As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, sustainability initiatives are increasingly focused on the global impact — on climate, on worker well-being, on communities, on the environment — of the extended supply chains that produce and deliver the products and services we all depend on.

Procurement and contracting are at the heart of these complex systems — offering leverage all along the value chain to reduce harm, and support positive impacts for community, environmental and economic health. Purchaser, NGO and supplier innovation and collaboration are critical to drive change at scale across these massive chains. The purchasing community needs more than ever to converge around core purchasing strategies, and communicate those clearly to every level of supplier, in order to address the massive issues that face the world.
Join the SPLC this year — on a webinar, in a workshop, at the 2020 Summit, as a member of our vibrant SPLC Community — to accelerate the pace of change in your organization and in the world by collectively building the path to the world we want to live in.

There’s nothing more important than putting our talents and professional expertise in service of healing the world - and the journey is better together!

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SPLC Summit + Connect, May 18-20, 2020

Join 500+ sustainable procurement leaders and learners, convening to network, confer, celebrate, and build this vitally important movement! Wondering what you can expect? Check out this quick recap of the powerful 2019 Summit! Get 10% off SPLC membership when you join SPLC and register together!

The Call for Submissions closes December 15th! Share your impactful strategies and initiatives with your peers and get a discount on registration fees! Submit a 2020 Summit + Connect Workshop, Panel, Lightning Talk or Innovation Accelerator Proposal today!
Interested in promoting your services and products to procurement professionals with more than $3 billion in spending power? Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities are going fast!

Join the 2020 Summit + Connect sponsors – Apex Clean Energy, BIFMA, Davies Office, FedEx, GreenCircle Certified Sustainable Solutions, Interface, JP Morgan Chase, PG&E, and Wells Fargo - in supporting the critical conversations and learning that can scale up the power and reach of sustainable purchasing.

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and review the opportunities here.

Help your organization understand and optimize the environmental, social, and economic performance of its purchasing. Quick, easy-to-read Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Category Executive Summaries include suggested RFP text, resources and quick summaries.

All supplier sustainable ratings are not created equal. SPLC’s popular Insight Guide to Supplier Sustainability Ratings evaluated hundreds of third-party sustainability rating tools, scoring and organizing them to help you determine which could best meet your supply chain assessment needs. Beyond the details on the public website, SPLC members can dig deeper to understand and compare the detailed system ratings.

These resources and many others that make it easier to meet your sustainable purchasing goals and benchmark your success are available to SPLC members. Not a member? Join today.

SPLC’s Purchasing for Zero Waste: 3 Case Studies from Higher Ed, webinar, Dec. 11th, 1:00 pm Eastern. Learn from Campus Sustainable Purchasing leaders how they moved their campuses toward the audacious goal of zero waste. This webinar is open to members and nonmembers alike! Save your spot today.

SPLC Collaborates with the National Procurement Institute to refresh NPI Award Criteria
The National Procurement Institute (NPI) recently unveiled its new sustainable purchasing criteria for the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Awards. The criteria were developed in partnership with SPLC,and focus on developing a strategic program approach and related best practices. Are you an NPI and SPLC member looking to get a jump on meeting these new criteria? SPLC's Strategic Program Planning Process (SP3) can help you design and launch a strategic program -- and it's included in your membership! Reach out to or .

Sustainable Procurement News

Demand for IT products manufactured in a fair and sustainable manner is growing, but many sustainability issues in the IT industry are difficult to solve. SPLC member TCO Development’s Impact & Insights 2019 report shares keys to faster and lasting change.

SPLC member JP Morgan Chase & Co. supports Legacy Landscapes, a financing model that helps avert animal extinction in the Serengeti and other World Heritage Sites.

Sourcing Industry Group recognized SPLC member EcoVadis with the 2019 Innovations in Sustainability Award for scaling its sustainability risk and improvement program across a global supply base.

The University of Illinois released the first high-resolution Map of the U.S. Food Supply Chain, a comprehensive snapshot of all food flows between counties in the U.S.— grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items.

A new apparel industry sustainability report, from McKinsey & Co., reports that major brands are setting ambitious environmentally responsible sourcing goals for 2025. The three most commonly reported focus areas are sustainable materials, transparency and traceability, and supplier relationships.

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Sustainable Purchasing Events

SPLC’s Johanna Anderson and Sarah O’Brien will present the interactive workshop, The Power of Procurement: Engaging & Activating Critical Allies for Climate Action as part of the Global Congress for Climate Change and Sustainability Professionals, hosted by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), Dec. 9-12, in Itasca, IL. As members of a promotional partner organization SPLC members receive 10% off event registration - Join us!.

SPLC Acting CEO Sarah O’Brien will present at the National Zero Waste Conference, organized by the National Recycling Coalition and held in Berkeley, Cal., March 18 & 19, 2020, in conjunction with the California Zero Waste Week at the UC Berkeley. Early registration is open through December 18th. Questions? Reach out to

SPLC Associate Akash Balero represented the organization at the 6th Annual India and Sustainability Standards Conference hosted by the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) in Delhi, Nov. 20 - 22.

Improving Health Through Procuring Healthier Carpet and Resilient Flooring, a webinar Hosted by SPLC Member the Center for Environmental Health takes place Dec. 10, 3:00 pm Eastern. Learn about new resources available to help institutions purchase healthier carpet and resilient flooring. Click here to register

Jobs in Sustainability

Health Care Without Harm seeks a Sr. Director for Contracting and Supplier Relations, For more information, contact Veronique Nagle, at

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