It’s a new year for SPLC and I am excited for the opportunity to lead the organization during this pivotal time for our field. As our understanding of the massive issues that face us —climate change, economic inequality and corruption, accelerating consumption of finite resources—grows, our collective work to engage leaders and demonstrate the value of smart sustainable procurement decisions matters more than ever before.

I believe the SPLC has the potential to lead the way to the prosperous and healthy future we all want for ourselves and our children. And I bring many years’ experience – as a supplier diversity, CSR and responsible supply chain lead at Mars, Wrigley, Avon, and Bristol Meyers Squibb, and as a service provider at Verisk-Maplecroft – to help lead the organization into a new era of visibility and influence.

I look forward to meeting all of you in Atlanta this May18-20 at the SPLC’s annual Summit + Connect – the leading conference for sustainable purchasing professionals to come together, learn from each other, recommit to our goals, and report on our collective impact. In the meantime, please consider my virtual ‘door’ always open to members, thought leaders and allies for discussion of how we can move faster and more impactfully through collaboration and partnership.

Join us and Save BIG on registration for 2020 Summit + Connect! Early Bird Registration ends Feb. 1st! Register now!

2020 Summit+ Connect Keynotes Announced


Supplier Diversity pioneer and leader Ralph Moore, social justice advocate Sr. Simone Campbell, and the Democracy Collaborative’s economic visionary Ted Howard will speak from the Summit main stage on procurement’s unique ability to support environmental, social and economic renewal - and why it must do so!

These powerful headliners will be joined by 60+ leading purchasers, suppliers and NGOs who will share stories of challenge and success, along with ready-to-use tools and resources, during breakout sessions. We know your professional development budget is limited – so we’ve packed as much educational content and networking time as possible into the SPLC Summit + Connect.

Register for the 2020 Summit + Connect Today!


SPLC names supplier diversity and sustainable sourcing leader Donna Westerman CEO

In January, the SPLC Board of Directors announced the selection of Donna L. Westerman as Chief Executive Officer. Westerman succeeds Acting CEO Sarah O’Brien, who continues in her role as the SPLC’s Director of Programs. Westerman brings to her role more than 25 years of experience as a leader in supply chain, corporate social responsibility, supplier diversity, and sustainable sourcing with Verisk-Maplecroft, Mars, Wrigley, Avon, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her substantial industry experience includes developing responsible sourcing centers of excellence, creating global sustainable sourcing strategies, and developing programs that support supplier diversity and social responsibility. She has also served on multiple nonprofit boards, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), and Girl Stats. Read more.

Four Dynamic New Members Join SPLC Board of Directors
Four stellar leaders joined the SPLC Board of Directors in December. Each one brings deep knowledge and commitment to the task of helping the SPLC support our members, develop and disseminate leadership strategies, and expand the visibility and positive impact of our work. SPLC welcomes: Judy Levin, Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health; Judy Panayos Sr. Director of Sustainability in Supply Management, Sodexo; Clare Hobby, Director Purchaser Engagement Global, TCO Development; and Hamzah Abu-Ragheb, Manager of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing, Avendra.
2020 SPLC Leadership Awards Dates Announced!

Get the recognition you deserve for your sustainable procurement accomplishments! The SPLC Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Awards submission process opens February – and closes in March - so now’s the time to prepare your submission!

2020 Leadership Awards will be presented to all winners at the annual awards ceremony. May 20th at the SPLC Summit+ Connect in Atlanta.

SPLC Events and Opportunities

SPLC Webinar: Aligning with the SDGs – How Procurement Can Advance Global Goals February 27, 2020

Join us for this free webinar to explore the real-life procurement applications of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the leaders of every nation in 2015 as the guiding vision for humanity in 2030. You will come away with concrete ways to use procurement in your organization to help realize these global goals, including broader organizational buy-in to the SDGs as indicators, how to communicate efforts to suppliers, and how to translate the Goals into practical screens.

Join the SPLC Climate-Friendly Refrigerant Action Team!
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration have been identified as a key contributor to climate change, and their reduction is known to be one of the top most effective strategies for climate action. Join fellow SPLC members on a Climate Friendly Refrigerants Action Team to develop guidance for purchasers to address this critically important issue. In partnership with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD), SPLC Member Success Manager Johanna Anderson will lead this multi-stakeholder group to create model language to simplify the task of avoiding obsolete HFC refrigerants and procuring positive alternatives that cost-effectively increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing climate impact. Any organization whose operations (or suppliers’ operations) include refrigeration needs to address this issue! Learn more about this Action Team in the SPLC Community or reach out to Read more.

SPLC Director of Programs Sarah O’Brien will moderate and present on an Ethical Corp webinar on Sustainable Procurement with speakers from Mars Inc., Supplyshift and SPLC member HP Inc., on February 6, 11:00am-12pm EST/8:00am-9:00am PST. Registration is free - join us!

Join SPLC Director of Programs Sarah O’Brien and more than 40 speakers presenting at the National Recycling Coalition’s National Zero Waste Conference in Berkeley, CA. This two-day conference, March 18 - 19, is held in conjunction with the California Zero Waste Week at the University of California – Berkeley. Registration is open now.

Sustainable Procurement News

In January SPLC Member Microsoft announced its plan to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove its historical carbon emissions by 2050. Speaking in a recent CDP report on supply chain emissions, Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft, says, “The best time to act on climate change was yesterday, so we better start today.” Microsoft’s procurement and supply chain teams are critically involved in supporting and moving ahead on this audacious, ambitious and trend-setting goal.

Follow and Share us at SPLC on LinkedIn for a round-up of interesting industry insights, such as:
• Countries with More Female Politicians Pass More Ambitious Climate Policies Study Suggests
• McKinsey Report: Brands Set Big Sustainability Sourcing Goals for 2025
• Procurement’s Role in Climate Change: Putting Government Money Where Policy Needs To Go
• Why Brands Shouldn’t Confuse “Nearshoring” with Ethical Production

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Supplier Diversity and Sustainable Procurement Lead.

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