Letter from the CEO
SPLC is on the move!
It’s been a whirlwind here since the Summit, as we continue
to expand our SPLC Programs, refresh our communications and invite
new members to join with us in deploying their purchasing resources for
If you want to keep your Summit learning going all year long, check out the wrap-up of the Summit 2019 experience - with video
, presenter slides
Know someone who attended the Summit but hasn’t jumped in as a member?
We’ve reached out to them and encouraged them to join by August 15th for
a discounted member cost. Will you encourage your peers and
collaborators to join, too?
Planning is underway for the 2020 Summit, May 18 - 20 in Atlanta! This
is our first time holding our flagship event in the Southeast, and we’re
working with members to identify key regional leaders in sustainable
purchasing, diversity and inclusion and more. Please share your
ideas with me to help make this our best Summit ever!
Thanks so much for all you do - we’re excited to be your thought partners and supporters!
Acting CEO & Director of Programs
SP3 Coaching Program Expansion
The SPLC Program team is offering a new way of supporting our members to
achieve their sustainable purchasing goals. Known as the SP3,
or Strategic Program Planning Process, this one-to-one coaching
engagement walks member leads (and additional team members, if desired)
through a structured process to:
We have piloted and refined this approach with 10 member organizations
(thanks to you all for your participation and feedback!), and our next
SP3 cohort is starting in August - reserve a space now to help you prepare your 2020 goals and plans! Learn More...
- Inventory the organizational commitments and business strategies you need to align with
- Develop a long term Vision for your program (or one area of program focus, if you like)
- Identify specific actionable Goals, and Metrics to measure your success in meeting them
- Select solution strategies, identify key stakeholders and develop an annual plan
Don't Miss SPLC’s New Whitepaper
Thanks to Ecovadis for sponsoring development of this paper!
|New Ways to Connect for SPLC Members
|Enhanced Directory for Mentoring and Support
One of SPLC’s greatest member benefits is being able to connect with one
another to solve sustainable purchasing challenges. As we all know, we
get more done (and have more fun) by working together!
We have enhanced our Community PEOPLE Directory
to provide more efficient and effective “matchmaking” — by sector,
category, commodity and more -- making it easier to connect to someone
that has already tackled what’s in front of you today, and who has said
they’re willing to help others follow their lead!
SPLC members, please take a moment to open up your listing in the Member Directory
and identify topics where you have insights you’d be willing to share with another member. (It’s quick and easy using these desktop
Many thanks to you for helping build our movement, one connection at a time!
Peer Group Pilots - Expression of Interest
As part of our overall Program refresh, SPLC is piloting several models
of Peer Group, (based on the thoughtful and enthusiastic advice of those
members who joined us for a peer group design session at the Summit -
thanks to you all!)
Starting in September, we will be offering several opportunities to try out peer group support:
- Support and Accountability Teams -
Many of our members work alone or with small teams, and often find
themselves tasked with pioneering new areas of work. These small groups
(4-6 members) are intended to provide simple support and accountability
among peers, in a spirit of appreciative inquiry and mutual
- Action Teams
- this model (tested this year by two member groups - focused on social
accountability in SaaS contracting and on PFAS in Foodware) is intended
to bring members together in small to medium sized multi-stakeholder
groups to develop quick insight, guidance, and purchasing requirements
for emerging issues or categories.
- Topically Focused Teams -
These groups are focused on a single topic, but with a longer term
learning agenda. For example a group might form to explore ways to
leverage purchasing to contribute to the development of Circular Economy
models. We expect this group would serve as a source of mutual
accountability and solutions brainstorming, but might also invite
experts to address them to build knowledge and understanding.
Contact Johanna Anderson
you are interested in any of these opportunities - we will begin
launching groups in September as we have sufficient interest.
|New Member Discount Ends Soon!
Members Making News
University of California Recognized for Innovative Sustainable Procurement Efforts: SPLC
Member University of California Procurement Services was recognized at
the California Higher Education for Sustainability Conference for its
innovative sustainable procurement efforts. Congratulations to all at
the UC system – in leadership, in central procurement, and on the
system’s many campuses — for this recognition!
