TAG Expression of Interest Period is Now Open

This Expression of Interest Period provides the opportunity for those interested in helping shape SPLC’s guidance, benchmarking, and leadership recognition programs to apply for appointment to one of SPLC’s eight Technical Advisory Groups, the primary committees charged with contributing their expertise, through proposals and recommendations, to the Council’s programmatic work products. These TAGs will be doing the critical work on Rating System v1.0 throughout 2015 and 2016.
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Why join a TAG...

“SPLC’s program development process is fast-paced, engaging, and interactive. I enjoy participating on SPLC committees because I always learn something new, broaden my network of sustainable purchasing colleagues, and end the process feeling like good work has been done.”

Johanna Kertesz
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (TAC Chair)

“By sourcing responsible wood and paper products, institutional purchasers play a critical role in protecting the world’s most important forests. That’s why participating in SPLC’s TAG for wood and agrifiber is a priority for World Wildlife Fund. We want to provide expertise that will help institutional purchasers drive positive change through their procurement decisions.”

Amy Smith
World Wildlife Fund

“I participate in SPLC’s committees because they have a chance to directly impact sustainable procurement guidance and drive markets towards more environmentally and socially responsible products and services.”

Orrin Cook
Center for Resource Solutions

“SPLC offers an immensely important opportunity to improve the environmental and social performance of the world’s organizations, but it will only happen with progressive leaders around the table employing sound science, striving for better outcomes and engaging our many stakeholders.”

Corey Brinkema
Forest Stewardship Council US

“If you care about health, human rights or the environment, join me and SPLC in working to help your organization address these issues through products and services purchasing.”

Jessian Choy
San Francisco Department of the Environment

“RSB is proud to participate in SPLC because of the importance of market solutions to drive sustainable practices. SPLC understands the importance of certification programs like RSB that allow sustainable purchasing options to be communicated across the supply chain.”

Matt Rudolf
Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials

“I support the SPLC because of its diversity and passion for clarity. Buyers, sellers, governments, and NGOs all working together to make the purchasing process smart and sustainable!”

Brad Miller

Want to learn more?

SPLC hosted a special webinar featuring current TAG members sharing their experience participating on TAGs, discussed how SPLC’s guidance development process works, and the plans for the rating system. Watch the recording…

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What is Rating System v1.0?

The purpose of a Rating System is to create a flexible system that evaluates the performance of an organization’s sustainable purchasing program and encourages its continued improvement. It is intended to allow users to:

  • evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s program;
  • self-assess an organization’s sustainable purchasing program and performance outcomes, in house and over time;
  • identify opportunities to improve the program efficiency and effectiveness, as well as overall performance outcomes;
  • benchmark to compare performance against common metrics, previous scores, and industry peers;
  • validate organizational purchasing leadership, offering third-party certification of program assessments.

The SPLC’s Rating System will achieve its functions through the following strategies:

  • identifying a set of yardsticks (metrics) to allow for to quantitatively measure actions taken or performance achieved (or proxies for performance) in a particular area.
  • identifying baseline criteria that purchasing organizations must meet within their sustainable purchasing program; and
  • allocating points to specific processes and strategies that designate levels of achievement relative to purchasing impacts.


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