Membership Policies & Procedures Agreement
By agreeing to join the SPLC, all Members must agree to be bound by the terms of this SPLC Membership Policies & Procedures Agreement, the Code of Conduct Policy, and the Conflict of Interest Policy; and each Member must acknowledge that they have read and agree to follow the Membership Policies & Procedures Agreement which includes reference to the Code of Conduct Policy and the Conflict of Interest Policy.
Description of Membership
The SPLC offers organization-based membership. Member Organizations (referred to hereafter as “Member(s)”) are represented at the SPLC by regular employees and authorized consultants (as permitted herein) who participate in the work of the SPLC and access their organization’s member benefits (referred to hereafter as “Member Representatives”).
Member Representatives of a Member
Members shall designate one (1) Member Representative as the “Primary Contact” for the Member, and one (1) Member Representative as the “Billing Contact” for the Member. Members may also designate certain additional Member Representatives designated as “Additional Contacts” that shall have access to member benefits, in any number as the Member wishes; however, any such “Primary Contact”, “Billing Contact” and/or “Additional Contact” must be either a regular employee of the Member or, subject to the requirements set forth herein for any consultants, a consultant of a Member.
For the avoidance of doubt, there is no limit on the number of a Member’s regular employees who may access the SPLC online member Community and otherwise participate in SPLC Member activities on behalf of a Member whose dues payments are current.
Additionally, if an employee of a Member ceases to be an employee of the Member, the employee loses all rights of participation in the SPLC on behalf of that Member.
Consultants retained by a Member, however, are only allowed to serve as a Member Representative of that Member upon specific permission requested from and granted by SPLC (hereinafter, an “authorized consultant”). Any retained Consultant who is granted permission to participate as a Member Representative is required, in all SPLC-related activities, to represent only the interests of the represented Member and is prohibited from representing their own organization or any other organizations. Further, no individual consultant may serve as a Member Representative of more than one Member.
Additionally, if a consultant serving as a Member Representative ceases to be affiliated with the Member, the representative loses all rights of participation in the SPLC on behalf of that Member.
Additionally, the following individuals are not eligible to participate as a Member Representative: Member’s clients, suppliers, and/or professional / trade associations’ members.
In order for the SPLC to give consent to a consultant, the SPLC may require that the Member using the consultant will have a written confidentiality and non-use agreement in place with that consultant’s organization.
Failure to Observe Limitations:
In SPLC’s sole reasonable determination that a Member has not observed any such limitation, SPLC reserves the right to suspend the member privileges to any such Member failing to honor such limitation.
Member Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct Agreements
By agreeing to join the SPLC, all Members must agree to be bound by the terms of this SPLC Membership Policies & Procedures Agreement, the SPLC Member Code of Conduct, and the SPLC Conflict of Interest Policy; and each Member must acknowledge that they have read and agree to follow the Membership Policies & Procedures Agreement, the SPLC Member Code of Conduct, and the SPLC Conflict of Interest Policy.
Description of Member Types
Membership Types are defined as follows:
Type of Membership
A publicly-held or privately-held “for profit” Member organization
LLC, Incorporated entity, etc.
A Member organization that is publicly-funded, community-serving agency at the Federal, State / Provincial, County, or City/Town level
U.S. Department of Energy, City of Portland, Oregon, State of California - Department of General Services, etc.
A publicly- or privately-funded academic Member organization
University, Community College, K-12 School District, etc.
A publicly- or privately-funded Member organization which advocates for public interests
501c3 advocacy or charitable organizations, labor organizations, Foundations, etc.
Member dues are based on whether an organization is in the public, private, higher education or nonprofit sector, the organization’s size, and the annual revenue, budget and/or spend of that organization - depending on its sector. Dues are set annually by SPLC’s Board of Directors. For a list of current tiers and dues, and their basis, see: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/membership-dues/
Once received by the SPLC, membership dues will be non-refundable.
In order to ensure appropriate dues are assigned to all Members, on an annual basis, new and renewing Members will be required to verify their organization’s current dues tier.
