Invitation to Next Phase of SPLC Guidance Development

To better accommodate the volume of inquiries we are receiving about the opportunity to serve on SPLC program committees, we have extended the deadline to apply for the Technical Advisory Committee or a Technical Advisory Group to August 28th.

I’d like to invite you to take part in the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s next phase of work: developing a Rating System based on our Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0. Rating System development is the exciting—and critical—next step of setting benchmarking metrics and performance thresholds for leadership in sustainable purchasing, in addition to refining and expanding Guidance v1.0.

Screenshot 2015-07-22 18.43.08Whether you are a purchaser, supplier, or public interest advocate, there are great reasons to participate. Please see details below about getting involved and watch the recording of our recent webinar to hear SPLC staff and program committee members explain what to expect.

Express Interest in Joining a Committee

Christina Macken, Director of Programs

Sincerely,
Christina Macken
Director of Programs
What is the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council?
SPLC convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify, standardize, and target sustainable purchasing efforts across sectors. These programs, which guide, benchmark, and recognize leadership in sustainable purchasing by large organizations, are accelerating the transition to a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable global economy. In just two years, the Council has attracted more than 130 members with over $200 billion in collective purchasing power and has produced a comprehensive program Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which is being piloted by more than 100 organizations today.

Participating in the Council’s program development

“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)The Council’s program committees develop the best practice, metric, and performance threshold recommendations at the heart of the Council’s programs. Because each committee has equal voice from purchasers, suppliers, and public interest advocates, these recommendations represent a powerful consensus among these key stakeholders and are highly trusted by purchasing decision-makers. Over the next eighteen months, the Council’s committees will be building a self-assessment, benchmarking, and leadership recognition program based on the Guidance v1.0 released in February 2015. August 28th is the application deadline for seats on the committees that will recommend the metrics and performance thresholds that make up this forthcoming Rating System for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0.

Program Committees

Time Commitment
Program committees will meet via conference call every two weeks for one hour between September and the spring of 2016. Committee members can expect 1-2 hours of offline work between calls. Typical tasks include reviewing proposals, deliberating with peers, providing recommendations, reviewing market feedback and incorporating necessary changes.

Outcomes
During the next cycle of program committee work, TAGs will:

  • Make any necessary revisions to their category’s sections in Guidance v1.0, based on Pilot Program feedback.
  • Identify performance metrics for evaluating an organization’s success in addressing the key environmental, social and economic impacts associated with their category.
  • Determine for those metrics, what are the thresholds that define leadership levels of performance. This includes identifying minimum performance levels that would be pre-requisite for participating in the Rating System.

Why PURCHASERS serve on SPLC’s committees

Be prepared to excel. When SPLC’s rating system is released for pilot in 2016, those involved in its development will have a head start on the rest.

Get help with challenges. A key role of purchasers on TAGs is to articulate the real-world challenges they face so that the SPLC guidance development process can generate solutions to those problems.

Gain forward-looking insights. TAG discussions in which differentiations are made between what is possible today and what will be possible in the future can help purchasers identify opportunities to be cutting-edge innovators.

Contribute leadership experience and practices. Providing examples of leadership in practice will help TAGs calibrate their recommendations, balancing leadership ambitions with market realities.

Gain professional development. TAG participants report that they gain knowledge and skills that advance their organization’s work.

Develop a valuable expert network. The professional relationships built through program development conversations can benefit your work, sustainable purchasing related and beyond.

Why SUPPLIERS serve on SPLC’s committees

“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 Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA)Ensure your challenges are understood.

A key role of suppliers on TAGs is to articulate the real-world challenges they face so that the program development process can calibrate the program effectively.

Be prepared to meet new expectations. When SPLC’s rating system is released for pilot in 2016, changes in purchaser expectations driven by the rating system won’t be a surprise.

Gain forward-looking insights. TAG discussions in which differentiations are made between what is possible today and what will be possible in the future can help identify opportunities to meet future market needs.

Contribute leadership experience and practices. Providing examples of leadership in practice will help TAGs better understand how their recommendations can promote market transformation that advances sustainable purchasing.

Gain professional development. TAG participants report that they gain knowledge and skills that advance their organization’s work.

Develop a valuable network. The connections built through program development conversations can help to forge new relationships for your company.

Why PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCATES serve on SPLC’s committees

“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 FundAdvance your mission. Help raise the standards used in trillions of dollars of upstream purchasing decisions that affect the social, environmental, and economic impacts you focus on.

Promote change cost-effectively. SPLC’s program committees allow public interest advocates to influence a wide variety of organizations and sectors by engaging deeply with a small group of purchasers and suppliers.

Make impacts visible to decision-makers. A key role of public interest advocates on TAGs is to ensure that the social, environmental, and economic consequences of purchasing decisions are well understood by the committee.

Learn how to leverage the purchasing process. Find out what purchasing decision-makers need in order to apply your expertise within the constraints of procurement processes and regulations.

Hold the bar high. Public interest advocates play a critical role in helping TAGs know what “ultimate success” will look like, even if it is not yet possible today.

Contribute leadership experience and practices. Many public interest advocates have worked with organizations to pioneer examples of leadership in practice.

Gain professional development. TAG participants report that they gain knowledge and skills that advance their organization’s work.

Develop valuable relationships. SPLC members are the kinds of pioneers who welcome input from public interest advocates.

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