No matter how old I get, I still feel the familiar anticipation of the “new school year” as the summer closes and fall begins. SPLC’s ‘new year’ ahead is exciting to contemplate, with new and improved resources, enhanced programs and member connections underway, the 2020 Summit program coming together, and a fantastic schedule of webinars and events ahead!

Now is also the season for “all hands on deck” for climate change prevention, mitigation and adaptation. The Global Commission on Adaptation ’s new report A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience calls us all to take action on climate adaptation strategies as well as climate change prevention efforts. The top takeaway — a $1.8 trillion global investment between 2020 and 2030 in five key areas of resiliency could generate $7.1 trillion in total net financial benefits, as well as countless direct benefits to people and ecosystems.

SPLC's members, deploying the power of procurement in service of sustainability, have a critical role to play in moving climate change action from the 'special projects' column to integration in core business processes. In this new year, and every year thereafter, I am confident our members will make positive and lasting contributions to this most critical issue of our time.

Consistent with this, our 2020 Summit theme is “Convergence” -- focusing on understanding how our combined purchasing strategies can have an exponential impact in key areas, such as climate, or women’s empowerment, that yield a cascade of economic, social and environmental benefits. Register early to get our best 2020 Summit rates and ensure you are part of this critical conversation.

We look forward to engaging throughout the coming year and at the 2020 Summit!

2020 Summit + Connect – May 18-20, 2020 – Registration is Live!

Ready to surround yourself with peers who understand the unique sustainable procurement challenges you face? Ready to network with sustainable purchasing experts — purchasers, suppliers, certifiers, NGOs, and researchers — making connections to produce positive, triple-bottom-line impacts?

Registration is LIVE for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2020 Summit + Connect, May 18-20, 2020, in Atlanta. Join us at the industry’s premier sustainable procurement conference. Don’t wait - Register before Nov. 1st to get the Super Early Bird registration rate – up to $200 in savings!

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, SPLC’s 2020 Summit + Connect has you covered with three days of best practice training, compelling keynotes, engaging exhibits and countless networking opportunities to help you advance your sustainable procurement program, or meet customer needs for sustainable solutions.

SPLC members enjoy as much as 25% reduced registration cost! Not an SPLC member? Join today to enjoy the discount, and to continue your learning, networking and access to SPLC member resources throughout the year.
Shine the Spotlight on Your Sustainable Programs & Products – Be a 2020 Summit Sponsor

Summit sponsors receive special access and opportunities to promote their sustainable purchasing solutions — leading up to, during and after the conference. Join industry leaders like Wells Fargo, FedEx, PG & E, Interface, Davies Office, GreenCircle Certified, TCO, BIFMA, Apex Clean Energy, and Rivanna Natural Designs, who are already on board as 2020 Summit Sponsors. Find out how you can take advantage of 2020 Summit Sponsorship opportunities before they’re gone!

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Some SPLC resources soon available to members only

Are you a part of the large and growing SPLC fan-base who accesses SPLC’s exceptional resources from our public website? We’re thrilled to support your learning and action. However, if you’re not a current SPLC member, you could soon have FOMO (AKA, the “Fear of Missing Out”).

SPLC member dues support our development of cutting edge insights and resources, and in return, our members gain special access to those resources, including “how-to” procurement guidance, industry trend reports, current best practice information, numerous case studies from organizations of all kinds, and much more. In the interest of spreading our message about the critical role purchasing can play in developing truly sustainable business, we have shared much of our content on our public website (though there is always much more available in our SPLC Member Community).

Starting this fall, we are making a small change in that practice - ensuring that highlights and key insights from our work are available to all as learning resources, but making full SPLC publications and details available to SPLC members only in recognition of their invaluable support. Detailed research findings and guidance will be available only through our high-traffic SPLC Community website.

Don’t miss out! If you are not a current SPLC member – JOIN NOW.
What Can SPLC Do for You?
Complete the 2019 SPLC Member Satisfaction Survey
You Could Win a FREE 2020 Summit Pass!

Each year, the SPLC invites members to provide feedback on the value of their SPLC membership, and what suggestions they have for expanding and improving on our current work. While the SPLC staff continuously gathers member feedback via direct member interactions, the Annual SPLC Member Satisfaction Survey is the most formal way we have to gather comprehensive data from our member community. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey to provide invaluable feedback to the SPLC staff and Board of Directors.

