SPLC’s annual Leadership Awards recognizes public and private sector organizations for leveraging their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.
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Table of Contents
- Award Types
- Award Categories
- Case Study Quality Criteria
- Submission Timeline
- Submission & Nomination Instructions
- Frequently Asked Questions
There are three types of awards, based on case study submissions and nominations:
- Juried Organizational Leadership Awards
A small number of case study submissions will be selected by a blue-ribbon jury for special recognition. These case studies represent exceptional examples of the kind of leadership envisioned in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. These awards recognize leadership by Purchaser Role, Supplier Role, and Public Interest Advocate Roles. See below for award categories.
- Juried Individual Leadership Awards
SPLC’s Individual Leadership Award recognizes one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the advancement of the sustainable purchasing movement.
- Outstanding Case Study Awards
All case study submissions that meet pre-defined quality criteria will earn this award. This ensures that the effort required to produce a high quality case study will be rewarded for every high quality submission. In addition, in 2018, case studies will be recognized that demonstrate contributions to defining and measuring the ‘business case’ of sustainable purchasing, and of sustainable purchasing’s contribution to the circular economy.
- 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?
|Recognizes a purchaser organization whose overall sustainable purchasing program exemplifies the qualities defined in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.|
|Recognizes a purchaser organization whose work with a specific purchasing category, issue, or supplier demonstrates exceptional leadership in improving the environmental, social, and economic performance of its organization and supply chain.|
|Recognizes a purchasing organization that has done an exceptional job of motivating and helping to develop high sustainability performance by its suppliers.|
|Recognizes the case study that best demonstrates the business value generated by sustainable purchasing.|
Recognizes a Supplier Role whose actions have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending.
Note that this award is not intended to showcase specific products or services – therefore, supplier leadership case study submissions should NOT focus on the benefits of specific products or services. Case studies that primarily tout new/better products or services may be disqualified. *
Public Interest Advocate Award
Public Interest Advocate Leadership
|Recognizes a public interest advocate organization whose actions have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending; and/or who facilitate market transformation towards sustainability.|
|Recognizes one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the advancement of the sustainable purchasing movement. Nominations for the Individual Award can be made by the individual themselves, and/or by another person or organization.|
Circular Economy Award
|Recognizes the case study that best demonstrates sustainable purchasing’s ability to promote and realize the circular economy.|
Outstanding Case Study
Recognizes the contribution leaders make when they pause to document and share their work with others. This award is given to all high quality case studies submitted that meet our “outstanding case study” criteria (below). Organizations may submit multiple case studies for consideration, including case studies previously produced for other purposes. All case studies winning this award will be formatted to meet SPLC’s templates, and added to the SPLC Case Study Library, which is cross-linked with SPLC’s Guidance.
- Purchaser Leadership – Overall Program
District of Columbia
- Purchaser Leadership Award – Market Transformation
Together for Sustainability & EcoVadis
Collaboration Drives Sustainability, Efficiently, in the Chemical Industry
- Supplier Leadership Award
- Public Interest Advocate
International Campaign for Responsible Technology and the GoodElectronics Network
- Individual Leadership
Dana Arnold, US GSA
Case Study Quality Criteria
A case study will meet our outstanding case study criteria if it:
- Exemplifies one or more of SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing; and
- Tells the story (from start to finish, including lessons learned) of a coherent set of activities that led to…
- … measurable results in terms of environmental, social, and economic performance of purchasing;
- Describes implemented strategies with specificity (How were strategies chosen? How do/did strategies work in practice?).
- Uses easy-to-read formatting, (e.g., headings, bullets, “lessons learned” boxes);
- Has visuals, if appropriate (e.g., charts, graphics, tables, or photos);
- [For Suppliers and Public Interest Advocates Only] Demonstrates how the activities described enabled a specific organization or group of organizations to measurably improve the environmental, social, and economic performance of their purchasing.*
We accept case study submissions year-round, which can be sent by following the below instructions. To be considered for the 2018 Awards, please also see deadlines below.
March 16, 2018 Deadline for 2018 Juried Award Consideration
April 25, 2018 Case Study Award Winners notified via email.
May 16, 2018 Juried Awards Banquet at the 2018 Summit in Minneapolis, MN
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Awards FAQ are updated regularly as new questions come in.