SPLC Program Maturity Model

SPLC has developed a Maturity Model that enables members to self-assess against the goal of developing a Sustainable Purchasing Program that is strategic, comprehensive, and impactful. The Maturity Model provides a roadmap for members to take the next steps on their journey toward leadership – and to identify mileposts along the way to a fully mature and meaningful program.

The maturity model outlines 38 prioritized best practices in sustainable purchasing at four levels of maturity:

  • Initiating Some ad hoc activities.
  • Developing Activities building toward an integrated program.
  • Improving Broad based program improving performance over time.
  • Leading Program achieving leadership performance.

The Maturity Model’s best practices are aligned with SPLC’s five Principles for Leadership:

Understanding. The organization understands the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
Commitment. The organization commits to implementing a sustainable purchasing program that takes responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
Results. The organization delivers on its commitment to improve the relevant environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
Innovation. The organization actively promotes internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
Transparency. The organization shares information that can help others understand and replicate their success


The SPLC Maturity Model is a member resource, available through our Member Portal.

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