Webinar Series

SPLC hosts both public and members-only webinars throughout the year which focus on hot topics in the field of sustainable purchasing.   
See our Activities Calendar for more information and to register for upcoming sessions.   


Past Webinars 

August 18, 2022 2:00-3:00pm ET

Sustainable Office Supplies

Watch this free SPLC webinar focused on taking a standardized approach to sustainable office supply procurement.

Sustainable purchasers have worked on addressing the category of office supplies for years. In response, the supplier community has worked with both purchasers and office product manufacturers and has made great strides in improving what they can provide to purchasers via their catalogs and their reporting. Yet, there has never been a central standard for sustainable office supply purchasing – and purchasers and suppliers agree that establishing a common approach to this category would simplify the effort for everyone and drive market transformation. That’s why the SPLC leveraged our tested Action Team approach to develop standardized office supply specifications.

During this webinar, learn more about the new standard sustainable office supply specifications available for your use and how you can commit to taking action on this category. Hear directly from Action Team members on how the specs were developed and why their organizations will be participating in the collective action.

• Johanna Anderson, Director of Learning + Member Engagement, SPLC
• Alicia Culver, Executive Director, Responsible Purchasing Network
• Kshirajaa Ramesh, Sustainability Officer, State of Maryland Department of General Services
• Stephanie Roper, Manager, Supplier Diversity + Sustainable Procurement, MGM Resorts International

July 21, 2022 3:00-4:00pm ET

Purchasing Sustainable Air Travel

Watch this webinar recording to learn how you and your organization can support more sustainable aviation by purchasing air travel with sustainability in mind.

Find out how Deloitte, an early corporate purchaser of SAF environmental attributes, has executed transactions with multiple U.S. airlines. Learn about Deloitte’s approach to the transactions, critical elements for successful transactions, and lessons learned so you can start implementing sustainable air travel programs in your organization.

United Airlines also shared how their Eco-Skies Alliance program, the world’s largest corporate customer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) program, works and how United is decarbonizing aviation without the use of offsets.

Also hear from the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance, which aims to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by driving investment in and adoption of SAF. Learn about SABA’s joint procurement efforts that pool demand among its members and get insights on broader SAF market trends.

• Lisa Newman-Wise, Internal Sustainability Leader, U.S. Deloitte Purpose
• Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, United Airlines
• Andre de Fontaine, Senior Manager, Sustainability Solutions, Americas, ENGIE Impact, supporting the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

June 23, 2022 3:00-4:00pm ET

Emissionality: Powering the Future of Renewable Energy Procurement

The opportunity for companies to lead on the transition to a net zero global growth economy has never been greater or more attractive. The clean energy transition is well underway as we increasingly shift from a fossil fuel energy mix to one that relies on a diversified mix of renewable energy sources. As more and more companies take action at pace and scale in the next few decades, it is critical to ensure your renewable energy commitment adds new high impact projects to the grid, and makes clean power happen in places that matter to your business.

Watch this webinar recording for an interactive and candid discussion on how you can accelerate scalable impact in renewable power generation and procurement that creates business and social value.

Watch this webinar recording to learn about:
— The concept of “emissionality”
— Evolving key trends of the renewable energy market influencing corporate procurement strategies over the next decade
— How to ensure your commitment to renewable energy results in new high quality impact projects that benefit communities around the world

— Jennifer Gerholdt, Director of Client Strategy, Native
— Chris Patino, Manager Strategic Partnerships, WattTime
— Ali Ahmed, Founder and Principal at Green Strategies LLC

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

April 21, 2022 3:00-4:00pm ET

It’s Electric! The Electric Bus Revolution

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

The WRI 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, 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, World Resources Institute (WRI)

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

March 24, 2022 10:00-11:00am ET

Dynamic ESG landscape and its intersections with sustainable procurement

Watch this 1 hour webinar where you will hear from two Greenstone speakers and learn about:

· Trends in the constantly evolving organization-level ESG reporting landscape
· Deciding which frameworks are material to your business
· How ESG disclosure is impacting the procurement community
· The role and importance of Scope 3 reporting
· Satisfying disclosure requirements in relation to suppliers
· Incorporating ESG factors into purchasing decisions

— David Wynn, Chief Product Officer, Greenstone
— Gyles Scott-Hayward, Head of SupplierPortal, Greenstone

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

March 1, 2022 3:00-4:00pm ET

Guidance for the Sustainable Procurement of Laboratory Supplies

Laboratories often represent a “hot spot” within organizations for environmental waste, toxins, and even supply chain labor issues. Until now, comprehensive guidance wasn’t available for purchasers seeking to address these issues. That’s why the SPLC, in partnership with My Green Labs, convened a multi-stakeholder Action Team to develop prioritized strategies and align them with supporting tools and resources for those seeking to take action in this area.

In this webinar, participants will learn more about the environmental and social impacts of purchasing laboratory supplies such as equipment, consumables, and chemicals; and get a glimpse of how teams can leverage the SPLC’s new procurement guidance to address these impacts from both a systems- and product-level perspective.

• Kris Spriano, Technical Programs Director-SPLC
• Star Scott, Green Lab Program Coordinator-University of Georgia
• James Connelly, CEO-MyGreenLab
• Jonathan Rivin, Materials Evaluation Specialist-Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
• Shawn Postera, Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator, Multnomah County

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

February 17, 2022 3:00-4:00pm ET

Learning from Leaders – CBRE’s Award Winning Global Supply Chain Sustainability Program

Watch this 1 hour webinar for your chance to learn from 2021 SPLC Overall Sustainable Purchasing Program Award Winner, CBRE!

CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm with more than 100,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries. Which means CBRE’s supply chain function manages one of the largest third-party spends in the commercial real estate industry and maintains strong supplier relationships across its ecosystem of over 100,000 suppliers globally.

So how did CBRE establish a global strategy for its supply chain sustainability vision that is aligned with the Paris Agreement? How did their teams from different functions across the organization execute this global sustainability strategy on three levels: suppliers, products, and services, as well as managing suppliers for both clients and its operations? How did they ensure that measurable and realistic targets were set and that the latest technology would be adopted to onboard, assess, and govern suppliers?

Find out directly from Mat Langley, Global Procurement Head, ESG at CBRE at this free webinar to learn from the leaders!

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

January 20, 2022 3:00-4:00pm ET

Learning from Leaders – Tillamook’s Award Winning Stewardship Supplier Engagement Program

What happens when a 113 year old farmer-owned cooperative, with strong local roots, and a demonstrated commitment to its values continues to grow? It looks for ways to continue to get even better!

At Tillamook County Creamery Association, a certified B Corp based in Oregon, USA, supplier transparency is one of the initiatives driving its values and Stewardship commitments. These efforts are aligned with Tillamook’s promise of connecting farmers and food lovers through better-made products while establishing the company as a premium dairy brand nationwide.

Hear from two speakers involved in developing and supporting Tillamook’s Supplier Engagement Program, the challenges they faced and overcame, the benefits, how Tillamook is building a strong foundation for responsible procurement, and more.

• Shivira Choudhary, Environment & Community Impact Manager, Tillamook
• M. Erin Kelleway, Director of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Tillamook

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

October 20, 2021 12:00-1:00pm ET

Opportunity to Engage with New Sustainability Standard for Professional Service Providers

Did you know there is a new sustainability standard and pilot program for professional service firms? In fact, it is the only points-based ESG certification designed specifically for the professional services sector!

Watch this 1 hour webinar on what this new sustainability standard is all about, why it was created, why purchasers and suppliers would want to participate, and more!

This is your opportunity to engage and find out how this standard helps professional service providers (PSPs) implement responsible business practices that demonstrate their commitment to future generations by creating transparent policies, ethical business practices and smaller carbon footprints. The new standard allows PSPs to make documented and measurable commitments to improve their performance in each of the standard’s four pillars: environmental impact, social equity, economic governance and supply chain sustainability.

