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Monday, May 23, 2016

Registration Open

9:00AM  -  6:00PM, Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Ballroom Foyer

Pre-Summit Course: Fostering Sustainable Purchasing Behavior

10:00AM  -  6:00PM, Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Room 6

Do you want to make sustainability and sustainable purchasing the norm in your organization? Did you know research shows that simply providing information has little to no effect on what people or businesses do? Do you want to learn the

Pre-Summit Course: Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainable Product & Service Claims

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM, Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Room 5
Do you rely upon sustainability standards, certifications, and claims in your procurement work? Do you wonder if you're using the most credible ones?  Do you know what makes a sustainability standard, certification, or claim credible? Do you feel confident in evaluating the

Green Electronics Council’s 2016 EPEAT Awards Reception & Ceremony

6:15 PM  -  7:15 PM, Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Atrium and Auditorium

The 2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners will be honored on Monday, May 23, during a ceremony in Washington DC. The Awards ceremony will be co-located with the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) Summit at the Kellogg Conference Center and will

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Registration Open

9:00 AM  -  7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Ballroom Foyer

SPLC Connect: A Matchmaking Event for Sustainability-focused Buyers & Suppliers

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Ballroom

Organized by purchaser members of the Council, SPLC Connect introduces purchasers to innovative suppliers who have earned the esteem of their sustainability-savvy purchasing professional peers. This event provides purchasers and suppliers opportunities to build relationships through self-scheduled 15-minute one-on-one meetings.

SPLC Connect Closing Reception
& Summit Welcome Reception

5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Atrium

All Connect and Summit registrants are invited to enjoy informal networking over drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Summit Opening Night Keynote: The Case for Impact Sourcing

6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2016  |  Auditorium

As Vice President for Initiatives and Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Khan oversees the Foundation’s approach for achieving impact and realizing the organization’s mission and goals. He leads the program team in New York, Bangkok, and Nairobi and their

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Registration Open

7:30 AM  -  6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Ballroom Foyer

Breakfast

7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Exhibits Open

7:30 AM  -  6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium

Cube Hydro Recharge Lounge Open

7:30 AM  -  6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  2nd Floor Foyer A

Keynote Conversation: The Chief Procurement Officer Perspective

8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Auditorium

In this dynamic discussion facilitated by Japen Hollist, the Chief Procurement Officers of four large purchasing organizations will discuss their sustainable purchasing strategies, challenges, and successes. These four procurement officers have led successful initiatives to advance – via procurement –  human rights, environmental protections,

Networking Break with Exhibitors

9:45 AM  -  10:10 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Leveraging Cooperative Purchasing to Advance Sustainable Procurement  

10:10AM  -  11:10AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 6

More and more, government procurement professionals are turning to various forms of cooperative contracts to ease the strain of increasing workloads. Cooperative purchasing is popular because it can save significant time and money in contract production as well as lower

Worker-Driven Social Responsibility: A New Model for Eliminating Risk of Worker Abuse

10:10 AM  -  11:10 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 7

Would you like a way to be certain the apparel, electronics, or food products your organization buys are free of worker and human rights abuses? Have you looked at traditional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solutions for auditing and monitoring supply

How to Benefit from Greening Freight Transportation

10:10 AM  -  11:10 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

Transportation and freight demand in the U.S. is on the rise, global commerce is expanding and public awareness of the environmental impacts of transportation continues to increase. This panel will address how these trends are compelling organizations to more closely

Greening the Supply Chain through a Multi-Category Total Cost of Ownership Tool

10:10 AM  -  11:10 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Auditorium

Many institutional purchasers face cost pressures on a daily basis and attempt to save money in their procurement decisions. This is especially true in the healthcare sector, where purchasers face tremendous cost pressures. At the same time, there are embedded costs within

CPO-to-CPO Roundtable Workshop (By Invitation)

10:10 AM  -  11:10 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 5

During the workshop CPOs will problem-solve their most pressing sustainability-related challenges within small groups. Report-backs will allow all to learn from the solutions developed by each small group. Workshop participants will be invited to continue their peer-to-peer dialogues over lunch.

