PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Award Winners Announced


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Seven Organizations Recognized by Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

MINNEAPOLIS MN – On Wednesday, May 16th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) recognized seven organizations and two individuals for their leadership in the sustainable purchasing movement, a growing trend in which organizations are using their purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.


The leadership award winners were selected by a prestigious panel of judges. Each winner employs a wide range of sustainable purchasing strategies and documented the resulting environmental, social, and/or economic benefits in a case study. The awards and awardees include:

Leadership Award for Overall Sustainable Purchasing Program: 
Bon Appétit Management Company

SPLC’s highest honor was presented to Bon Appétit Management Company for having put in place a comprehensive sustainable purchasing program that exemplifies the qualities defined in SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. As a leader in sustainable supply chains, Bon Appétit helped define what it means to source local food through a number of local food programs and extensive partnership programs with nearly 1400 local suppliers. In 2017 alone, the company spent $100 million dollars total on local produce, sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, and meat that complies with antibiotic-free and hormone-free standards. Through their program, the company reduced approximately 5 millions of CO2 equivalents each month. More about this case study.

Leadership Award for a Special Sustainable Purchasing Initiative: 

Presented to Sodexo for using local sourcing as a way to make a meaningful social impact in its suppliers’ communities. Sodexo effectively partnered within community organizations, suppliers, and distributors in Chicago to reduce food waste and expand career development opportunities and food access for neighborhoods in need. More about this case study.

Sustainable Purchasing Business Case Leadership Award:
Portland State University

Presented to Portland State University for obtaining LEED Gold certification for all new and refurbished buildings, and for partnering with their paint supplier to improve the sustainability of their products. Through their collaboration, they expanded low-VOC paints into the broader market and inventoried the Red Listed chemicals in their paint’s formula. More about this case study.

Leadership Award for Public Interest Advocacy:
My Green Lab

Presented to My Green Lab for developing a new standard and ecolabel targeting sustainable laboratory procurement within the $1.5 trillion life sciences industry. My Green Lab has certified over 89 products since its launch in October 2017 and is working with 14 universities to adopt the label into their procurement. More about this case study.

Leadership Award for Supplier Engagement: 
Royal Philips

Presented to Royal Philips for transforming the established supplier sustainability audit process into a new Supplier Sustainability Performance approach. The new approach focuses on holistic sustainability performance improvement and provides resources and training on setting goals and providing honest and accurate information. The process described in the case study has recently been instituted as the Responsible Business Association’s (formerly EICC) best practice recommend approach for engaging suppliers around sustainability. More about this case study.

Leadership Award for Circular Economy:

Presented to Interface for implementing business practices that aim to completely eliminate the company’s impact on the environment by 2020. Interface’s manufacturing facilities now send zero waste to landfill and operate on 87% renewable energy. More about this case study.

Supplier Leadership Award:
HP Inc.

Presented to HP Inc. for developing a set of 8 sustainable procurement criteria for public procurers with sustainable practices and efficient use of taxpayer’s money in mind. More about this case study.

Individual Leadership Award:
Holly Elwood and Alison Kinn Bennett

Presented to Holly Elwood and Alison Kinn Bennett, who currently serve at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Senior Advisors for the EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and EPA’s Sustainable Products and Purchasing Program, respectively. They have been tireless advocates for sustainable purchasing inside and outside the US federal government and have worked on environmentally preferable purchasing within the US government for over 20 years. They effectively managed a challenging three-year multi-stakeholder process involving over 100 organizations and many rounds of public comment to provide clarity to federal purchasers through a recommended list of credible standards, ecolabels, and certifications. They then worked to integrate these recommendations into many and various federal systems.


During the Awards Ceremony, the Council also honored many more organizations with Outstanding Case Study Awards. These awards recognize organizations for documenting their sustainable purchasing efforts in detailed case studies enable others to follow their lead. Winning case studies are published in SPLC’s Case Study Library. (See list full list of Outstanding Case Study Award winners below.)

SPLC’s Leadership Awards recognize organizations that have demonstrated or actively supported the kind of leadership envisioned in the SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. The Principles state that an organization demonstrates leadership in sustainable purchasing through:

  • Understanding the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing by committing to an action plan.
  • Delivering on its commitment to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Actively promoting internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
  • Soliciting and disclosing information that supports a marketplace of innovation.


“The winners of these Awards have each demonstrated their commitment to leadership in sustainable purchasing,” says SPLC CEO Sam Hummel. “Collectively, they focus the powerful purchasing influence of organizations — in public and private sectors alike — to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, and economically prosperous future. The winners of SPLC’s Leadership Awards exemplify, encourage, and support a constructive cycle of innovation that will define the global marketplace of tomorrow.”

About the Council:
Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. The Council has quickly attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 180 members with over $200 billion in collective purchasing power. In 2015, SPLC released Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which has been called the “most comprehensive literature to date” on sustainable purchasing. Hundreds of organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, resources, and online community of practice to create strategic sustainable purchasing programs, or enhance existing ones.