State of Minnesota Recognized for Creating Sustainable Procurement Charter: Minnesota’s
Sustainable Procurement Program is one of 10 projects and programs
being recognized by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of
Public Affairs with a State Government Innovation Award for creating the Sustainable Procurement Charter., which formalizes Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program. Congratulations to all those involved in Minnesota!
Center for Resource Solutions Welcomes Peggy Kellen as Policy Director: Peggy
Kellen has joined the organization as Policy Director, where she leads
state-level sustainable energy policy engagement; supports regional,
federal, and international policy; and provides technical assistance.
Have a news item you'd like to pass along to SPLC's readership? Let us know.
13-16 August 2019 - NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference (Tampa Bay, FL)
With SPLC members Marriott, Accenture and PG&E, SPLC Acting CEO
Sarah O’Brien will speak to LGBTBE suppliers on Leveraging
Sustainability to Differentiate Your Company and Win at this globally
recognized conference -- the largest LGBT business event on the
11 September 2019, 1:30-3pm ET - SPLC Hands on Learning Session #4 (members only): Organizational Inventory (online workshop)
Join the SPLC’s Program Team for a workshop designed to help you take
stock of existing activities, goals, and priorities so you can proceed
with program and goal development in relevant and impactful ways.
18 September 2019 - SPLC Webinar: Shifting Renewable Energy from Cost to Asset (online webinar) Open to members and non-members!
When it comes to renewable energy, green power is reaching cost parity
with brown power, which presents a great opportunity for organizations
to transition to renewables. How can procurement help ensure
organizations are taking advantage of opportunities while avoiding the
possibility of over- buying, or making long-term investments with more
risk than potential reward?
23 October 2019, 1:30-3pm ET - SPLC Hands on Learning Session #5: Vision & Program Charter (online workshop)
Join the SPLC’s Program Team to help you develop a 5-year “big vision”
for your sustainable purchasing program. Once you’ve drafted your
vision, you’ll move on to more “practical” thinking with the development
of a Program Charter to put structure as to how you will achieve that
27-30 October, 2019 - AASHE Conference & Expo (Spokane, WA)
With a theme of CoCreating a Sustainable Economy, AASHE 2019 is of
particular relevance to the SPLC community. The conference seeks to
showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement
for a sustainable economy.
Are you an SPLC member and have an event item you'd like to pass along to SPLC's readership? Let us know.
Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing
The HEINEKEN Company - Director of Procurement
Location: White Plains, NY
Description: This role is responsible for leading the planning and
execution of key procurement strategies across Supply Chain (Inbound and
outbound logistics, Customs, Warehousing, Keg Returns) and driving the
Total Cost of Management (TCM) program.
Accredo Packaging, Inc. - Procurement Specialist
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Description: The Procurement Specialist is responsible for ensuring
Accredo plant has the right materials and equipment necessary to
function and will manage the company’s supply of products, materials
and/or services and evaluate suppliers to obtain the best agreement
possible on goods.
Morgan Stanley - Sustainable Sourcing Director
Location: New York, NY
Description: Morgan Stanley is creating a new process related to risks,
regarding our supply chain from a Social, Environmental and Ethical
Business Practices standpoint and is seeking a Sustainable Sourcing
Senior Manager to help build a global process around this initiative.
EcoVadis - Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst Intern - French and English speaker (F/M)
Location: Paris, France
Description: The objectives of this role are understanding of supplier
assessments' main characteristics: name, scope, size, category, risk
countries, activity description; Identify and analyze the various
elements of CSR Management systems presented in supporting
documentation; Contribution to the development and the improvement of
the assessment methodology; and more.
State of California, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Location: Napa County, California
Description: This position is responsible for formulating regional
policies and guidelines, representing the region in Department and
Interagency technical and policy committees; developing and providing
technical guidance to, and reviewing and editing water right protest;
coordinating and conducting environmental review of water projects; and
Have a sustainable purchasing-related job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.