2020 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Awards

SPLC’s coveted Leadership Awards – presented annually at our Summit – recognize organizations and individuals for leadership in procurement that accelerate the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.

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Submission Timeline

The SPLC Summit 2020 is moving to a fully online, virtual setting! Because of this, the SPLC leadership plans to move our Leadership Awards Celebration to a separate event later this year. SPLC will now accept award applications through July 1st, 2020. For those who have already completed applications, no action is necessary. However, if you’d like to revise your award application or add supporting resources, you may do so at any point up to July 1st.

The deadline for 2020 consideration and award has passed.
August 15th: Case Study Award Winners notified via email
Fall 2020: Award Winner Recognition

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Submission Instructions    Submission Portal    

Award Types

Organizational Leadership Awards
Winning submissions for purchaser, supplier, and public interest advocate submissions will be selected by a blue-ribbon jury for special recognition.

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.

Case Study Recognition
All case study submissions that meet baseline leadership and quality criteria will earn an Outstanding Case Study award, even if they do not qualify for a juried award.

Please note that SPLC awards are intended to recognize organizational and individual achievement in sustainable purchasing leadership, and not to showcase specific products or services. Case studies that primarily promote a supplier’s products or services will be disqualified.

Holistic Sustainability Leadership: More than Just Environmental
We strongly encourage submissions that address social, economic, and ethical aspects of sustainable purchasing, as well as environmental impacts.

For example,

  • Have you worked to develop the sustainability competency and capabilities of your small and diverse suppliers?
  • Have you addressed supply chain human rights concerns like conflict minerals and human trafficking?
  • Have you challenged your suppliers to put in place anti-discrimination and affirmative hiring practices?
  • Have you connected your purchasing to local economic development that improves the community in which you operate?

Juried Award Categories

Purchaser Awards(Organizational)

Overall Program
Recognizes an organization whose overall sustainable purchasing program exemplifies the qualities defined in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. Submit now
Special Initiative
Recognizes an organization for a specific purchasing initiative that demonstrates exceptional leadership in improving the environmental, social, and economic performance of theorganization and supply chain. Submit now
Engaging Suppliers
Recognizes a purchasing organization that has done an exceptional job of motivating and helping to develop high sustainability performance by its suppliers. Submit now
Business Case
Recognizes the organizationthat best demonstrates the business value generated by sustainable purchasing. Submit now

Supplier Award(Organizational)

Supplier Leadership
Recognizes a supplier organizationwhose actions have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and improve the impacts of their procurement. Submit now

Public Interest Advocate Award(organizational)

Public Interest Advocate Leadership
Recognizes a public interest advocate organization whose actions facilitate market transformation towards sustainability – in particular those who have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending. Submit now

Circular Economy Award(organizational)

Leadership in work toforward circular procurement
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Individual Award

Individual Leadership
Recognizes one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the advancement of sustainable procurementbest practice and building the sustainable purchasing movement. Nominations for the Individual Award can be made by the individual themselves, and/or by another person or organization. Submit now


Case Study Recognition

Outstanding Case Study
This award is given to all high quality case studies submitted that meet our outstanding case study criteria but are not selected for juried awards at this time. Recognizes the contribution leaders make when they take the time to document and share their work with others to provide models of excellence in sustainable purchasing. All Outstanding Case Study submissions will be included in the SPLC Case Study Library. Submit now