We encourage you to check out these two links with more details on the pilot: Pilot Call for Participants

–Jessica Evans, Director, Standards Development, NSF International
–Michael Salemi, Head of Innovation, NSF International
–Charleen Fain-Keslar, Engineering Branch Chief, Procurement Division, California Department of General Services
–Crystal Adams, Corporate Social Responsibility Assistant Director, Crowe LLP

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

September 9, 2021 12:00-1:00pm ET

Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2021

Procurement and sustainability teams alike are groping for guidance on how they can rebuild more resilient supply chains in the wake of a calamitous year. This presents an opportune time to review, compare, and improve strategies and practices.

The 2021 Sustainable Procurement Barometer, developed by EcoVadis in partnership with the Stanford Value Chain Innovation initiative, surveyed procurement and sustainable supply leaders (and which was augmented by a concurrent supplier survey) to bring insights on the state of sustainable procurement practices. Join this webinar as we review the key findings of the report, including:

  • Have corporate sustainability goals been derailed through the crisis? (hint: quite the opposite…)
  • Sustainable procurement “leaders” reported that sustainability made them more resilient. What are they doing differently?
  • What is changing in how labor and human rights shape procurement strategy?
  • Procurement is now paying attention to diversity, nondiscrimination, and equity.
  • Sustainability performance continues to remain vital for revenue and growth.
  • Mid-sized companies are embracing sustainable procurement.
  • The disconnect in how suppliers perceive buyers’ commitments.
  • The top reason (more than 40%) that suppliers engage in sustainability will surprise you (hint: it’s not “because my customer asked us to fill a questionnaire”).

Barchi (Becky) Gillai, Associate Director of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business, spoke, along with David McClintock, Marketing Director at EcoVadis.

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

June 30, 2021 1:00-2:00pm ET

Supply Chain GHG Emissions Tools for Purchasers

Since 70-80% of most organizations’ greenhouse gas emissions derive from their extended supply chain, finding tools that enable effective, ongoing assessment of supplier emissions is a critical component of any climate action plan. Sarah O’Brien, SPLC’s CEO shares high level insights from their new report on Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas reporting and accounting tools on this webinar.

This landscape review is intended to help purchasers consider what questions they should ask to identify those tools appropriate to support their organizations’ Scope 3 GHG reduction goals. The report release also launches an SPLC-led process to inform tool providers about the specific needs of procurement professionals – who do not directly control or have insight into production facilities where their goods are produced. The report documents a subset of existing tools, with recommendations on appropriate uses for the different types of tools covered, and recommended evaluation questions to help procurement professionals identify the right tool for their use.

The full report is available only to SPLC members. This research was undertaken for the benefit of SPLC members, so we will share only an abbreviated slide deck, and will not provide a recording outside the SPLC Member Community.

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

April 20, 2020 12:00-1:00pm ET

Learning from Leaders – The Government of the Basque Country Shares Their SPLC Award-winning Green Public Procurement Commitment Program

This free one-hour webinar is your chance to learn from the SPLC’s Overall Program Leadership Award Winner for 2020, the government of the Basque Country in Spain.

In 2016 the Government of the Basque Country launched a green public procurement commitment program encouraging all public agencies in the region to commit to annual GPP Planning and reporting, in an effort to boost sustainable public procurement. The results have been stunning, with participating organizations integrating environmental requirements in 46% of all tenders, and 80% of those environmentally conditioned tenders met by companies located in Basque Country!

Hear from two speakers involved in developing and supporting the program to learn the secrets to its success, and how you might follow their lead to drive similar results. You will come away with ideas and inspiration to move your sustainable procurement programs forward and to make a critical difference in today’s world.
• Gorane Ibarra, Responsible for Green Procurement Programme, Ihobe, Basque Government
• Aure Adell, Senior Consultant, ECPAR

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

December 17, 2020 12:00-1:00pm ET

Making a Difference through Supply Chain Responsibility

Purchasers often have difficulty assessing whether the integration of sustainability criteria in their procurement requirements has real impact on the lives of workers and farmers within complex global supply chains.