Introducing NSF 391.1: A Sustainability Standard for Professional Services Providers

10:10 AM  -  11:10 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 4

A sustainability standard for the professional services sector, NSF 391.1, is currently being developed by NSF International, in conjunction with the U.S. GSA and U.S. EPA. The standard will provide criteria for professional services providers to be evaluated based on environmental, social, economic

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:10 AM  -  11:35 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Technically, Certification is a Thirteen Letter Word

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 7

Purchasers already use third-party certification for everything from electrical safety to motor oil because credible certifications can simplify procurement and ensure compliance with mandates and functional requirements. The same should be true for sustainability certifications. But while the media routinely

Engaging Small and Medium Suppliers to Build Sustainability Capacity: Issues and Innovations

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Auditorium

Purchasers in all sectors are struggling to find effective ways to assist and support their SME supply chain partners efforts to improve, so that their own performance is not undermined. This panel will discuss the importance of supporting small, medium, and

Strategies for Ramping Up Large-Scale Renewables

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

Utilities are one of the largest operating costs for many corporate and higher education institutions. Volatile energy commodity markets expose corporate and university utility budgets to unpredictable price fluctuations. Over time, energy costs rise. At the same time, climate and

Innovations in Sustainable Procurement: Applying investor-led ESG ratings to sustainable procurement

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 5

This panel session will review one of the latest innovations to enable sustainable public and private purchasers by leveraging and extending existing environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance data. Thousands of companies are reporting their overall organizational sustainability performance in

Practical IT Procurement: Unlocking Savings & Sustainability Through Durability, Repairability & Support

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 4

Sustainable purchasing goals are often blocked or thwarted by IT concerns about durability, reliability and support. Keeping IT equipment in use and out of the waste stream is impossible without addressing these concerns as well as the drivers of equipment

Understanding Leadership in the Harvesting of Timber Used in Wood and Paper Products

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 6

This session examines the competitive dynamics of the major competing forest certification systems around the world and the role of certification in market transformation of the forest products industry, with an emphasis on understanding the key differences between the Forest

Peer-to-Peer Seated Lunch

12:35 PM  -  1:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Ballroom

So that peers can find each other for intimate conversation early on during the Summit, we are offering to assign attendees to tables during the seated lunch on Wednesday, May 25th, according to their peer group preference (as best we

Smoke, Suicide, Slavery: The Social in Sustainability

1:35 PM  -  2:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Auditorium

Like other institutional purchasers, governments purchase through global supply chains that are linked to serious violations of human rights. For governments, doing no harm is not only a moral obligation; it is a legal one. In 2011, the UN Human

Sustainability, Up and Down the Supply Chain – A Real Life Scenario

1:35 PM  -  2:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 7

In the world of procurement, sustainability assessment and auditing is becoming a requirement for purchasers and suppliers alike. Many times these terms have overlap where a supplier can also be a purchaser who is auditing their suppliers to meet the

Deforestation-Free Supply Chains: How to Achieve Net Zero Deforestation?

1:35 PM  -  2:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

This panel provides space for conversation about the recent trend of companies and organizations pledging to be deforestation-free by 2020. The session will include a discussion of what deforestation-free means, the commonalities among the various pledge platforms, and whether deforestation-free commitments are enough to protect

Energy Saving Performance Contracting: How to Save Money, Energy, and GHGs with No Up-front Investment

1:35 PM  -  2:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 4

In a bold effort to “procure energy efficiency,” President Obama commit the federal government in 2011 to enter into Energy Saving Performance Contracts worth $2 billion. In 2014, the President extended the goal to $4 billion thanks to the impressive

Motivating Sustainable Procurement within Decentralized Purchasing

1:35 PM  -  2:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 5

A successful Sustainable Purchasing Program relies on consistent implementation of targeted purchasing behaviors which can be challenging in any large or decentralized organization. The human element plays a role in shifting the way an organization does business, and often means

