Webinar Series

SPLC hosts 1-2 webinars per month that focus on hot topic issues in the field of sustainable purchasing. Webinar recordings and slides are available to SPLC members only. Learn more about SPLC membership.

Upcoming Webinars


October 23, 2019, 1:30-3:00pm ET

SPLC Hands on Learning Session #5 (members only): Vision & Program Charter

During this hands-on learning session you will:

  • Draft a 5-year “big vision” for your sustainable purchasing program

  • Begin the development of a Program Charter, with the goal of building a detailed model of how your organization’s program will work, the impacts it will address, and the benefits it could realize

Sustainable purchasing programs often develop informally, the result of years of ad hoc, opportunistic activities. Rarely are program leaders invited to pick their heads up and think deeply about the future they are hoping to create through their organization’s purchasing. But organizations that establish bold, audacious visions find that having a vision in place is grounding and allows the program to take a more strategic approach. Join the SPLC for this Vision workshop and take the time to develop a big vision for your sustainable purchasing program. Once you’ve drafted your vision, you’ll move on to more “practical” thinking with the development of a Program Charter that will help you to put more structure to how you will achieve that big vision.


Johanna Anderson & Kris Spriano

Others TBD

This learning session is for SPLC Members Only – Register Now! 


December 11, 2019, 1:30-3:00pm ET

Purchasing for Zero Waste: 3 Case Studies from Higher Education (open to the public)

Purchasing is one of the most critical places to look for waste reduction strategies. In any organization, most of the waste that goes out the back door initially came in the front door through purchasing. College and University campuses are further challenged by the diverse and widely distributed array of waste streams that they manage. This group of campus procurement leaders will discuss how they have moved toward Zero Waste goals through procurement of sanitation products, event services, and laboratory supplies.

Learning objectives during this 90 minute webinar:
1) The challenges of implementing a styrofoam packaging ban at University of California, how to leverage purchasing contracts to advocate changes in product packaging.
2) Ohio State University’s collaboration to reduce landfill waste and costs including a “shovel ready” hand dryers program, how to address concerns that arise and the process used to navigate a public higher education institution.
3) UC San Diego’s process and approval basis for suppliers for a zero-waste event that engaged 20 suppliers, how they defined guidelines, prepared and managed the execution of the event, and more.

–Matt Cyr, Assistant Director, Building Contract Services and Supply Chain, The Ohio State University
–Maggie Grey, Dining Commodity Manager, Senior Buyer CPSM, University of California, San Diego
–Mary Leciejewski, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University
–Heather Perry, Procurement Services, University of California at Santa Barbara
–Mona Powell, Wellness and Engagement Manager, University of California, San Diego

Register Now!

This webinar is open to the public. However, the recording and slides will only be made available to registrants and SPLC members on the SPLC community website. Please contact Helena Kennedy with any questions.

Past Webinars – 2019

September 18, 2019

SPLC Webinar: Shifting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency from Cost to Asset

When it comes to renewable energy, green power is reaching cost parity with brown power, which presents a great opportunity for organizations to transition to renewables. How can procurement help ensure organizations are taking advantage of the opportunities being opened up while avoiding the possibility of over buying, or making long-term investments with more risk than potential reward? Leading organizations are taking an integrated approach to buying and using energy, a concept known as Active Energy Management (AEM). By bringing sustainability, energy, and procurement teams and resources together, organizations can develop a cohesive strategy, and collaborate on related programs and projects. They gain a complete picture of environmental and bottom-line impact, harness opportunities to trim consumption and costs — and can even shift energy from a cost center to an asset.

Learning Objectives:
–Energy and carbon reduction options from both the supply side with PPA options (Power Purchase Agreement ) 3rd party financed models for renewables wind and solar, as well as the demand side of energy and carbon reductions through 3rd party financed deep energy efficiency upgrades boilers, chillers, HVAC, lighting, energy management systems, and more.
–The University of California’s successes and challenges from 10 years of renewable energy purchases, their latest thinking and the actions taken to finalize seven new utility-scale renewable electricity and biomethane projects, and how UC established a centralized energy services unit to support quick, collective action.

Mark Buckley, Founder, One Boat Collaborative
David Phillips, Associate VP, Energy and Sustainability, University of California
Cynthia Clark, Renewable Energy Manager, University of California
Ramé Hemstreet, VP, Operations, Chief Sustainable Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanente

September 11, 2019

SPLC Hands on Learning Session #4 (members only): Organizational Inventory

During this hands-on learning session participants learned how to:

1. Better understand your organization’s journey towards sustainable purchasing by inventorying your organization’s current activities, goals, and priorities.
2. Make connections between current or planned sustainable purchasing activities and existing organizational priorities.
3. Leave prepared to begin developing sustainable purchasing goals that are relevant to your organization and that will support existing organizational priorities.

