|As CEO, Donna Westerman guides Sustainable Purchasing's direction and implements strategies to maintain the organization's focus on its short-term and long-term objectives. She leads the development and growth of programs that empower procurement and supply chain professionals to integrate high-impact, sustainable purchasing leadership practices. Donna focuses on the most salient impacts that Sustainable Purchasing makes on sustainability leaders. Donna has spent her career leading strategic/tactical solutions for large-scale corporate initiatives - commodity and country risk analysis, sustainable sourcing, and human rights - working to improve working conditions and environmental impact. Donna began the first supplier diversity programs at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Wrigley. She has served as the Director of Supplier Diversity & Social Accountability/Global Supply Chain for Avon Products. As the first VP of Responsible Sourcing for Mars, Inc, she assembled the Global Responsible Sourcing Center of Excellence team, responsible for Mars' first Code of Conduct. Her work with Mars enabled them to become one of the top three companies in the food and beverage sector for ethical sourcing. This code continues to affect how Mars procures goods and services worldwide, over five divisions with 70,000 + associates. Donna comes to SPLC most recently from Verisk Maplecroft, where she served in a number of positions, including Vice President of Environment, Sustainability, and Governance (ESG), Head of Retail and Consumer Goods; and Vice President for Consulting. In these positions, she developed and enhanced CSR programs and processes for global retail and consumer clients and focused on systematic change to address human rights violations and environmental impact in the supply chain. Having navigated complex economic, social, governmental, and environmental issues, Donna has established policy development/guidance, training/issue trend monitoring, analysis/implementation guidance, and resources to ensure both supply chain resiliency and adaptation of more sustainable procurement practices. Donna has served as a senior advisor to some of the world’s largest consumer product groups. Along with the Academic credentials include an MBA in Industrial Relations and a BS in Business Administration/ Marketing from Seton Hall University, and a CSR Certification from Harvard Business School.|
Director of Learning and Member Engagement
|As Director of Learning and Member Engagement, Johanna works directly with Sustainable Purchasing's members to develop and implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs designed to create a more sustainable world. She also collaborates on the development of resources to support Sustainable Purchasing's members in achieving their goals. Prior to joining Sustainable Purchasing, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota's Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. During her time with the State, she led the development of a charter for the State's program, increasing the State's commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement. She also successfully advocated for including sustainable purchasing in an Executive Order on state agency sustainability. Johanna has been involved with Sustainable Purchasing since 2013. She engaged the State of Minnesota as a founding member, has served on numerous SPLC committees, chaired Sustainable Purchasing's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and served on the Board as liaison to the TAC. Johanna holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science from San Francisco State University.|
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement
|As Sustainable Purchasing's Director of Strategic Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement, Sarah is responsible for ensuring that SPLC's many programs empower procurement and supply chain professionals around the globe to successfully implement high-impact sustainable purchasing practices. Sarah is an expert on sustainable purchasing and specifically on the procurement of more sustainable electronics. Prior to joining SPLC she was Director of the multi-stakeholder Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN) working on the elimination of worker exposure to toxic chemicals in the electronics supply chain. For more than a decade previously, Sarah led global purchaser engagement with the EPEAT sustainable procurement tool for the Green Electronics Council. Earlier, Sarah developed and managed the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program of the nonprofit Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (now renamed Practice Greenhealth) and served as a Senior Outreach Associate for INFORM’s PBT-free purchasing program, working with states across the country on reducing their procurement of products containing mercury and other persistent toxics. Sarah has a BA from Yale University and a Masters degree in anthropology from Temple University.|
Technical Programs Director
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|As Technical Programs Director, Kris is responsible for ensuring members' needs are being met in a way that provides them with an impact-focused purposeful track towards leadership. Kris co-manages the ongoing design, development and deployment of member resources and training supporting these efforts including identification of best practices, relevant eco-labels/certifications; supporting peer groups, and non-profits. Additionally, she leads the continued development of Sustainable Purchasing's Maturity Model and Benchmark Program offerings which dock into Sustainable Purchasing's member services. Prior to Sustainable Purchasing, Kris was a Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at Cisco Systems focused on supply chain greenhouse gas reductions, continued development and implementation of their design for environment principles and product-level environmental compliance. Among her most impressive accomplishments and initiatives in this role, Kris led the development and execution of Cisco System’s first-ever Scope 3 end-to-end supply chain emissions reduction program which met its 2020 GhG reduction goal. She also worked in a variety of traditional supply chain roles over her 16 year tenure with them, including supply chain program management, demand planning management and supply chain learning and development. Additional private sector work prior to this focused on electro-mechanical manufacturing and process engineering. Kris holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.|