maximum benefit for their organization, society, and the planet.

The meeting will include purchasers from many large private and public sector organizations that collectively spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually, including: Aflac, ARAMARK, Bloomberg, Caesars Entertainment, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Hilton, Interface, Kohler, Lockheed Martin, Office Depot, and UPS, the governments of California, Minnesota and Nova Scotia, the US General Services Administration, US Department of Energy and US Environmental Protection Agency, the cities of San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Washington DC, the counties of Alameda, King, and Multnomah, the universities of Arizona State, Michigan State, American, Emory and Texas at Austin. A current list of organizations that will be participating in the meeting can be found at: www.sustainablepurchasing.org/meeting14

At the May meeting, attendees will collaborate in solutions-oriented workshops, contributing their expertise and experience to identifying best practices, existing guidance, tools, and metrics.  The output of each workshop will be used over the following months by expert panels, called Technical Advisory Groups, to inform the development of a pilot-ready first draft of the Council’s guidance, benchmarking and recognition program.  Planned workshops include:

  • Winning Support for Sustainable Purchasing Programs
  • Spend Analysis: Identifying Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts & Risks
  • Supplier Engagement: Surveying, Evaluating, Collaborating and Supporting
  • Requests for Transparency and Disclosure: What Makes Sense?
  • Changing End-user Behavior
  • Sustainable Purchaser Training and Credentialing
  • Measuring Success: Choosing Metrics and Setting Goals
  • Making Sustainability Part of the Bid Award Decision
  • Selecting Labels, Standards & Certifications for Use in Purchasing
  • Influencing Purchasers: Challenges Selling Sustainable Products & Services
  • Buying Innovation: Using Procurement to Stimulate New Solutions
  • Purchasing Category Workshops
    • Food Service
    • Electricity
    • Construction & Facility Renovation
    • Transportation & Fuels
    • Information Technology (IT) Hardware and Services
    • Fiber- and Timber-based Products
    • Chemically-intensive Products
    • Professional Services

“The Council supports a strategic approach to sustainable purchasing that is consistent across sectors,” says Executive Director Jason Pearson. “The potential for strategic alignment and market influence accelerates dramatically when we all speak the same language and use similar processes to evaluate and mitigate the impacts associated with our purchasing. At our Summit, members, partners, and stakeholders will collaborate to integrate the existing range of excellent category- and sector-specific guidance into a program for guiding, measuring and evaluating an organization’s leadership in sustainable purchasing in any sector.”

Professionals in the private, public and nonprofit sectors working to advance sustainability within the institutional purchasing marketplace are invited to attend the meeting.  Past Council events have attracted senior leaders in procurement and supply chain, sustainability, marketing and business development, policy, standards and certifications, consulting, and public interest advocacy.

About the Meeting:
What: 2014 Summit of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
When:   Tuesday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 21
Where:  Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
Registration: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/meeting (Early bird ends April 11)
Who Should Attend:  Professionals in the private, public and nonprofit sectors working to advance sustainability within the institutional purchasing marketplace.  Past SPLC events have attracted senior leaders in procurement and supply chain, sustainability, marketing and business development, policy, standards and certifications, consulting, and public interest advocacy.

About the Council:
Launched in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council builds on four years of work by the Green Products Roundtable, a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder forum convened by the Keystone Center in 2008.  The Council’s mission is to support and recognize institutional purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.

SPLC’s Founders Circle members:
Aflac
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
Bloomberg
Caesars Entertainment
CIPS Sustainability Index
City of Portland, OR
City of San Francisco, CA
DEKRA
Dell
Domtar
Ecolab
Emory University
Ernst & Young
FairTrade USA
FedEx
GreenCircle Certified
JCPenney
King County, WA
Lockheed Martin
Michigan State University
Office Depot
SciQuest
Social Hotspots Database Project
State of California, DGS
State of Michigan, DTMB & DEQ
State of Minnesota, PCA & MMD
The Carbon Neutral Company
The District of Columbia
UL Environment
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
Waste Management
SCS Global Services
SPLC Founding Partners:
The American National Standards Institute
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association
BSR Center for Sustainable Procurement
ICLEI
Institute for Supply Management
ISEAL Alliance
National Association of State Procurement Officers
Practice GreenHealth
The Product Stewardship Institute
Responsible Purchasing Network
Sustainable Food Lab
Sustainability Standards Partnership

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