As we welcome in Spring, we have a number of fresh offerings and announcements. Read on for the latest news, industry job postings, upcoming events, insider knowledge, as well as networking, learning, and engagement opportunities.
Letter from the CEO  - Industry Leadership
Equity Focused Deep Dive - April 26
2022 Electric Bus Webinar - April 21
Newly Published Lab Guidance
Updated UP Scorecard
New Members - See Who's Joined!
New Horizons - Job Postings
Membership Intro - April 12 & 17
SPLC Partner Events
   Letter from the CEO

It’s challenging to see a way forward through the many crises facing the world right now, but this moment also has incredible potential to enable a more just, sustainable, and meaningful future. 

Remarkably, an enormous opportunity to change the world (at least the world of commerce, which affects everything else) now lies with procurement and supply chain teams, as those in leadership positions now grasp the power of purchasing to drive change. We at SPLC repeatedly hear from procurement leads who have been newly directed to condition their organizations’ spend on achieving climate goals, protecting human rights, reducing resource consumption and waste, supporting community engagement and employment, and more. 

This moment of great promise and responsibility makes now the ideal time to shift from going it alone to working with others to drive forward together. We invite all of you who are not yet SPLC members to join with us in executing aligned sustainable procurement strategies, moving forward at the scale and speed required.

SPLC provides our members with continually expanding opportunities to share and build on each others’ insights, and provide each other with support and collaboration for impact. Together we can collaborate, build on the proven work of others, and go further faster.

Join us for our virtual Deep Dive series, kicking off April 26th, for basic training on strategic program development and on critical issues like climate  – for collaboration and alignment to build momentum for change, for leadership innovation on vital supply chain issues, and for companionship of your peers as you build the infrastructure for doing business in ways that help to build a more equitable, sustainable, healthy, and abundant world that lies just ahead.

Sarah O’Brien, CEO

SPLC’s first Deep Dive of 2022, Enlarging the Sustainable Purchasing Frame, on April 26th promotes the convergence of social, economic, and environmental equity in support of thriving communities. Graciously sponsored by Rose International, this convening focuses on procurement’s role in building prosperous, equitable, and environmentally sustainable communities for all. 

This event kicks off with a keynote by the impressive Tiffany Keaton, Senior Manager, Business Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability at TIAA. Ms Keaton helmed this Fortune 500 company’s Supplier Diversity program as it garnered multiple accolades including being named by The National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) as one of the “Best-of-the-Best” corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities in 2020. She then took on the role of assuring comprehensive supply chain sustainability covering environmental and social factors, and will speak to her team’s journey to integrate the many pillars to driving truly inclusive and sustainable procurement practices.


Following Ms Keaton’s keynote, esteemed panelists Dr. Ellonda Williams of BLab, Holly Brewster, Autodesk’s Director of PPO Automation & Programs, and Detra Dillon, Procurement Administrator for the County of Alameda, CA will discuss the ways in which they have been able to address economic and social equity together with environmental sustainability in their work. The final portion of the event will be the workshop Impact Sourcing: Leveraging the Power of Procurement to Advance Economic Inclusion in Global Supply Chains, led by Jessica Custer, of BSR’s Global Impact Sourcing Coalition (GISC). This hands-on workshop focuses on leveraging procurement for positive social benefit and introduces the concept and proven benefits of Impact Sourcing to enable participants to build inclusive sourcing and workforce development across their procurement portfolios. 

Join us to hear these compelling speakers and attend workshops that will equip you to integrate social impact into your sustainable procurement strategy. And stay on for a ‘virtual networking’ hour of fast paced breakout discussions to catch up with friends and connect with peers! 

All workshops are eligible for continuing education credits towards ISM certification programs. 

Thank you to our sponsor Rose International.


This 1-hour webinar will cover how different groups - cities, colleges, schools, companies, and others - are electrifying bus fleets. Join us to learn about their strategies, execution, and challenges they faced along the way, and how they overcame them.

WRI and the Electric School Bus Initiative will share their experience with school bus electrification, IndyGo will talk about their involvement with fleet and bus electrification on the public transit side in Indianapolis, and the Electrification Coalition will discuss why bus electrification matters, available models, and procurement options for public fleets.


