News Advisory: Guidance v1.0 & Pilot Launch

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Guidance Program To Be Unveiled February 5th at 11AM ET via Webinar
Will Serve as Foundation for a Sustainable Purchasing Rating System Due in 2016

WASHINGTON DC – Eighty organizations with more than $100 billion in purchasing power have signed up to pilot the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which will be released to the public on February 5th at 11AM ET via webinar.

The result of two years of work by leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations, and public interest groups, the Guidance is a multi-sector program designed to help organizations reduce their risks and contribute to a more sustainable future. The Guidance offers purchasers detailed advice for promoting market innovation and optimizing the environmental, social, and economic performance of their supply chains.

Some of the purchasing organizations that will be piloting the Guidance include, the US General Services Administration, US Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of General Services, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Lockheed Martin, Office Depot, the cities of Cleveland, Portland, and Santa Monica, King County, Emory University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Portland Community College. Suppliers will also be participating in the pilot, including Asia Pulp and Paper, ASSA ABLOY, Ecolab, Little Footprint Lighting, and TreeZero. Enrollment remains open for those organizations interested in joining the Pilot Program.

“Organizations in a wide variety of sectors and regions can use this Guidance to understand the environmental, social, and economic life cycle impacts of their purchased goods and services, prioritize actions that best address these impacts, and benchmark progress toward performance goals,” says Executive Director Jason Pearson. “This Guidance is a voluntary program that will serve as the basis for a future rating system that rewards organizations who demonstrate leadership in sustainable purchasing.”

During the February 5th webinar, viewers will learn about:

  • The origins of Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0.
  • How the Guidance operationalizes the Council’s consensus Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.
  • How to use the Guidance to build a highly effective Sustainable Purchasing Program at any organization.
  • How to use the Guidance to efficiently improve the environmental, social, and economic performance of an organization’s purchasing in a number of high priority categories, including:
    • Chemically Intensive Products
    • Construction & Renovation
    • Electricity
    • Food and Beverages for Food Services
    • IT Hardware and Services
    • Professional Services
    • Transportation & Fuels
    • Wood and Agrifiber Products
  • How interested organizations can participate in the Guidance Pilot Program.
  • How the Guidance and Pilot Program will be foundational to the development of the Council’s sustainable purchasing rating system, which will evaluate how well organizations are taking responsibility for their supply chain’s environmental, social, and economic performance. The rating system is planned for release in 2016.

The Pilot Program is an intensive training, collaboration, and feedback period designed to engage purchasing organizations and entities affected by the Guidance, such as suppliers, standards developers, and certifiers. The Pilot runs from February through July 2015.

The Guidance is the result of two years of work by SPLC staff and stakeholders, including 90 expert volunteers from leading organizations in the government, NGO, and corporate communities who served on the Technical Advisory Committee and eight category-specific Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs).

About the Webinar
Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Time: 11am ET

About the Council:
Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership 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.

About the Guidance:
About the Pilot Program:
About SPLC’s members:

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
City of Washington, DC
Emory University
FairTrade USA
GreenCircle Certified
King County
Lockheed Martin
Michigan State University
Office Depot
Portland Community College
Province of Nova Scotia
SCS Global Services
Social Hotspots Database Project
State of California, DGS
State of Michigan, DTMB & DEQ
State of Minnesota, PCA & MMD
The Carbon Neutral Company
UL Environment
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
Waste Management

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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