If a member makes a payment to the SPLC that is in excess of dues for that organization’s member type and tier, and without any additional direct benefit attached, that payment may be tax deductible and, upon request made by the organization, SPLC will provide a charitable donation letter to the organization for that payment .
Member Initiation, Renewal, Invoicing and Terms
New Membership Initiation
An organization’s access to standard SPLC Membership Benefits, which are enumerated here (“SPLC Membership Benefits”), initiates upon that organization’s submission of the completed online Membership Application, agreement to the Membership Policies and Procedures Agreement, and the SPLC’s acceptance of the organization’s membership following its staff’s review and approval of the Membership Application.
The SPLC will notify an organization of its acceptance of the organization’s membership specifying the acceptance date (“Member Acceptance Date”) via a letter sent by email to the organization (“Member”) within 30 days of the submission of their application.
An organization’s submission of the Application requires its agreement to the terms of the Membership Policies and Procedures Agreement, which incorporates into its terms by reference the Conflict of Interest Policy, and the Code of Conduct.
Payment must be made by the organization to SPLC no later than 45 days from the Member Acceptance Date. Standard SPLC Membership Benefits will if payment is not received by the SPLC within 45 days of the Member Acceptance Date, membership benefits will be subject to termination thereafter.
Payment of member dues provides access to standard SPLC Membership Benefits for a period of one year from the Member Acceptance Date, whether or not Member avails themselves of the benefits of membership. Dues are nonrefundable once paid.
At the discretion of the SPLC CEO, additional benefits beyond those listed as standard SPLC Membership Benefits may be accessed by the Member in exchange for additional payments or other consideration.
Membership Auto-renewal / Auto-invoicing
A Member’s SPLC membership remains active unless either the Member or the SPLC elects to terminate the membership (see below for Termination options and processes).
Annual membership commences on the Membership Acceptance Date and continues for a period of one year from that date (i.e. the Anniversary Date) (hereinafter, the “Initial Term”) and thereafter, it will automatically renew for additional periods of one-year on the same calendar date each calendar year as the date of the Anniversary Date (each, a “Renewal term”; hereinafter, the Initial Term and each Renewal Term shall be referred to as the “Term”) so long as neither Member or the SPLC has provided the other Party with written notice that it does not wish to renew.
Members wishing to terminate their membership must email email@example.com no later than 61 days prior to the expiration date of their then current Term.
- At least 90 days prior to the Member’s expiration date of any Renewal Term, an email will be sent notifying the Primary Contact of the Member of their upcoming auto-renewal and auto-invoicing. At this time, the Primary Contact will be asked to:
- Confirm and/or update the Member’s Primary and Billing contacts
- Confirm and/or update the Member’s dues tier
- Confirm and/or update the Member’s auto-payment method on file (if applicable)
- Follow instructions for opting out of auto-renewal / auto-invoicing (if desired) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- At least 60 days prior to the Member’s expiration date of any Renewal Term, the Primary Contact for the Member will receive an invoice for membership dues and an email confirming their annual renewal.
- If the Member has signed up for Auto-Pay, their invoice will be automatically paid 30 days prior to their expiration date using the payment information on file.
- If the Member has not signed up for Auto-Pay, they will have 30 days to complete payment of their invoice using their preferred method of payment (check, credit card, ACH)
- If the Member has opted out of auto-renewal / auto-invoicing, an invoice and confirmation of annual renewal will be sent upon receipt of the Member’s email confirmation for annual renewal
- If SPLC has not received payment from the organization thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expiration date of the Initial Term or any Renewal term, SPLC will notify the Primary Contact of the Member by email that it is terminating the agreement.
Member benefits offered in exchange for Membership Dues may be updated upon addition or revision of member benefits over time. All Member representatives and regular employees of Members may participate in SPLC's Member programming and discounting including, but no limited to:
- Guidance access and Guidance Development
- Online Community platform
- Collaborations and initiatives
- Discounted events registration
Member Representatives may also be considered for service on the SPLC Board of Directors (subject to Board qualification criteria) and on SPLC Committees
A Member may submit materials for posting to the member Community. Such materials are subject to review by SPLC staff to ensure compliance with editorial standards, Conflict of Interest policies and message objectives of the SPLC.