In this webinar, three presenters will report out on successful efforts in the ICT, food and agriculture, and apparel and home goods sectors to drive (and document) changes to protect and enhance workers’ rights and farmers livelihoods. You will learn to identify key resources that different partners bring to the table to drive change in supply chains and indicators that can demonstrate program impact, and more.

• Clare Hobby, Director, Purchaser Engagement Global, TCO Development
• Julia Smith, Operations Specialist, Factory Support Services, Fair Trade USA
• Montana Stevenson, Procurement Manager, Danone North America

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member to access this and other webinar recordings.

November 18, 2020 12:00-1:00pm ET

Climate Friendly Refrigerants: The role of procurement 

If your organization is serious about addressing climate change, you are probably aware that reducing/eliminating the use of hydrofluorocarbons has been identified as one of the top strategies for climate action. However, until now, clear guidance wasn’t available for purchasers seeking to procure equipment with climate friendly refrigerants. That’s why the SPLC, in partnership with the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, convened an Action Team to develop guidance for purchasers seeking to take action in this area.

In this webinar, learn more about the importance of taking action to address the climate impacts of refrigerants, explore a new toolkit available to support purchasers in taking action, and hear how an institutional purchaser is integrating the new procurement recommendation into their contracts for refrigerant-containing equipment. You’ll also learn about a new collective action campaign that will allow purchasers, suppliers, and public interest advocates an opportunity to lead the way on reducing the climate impacts of refrigerants.

• Johanna Anderson, Director of Learning & Member Engagement, SPLC
• Kristen Taddonio, Senior Climate & Energy Advisor, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development
• Kshirajaa Ramesh, Sustainability Coordinator, State of Maryland – Department of General Services

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member.

October 22, 2020 1:00-2:00pm ET

Galvanizing Action: Strategies to Maximize Engagement in Sustainable Public Purchasing 

Every contract that a government or other public entity uses to purchase goods and services is an opportunity to advance sustainability goals. But once a public-sector organization—or the voting public—sets a sustainable procurement program in motion, what must happen next to make the program successful?

This webinar shared the insights of expert practitioners whom we interviewed for SPLC’s just-published whitepaper “Galvanizing Action: Strategies to Maximize Engagement in Sustainable Public Purchasing”. We asked state CPOs and city, state and higher ed sustainable procurement leads to share their best strategies for recruiting allies, educating peers and changing actual purchasing behaviors for positive impact.

Sarah O’Brien of the SPLC and David McClintock of EcoVadis provided an overview of the paper’s themes, and two all-stars from our expert survey panel Betsy Hayes, Chief Procurement Officer of the State of Minnesota and her colleague and collaborator Melissa Peck, Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, engaged the audience in illustrating the key leverage points.

This webinar gave attendees access to real-world knowledge about leading strategies for engagement and success, including:

  • Linking SPP to top departmental and organizational priorities including and beyond sustainability
  • Clarifying program objectives and responsibilities to assuage anxieties
  • Simplifying adoption with easy-to-use tools and processes
  • Measuring and communicating the program’s multiple benefits in ways all stakeholders can celebrate

Whether you’re launching a new SPP program or rebooting an older one – hear the experts walk through six strategies for galvanizing action that will help you convince leadership and engage, educate and enable procurement colleagues to fully embrace the mission, and get your effort firing on all cylinders!

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member.

July 30, 2020 1:00-2:00pm ET

Sustainable Food Service Ware in the time of COVID-19

Please join us for a discussion about health and sustainability concerns with food service ware in the time of COVID-19. As everyone is planning for how to safely return to workplaces, schools, restaurants, and other public spaces, there is growing concern about a large-scale shift to single-use take-out food service ware. Learn about the latest information on how to identify more preferable food service ware products, discuss the safety of reusables, and share ideas and resources on how to get your organization to consider and adopt more sustainable options for the long-term.


