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 good. 

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 and more. 

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!

Sarah O'Brien 
Acting CEO & Director of Programs

SPCoaching 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: 
  • 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
We have piloted and refined this approach with 10 member organizations (thanks to you all for your participation and feedback!), and our next SPcohort is starting in August - reserve a space now to help you prepare your 2020 goals and plans!  Learn More...
Don't Miss SPLC’s New Whitepaper
Thanks to Ecovadis for sponsoring development of this paper! 

If you missed our July webinar on this topic, you can find the recording here!
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 or mobile instructions.) 

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 encouragement.
  • 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 if 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!

Know someone who's not getting the resources, connections and support that SPLC brings? SPLC is offering discounts to new members through August 15th. Contact Stan Cahill, SPLC Membership, and 703-861-5510. Read more about SPLC membership here.

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.

Upcoming Events

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 planet! 

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 big vision.

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 more.

Have a sustainable purchasing-related job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.
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