Before developing a sustainable purchasing program or crafting big sustainable purchasing goals, it’s important to take a step back to understand how your existing work is already serving as a foundation for both supporting your organization’s existing priorities and providing a platform for increasing positive impacts. Of equal importance is finding ways to achieve buy-in for your efforts by aligning your sustainable purchasing activities in ways that accelerate progress toward organizational goals. Join the SPLC’s Program Team for a Hands-On Learning Workshop designed to help you take stock of existing activities, goals, and priorities so you can proceed with program and goal development in relevant and impactful ways.

Johanna Anderson & Kris Spriano from SPLC

July 2019

Making the Case for Investment in your Company’s Sustainable Procurement Program

Gaining the budgetary resources to support sustainable purchasing coordination and embedding of best practices can be a challenge, even within companies where the big-picture benefits of sustainability initiatives are well understood by senior executives. We asked the sustainable purchasing champions at eight U.S. and international companies in a range of industries and sizes to share how they’ve made the case for investment in their company’s sustainable purchasing program.

This webinar focuses on the proven strategies they shared, and how you can leverage them to successfully increase internal recognition and solicit new investments that help maximize your external impact.

Judy Panayos, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Supply Mgt at Sodexo
David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis
Sarah O’Brien, Acting CEO & Director of Programs, SPLC

June 2019

SPLC Hands on Learning Session #3: Staff Engagement and Accountability

Watch SPLC’s Program Team for our next Hands-On Learning Workshop focused on staff engagement and accountability! Achieving buy-in from key stakeholders is critically important to achieving your goals. This workshop focuses on one particular stakeholder group that is vital to success – the STAFF responsible for implementing sustainable purchasing strategies.

During this workshop you’ll hear about the ways SPLC members have supported their sustainable purchasing efforts through a variety of engagement and accountability methods – from recognition programs, listening sessions, and education and training, to tying sustainable purchasing success to performance reviews and employee compensation. You’ll be invited to think through which approaches would fit best within your organization and staff culture and leave the workshop with some ideas for getting started with staff engagement & accountability.

April 2019

Paper Use Playbook – How to develop your sustainable paper use plan

This 60 minute webinar will help you make smarter decisions and develop and implement a sustainable paper program and policy for your organization. From setting goals and developing policies around use of paper products, to choosing the right paper products based on cost, location, and needs, to increasing responsibly sourced fiber content and implementing effective paper reuse systems, this webinar will give you the tools to improve your sustainable paper use overall.

Learning Outcomes:
–Understanding the 5 plays outlined in the Green Sports Alliance’s “Paper Use Playbook” to implement a sustainable paper use program.
          o Play #1: Eliminate Wasteful Use and Use Paper Efficiently
          o Play #2: Work with Your Stakeholders
          o Play #3: Choose Responsibly
          o Play #4: Manage Paper Waste
          o Play #5: Develop a Purchasing Policy
–Learning from Marriott International’s effort & partnership with Kimberly-Clark Professional to reach their paper sustainability goals

–Joshua Martin, Director, Environmental Paper Network
–Brad Kahn, Communications Director, Forest Stewardship Council
–Lisa Morden, Vice President of Safety & Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark

March 2019

SPLC Hands-On Learning Series Session 2: Effective Strategy Development to Achieve Your Goals

This is the second session in SPLC’s series of hands-on learning workshops to begin fleshing out an overarching strategy to meet specific program and category goals you have identified, using SPLC’s Strategy Cycle approach and your own insight into your organization’s resources, commitments and challenges.

Learning Objectives:
This workshop helps you identify strategically important project types for work on a specific Focus Area, and then begin developing a “Project Charter” for one of those Projects, including a first draft of:

–Analysis of current state,
–Identification of projects and strategies to change that state to achieve your goal,
–Engagement of appropriate stakeholders, and
–Establishing a focused timeline, and metrics for accountability.

We broke out into small groups to discuss and refine our strategy drafts, and identify next steps to further plot out the work ahead to launch and support those strategies.

The takeaway from this workshop was both these draft outlines of Focus area projects and basic outlines of how you intend to address those projects. It was also intended to help familiarize you with SPLC’s Strategy Cycle concept and execution, to support your work going forward and enable you to build a strategically important set of project plans.

SPLC’s Program Team – Johanna Anderson, Sarah O’Brien and Kris Spriano — lead this call. We started with a brief introduction to SPLC’s strategic program approach and quick review of Alameda County’s paper use and recycled paper case study as an example of how a strategic approach can ensure you leverage all your resources and a blend of strategies to achieve meaningful, measurable, and impactful changes. 