  • Sue Chiang, Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health 
  • Joshua Martin, Director, Environmental Paper Network
  • Monica Nakielski, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Crystal Dreisbach, CEO, GreenToGo

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only here. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member.

July 23, 2020 2:00-3:00pm ET

Consultation on Credibility of Sustainability Standards and Certifications

Have your say in the global criteria for assessing the credibility of sustainability standards and similar tools. Help SPLC align to good practice for shaping sustainability standards development and screening processes.

Join ISEAL’s Innovations Director Patrick Mallet for an exclusive SPLC member consultation on the revised ISEAL Credibility Principles.

About the principles: Since launching in 2013, ISEAL’s Credibility Principles have become an international reference for the foundations of credible practice for sustainability standards. This year the principles are being updated to reflect current and future trends in the sustainability landscape as well as expanding their scope beyond sustainability standards to include a wider range of systems.

Join the consultation: ISEAL is now encouraging everyone with an interest in what credible practices look like for sustainability standards and similar systems to give feedback on the revised version of the principles. Learn more and take part in the consultation by visiting the consultation page at https://www.isealalliance.org/credibility-principles-consultation.

This webinar recording is accessible to SPLC members only. Please visit our membership webpage if you are interested in becoming a member.

July 8, 2020 12:00-1:00pm ET

Measurable Value and ROI in a High-Performance Sustainable Supply Chain

Photo by Ivan Bandura

Procurement is in the eye of a storm. Pressures are mounting from investors, customers, and employees, for companies – and their supply chains – to embrace “stakeholder capitalism” and serve a social purpose. In the meantime, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed huge vulnerabilities in global supply chains, highlighting the value of resilience. Procurement must figure out how to select suppliers that meet expectations, while creating tangible, measurable business value.

Sustainable procurement creates not only resilience and risk mitigation benefits, but also — with the right indicators and tools to measure and drive supplier performance — delivers a broad range of monetizable value. By identifying the high performing suppliers, you can realize value from:
● Building resilience
● Boosting sales revenue
● Differentiating products
● Accessing new categories or market segments
● Driving innovation

This webinar covers:
● Seven pillars of Sustainable Procurement Value that provide measurable return on investment
● Perspectives from NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business – The Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology
● Case examples of experienced practitioners

This will help you make the case to invest in or expand your sustainable procurement program as a foundational element to your business and growth strategy.

–Elyse Douglas, Senior Research Scholar, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
–David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis

Thank you to EcoVadis, this webinar’s Sponsor!

April 22, 2020 1:00-2:30pm ET

Demystifying and Achieving Science-based Targets through Sustainable Procurement & Supplier Engagement

Companies and other large organizations are increasingly being asked by investors, customers, employees, and policymakers to set Science-Based Targets (SBTs) for reducing their climate impacts in line with the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2-degrees Celsius. Science-based targets require that organizations address emissions generated by their own operations and those of their suppliers, which can contribute the majority of their emissions.

Learning Objectives for this free one-hour webinar include:
–What science-based targets are
–How sustainable purchasers can build procurement strategy aligned with science-based targets and how to find surrogate schemes that can help identify your best targeting prioritization, including Scope 3 target setting within the SBTi
–Examples from some who have set science-based targets at their organization

–Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute
–Noora Singh,Director, Global Sustainability, Pepsico

Thank you to EcoVadis for sponsoring this webinar!

February 27, 2020 2:00-3:00pm ET

Aligning Procurement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SPLC members can watch this free webinar to explore the meaning and real-life procurement applications of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the leaders of every nation in 2015 as the guiding vision for humanity in 2030. SDG experts will be on hand to answer your questions and give examples of businesses and other organizations who are aligning their procurement with an SDG framework. You will come away from this webinar with concrete ways on how you can use procurement and purchasing in your organization to help realize these global goals, including broader organizational buy-in to the SDGs as indicators, how to communicate efforts to suppliers, and how to translate the Goals into practical screens.

