SPLC BENCHMARKSM uses a maturity model that assess the maturity of a sustainable purchasing program (see below). The maturity model defines four levels of leadership maturity for each aspect of an organization’s sustainable purchasing program:
- Initiating Some ad hoc activities.
- Developing Activities building toward an integrated program.
- Improving Integrated program improving performance over time.
- Leading Program achieving leadership performance.
The aspects of leadership are organized in the maturity model according to SPLC’s five principles for leadership:
- Understanding. The organization understands the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Commitment. The organization commits to implementing a sustainable purchasing program that takes responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Results. The organization delivers on its commitment to improve the relevant environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
- Innovation. The organization actively promotes internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
- Transparency. The organization solicits and discloses information that supports a marketplace of innovation.
For each of the principles, the maturity model defines leadership outcomes at two or more levels:
- Organization: e.g., policy, management, procedures
- Employee/Buyer: e.g., training, engagement
- Supplier/Stakeholder: e.g., communication, collaboration, development, accountability
For each desired Leadership Outcome, SPLC BENCHMARK defines levels of leadership maturity based on participants’ responses to one or more questions related to the outcome.
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Assessing and Benchmarking with the Maturity Model
The online SPLC BENCHMARK℠ platform allows an organization to assess their program against the maturity model, and to benchmark their program’s maturity against that of other organizations using the platform.