News Advisory: Principles for Unveiling

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During a webinar at 1pm ET on May 7th, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council will unveil a set of principles that define organizational leadership in sustainable purchasing.  By providing a common reference point for excellence, the Principles will enable greater alignment and benchmarking of sustainable purchasing efforts across all types of organizations operating in the multi-trillion dollar institutional purchasing marketplace.  The Principles will serve as a “moral compass” for the Council as it launches, in May, the development of a multi-sector program for guiding, benchmarking and recognizing leadership in sustainable purchasing.

The Council believes these Principles will help the institutional purchasing community achieve its full transformative potential, in much the same way that the UN Principles for Responsible Investment have helped investors to catalyze large-scale market transformation.  The development of a shared definition for leadership in sustainable purchasing will similarly enable efficient sharing of best practices, solutions, training, benchmarking, recognition, and policy efforts among organizations, sectors and regions.

“The Council supports a strategic approach to sustainable purchasing that is consistent across sectors,” says Executive Director Jason Pearson. “The potential for alignment, market influence, and supply chain innovation accelerate dramatically when we all speak the same language and use similar processes to evaluate and mitigate the impacts associated with institutional purchasing.”

In this one-hour webinar, viewers will learn about:

  • The five essential principles for leadership in sustainable purchasing
  • How to put the principles into action at your organization
  • How suppliers can support customers’ implementation of these principles
  • How the principles can be useful to advocates for social and environmental responsibility
  • How the principles serve as a foundation for the development of a multi-sector guidance, benchmarking and recognition program for leadership in sustainable purchasing

The Principles were developed through an 18-month multi-stakeholder process that engaged leading organizations from a number of sectors, and included the collection of more than 300 comments via public forums and a comment period.  The final iteration of the Principles reflects the deliberation of a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) made up of SPLC members from the purchaser, supplier and public interest advocacy communities.

About the Webinar
Date: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Time: 1pm ET

About the Council:
Launched in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council builds on four years of work by the Green Products Roundtable, a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder forum convened by the Keystone Center in 2008.  The Council brings together leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs to develop an integrated guidance, benchmarking, and recognition program for leadership in sustainable institutional purchasing.

SPLC’s founding members:
American University
Apex Clean Energy
Arizona State University
Caesars Entertainment
CIPS Sustainability Index
City of Portland, OR
City of San Francisco, CA
Emory University
Ernst & Young
FairTrade USA
GreenCircle Certified
King County, WA
Lockheed Martin
Michigan State University
Office Depot
Social Hotspots Database Project
State of California, DGS
State of Michigan, DTMB & DEQ
State of Minnesota, PCA & MMD
The Carbon Neutral Company
The District of Columbia
UL Environment
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
Waste Management
SCS Global Services

SPLC Founding Partners:
The American National Standards Institute
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association
BSR Center for Sustainable Procurement
Institute for Supply Management
ISEAL Alliance
National Association of State Procurement Officers
Practice GreenHealth
The Product Stewardship Institute
Responsible Purchasing Network
Sustainable Food Lab
Sustainability Standards Partnership
UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative
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