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 internal stakeholders and suppliers to realize those opportunities.
In response to requests from many members, SPLC’s Board has prioritized developing a standard curricula that prepares people with the specific knowledge and skills needed to lead a strategic and high-impact sustainable procurement or supply chain program. The curricula will build on the principles, best practices, case studies, resources and tools developed by SPLC members, as well as resources developed by others. Eventually, the curricula may enable the creation of a credential for Sustainable Purchasing Program Leaders.
In this session, participants will hear what SPLC has learned from surveying and interviewing current sustainable purchasing program leaders about the competencies that are key to their success. SPLC will share options it is considering for the development of the program and invite participants to give input and get involved in the program’s development.