Climate Foundations


SPLC's Climate Foundations coaching course equips procurement, supply chain, and sustainability professionals with the knowledge, tools, and strategic approach they need to develop and reach meaningful greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Every procurement team needs to grasp the basics of greenhouse gas accounting and reduction strategy, and build effective programs to drive and support meaningful supply chain emissions reductions. That’s where Climate Foundations comes in. Climate Foundations is a comprehensive virtual training and coaching program specifically designed for professionals focused on addressing the climate impact of their organization's spend  — providing basic climate knowledge, tools, and strategic insights to move organizations forward.


REGISTER NOW!   The 2024 Climate Foundations program kicks off on February 1st!


The Climate Foundations program is led by a team of experienced sustainable procurement practitioners and invited climate experts. SPLC brings our own long experience with strategic sustainable procurement to support participants in prioritizing and strategizing action on highly relevant categories and suppliers.  And for orientation to critical climate topics - greenhouse gas accounting methodology, supplier reporting and engagement, and evaluation of carbon offsets -  we partner with leaders in climate strategy, including the World Resources Institute, CDP, and Yale University's Carbon Containment Lab.

"Net-Zero GHG emissions in procurement is a major issue for large European companies, and experts here positively recognize SPLC's approach. Thank you very much for all the targets you helped me to reach."  - Eric Chapelle, Senior Global Procurement Project Manager at Groupe ADP  

What's Included:    

  • Strategic Planning Workshops (90 mins each) 
  • Foundational Learning Sessions (90 mins each)
  • Peer-to-peer learning and support
  • Access to five climate-focused webinars
  • Access to SPLC's online member resources

Relevant Tool Demos (optional):

  • EcoVadis
  • CDP
  • Greenstone Plus
  • Salesforce - Net Zero Cloud

 “ I would recommend SPLC’s Climate Foundation program to anybody who wants to get a jump on implementing a successful supplier GHG emissions reduction program.”  - Andrew Baer, Head of Procurement Sustainability and Diversity (S&P Global)

    • Methods for prioritizing, engaging, supporting, and incentivizing supplier participation in meaningful greenhouse gas reporting and reductions.
    • To recognize and address the challenges that all organizations face in reporting on and managing Scope 3 GHG emissions.
    • How to ensure your climate plan is aligned to the most critical opportunities.
    • How to use a "program approach" to prioritize and strategically focus on critical areas of supply chain greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Basic terminology and approaches for supply chain greenhouse gas emissions baselining, strategic prioritization, goal-setting, and performance monitoring on any budget. 
  • Familiarity with climate-related terminologies, frameworks, and concepts and their application to procurement and supply chain

  • strategic climate plan for greenhouse gas reduction focused on what you buy — including key stakeholders, vision, focus areas, and next steps

  • supplier engagement plan designed to lay the groundwork for delivering key supplier greenhouse gas data, reduction commitments, and continued progress

  • climate network of multistakeholder experts and peers.

  • A certificate of completion for completing the program (CEU credits available via ISM)

"The wide scope of the program, which included foundational procurement-focused climate training and peer collaboration helped to build practical knowledge that we've been able to apply directly to our own organization." - Elke Kite, University of Victoria 

Schedule At A Glance
February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 June 2024 July 2024
Strategic Planning Workshops Climate Kickoff Org Alignment & Planning Designing Your Climate Program (Vision & Charter) Establishing Goals Climate Plan Report Out Climate Plan Report Out
Foundational Learning Sessions Intro to the GHG Protocol Data Management & Reporting Engaging Suppliers  Understanding and Setting SBTIs Evaluating & Purchasing Credible Offsets
Self-Paced Learning (VODs):  Sustainable Purchasing Program Leaders Sourcing Low-Carbon Concrete Collaboration & Innovation for GHG Emissions Climate-Friendly Refrigerants Sustainable Purchasing Program Leaders
Climate Foundations Learning Circle Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5
Optional Tools Demo Supplier GHG Reporting Platform Demos (Live)


Download the (tentative) Detailed Course Outline Here

REGISTER NOW!   The 2024 Climate Foundations program kicks off on February 1st!


Did you miss our Climate Foundations Info Session? Click here to view the recording and learn more about the curriculum, schedule, and pricing.