ISO 20400: The New International Standard for Sustainable Procurement

1:35 PM  -  2:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 6

ISO 20400, the new international standard for sustainable procurement, is in the final stages of completion, with international participation from nearly 50 countries and international NGOs such as OECD, UN, and SPLC. The standard aims to assist the public and private sector, including large, medium and small

Networking Break with Exhibitors

2:35 PM  -  3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Inclusive and Responsible Supply Chains: Supplier Diversity Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Auditorium

This panel will explore examples of organizations demonstrating leadership in both supplier diversity and sustainable purchasing, and feature panelists who work on both topics of supplier diversity and sustainability. Discussion topics will include: The links between established supplier diversity efforts

Advancing Sustainable Procurement through Government Policy

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 6

An increasing number of government entities at the local, state and federal level are deepening commitments to sustainable procurement through the development of policies as a key strategy to advance their efforts to tackle climate change, advance safer chemicals, create resilient

Renewable Energy Purchasing: How Long-term PPAs Create Opportunities for Internal Collaboration

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

Renewable energy is a hot topic in sustainable purchasing. In 2015, institutional buyers, including Google, Amazon, Corning, and GM purchased more than 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar power. These buyers were motivated by the financial opportunity of long-term power

EPA’s Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 4

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the production of purchased goods and services (i.e. supply chain) represent the largest source of operational climate impacts for most organizations. In the government sector, purchases of goods and services account for approximately 35% –

Spend Analysis for Sustainable Purchasing Leadership

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 5

Do you know where the biggest environmental, social, and economic risks are within your organization’s purchasing? Did you know sustainability-related spend analysis can be an efficient way of locating the categories and suppliers that need priority attention? This panel will highlight

Kicking Toxic Chemicals Out of the Work Environment: Purchasing Healthier Furniture to Create a Healthier Environment

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 7

All furniture is not created equal. Many leading organizations are seeking to procure products that avoid hazardous and often unnecessary chemicals including toxic flame retardants, persistent stain repellants, formaldehyde, unnecessary antimicrobials and more. Many of these chemicals escape out of

Networking Break with Exhibitors

4:00 PM  -  4:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

SPLC Debate: What is environmentally preferable paper?

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Auditorium

Ask a few experts “what is environmentally preferable paper?” and you’ll likely get a few different answers. And perhaps a little emotion. Paper seems to be one of those categories that elicits strong opinions and varied viewpoints. It’s also often

Responsible Mining and the Products We Use Everyday

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 5

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) offers the first comprehensive, independently-verified, and multi-stakeholder created Standard for environmental and social responsibility at industrial scale mine sites globally. IRMA will be a mining parallel to other certification programs like the Forest

Aligning the Spine of Sustainability: Streamlining the Use of Sustainability Standards for Buyers and Suppliers

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

This panel will showcase the creative collaborations underway to simplify the search for sustainable products and engage increasing sectors of the economy. The ANSI/BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard (now in its sixth revision) is as an example of one industry’s ongoing efforts to

Simple Choices in Sustainable Purchasing? Beware the Pitfalls

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 6

Whats the simple answer for selecting a sustainable product? This question is at the top of the list for purchasers who want to make environmentally-responsible choices. Many of these simple answers may seem to be the correct ones at face

Sustainable Purchasing by Cities: Experiences and Best Practices

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 7

This session will present the key findings and lessons learned from the soon-to-be-released USDN-RPN Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities. It will also highlight examples of actions cities and counties across the United States and Canada have taken to design and

Is Transparent Access to Supply Chain Data a Risk or a Benefit?

4:15 PM  -  5:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Room 4

Most of the sustainability data generated by suppliers in supply chain systems remains private and visible only to the customers who set up the systems. Stakeholder groups such as government regulators, not-for-profit organizations, consumer advocates, and sustainability professionals have urged

Green Power Happy Hour

5:15 PM  -  6:15 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Brought to you by Altenex. Simplifying renewable energy purchasing.

