SPLC is in the process of launching a new program, dubbed SPLC SUSTAIN, which will make it much easier for purchasers to identify credible sustainability standards, certifications, and labels that they can rely upon to meet their organization’s sustainability goals. 


SPLC SUSTAIN builds on nearly 10 years of stakeholder collaboration and consultation, which culminated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency piloting the evaluation of over 50 standards, certifications, and labels in 2016 using rigorous Guidelines for the Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement. SPLC SUSTAIN will carry that work forward while expanding it to include new product categories, service categories, enterprise-level standards, and social and economic sustainability standards.

SPLC’s work on SUSTAIN in the latter half of 2017 focused on stakeholder interviews, program governance design, and raising funds to support the development and launch of the program in 2018. 

In 2018 SPLC will complete initial program design and begin evaluating and recommending sustainability standards, certifications and labels. As we enter program implementation there will be opportunities for stakeholders to get involved in SUSTAIN in various capacities. Contact sustain@sustainablepurchasing.org to be notified as those opportunities become available.

Announcement of SPLC SUSTAIN Concept (May 2017)

Open Letter of Support for SUSTAIN


Download SPLC SUSTAINBriefing Slides


Initial Founding Sponsors


Inquire About Becominga Founding Sponsor