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2018 LEADERSHIP AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING
Seven Organizations Recognized by Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
MINNEAPOLIS MN – On Wednesday, May 16th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) recognized seven organizations and two individuals for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing movement, a growing trend in which organizations are using their purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.
The leadership award winners were selected by a prestigious panel of judges. Each winner employs a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented the resulting environmental, social, and/or economic benefits in a case study. The awards and awardees include:
Leadership Award for Overall Sustainable Purchasing Program:
Bon Appétit Management Company
SPLC’s highest honor was presented to Bon Appétit Management Company for having put in place a comprehensive sustainable purchasing program that exemplifies the qualities defined in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. As a leader in sustainable supply chains, Bon Appétit helped define what it means to source local food through a number of local food programs and extensive partnership programs with nearly 1400 local suppliers. In 2017 alone, the company spent $100 million dollars total on local produce, sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, and meat that complies with antibiotic-free and hormone-free standards. Through their program, the company reduced approximately 5 millions of CO2 equivalents each month. More about this case study.
Leadership Award for a Special Sustainable Purchasing Initiative:
Presented to Sodexo for using local sourcing as a way to make a meaningful social impact in its suppliers’ communities. Sodexo effectively partnered within community organizations, suppliers, and distributors in Chicago to reduce food waste and expand career development opportunities and food access for neighborhoods in need. More about this case study.
Sustainable Purchasing Business Case Leadership Award:
Portland State University
Presented to Portland State University for obtaining LEED Gold certification for all new and refurbished buildings, and for partnering with their paint supplier to improve the sustainability of their products. Through their collaboration, they expanded low-VOC paints into the broader market and inventoried the Red Listed chemicals in their paint’s formula. More about this case study.
Leadership Award for Public Interest Advocacy:
My Green Lab
Presented to My Green Lab for developing a new standard and ecolabel targeting sustainable laboratory procurement within the $1.5 trillion life sciences industry. My Green Lab has certified over 89 products since its launch in October 2017 and is working with 14 universities to adopt the label into their procurement. More about this case study.
Leadership Award for Supplier Engagement:
Presented to Royal Philips for transforming the established supplier sustainability audit process into a new Supplier Sustainability Performance approach. The new approach focuses on holistic sustainability performance improvement and provides resources and training on setting goals and providing honest and accurate information. The process described in the case study has recently been instituted as the Responsible Business Association’s (formerly EICC) best practice recommend approach for engaging suppliers around sustainability. More about this case study.
Leadership Award for Circular Economy:
Presented to Interface for implementing business practices that aim to completely eliminate the company’s impact on the environment by 2020. Interface’s manufacturing facilities now send zero waste to landfill and operate on 87% renewable energy. More about this case study.
Supplier Leadership Award:
Presented to HP Inc. for developing a set of 8 sustainable procurement criteria for public procurers with sustainable practices and efficient use of taxpayer’s money in mind. More about this case study.
Individual Leadership Award:
Holly Elwood and Alison Kinn Bennett
Presented to Holly Elwood and Alison Kinn Bennett, who currently serve at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Senior Advisors for the EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and EPA’s Sustainable Products and Purchasing Program, respectively. They have been tireless advocates for sustainable purchasing inside and outside the US federal government and have worked on environmentally preferable purchasing within the US government for over 20 years. They effectively managed a challenging three-year multi-stakeholder process involving over 100 organizations and many rounds of public comment to provide clarity to federal purchasers through a recommended list of credible standards, ecolabels, and certifications. They then worked to integrate these recommendations into many and various federal systems.
During the Awards Ceremony, the Council also honored many more organizations with Outstanding Case Study Awards. These awards recognize organizations for documenting their sustainable purchasing efforts in detailed case studies enable others to follow their lead. Winning case studies are published in SPLC’s Case Study Library. (See list full list of Outstanding Case Study Award winners below.)
SPLC’s Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in the SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The Principles state that an organization demonstrates leadership in sustainable purchasing through:
- Understanding the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing by committing to an action plan.
- Delivering on its commitment to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Actively promoting internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
- Soliciting and disclosing information that supports a marketplace of innovation.
“The winners of these Awards have each demonstrated their commitment to leadership in sustainable purchasing,” says SPLC CEO Sam Hummel. “Collectively, they focus the powerful purchasing influence of organizations — in public and private sectors alike — to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, and economically prosperous future. The winners of SPLC’s Leadership Awards exemplify, encourage, and support a constructive cycle of innovation that will define the global marketplace of tomorrow.”
About the Council:
Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. The Council has quickly attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 180 members with over $200 billion in collective purchasing power. In 2015, SPLC released Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which has been called the “most comprehensive literature to date” on sustainable purchasing. Hundreds of organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, resources, and online community of practice to create strategic sustainable purchasing programs, or enhance existing ones.
About the Awards: www.sustainablepurchasing.org/awards
About the Principles: http://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/principles
About the Guidance: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/guidance
About SPLC’s members: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/members
Outstanding Case Awards
The following organizations received an Outstanding Case Study Award in recognition of their contribution of a valuable case study to the online library of case studies in SPLC’s online www.
Case Study Title
City of Portland, Oregon
City of Vancouver
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Consolidated Edison of New York
Dakota County, MN
Department of General Services, CA
Deputy Ministry for Environment of the Basque Government
Interface, Inc. & Element Markets
Johnson & Johnson
King County Department of Transportation
Pacific Gas and Electric
Procter and Gamble
State of Minnesota
Tessy Plastics Corp
U.S. EPA’s EPP Program
UN Development Programme (UNDP)
University of California
The World Bank Group
Individual Awards Nominees
The following individuals were nominated for the Individual Leadership Award.
Responsible Purchasing Network
Alison Kinn Bennet & Holly Elwood
United States Environmental Protection Agency
I. Javette Hines
Pacific Gas & Electric
TreeZero Paper Company
The Ashkin Group
Lennert De Potter
Judges for the 2018 Awards
Thank you to the following individuals who judged the 2018 awards. When case studies were submitted by judges’ own organizations, the judge did not review any cases in that category.
Title and Organization
Sustainability Manager, Avendra
Director of Training and Development, Pennsylvania State University
Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE
Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface
Director of Sustainability and Vendor Management, UnitedHealth Group
Program Officer, Environment, The JPB Foundation
Procurement Sustainability Manager, Macy’s
Marketing Manager, Ecolab
Senior Sustainability Analyst, EcoVadis
Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, PG&E
Deputy Director – Procurement Division, State of California
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology
Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Lockheed Martin
Chief Contracting Officer, District of Columbia
Sourcing Manager – Supplier Relationship Management, FedEx Services
Sustainability Leadership Program Manager, Hewlett Packard