SPLC Leadership Awards Dinner

6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Ballroom

SPLC’s annual Leadership Awards program recognizes public and private sector organizations for leveraging their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet. The 2016 Leadership Award Winners will be announced and presented with their awards during

Sponsor Appreciation & VIP Reception

9:00 PM  -  10:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  By Invitation

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SPLC Board & Strategic Advisory Committee Meeting

7:30 AM  -  9:00 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 6

A joint meeting of SPLC’s Board and Strategic Advisory Committee will take place over breakfast in the Executive Boardroom.

Registration Open

7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom Foyer

Exhibits Open

8:00 AM  -  2:00 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Atrium

Breakfast

8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Cube Hydro Recharge Lounge Open

8:00 AM  -  2:00 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  2nd Floor Foyer A

Keynote Conversation: Streamlining Supplier Sustainability Evaluation & Engagement

9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Auditorium

One of the most challenging aspects of sustainable purchasing is deciding when to evaluate the sustainability performance of one’s suppliers, what criteria to evaluate them on, where to get the data, and then how to engage them in improving that

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:15 AM  -  10:40 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Innovation Accelerator Roundtables

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

The Innovation Accelerator session features up to two dozen simultaneous roundtable presentations and discussions about innovative projects and concepts that are ready to be launched, joined, expanded, replicated, or shared for thoughtful feedback! Each 25 minute roundtable discussion will include

1. Is it Time to Servicize Institutional Furniture?

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Dealing with unwanted furniture is time consuming, labor intensive, and expensive. This roundtable will be an open forum for brainstorming the opportunities and barriers to servicizing institutional furniture purchases to support both the purchase of sustainably made furniture and efficiently

2. What’s the Metric for Sustainable Purchasing?

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Carbon footprints are measured in ‘metric tons of CO2 equivalent’. Waste is measured in ‘tons to landfill’. Water in ‘gallons used’ or ‘gallons discharged’. Fair trade in ‘wages paid’. But what’s the metric for sustainable purchasing? We don’t have one

3. Promoting Sustainable Purchasing with Office Professionals: Building on the Work of Five Universities

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Researchers at five universities investigated office product purchasers’ familiarity with sustainable purchasing, as well as behaviors, processes, policies, hurdles, and perceptions of sustainable purchasing leadership at their universities. In this roundtable, the researchers will share their findings and then facilitate a discussion with participants about

4. The Role of EV Charging in Reaching Organizational Climate Goals

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom
Marissa GaliziaChargepoint

Wide-scale deployment of charging infrastructure is necessary to fuel the transition to driving on electricity. The Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge has demonstrated that people with access to EV charging at work are 20X more likely to adopt an

5. Practical Supply Chain Social Due Diligence

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Procurement specialists are faced with raising pressure to evaluate the social risks in the supply chains associated with their purchasing. Come learn about an internationally developed methodology and related tools for addressing this need, and how they can be easily applied

6. A Buyer Pairing Tool for EVs

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

The Buyer Pairing Tool is a unique concept to leverage the purchasing power of public and private sector organizations interested in buying alternative fuel vehicles, technologies, and infrastructure. This process is facilitated by an on-line tool that organizational buyers can use to

7. CANCELLED: Frameworks for Managing Social and Ethical Risks in Energy Purchasing

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Energy—in the form of both electricity and fuel—is one product that every organization and institution purchases on a regular basis. Like other products, upstream stakeholders in the energy value chain vary widely in their policies and practices relating to sustainability

8. Advancing International Renewable Energy Procurement

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

If you are an organization that has operations outside North America, sourcing renewable energy can present a number of challenges. Join us to learn more about RE100, CDP, WRI, and the forthcoming Green-e International Standard. Discuss how your organization can

9. Developing a Sustainable Seafood Program within Your Existing Organizational Structure & Culture

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

The New England Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program advises Corporate Partners on how to best write policies, structure approaches, improve procurement decisions, outreach about efforts, track improvements, and implement all aspects of a successful sustainable seafood program. Come learn about how

10. Strategies to Respect Human Rights in Apparel & Uniform Supply Chains

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

With a focus on the apparel sector, this roundtable will identify the components of two procurement practices—risk assessment and transparency—and point to lessons being learned from natural experiments in the apparel sector. These include the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, the Accord/Alliance

