President & CEO, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
As President & CEO of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Sam leads SPLC’s strategy, program delivery, partnerships, and fundraising. Sam has led SPLC’s engagement with Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, and NGOs since recruiting the Council’s founding members in 2013. As a trusted advisor, Sam provides members with executive support for implementing strategic sustainable purchasing programs that drive innovative business practices throughout supply chains. In his prior role as Director of Outreach & Operations, Sam created SPLC’s membership program and created the in-person and virtual collaboration spaces that enable SPLC’s vibrant community of sustainable procurement leaders to network, share best practices, and execute projects together. Prior to his work with SPLC, Sam was instrumental in growing the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), whose Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System provides guidance and recognition to institutions of higher education for sustainability leadership. Sam created and oversaw the green purchasing program for Duke University & Health System while working as the university’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. He got his start in responsible supply chain work in 1999 while helping Duke University develop programs to eliminate sweatshops from its licensed apparel supply chains. As an entrepreneur, Sam has experience marketing renewable energy and organic food. Sam graduated from Duke University with a degree in Computer Science.
Some exciting news coming out of the sustainability movement these days is that leading organizations are increasingly using their talent and purchasing power to help steward the health of “the commons”: shared resources that belong to no one but which we all depend on, such as clean water and air, fisheries, local workforces, and well-functioning markets. Organizations … read more >>
As more organizations invest in understanding and managing the sustainability of their procurement and supply chain, a new profession is emerging: the sustainable purchasing program leader. Going by many different titles, these professionals are responsible for identifying the most strategic opportunities for their organization to promote sustainability within their purchasing and deftly facilitating collaboration between … read more >>
What will it take for our better purchasing decisions to add up to a global economy that is truly economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable? How can we rapidly scale-up the collective impact of our sustainable purchasing efforts? In short, can we go about our buying today in a way that will bring about the prosperous … read more >>
SPLC SUSTAIN℠ is a new program for SPLC that aims to give confidence to procurement professionals that they are using the best ecolabels, standards and certifications by assessing and recommending these programs. This workshop will share the latest in the SUSTAIN journey, and provide participants the opportunity to give input on the project roadmap, category definitions, … read more >>