–Claire Kells, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement, Global Compact Network USA
–Mari-Lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Social Sustainability, U.N. Global Compact
–Japen Tal Hollist, Director, Value Advisory, SAP Intelligent Spend Management

January 14, 2020, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Circular Procurement in Practice

Circular procurement strategies are essential for transitioning from our current “linear economy”, in which raw materials are extracted and ultimately disposed of as waste, into a “circular economy” in which materials are continuously cycled into new products and services, eliminating waste and creating new jobs in the process.

During this hands-on learning session you will:
–Explore the big picture issues and impacts, net benefits, and practical insight into the work to push real projects through procurement and scale beyond pilots
–Learn how to implement circular procurement and hear some European lessons learned
–Hear examples of some U.S. projects and the need for more concerted work to integrate into business models
–Discuss the need for more testing and experimentation in the U.S., the criticality of integrating of procurement in the mix and SPLC’s plan to form a group to support and learn

–Mikhail Davis, Director of Technical Sustainability, Interface
–Joan Prummel, International Advisor on Circular Economy, Rijkswaterstaat
–Gina Lee, Founder, Circular CoLAB
–Sarah O’Brien, Acting CEO & Director of Programs, SPLC

December 11, 2019, 1:30-3:00pm ET

Purchasing for Zero Waste: 3 Case Studies from Higher Education

Purchasing is one of the most critical places to look for waste reduction strategies. In any organization, most of the waste that goes out the back door initially came in the front door through purchasing. College and University campuses are further challenged by the diverse and widely distributed array of waste streams that they manage. This group of campus procurement leaders will discuss how they have moved toward Zero Waste goals through procurement of sanitation products, event services, and laboratory supplies.

Learning objectives during this 90 minute webinar:
1) The challenges of implementing a styrofoam packaging ban at University of California, how to leverage purchasing contracts to advocate changes in product packaging.
2) Ohio State University’s collaboration to reduce landfill waste and costs including a “shovel ready” hand dryers program, how to address concerns that arise and the process used to navigate a public higher education institution.
3) UC San Diego’s process and approval basis for suppliers for a zero-waste event that engaged 20 suppliers, how they defined guidelines, prepared and managed the execution of the event, and more.

–Matt Cyr, Assistant Director, Building Contract Services and Supply Chain, The Ohio State University
–Maggie Grey, Dining Commodity Manager, Senior Buyer CPSM, University of California, San Diego
–Mary Leciejewski, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University
–Heather Perry, Procurement Services, University of California at Santa Barbara
–Mona Powell, Wellness and Engagement Manager, University of California, San Diego

October 23, 2019, 1:30-3:00pm ET

SPLC Hands on Learning Session #5 (members only): Vision & Program Charter

During this hands-on learning session you will:
–Draft a 5-year “big vision” for your sustainable purchasing program.
–Begin the development of a Program Charter, with the goal of building a detailed model of how your organization’s program will work, the impacts it will address, and the benefits it could realize.

Sustainable purchasing programs often develop informally, the result of years of ad hoc, opportunistic activities. Rarely are program leaders invited to pick their heads up and think deeply about the future they are hoping to create through their organization’s purchasing. But organizations that establish bold, audacious visions find that having a vision in place is grounding and allows the program to take a more strategic approach. Join the SPLC for this Vision workshop and take the time to develop a big vision for your sustainable purchasing program. Once you’ve drafted your vision, you’ll move on to more “practical” thinking with the development of a Program Charter that will help you to put more structure to how you will achieve that big vision.

