Applying for a SPLC Leadership Award


Have you done something extraordinary to further the sustainable procurement movement?   Get the recognition that you deserve! 


The SPLC Leadership Awards is an annual event open to all organizations and individuals.    Submissions are open year-round. To qualify for the 2023 Leadership Awards, complete your submission by May 31st, 2023.


Apply Now!

Submission Instructions     Submission Portal    

Award Types


Organizational Leadership Awards
Winning submissions for purchaser, supplier, and public interest advocate submissions will be selected by a blue-ribbon jury for special recognition.

Individual Leadership Awards
Winning submissions recognize one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the advancement of the sustainable purchasing movement.

Case Study Recognition
All case study submissions that meet baseline leadership and quality criteria will earn an Outstanding Case Study award, even if they do not qualify for a juried award.

Please note that SPLC awards are intended to recognize organizational and individual achievement in sustainable purchasing leadership, and not to showcase specific products or services. Case studies that primarily promote a supplier’s products or services will be disqualified.

Holistic Sustainability Leadership: More than Just Environmental
We strongly encourage submissions that address social, economic, and ethical aspects of sustainable purchasing, as well as environmental impacts.

For example,

  • Have you worked to develop the sustainability competency and capabilities of your small and diverse suppliers?
  • Have you addressed supply chain human rights concerns like conflict minerals and human trafficking?
  • Have you challenged your suppliers to put in place anti-discrimination and affirmative hiring practices?
  • Have you connected your purchasing to local economic development that improves the community in which you operate?

Juried Award Categories

Purchaser Awards(Organizational)

Overall Program
Recognizes an organization whose overall sustainable purchasing program exemplifies the qualities defined in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing
Special Initiative
Recognizes an organization for a specific purchasing initiative that demonstrates exceptional leadership in improving the environmental, social, and economic performance of the organization and supply chain.
Engaging Suppliers
Recognizes a purchasing organization that has done an exceptional job of motivating and helping to develop high sustainability performance by its suppliers.
Business Case
Recognizes the organization that best demonstrates the business value generated by sustainable purchasing.

Supplier Award(Organizational)

Supplier Leadership
Recognizes a supplier organization whose actions have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and improve the impacts of their procurement decisions.

Public Interest Advocate Award(organizational)

Public Interest Advocate Leadership
Recognizes a public interest advocate organization whose actions facilitate market transformation towards sustainability – in particular those who have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending.

Circular Economy Award(organizational)

Circular Economy Leadership
Recognizes leadership in work to forward circular procurement

Individual Award

Individual Leadership
Recognizes one or more individuals whose vision, leadership, and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the advancement of sustainable procurement best practice and building the sustainable purchasing movement. Nominations for the Individual Award can be made by the individual themselves, and/or by another person or organization.


Case Study Recognition

Outstanding Case Study
This award is given to all high quality case studies submitted that meet our outstanding case study criteria but are not selected for juried awards at this time. Recognizes the contribution leaders make when they take the time to document and share their work with others to provide models of excellence in sustainable purchasing. All Outstanding Case Study submissions will be included in the SPLC Case Study Library. 

Apply Now!

Submission Instructions     Submission Portal