Supplier Development Working Group


Photo of participants in the Supplier Development roundtable conversation at the Summit

The Supplier Development Working Group was incubated during the Innovation Accelerator session at SPLC’s 2016 Summit.

The Supplier Development Working Group is charged with helping SPLC identify and implement strategies, partnerships, and programs that will enable buyers from a wide variety of sectors to better support the development of their suppliers’ sustainability capabilities. The Working Group has a special focus on small, medium, and diverse suppliers, but SPLC expects that the approaches developed will also be instructive for buyers with larger suppliers.

Apply for GroupDownload Toolkit


SPLC members recruited SPLC to host this working group because they saw a need for a consistent approach to developing suppliers’ sustainability capabilities. As a multi-sector, multi-regional, and multi-stakeholder organization that seeks to accelerate the spread of sustainable purchasing best practices across the economy, these members felt that SPLC could play a valuable coordinating role. These SPLC members further felt that SPLC’s holistic definition of sustainability and Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v2.0 would be valuable for helping buyers consistently identify and mature their suppliers’ sustainability capabilities in the most relevant areas.

Support for this working group provided by:

Pacific Gas & Electric

We appreciate PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility program for sponsoring this working group. Co-sponsors are welcome. Download the benefits of sponsorship


The Supplier Development Working Group has:

  • Produced an inventory of a wide array of tools, guides, trainings, case studies and other resources designed to support small and medium suppliers in growing their sustainability capabilities.
  • Identified several training and development programs that are serving as models and partners for the group’s work to produce a Sustainable Supplier Development Toolkit. When published, the toolkit will enable any organization to host its own supplier development training workshop focused on sustainability. This toolkit can be used by companies, government agencies, chambers, supplier development councils, professional societies and more. The Council is currently piloting the toolkit with interested organizations. A recent workshop SPLC conducted with the State of Minnesota’s Targeted Supplier program was very well received. Others interested in hosting a workshop should contact

SPLC’s Role

SPLC acts as convener and manager of the working group. Subject to availability of funding and approval of the SPLC Board of Directors, SPLC implements the recommendations of the working group as part of SPLC’s overall portfolio of program activities. The Working Group operates under the direction of SPLC staff and the SPLC Board of Directors.

Working Group Roster
  • Ann Dougherty, Roppe Holding Company
  • Cade Clanton, FedEx
  • Cassandra Dorrington, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council
  • David Morgan, Cornwall Council, UK
  • Diana Rosenberger, Shaw Industries
  • Jackie Lajoie, Ingersoll Rand
  • Joan Kerr, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Jocelyn Azada, Nielsen
  • John Edelman, Edelman
  • John Glann, Alameda County
  • Justin Troy, FedEx
  • Joshua Gutstein, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Lynda Rankin, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Mark Mills, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Jones-Bey, ConEdison
  • Rakesh Vazirani, TUV Rheinland
  • Rebecca Stevens, GSA
  • Renee Paris, Sonoco
  • Sarah Church, Alameda County
  • Shawn Postera, Multnomah County
  • Siya Jiang Singhal, Baxter International
  • Tiffany Rodriguez, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Tim Hopper, Microsoft

Mode of Work

  • Conference calls.
  • Collaboration via email or online forum between calls.
  • No in-person meetings.
  • Chatham House Rule

Minimum Time Commitment

  • Monthly 1 hour conference calls for a period of 6 months (day and time TBD based on group member availability). Start in early February.
  • 2 hours of offline work per month for a period of 6 months. Tasks may include responding to preparatory questionnaires, reviewing documents, doing outreach, attending a working call with a subgroup, or conducting research.

Working Group Eligibility Requirements

  • Current SPLC membership.
  • Willingness to share openly – under Chatham House Rule – about previous and current sustainability-related supplier development efforts, including lessons learned.
  • Participants must maintain an attendance record of 2/3 of meetings.
  • Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Working Group Application Process

  • Applications for additional Working Group members will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first Phase 2 meeting of the Working Group is targeted for early February 2017.
  • Working group members will be added with an eye towards achieving:
    • a diverse representation of sectors and organization types.
    • a group with appropriate skills and sufficient volunteer capacity to accomplish the envisioned tasks.
Apply for Group