Johanna Anderson; Kris Spriano, SPLC Member Success Managers
Betsy Hayes, Chief Procurement Officer, State of Minnesota

September 18, 2019

SPLC Webinar: Shifting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency from Cost to Asset

When it comes to renewable energy, green power is reaching cost parity with brown power, which presents a great opportunity for organizations to transition to renewables. How can procurement help ensure organizations are taking advantage of the opportunities being opened up while avoiding the possibility of over buying, or making long-term investments with more risk than potential reward? Leading organizations are taking an integrated approach to buying and using energy, a concept known as Active Energy Management (AEM). By bringing sustainability, energy, and procurement teams and resources together, organizations can develop a cohesive strategy, and collaborate on related programs and projects. They gain a complete picture of environmental and bottom-line impact, harness opportunities to trim consumption and costs — and can even shift energy from a cost center to an asset.

Learning Objectives:
–Energy and carbon reduction options from both the supply side with PPA options (Power Purchase Agreement ) 3rd party financed models for renewables wind and solar, as well as the demand side of energy and carbon reductions through 3rd party financed deep energy efficiency upgrades boilers, chillers, HVAC, lighting, energy management systems, and more.
–The University of California’s successes and challenges from 10 years of renewable energy purchases, their latest thinking and the actions taken to finalize seven new utility-scale renewable electricity and biomethane projects, and how UC established a centralized energy services unit to support quick, collective action.

Mark Buckley, Founder, One Boat Collaborative
David Phillips, Associate VP, Energy and Sustainability, University of California
Cynthia Clark, Renewable Energy Manager, University of California
Ramé Hemstreet, VP, Operations, Chief Sustainable Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanente

September 11, 2019

SPLC Hands on Learning Session #4 (members only): Organizational Inventory

During this hands-on learning session participants learned how to:

1. Better understand your organization’s journey towards sustainable purchasing by inventorying your organization’s current activities, goals, and priorities.
2. Make connections between current or planned sustainable purchasing activities and existing organizational priorities.
3. Leave prepared to begin developing sustainable purchasing goals that are relevant to your organization and that will support existing organizational priorities.

Before developing a sustainable purchasing program or crafting big sustainable purchasing goals, it’s important to take a step back to understand how your existing work is already serving as a foundation for both supporting your organization’s existing priorities and providing a platform for increasing positive impacts. Of equal importance is finding ways to achieve buy-in for your efforts by aligning your sustainable purchasing activities in ways that accelerate progress toward organizational goals. Join the SPLC’s Program Team for a Hands-On Learning Workshop designed to help you take stock of existing activities, goals, and priorities so you can proceed with program and goal development in relevant and impactful ways.

Johanna Anderson & Kris Spriano from SPLC

July 2019

Making the Case for Investment in your Company’s Sustainable Procurement Program

Gaining the budgetary resources to support sustainable purchasing coordination and embedding of best practices can be a challenge, even within companies where the big-picture benefits of sustainability initiatives are well understood by senior executives. We asked the sustainable purchasing champions at eight U.S. and international companies in a range of industries and sizes to share how they’ve made the case for investment in their company’s sustainable purchasing program.

This webinar focuses on the proven strategies they shared, and how you can leverage them to successfully increase internal recognition and solicit new investments that help maximize your external impact.

Judy Panayos, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Supply Mgt at Sodexo
David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis
Sarah O’Brien, Acting CEO & Director of Programs, SPLC

June 2019

SPLC Hands on Learning Session #3: Staff Engagement and Accountability

Watch SPLC’s Program Team for our next Hands-On Learning Workshop focused on staff engagement and accountability! Achieving buy-in from key stakeholders is critically important to achieving your goals. This workshop focuses on one particular stakeholder group that is vital to success – the STAFF responsible for implementing sustainable purchasing strategies.

During this workshop you’ll hear about the ways SPLC members have supported their sustainable purchasing efforts through a variety of engagement and accountability methods – from recognition programs, listening sessions, and education and training, to tying sustainable purchasing success to performance reviews and employee compensation. You’ll be invited to think through which approaches would fit best within your organization and staff culture and leave the workshop with some ideas for getting started with staff engagement & accountability.

