SPLC Maturity Model for Sustainable Purchasing

 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.

Download a copy of the SPLC Maturity Model here:SPLC Maturity Model


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.