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Outstanding Case Awards

The following organizations received an Outstanding Case Study Award in recognition of their contribution of a valuable case study to the online library of case studies in SPLC’s online www. 


Case Study Title

City of Portland, Oregon

Sustainable Procurement Program Evolution through Strategic Planning

Custodial Supplies Management

City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver Becomes a Certified Living Wage Employer

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Solar PV Canopies provide substantial opportunity to rapidly meet state facility installed solar capacity goals

Consolidated Edison of New York

Con Edison Sustainable Supply Chain Success

Dakota County, MN

Dakota County Environmental Purchasing Initiatives: Making the Right Choices Financially and Environmentally

Department of General Services, CA

National and State Level Leadership in Sustainability Cohort to pilot the SPLC BENCHMARK tool

Deputy Ministry for Environment of the Basque Government

Green Public Procurement in the Basque Country


Diesel to Electric – FedEx Ground Support Equipment

FedEx High Availability – Increased Space / Reduced Power


GEC’s Approach to the Socially Responsible Procurement of IT Products

Harvard University

University Procurement Mobilizing for Ethical Labor Standards


Hilton Corporate Wide Mattress Recycling Program Diverts 1,000,000+ Pounds of Waste

Interface, Inc. & Element Markets

Utilization of Biomethane in the Supply Chain to Reduce Carbon Emissions: A Case Study with Interface

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Sustainable Procurement Program

King County Department of Transportation

Uncharted Waters: Waterless Car Washing Services in King County

Lockheed Martin

Building Supplier Capability

Molson Coors

Molson Coors Advances Innovative Supplier Diversity Initiative

Monsanto Company

Select Supplier Sustainability Assessment

Pacific Gas and Electric

PG&E The Sustainability Project web-based tool

Procter and Gamble

Partnering for Sustainability – Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain Collaboratively

Repair Association

Right to Repair Case Study


Green Deal Circular Procurement

Shaw Industries

Transforming Commitment to Impact. How Shaw + The United Nations Global Compact is transforming sustainable sourcing

State of Minnesota

Building the sustainability capacity of small, minority, woman, economically disadvantaged, and veteran-owned businesses

Establishing a formal Sustainable Procurement Program

Superior Essex

Superior Essex and Platformatics Redefine Historical Preservation with Connected Lighting Solutions


Supplier Capacity Building: A Collaborative Pilot Using the Sustrana Platform

Tessy Plastics Corp

Tessy Plastics, A Supplier’s Sustainability Journey Stg

TUV Rheinland

Ecolabel builds synergies between value chain actors to accomplish sustainable procurement goal: a case from telecom industry.

U.S. EPA’s EPP Program

EPA’s Recommendations of Specification, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing

UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Sustainable Procurement

UN Environment

UN Environment: 10 years of action to accelerate the shift to Sustainable public procurement at national, regional and global levels

University of California

University of California – Sustainable Procurement Policy updates, quantitative metrics, governance structures and approval

VF Corporation

Cleaning Products

Fabric Scrap Recovery

Indirect Procurement Sustainability Program

The World Bank Group

Increasing the share of WBE in a Corporate Supply Chain



Individual Awards Nominees

The following individuals were nominated for the Individual Leadership Award.



Alicia Culver

Responsible Purchasing Network

Alison Kinn Bennet & Holly Elwood

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Amy Vigneux


Diana Rosenberger

Shaw Industries

Gwendolyn Williams

Thomson Reuters

I. Javette Hines


Joan Kerr

Pacific Gas & Electric

Mike Nilan

TreeZero Paper Company

Stephen Ashkin

The Ashkin Group

Lennert De Potter

Baxter International


Judges for the 2018 Awards

Thank you to the following individuals who judged the 2018 awards. When case studies were submitted by judges’ own organizations, the judge did not review any cases in that category.

Juror Name

Title and Organization

Hamzah Abu-Ragheb

Sustainability Manager, Avendra

Jeremy Bean

Director of Training and Development, Pennsylvania State University

Lisa Colicchio

Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

Mikhail Davis

Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface

Julene Donnay

Director of Sustainability and Vendor Management, UnitedHealth Group

Whit Faulconer

Program Officer, Environment, The JPB Foundation

Maureen Hunt

Procurement Sustainability Manager, Macy’s

Judy Pines


Vivek Raghavapudi

Marketing Manager, Ecolab

Peter Rau

Senior Sustainability Analyst, EcoVadis

Tiffany Rodriguez

Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, PG&E

Angela Shell

Deputy Director – Procurement Division, State of California

Tina Simcich

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology

Matthew Swibel

Director Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Lockheed Martin

William Teague

Chief Contracting Officer, District of Columbia

Justin Troy

Sourcing Manager – Supplier Relationship Management, FedEx Services  

Shelley Zimmer

Sustainability Leadership Program Manager, Hewlett Packard


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