February 2019

Brewing up Sustainability – Coffee’s Plan to Become World’s First 100% Sustainable Commodity

Watch this one-hour webinar on how to move beyond a settled niche for more sustainable products and services and actually execute a closeout strategy to get to sustainable options being the only choice. Hear from Fair Trade USA about how the coffee industry has set a goal for itself to become the world’s first 100% sustainable agricultural commodity. Learn about the challenges facing this sector and how actors are coming together to support transformational change. Learn how to take action and hear from UCLA about their experience sourcing sustainable coffee and communicating their efforts to stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:
–Market transformation models – getting sustainable options as the only choice
–How the coffee industry is working to become the world’s first 100% sustainable agricultural commodity
–Challenges and how they are tackling them to support transformational change
–How you can take action and learn from UCLA’s case study on sourcing sustainable coffee

–Sarah O’Brien, Program Director at Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
–Parker Townley, Senior Business Development Manager, Coffee at Fair Trade USA
–Erin Fabris, Sustainability Manger for Housing and Hospitality Services, UCLA


January 2019

SPLC Hands-On Learning Series Session 1: Setting Sustainable Purchasing Goals and Metrics

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community. SPLC launched a new series of online interactive workshops supporting our members through an annual goal setting, program execution and assessment cycle for sustainable purchasing. Each session of this members-only offering will combine a high-level discussion of a given activity, including member insights and best practice examples, followed by a hands-on session set aside for attendees to work through their own self-evaluation and planning. Our first session focused on Goals and Metrics.

Learning Objectives:
–Understand the key benefits of establishing metrics and goals for your program and/or category strategies
–Obtain “how to” tips on setting up metrics and goals for your organization, including BENCHMARK Maturity Model leadership best practices
–Hear about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ journey to establish metrics, goals and reporting for their sustainable purchasing program
–Get hands-on practice establishing goals for your organization in the company of your peers

If you would like to watch the Workshop portion of this webinar and are an SPLC member, please click here to view that recording.

— Julia Wolfe, Environmental Purchasing Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division
— Kris Spriano, BENCHMARK Program Manager, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
— Sarah O’Brien, Programs Director, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council


Past Webinars – 2018

January 2018

Sustainable, Climate-Friendly Food Procurement: Cost-effective and Multi-benefit Strategies

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
1. About the quadruple benefits (health, economic, community well-being, environmental impact) of shifting food procurement to more plant-based proteins and fewer animal-based foods.
2. Understand methods for tracking and reporting on climate and water benefits of food procurement shifts.
3. Share best practices and real life examples from schools and municipalities across the U.S. that are adopting sustainable, healthy, and climate-friendly food procurement policies and practices.


– Chloë Waterman, Senior Food Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
– Julian Kraus-Polk, Program Consultant, Friends of the Earth
– Taylor Spicer, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University


February 2018

The weight of the freight – how to account for climate pollutants from freight transport

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
1. How logistics carbon emissions are calculated and reported – and who is doing it
2. The strategic business value of carbon accounting and climate awareness in global logistics value chains
3. The potential to use results calculated with the GLEC Framework for sustainable decision-making
4. Why and how to adopt a Science Based Target for transport.

–Eszter Toth-Weedon, Industry Relations Manager, Smart Freight Centre
–Suzanne Greene, Technical Advisor, Global Logistics Emissions Council, Smart Freight Centre
–Fernando Rangel Villasana, Senior Technical Manager for the Science-Based Targets initiative, World Wide Fund for Nature


March 2018

Addressing Labor and Human Rights Impacts in Procurements: Green Electronic Council’s Guide for Institutional Purchasers

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
• How the IT industry is addressing human and labor rights in their supply chain.
• How to introduce human and labor rights related performance criteria in technical specifications, supplier selection and procurement award criteria, as well as in contract performance clauses, with practical examples from institutional purchasers.
• How to monitor and evaluate the results of a procurement and provide supplier human and labor rights performance data to meet internal sustainable procurement policy goals and external regulatory requirements.

– Nancy Gillis, CEO, Green Electronics Council
– Brian Pittelli, City of Madison, Wisconsin Procurement Services
– Liz Thomson, Portfolio Manager of ICT Products, Scottish Government


April 2018

Building Sustainable Supply Chains: Approaches for Engagement by Leading Companies

This 90-minute webinar will share Sustrana LLC’s findings and analysis from a new research study of over 100 companies, three stages of supply chain engagement, and recommendations as to how we can collectively be more successful in supply chain sustainability. The webinar will share recent supplier engagement efforts from Lockheed Martin.
– Jennifer Anderson, COO, Sustrana
– Niki King, Director of Responsible Sourcing, Campbell Soup Company
– Tiffany Rodriguez, Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
– Lauren Schultz, Lockheed Martin, Senior Ethics Analyst


May 2018

Does your sustainability strategy truly help the environment and your bottom line?