As an incentive to complete the 15-minute survey, participants can opt to enter for a chance to win a FREE 2020 Summit pass (over $1,000 in value)! Don’t forget – we welcome survey responses from multiple representatives from each organization, so share the link and encourage your colleagues to participate. Please share your views and participate before the survey closes Nov. 1st.

Be a Part of the next SP3!

We have piloted and refined the SP³, our SPLC members-only coaching engagement program, and we’re gearing up for our next round of participating organizations. The SP³ (Strategic Program Planning Process) is composed of four virtual workshops focused on your organization, with individualized assignments between each, to develop and refine the sustainable purchasing program goals and strategies that best meet your organization’s needs. SPLC staff will ensure you have the tools, resources and direct support that set you and your team up for success and keep you on track to achieve your vision Contact Johanna Anderson, Member Success Manager, for more information.

“Vision and Charter” Hands-on Learning Workshop Oct. 23, 1:30 Eastern
Registration Open to All!

SPLC Hands-on Learning Session #5 focusing on Vision & Program Charter development, Oct. 23, 1:30 pm Eastern, provides practical tools and guidance for drafting a five-year “big vision” and a charter for your program, putting in place the structure and steps needed to reach your goals.

Save the Date for SPLC’s next webinar, "Purchasing for Zero Waste: 3 Case Studies from Higher Education, Dec. 11.)

Have you Updated Your SPLC Community People Directory Listing?

SPLC members have access to the Community PEOPLE Directory, which now includes search capabilities to find expert help when you need it, by sector, category, impact focus area, and more. If you are a member, take a moment to update your listing in the directory.

SPLC Members Making News

Congratulations to Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Public Policy Nicole Darnall, of Arizona State University (ASU), who has been named a National Academy of Public Administration fellow in recognition of her years of public administration service and expertise. A longtime SPLC member and supporter, ASU has contributed significantly to SPLC and to the sustainable purchasing practice arena.

Massachusetts released its next Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program Report for Fiscal Years 2017 – 2018, - one of the most comprehensive and in depth analyses by any organization of their environmentally preferable product and service purchases and the estimated cost savings and environmental benefits associated with them.

The 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer, co-produced by NYU’s Stern Center for Sustainable Business and EcoVadis, surveyed more than 200 procurement organizations and 400 suppliers to analyze global trends and progress on sustainability’s evolution as a procurement priority.

The Global Impact Sourcing Coalition and BSR has published Impact Sourcing in Action: Reducing Poverty Through Employment Toolkit for all who are considering (or have started to engage in) Impact Sourcing.

The Maryland Green Purchasing Committee has published the Maryland Green Purchasing FY2019 Annual Report For a copy, email

Upcoming Industry Events

SPLC member BlueGreen Alliance will host Building Clean 2019, a half-day summit in Chicago, Nov. 14th, focusing on the impact of buying locally-made and healthy materials in your community

SPLC is a promotional partner for 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, Ill. SPLC will provide a presentation and training on the essential role of procurement in driving sustainability into central business processes. SPLC members receive 10% off registration - Join us!

391.1 Assurance Program Launch & Networking Reception - The NSF/ANSI 391.1 General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Professional Services has been introduced! The first sustainability standard for professional services has been published, representing a milestone for the broad sector that in 2017 comprised about 1.2 million firms employing nine million and achieving $1.76 trillion in revenues. Register for the 391.1 Assurance Program Launch & Networking Reception, October 11, 2019, Arlington, Va. Questions? Contact Kianda Franklin,

SPLC Leaders are Connecting Across the Industry!

SPLC Acting CEO Sarah O’Brien brought the purchaser perspective on advancing the safety of electronics workers to the Clean Electronics Production Network meeting, Sept. 24-26. Next, Sarah is presenting at the upcoming AASHE Conference and Expo, Oct. 27-30th, in Spokane.

SPLC Member Success Manager Kris Spriano will lead participants at the National Procurement Institute 51st Annual Conference through an SPLC Strategic Inventory Workshop, in Las Vegas, Oct. 6- 9th.

Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

SPLC Chief Executive Officer - Help SPLC find our next leader! The search for SPLC’s next CEO is underway – but quickly drawing to a close. It’s not too late to submit an application to be considered for this critical role.

Bank of America seeks a Responsible Sourcing Manager

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