11. The Economic Category of Sustainability: Involuntary Stakeholders and Environmental and Social Harms

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Who are indirect or “involuntary” stakeholders, and how do their interests differ from “arms length” stakeholders? A key challenge within the service sector is determining when and how it is appropriate to go beyond only ‘arm’s length’ stakeholders in forming

12. A Model for Reducing High Potency Greenhouse Gases via Purchasing

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Fluorinated greenhouse gases produced during LCD panel manufacturing are the most potent greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. These emissions have been driven down through a combination of transparency and reporting, industry collaboration, and purchasing standards that influenced supplier commitments to

13. Wider Training for Improved Results: Engaging PCard Holders in Sustainable Purchasing

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Reeve Consulting has launched the Green Learning Centre, an eLearning tool for sustainable purchasing education and employee engagement. Reeve is currently piloting its use with PCard holders, in order to expand the reach of sustainable purchasing within organizations in the

14. Building Portfolios: Overcoming Barriers to Cost Savings & Impact Reductions

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

As LEED has shown, buildings are an important opportunity when it comes to addressing the environmental, social, and health impacts. And, we know we can advance those causes while also creating economic opportunity and mitigating risks. But, we have a

15. How the US Government is Integrating Sustainability into its New Category Management System

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Can sustainability leadership be integrated “by default” into the roughly $450 billion in annual federal purchasing spent by 50,000 federal procurement professionals? In this session you will learn how EPA, GSA, and two White House offices are working with many

16. Building Climate-related Capacity Across Supply Chain and Procurement Decision Making Roles

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

ACCO has been working to develop and codify the competencies and knowledge areas critical for supply chain and procurement professionals as they pertain to climate change. The resulting curriculum and credentialing activities developed by ACCO will serve as a catalyst

17. How Can We Work Together to Develop the Sustainability Capacity of Our Suppliers? Shared Mentorship Program?

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Some large organizations provide training to help develop the sustainability capabilities of their small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers, but many organizations don’t have the resources for that. Some SPLC members have asked SPLC to host a shared program that many organizations could use

18. What’s the Future of IT/Electronics Sustainability Standards?

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Public interest advocates have raised many concerns about social and environmental impacts associated with the lifecycle of electronics, including conflict minerals, human and labor rights violations, e-waste pollution, and more. Purchasing electronics using sustainability standards that verifiably mitigate these impacts

19. Global Living Wages: Benchmarking & the Multi-stakeholder Approach

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

This presentation will detail why living wage is such an important issue in need of leadership from purchasers around the world. Participants in this discussion will walk away with an understanding of ways they can get involved in eradicating extreme

20. The Sustainability Consortium’s Impact Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of Impacts and Actions in Retail Supply Chains

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Come hear from a Sustainability Consortium staff member directly as they present TSC’s first-ever impact report, Greening the Global Supply Chain: From Blind Spots to Hotspots to Action. The impact report is a first-of-its-kind analysis of TSC’s entire data set, gathered over the course of

21. Leveraging GPOs to Advance Sustainable Purchasing

10:40AM  -  12:10PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Group Purchasing Organizations traditionally aggregate purchasing between organizations in order to achieve cost savings. What are the challenges and opportunities involved in leveraging GPO purchasing power to similarly improve the social and environmental consequences of purchases? How can purchasers and

22. Innovating and Networking to Accelerate the Shift to Sustainable Public Procurement Around the World

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

Learn about a global initiative co-led by the United Nations Environment Programme, ICLEI, and the Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute: the 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement. This programme is a global collaborative platform to make the case for

23. Collaborating to Streamline Supplier Sustainability Assessment

10:40 AM  -  12:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

This interactive discussion will follow up on the morning Keynote Conversation – and the Committee On Supplier Ratings (COSR)’s work – to explore concrete ways that the SPLC community can help streamline the supplier sustainability assessment process for buyers and suppliers. Those interested in

Topical Seated Lunch

12:10 PM  -  1:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Ballroom

So that attendees with common interests can more easily find each other for intimate conversation during the Summit, we are offering to assign attendees to tables during the seated lunch on Thursday, May 26th, according to their topics of interest

