Additional Resources

Worksheets

Worksheets are provided to spark ideas for discussion internally and with stakeholders on specific topics. Not all worksheets or content will be relevant to every organization or purchasing category.

Key Benefits & Factors of Sustainable Purchasing

Leadership in sustainable purchasing involves thinking expansively and holistically about the full range of factors and operating contexts that an organization may need to consider and address when implementing a purchasing program. This worksheet includes factors that tend to contribute to or detract from an organization’s environmental, social, and/or economic purchasing performance. (SPLC Worksheet 2014-001)

Solution Strategies for Sustainable Purchasing

Leadership organizations employ a range of solution strategies for addressing challenges to leadership in sustainable purchasing. This worksheet provides a range of common solutions strategies that have proven effective in achieving improved environmental, social, and/or economic purchasing performance. (SPLC Worksheet 2014-002)

Guidance v2.0 Process Overview

During the development of SPLC’s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v2.0, SPLC synthesized the experience and input of many sustainable purchasing leaders into a multi-step process for establishing and operating a strong sustainable purchasing program. This worksheet provides a very high level overview of some of the steps in the process.
(SPLC Worksheet 2017-001)

Glossary of Sustainable Purchasing Terminology

Developed to support users of SPLC BENCHMARK℠, our glossary of sustainable purchasing helps clarify some of the terms of art used in sustainable purchasing conversations. 

Sustainability-related Spend Analysis Tool Providers

The documents linked below describe the sustainability-related capabilities of several spend analysis tool providers, as reported by the tool providers. The tables are provided as a jumping off point for purchasers looking for tools or services to assist them with conducting a spend analysis. Additional tool providers interested in being included in these tables should send their information to info@sustainablepurchasing.org.

Supplier Analysis Tool Providers

The providers listed here support institutional purchasers in asking, “From whom are we buying, and why does it matter?”  The purpose is to identify whether the overall make-up of the organization’s supply base reflects its values, and whether individual suppliers present significant environmental, social, and economic performance risks. This enables strategic planning to focus on aspects of the organization’s supplier selection processes that present the greatest opportunity to improve the supply base’s overall performance.

Purchasing Category Analysis Tool Providers

The providers listed here support institutional purchasers in asking, “What are we buying, and why does it matter?”  The purpose is to identify product and service categories within the organization’s purchasing that present significant environmental, social, and economic performance risks.  This enables strategy planning to focus on the categories that present the greatest opportunity to improve the overall performance of the organization’s purchasing.