Use of Marks and Materials
Subject to the terms of this Membership Policies and Procedures Agreement document, Members are encouraged to promote their SPLC membership by using SPLC marks, taglines, and other brand materials on their website, in annual reports, and other marcomm.
SPLC provides guidance as to how Members can make use of the marks to promote their participation in SPLC in our Member materials and SPLC Brand Style Guide. Members must follow these guidelines, including the Brand Style Guide, when SPLC marks. For the latest copy of this guide, please email email@example.com. Members are also encouraged to request a walkthrough of the guide during their onboarding.
Any use of marks or other proprietary taglines, messages, or logos that is inconsistent with the Brand Style Guide may be flagged by SPLC staff or other members. and the Member will be asked to immediately remove or alter the use or mention.
Once an organization no longer belongs to SPLC, the organization must immediately cease all use of SPLC Member marks and logos.
Furthermore, Members and Member Representatives are prohibited from, and agree that they will not:
- Remove identification, copyright, or other proprietary notices in or on any proprietary brand materials shared by the SPLC;
- Use, alter, copy, modify, store, sell, reproduce, distribute, republish, download, publicly perform, display, post, transmit, create derivative works of, or exploit any proprietary brand materials, training processes, Membership Benefits or any part thereof, except as expressly authorized in this Membership Policies and Procedures Agreement document or as part of the agreed-upon Membership Benefits provided by the SPLC;
- Sell, resell, or make commercial use of the Membership Benefits or brand materials, unless an executed agreement between the SPLC and the Member expressly allows for such activity.
SPLC Organizational Members Listing
As a condition of membership, subject to any requirements in a SPLC Member’s brand or style guidelines that a SPLC Member may provide to the SPLC, all SPLC Members grant to SPLC the right to list their organization and post their logo on SPLC’s external website and other locations throughout their membership term to indicate their participation in the SPLC. Once an organization’s membership terminates for any reason, their name and logo will be removed from such listing.
No such Member lists will include the names or contact information of any Member Representative, nor will they include or be associated with any statements implying explicit endorsement of the SPLC.
Additionally, the SPLC explicitly states that the List may not be used for the purpose of solicitation or direct mail.
On occasion, with specific Member agreement, SPLC may provide contact information to sponsors of events or resources developed by and for use of SPLC members. Apart from such permission-based sharing of contact information, SPLC does not sell Member lists or Member Representative contact information to any outside organization.
SPLC Member Representatives Directory
The SPLC Directory is an online directory of Member Representatives, including contact information. The Directory is accessible only through the online Member Community. The purpose of the Directory is to enable collaboration and communication among registered Member Representatives. Member Representatives may directly access their own listing to edit or enhance the information provided therein.
No Member or Member Representative is authorized to use the directory for mass delivery of unsolicited communications, or to enlist fellow members for marketing mailing lists without their consent.
Further, each Member agrees to keep the information in the Directory confidential and not share it with any third-parties.
SPLC and Member Communications
The Member Community Forum and Member Representative contact information will be used from time to time for SPLC communications to all members. or to request their delivery in digest form. However, no Member will have the ability to opt out of any administrative communications that are required to be sent to the Member by the SPLC for ordinary operation and service activities.
Subject to any obligations under the SPLC’s Acceptable Use Policy, Members are encouraged to communicate with each other through the Member Community Forum’s announcements and Ask Questions functions to share knowledge and let others know of .
Member acknowledges and agrees that the SPLC’s name, services, and any logos, designs, text, graphics, software, content, files, materials, and any other intellectual property rights contained therein, including without limitation, any copyrights, patents, trademarks, proprietary or other rights arising thereof, are owned by the SPLC or its affiliates, licensors, or suppliers.
Member acknowledges and agrees that the source and object code of certain Membership Benefits and the format, directories, queries, algorithms, structure, and organization of the same are the intellectual property, proprietary, and confidential information of SPLC and its affiliates, licensors, and suppliers.
Member expressly agrees not to do anything inconsistent with SPLC’s ownership of all of the intellectual property discussed herein.