U.S. EPA Recommended Standards and Ecolabels: Simplifying Environmentally Sustainable Procurement

1:10 PM  -  2:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Auditorium

Purchasers far and wide have been challenged by how to determine which standards and/or ecolabels to use to help them identify and procure more sustainable products and services. The White House recently tasked the EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program with

Rethinking Meat on the Menu: Procurement trends and opportunities

1:10 PM  -  2:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 7

Plant-forward menus are quickly becoming a leading trend in institutional foodservice. Hospitals, school districts, universities, and municipal governments are revolutionizing menus to balance plant and animal proteins on the plate, reduce portion sizes of meat and other animal protein, and

How Purchasers Can Support the Toxic Chemical Challenge to the Global Electronics Industry

1:10 PM  -  2:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

Join this session to learn about the challenge to electronics brands, manufacturers, and suppliers to proactively reduce and eliminate chemical and physical hazards through the development and adoption of safer alternatives, which promote production that is safe, healthy, environmentally sound,

Sustainable Procurement: Engaging and Developing Suppliers

1:10 PM  -  2:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 4

Supplier Sustainability Plans: Tailored Accountability – When outright requirements aren’t the best strategy, how can supplier accountability be built into a purchasing process from the beginning? Learn about a method of evaluating and engaging suppliers using a required Vendor Sustainability

SPLC Guidance in Action: Synergies and Challenges with LEED Certification

1:10 PM  -  2:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 5

In this session, a global real estate leader will discuss the challenges faced reconciling their commitment to LEED certification and sustainable purchasing in their multi-tenant assets. This dynamic session will provide opportunities for attendees to share challenges they’ve faced and

Role of Sustainable Purchasing in the Circular Economy Understanding the Life Cycle of Materials

1:10 PM  -  2:10 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 6

With the global population expected to reach 10 billion people by 2050, it is critical to evaluate and redesign our current product production systems for end-of-life management if we wish to provide the growing global middle class with the quality

Networking Break with Exhibitors

2:10 PM  -  2:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Atrium & Patio

Using Procurement to Identify & Address Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts Along the Supply Chain: The Example of ITC

2:35 PM  -  3:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

This interactive workshop will use the example of information and communication technology to track the social, environmental and economic impacts of a product along the supply chain. Participants will come away with an understanding of how to get information about

Carbon Cost as a Selection Factor in Competitive Bidding

2:35 PM  -  3:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 5

Learn about the US GSA’s interest in using carbon costs at the bid level–the GHG impact of a required quantity of both products and services–as a bid selection factor in competitive procurements. Learn about the two threshold requirements for this

New Strategies in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement

2:35 PM  -  3:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 7

New Strategies in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement – A presentation on how corporate customers are using off-site renewable energy power purchase agreements to meet their carbon reduction goals. We will use the recent purchase by Steelcase (office furniture manufacturer) of

Sustainable Supply Chain: Engaging and Developing Suppliers

2:35 PM  -  3:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 4

THIS SESSION FEATURES 3 LIGHTNING TALKS (IN THIS ORDER): The Full Supplier Engagement Cycle – Learn how to formulate a comprehensive, cyclical sustainable purchasing plan with best practices learned over the past several years by Sonoco, a $5 billion/year company

Supplier Codes of Conduct: Best and Next Practices

2:35 PM  -  3:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Auditorium

Supplier Codes of Conduct have become popular as a way for large purchasers to address a wide range of social, environmental, and ethical responsibility concerns in their supply chains. But writing a Supplier Code of Conduct document doesn’t ensure that risks are,

Material Ingredient Reporting – Why Do We Care?

2:35 PM  -  3:35 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Room 6

As many large purchasing organizations (Google, Walmart, various Universities, municipalities, etc.) are requiring product ingredient transparency within their supply chains purchasing programs, understanding the fundamentals of the existing Material Ingredient Reporting programs is becoming a necessity. The U.S. Green Building Council

Closing Remarks

3:35 PM  -  4:15 PM, Thursday, May 26, 2016  |  Auditorium/Main Stage