News Advisory: 2015 Awards for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Announced


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Four Organizations Receive Highest Honors for Exemplary Leadership
Twenty-two Organizations Receive Outstanding Case Study Awards

WASHINGTON DC – The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) announced on Wednesday, May 27th, the 2015 Awards for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. Recipients included a Federal agency, a county government, an office products supplier, and a consulting firm.

US Department of Energy received the Purchaser Leadership Award for an Overall Program—which is SPLC’s highest honor and recognizes a purchasing organization whose overall sustainable purchasing program exemplifies leadership—for its GreenBuy Award Program.

County of Alameda received the Purchaser Leadership Award for a Special Initiative—which recognizes a purchasing organization whose work with a specific purchasing category, issue, or supplier demonstrates exceptional leadership in improving the environmental, social, and economic performance of its supply chain—for implementing a strategic plan for copy paper.

Two organizations received the Supplier Leadership Award, which recognizes a supplier organization whose actions have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending. Office Depot received the Award for advancing sustainability by engaging its customers. Vital Metrics received the Supplier Award for providing sustainability impact spend analysis services.

The 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. Understanding the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Commitment. Taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing by committing to an action plan.
  • Results. Delivering on its commitment to improve the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its purchasing.
  • Innovation. Actively promoting internal and external innovation that advances a positive future.
  • Transparency. 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 Executive Director Jason Pearson. “Collectively, they focus the powerful market influence of institutional purchasers–in public and private sectors alike—to advance a socially just, ecologically robust, 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.”

In addition to the four Leadership Awards, twenty-two organizations received Outstanding Case Study Awards for a total of thirty-three high quality case studies that document these organizations’ diverse efforts to exercise and support leadership in sustainable purchasing. Recipients of the Outstanding Case Study Awards included: Aflac, Asia Pulp and Paper, Citi, City of Portland, County of Alameda, Dell, Domtar Corporation, Ecolab, Emory University, FedEx, Government of the District of Columbia, GreenCircle Certified, LLC, HDR, KEITI, King County, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Province of Nova Scotia, Sphere E, State of California Department of General Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and University of California San Diego.

The winning Case Study Awards will become part of SPLC’s Case Studies Database, an online reference tool cross-linked with SPLC’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.

The winners were selected by a jury from government, the private sector, and civil society, which included: Karl Bruskotter (City of Santa Monica), Barry Giles (Buildingwise, LLC), Harry Lewis (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Christina Macken (SPLC), Amanda Stevens (World Resources Institute), and Nancy Wahl-Scheurich (Little Footprint Lighting).


List of Outstanding Case Study Awards:
Aflac – Advancing Sustainable Procurement and Improving Supplier Diversity
Asia Pulp and Paper – A Journey Towards a More Sustainable & Transparent Paper Production Model
Citi – Citi’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program
City of Portland (5)- On-Site Renewable Energy: Biogas; Cargo Trike Delivery of Office Supplies; Standardizing Around ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Office Electronics; Greening CityFleet: Taking on Emission and Toxics Reduction Strategies; LED Residential Street Lighting
County of Alameda – Trends in Climate Impacts of Public Agency Procurement: A Meta-Analysis
Dell – Closed Loop Recycled Plastics Initiative
Domtar Corporation – The Paper Trail: Digitizing Transparency
Ecolab – Innovating Toward Sustainability One Custodial Shift at a Time
Emory University – Emory University’s Sustainable Food Initaitive
FedEx – Sustainable Packaging Reporting
Government of DC – DC Efforts to Institutionalize Sustainable Purchasing
GreenCircle Certified, LLC – Benefits of Multi-Attribute Sustainable Product Certification
HDR – Kicking Flame Retardant Chemicals Out of Office Furniture
KEITI – Green Public Procurement of South Korea
King County (3) – King County Metro Transit Fleet Purchases; West Point Treatment Plant Renewable Energy – Purchasing Partnerships; King County’s Environmental Purchasing Program
Lockheed Martin (5) – Lockheed Martin Supplier Ethics Mentoring Program ; Returnable, Reusable Containers & Fixtures; Lockheed Martin Spend Analysis; E-waste Stewardship; Towards the Shared Value Vector: Lockheed Martin Sustainable Purchasing Program
Microsoft – Microsoft Contact Center Strategic Suppliers
Province of Nova Scotia Sustainable Procurement in Nova Scotia – Furniture Case Study
Sphere E – Measuring What Matters: Providing Product Evaluation Software
State of California DGS (2) – Open Office Panels System; State of California’s Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – The USDA Voluntary Biobased Labeling Program
UC San Diego – A Collaborative Approach to Supplier Sustainability Assessments

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 institutional leadership in sustainable purchasing. For more information, see

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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
JCPenney 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 Strategic 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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