• Sarah Fischer, Electric Vehicle Specialist, Electrification Coalition

• Thierno Blade, Deputy Director of Maintenance, IndyGo

• Brittany Barrett, Senior Manager, School District E-Mobility Technical Assistance, WRI

Register Now!

Please note: this webinar is free and open to the public but the recording and slides will be accessible to SPLC members only. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings. Contact Helena Kennedy with any questions.


SPLC Publishes Laboratory Guidance

The SPLC published a new comprehensive guide to best practices in purchasing sustainable laboratory supplies and services. The publication Sustainable Procurement Guidance for Laboratory Supplies and Services was developed by a multistakeholder team of experts to address energy and water inefficiencies, toxins, waste, and labor rights violations that are often found in procuring and use of such supplies. This is the first category-guidance publication that the SPLC has offered to the public for purchase.The Guidance is available (along with hundreds of other resources and individualized programming) to SPLC members at no cost.

The guidance includes targeted strategies and supporting resources to address specific impacts within the laboratory goods and services sector. Additionally, it provides systems-level approaches to integrating these strategies into procurement processes such as RFPs, supplier sustainability performance tracking, and more. The relevance of this publication cannot be understated, with My Green Lab recently identifying the Biotech and Pharma Scope 3 carbon footprint to be higher than the Forestry & Paper and Semiconductor Industries; and U.S. Border Patrol continuing to monitor nitrile glove imports and manufacturers for human rights violations.  

The Procurement Guidance for Laboratory Supplies and Services comes out of SPLC’s agile collaborative tradition and is useful to all institutions looking to improve their overall sustainability, starting at the lab level. Take your first step towards sustainable procurement by downloading the guidance!

Updated and Improved UP Scorecard 

The newest version of the UP Scorecard has launched! This free, easy-to-use web-based tool was introduced in August 2021 by the Single Use Materials Decelerator (SUM'D), of which SPLC's Johanna Anderson is the current President. The goal of this web-based tool is to be the go-to resource to help companies make responsible packaging decisions, an end goal that SPLC strongly supports

The UP Scorecard measures commonly used foodware and food packaging products with a single yardstick to offer companies the first-ever free and comprehensive tool for making sustainable purchasing decisions. You can now score over 70 additional foodware and food packaging products including cups, plates, trays, bowls, ramekins, takeout containers, lids, utensils, and more. Check out this simple means to assess the sustainability impacts of common foodware and food packaging choices.

Welcome New Members 

SPLC is pleased to welcome a new and returning members to our growing community. Multi-stakeholder membership and collaboration is the core of SPLC, enabling each of us to draw on the diverse perspectives and experiences of fellow members to help us to go further faster, and continually expand our collective impact. 

Guardian Life

JP Morgan Chase


Hedgehog Coaching & Consulting

Fidelity Investments

S&P Global

New Horizons - Jobs in Sustainable Purchasing

With the change of the seasons comes fresh opportunity and room for professional development and growth. Keep tabs on the latest in job opportunities in SPLC’s monthly roundup:

Assistant Director of Communications (Boston University Sustainability) 

Director of Corporate/Institutional Engagement (Center for Environmental Health)

Policy Director (Center for Environmental Health)

Presidential Post Doctoral Fellow (ASU)

Project Manager, Sustainable Procurement (UnitedHealth)

Senior Manager, Colleges & Universities (Center for Environmental Health)

Sustainable Procurement Manager (MGM Resorts International)

Sustainability Strategy Manager (City of Providence, RI)

Have a sustainable purchasing-related job announcement you'd like to advertise to SPLC's readership? Let us know.

SPLC Intro to Membership

Our diverse member organizations have a large spectrum of impact, but no matter the size, SPLC membership is a crucial step towards setting and achieving significant sustainable procurement goals. If your organization is looking to make sustainable purchasing a reality, join us April 12 at 12noon ET or April 17 at 4pm ET for an introduction to membership.  

Upcoming SPLC Partner Events

May 17-19: Circularity 22, Atlanta GA. How can we leverage the circular economy to increase resilience, mitigate climate risk & unlock new opportunities? Find out at Circularity22 where you’ll hear from 150+ speakers & gain access to 75+ informative sessions. Register:

Are you an SPLC member and have an event item you'd like to pass along to SPLC's readership? Let us know.
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