Furthermore, Members and Member Representatives are prohibited from, and agree that they will not:
- Remove identification, copyright, or other proprietary notices in or on any such proprietary materials shared by the SPLC;
- Use, alter, copy, modify, store, sell, reproduce, distribute, republish, download, publicly perform, display, post, transmit, create derivative works of, or exploit any such proprietary materials, training processes, Membership Benefits or any part thereof, except as expressly authorized in this Membership Policies and Procedures document or as part of the agreed-upon Membership Benefits provided by the SPLC;
- Sell, resell, or make commercial use of the Membership Benefits or such proprietary materials, unless an executed agreement between the SPLC and the Member expressly allows for such activity.
Member further agrees that they are granted no rights, title, or interest in or to any Membership Benefits except as stated in this Agreement.
Member and Member Representative Consents
The Member and Member Representatives agree that the SPLC offers its membership program with no guarantee of results of any kind. Member agrees that any results that occur during their membership, whether positive or negative, are the effects of Member's own choices.
The Member and Member Representatives agree and verify that all of the information they have given the SPLC and its representatives is accurate, up to date, and without the omission of any requested information.
Member Representatives agree to inform the SPLC in advance of their annual member expiration date and in accordance with the SPLC Membership Agreement, of any changes or upcoming changes concerning their organizational information, renewal preferences, payment preferences, or changes in personnel or contact information for those who will serve as Primary Contact and Billing Contact.
This agreement remains in force and the Member’s membership remains active unless either Member or the SPLC elects to terminate the membership.
A Member may resign from SPLC membership upon voluntary request to the SPLC. Such termination shall be considered resignation. In the event of such termination by resignation, dues already paid for the current year will not be refunded. If membership is terminated by Member resignation, and for no other basis, the Member may rejoin SPLC at any time in future.
SPLC reserves the right to terminate the Member’s membership at any time if the Member and/or its Member Representative(s) have failed to abide by thisMember Policies & Procedures Agreement document, the Member Conflict of Interest Policy, and/or the Member Code of Conduct.
Termination for Nonpayment
Termination of membership for failure to pay dues is automatic and no further process shall be afforded a Member in such instances. If the Member is terminated by failure to pay dues, the Member may rejoin SPLC at any time.
Involuntary Termination for Non-financial Cause:
A Member may be expelled for actions which the SPLC Executive Committee has determined are prejudicial to the welfare, interest or character of SPLC, including but not limited to the following:
- Extending member benefits to individuals other than regular employees of the Member without explicit and documented SPLC approval;
- Re-sale of items or information received from SPLC as a member benefit or purchased at member discounted rates (including but not limited to the re-sale of reference guides, webcasts or podcasts and event admission discounts) unless explicitly authorized by SPLC;
- Resale or unauthorized distribution of SPLC intellectual property; and especially continued resale or unauthorized distribution after receiving a demand to cease and desist from so doing;
- Falsely representing relationship with SPLC (for example, stating that SPLC certifies a Member’s product);
- Disclosing confidential information shared by SPLC or other SPLC members without explicit permission to share the information;
- Other failure to adhere to the SPLC’s Code of Conduct and Member Conflict of Interest Policy; or
- Publishing false information about SPLC.
Process for Involuntary Termination for Non-financial Cause
SPLC shall notify the Member Primary Contact by email and mail of the alleged basis for suspension or expulsion.
The Member may reply in writing within 30 days responding to the issue raised.
SPLC staff shall promptly render a decision on expulsion and transmit such decision, by email and by mail, to the primary contact and the Member’s CEO/Senior Executive.
The Member may provide a written appeal of the staff decision to SPLC’s Executive Committee and request reconsideration. The written appeal should detail the reasons the Member believes the staff decision to have been in error.
SPLC’s Executive Committee shall consider such request at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The Member may request the opportunity to participate in the meeting.
The Executive Committee shall make a decision either at or after its meeting to consider the appeal, and shall notify the Member in writing of its decision. The decision of the Executive Committee is final and may not be further appealed.
All or any disputes arising out or touching upon or in relation to the terms and conditions of this agreement, including the interpretation and validity of the terms thereof and the respective rights and obligations of the parties, shall be settled amicably by mutual discussion, failing which the same shall be settled through the appropriate laws for the State of .