One of the most interesting debates at the 2017 SPLC Summit was between Yalmaz Siddiqui and Jason Pearson on sustainability metrics. We will build on this discussion and make the case that environmental sustainability is best helped through a data driven assessment that:
a. Takes into consideration the full life cycle of an organization and its products.
b. Assesses the organization’s impacts in terms of not only externalities, but also in terms of how environmental factors affect costs and risks.
c. Allocates scarce resources to projects that support sales while minimizing externalities, costs and risks. Presenters:
– Yann Risz, Aligned Incentives
– Matthew Swibel, Lockheed Martin

September 2018

The Missing Link: Suicide and Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector

Sept. 12, 2018 – 12pm-1pm ET

This webinar discussed specific workplace conditions that increase risk of worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, and what can be done about this human rights issue. The webinar was based on the forthcoming report by Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch: The Missing Link: Suicide & Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector which seeks to identify the link between employee suicides and specific employment conditions such as income, shift work, speed and intensity of the work, overtime, time off, respect, and discipline and violence.

Learning Outcomes:
–What industry, the Chinese government, and public buyers can and should do to mitigate this risk
–The main arguments, conclusions and recommendations from the study

–Björn Claeson, Director of Electronics Watch
–Dimitri Kessler, Founder & Director, Economic Rights Institute

October 2018

Transforming Communities Through Food Sourcing & Food Waste Management

Oct. 11, 2018 – 12pm-1:30pm ET

What this webinar to learn how large companies are making real social impact within their communities through their food procurement and food waste management programs – and how you can too! Sodexo and Bon Appetit were recipients of SPLC’s most prestigious Leadership Awards in 2018 and MGM’s food sourcing program was featured on national television.

Learning Outcomes:
–Learn how leading companies are tackling social issues and gaining positive brand visibility through their food sourcing
–Learn how to make the case for similar programs at your organization

–Judy Panayos, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Supply Management, Sodexo
–Yalmaz Siddiqui, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International
–Nicole Cardwell, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Bon Appetit Management Company

Sustainable Purchasing 101 – Strategies for Implementing a Sustainable Procurement Program

Oct. 25, 2018 – 12pm-1:30pm ET

Building a strong sustainable procurement program involves many moving parts, and progress can sometimes feel elusive. But learning where to focus and how to engage stakeholders can help grease the wheels. This session will provide an overview of key implementation strategies to focus on when initially building program. Key concepts covered will include staffing and management support, prioritization, stakeholder partnerships, communication and education strategies, supplier engagement, and reporting. Whether attendees are new to sustainable procurement or need some new ideas, this session will provide insight into what works to grow a sustainable procurement program.

Learning Outcomes:
–Core elements of implementing a sustainable procurement program
–Communicating with and educating staff and suppliers about sustainable procurement
–Overview of sustainable procurement metrics and reporting

–Johanna Kertesz, Former Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control
–Sarah Church, Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
–Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft

November 2018

Raising The Bar With Ratings – Amgen and Bain Drive Sustainability Performance Improvements

Nov 5, 2018 – 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Watch this webinar to learn how sustainability ratings help procurement tackle the risks and opportunities in ‘long tail spend’ of Indirect categories. Hear how Amgen’s reaching out to Bain & Company about their Ecovadis score prompted one of the largest single-year increases in ratings, and what Bain did to make it happen. We also share what benefits Bain and Amgen have seen from working together on the topics covered by the Ecovadis system.

Learning Outcomes:
–How to stimulate the right discussions with your suppliers to prompt action. 
–What it takes to drive major improvements in areas covered by Ecovadis scores, even in a short time.
  –Which benefits are most powerful from tackling these issues. 

–Kristin Bentsen, Sr. Associate, Global Strategic Sourcing, Amgen 
–Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Partner, Bain & Company 
–Caroline Detalle, Marketing and Communication Director EMEA, Bain & Company
–David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis 

December 2018

What’s in Store for 2019 – The rising importance of supply chain sustainability leadership in a time of disruptive change

Dec. 12, 2018 – 12:00pm-1:00pm ET

From plastic waste to science-based climate targets to gender equity, companies and their suppliers are under the spotlight from investors, watchdog NGOs, and their own employees more than ever before. What are the underlying trends driving these issues in the coming year, and how do companies need to prepare? How can they engage productively with critics, and partner to advance shared goals? Watch this one-hour webinar for a preview of select notable trends and case examples of corporate leadership in stakeholder engagement.

Learning Outcomes: 
— What are select key trends and dynamics driving environmental and social advocacy priorities through 2020, and how will they materially impact companies across the supply chain?
— Why engage externally? What are the best practices in NGO and activist engagement to navigate these challenges, and for partnering with NGOs to help you advance your CSR goals and procurement standards?
— What are the various forms of collaboration and partnership to consider?

— Brendon Steele, Director, Future500
— Sarah O’Brien, Director of Programs, SPLC


More webinars coming soon…

Stay tuned!