April 2019

Paper Use Playbook – How to develop your sustainable paper use plan

This 60 minute webinar will help you make smarter decisions and develop and implement a sustainable paper program and policy for your organization. From setting goals and developing policies around use of paper products, to choosing the right paper products based on cost, location, and needs, to increasing responsibly sourced fiber content and implementing effective paper reuse systems, this webinar will give you the tools to improve your sustainable paper use overall.

Learning Outcomes:
–Understanding the 5 plays outlined in the Green Sports Alliance’s “Paper Use Playbook” to implement a sustainable paper use program.
          o Play #1: Eliminate Wasteful Use and Use Paper Efficiently
          o Play #2: Work with Your Stakeholders
          o Play #3: Choose Responsibly
          o Play #4: Manage Paper Waste
          o Play #5: Develop a Purchasing Policy
–Learning from Marriott International’s effort & partnership with Kimberly-Clark Professional to reach their paper sustainability goals

–Joshua Martin, Director, Environmental Paper Network
–Brad Kahn, Communications Director, Forest Stewardship Council
–Lisa Morden, Vice President of Safety & Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark

March 2019

SPLC Hands-On Learning Series Session 2: Effective Strategy Development to Achieve Your Goals

This is the second session in SPLC’s series of hands-on learning workshops to begin fleshing out an overarching strategy to meet specific program and category goals you have identified, using SPLC’s Strategy Cycle approach and your own insight into your organization’s resources, commitments and challenges.

Learning Objectives:
This workshop helps you identify strategically important project types for work on a specific Focus Area, and then begin developing a “Project Charter” for one of those Projects, including a first draft of:

–Analysis of current state,
–Identification of projects and strategies to change that state to achieve your goal,
–Engagement of appropriate stakeholders, and
–Establishing a focused timeline, and metrics for accountability.

We broke out into small groups to discuss and refine our strategy drafts, and identify next steps to further plot out the work ahead to launch and support those strategies.

The takeaway from this workshop was both these draft outlines of Focus area projects and basic outlines of how you intend to address those projects. It was also intended to help familiarize you with SPLC’s Strategy Cycle concept and execution, to support your work going forward and enable you to build a strategically important set of project plans.

SPLC’s Program Team – Johanna Anderson, Sarah O’Brien and Kris Spriano — lead this call. We started with a brief introduction to SPLC’s strategic program approach and quick review of Alameda County’s paper use and recycled paper case study as an example of how a strategic approach can ensure you leverage all your resources and a blend of strategies to achieve meaningful, measurable, and impactful changes. 

February 2019

Brewing up Sustainability – Coffee’s Plan to Become World’s First 100% Sustainable Commodity

Watch this one-hour webinar on how to move beyond a settled niche for more sustainable products and services and actually execute a closeout strategy to get to sustainable options being the only choice. Hear from Fair Trade USA about how the coffee industry has set a goal for itself to become the world’s first 100% sustainable agricultural commodity. Learn about the challenges facing this sector and how actors are coming together to support transformational change. Learn how to take action and hear from UCLA about their experience sourcing sustainable coffee and communicating their efforts to stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:
–Market transformation models – getting sustainable options as the only choice
–How the coffee industry is working to become the world’s first 100% sustainable agricultural commodity
–Challenges and how they are tackling them to support transformational change
–How you can take action and learn from UCLA’s case study on sourcing sustainable coffee

–Sarah O’Brien, Program Director at Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
–Parker Townley, Senior Business Development Manager, Coffee at Fair Trade USA
–Erin Fabris, Sustainability Manger for Housing and Hospitality Services, UCLA


January 2019

SPLC Hands-On Learning Series Session 1: Setting Sustainable Purchasing Goals and Metrics

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community. SPLC launched a new series of online interactive workshops supporting our members through an annual goal setting, program execution and assessment cycle for sustainable purchasing. Each session of this members-only offering will combine a high-level discussion of a given activity, including member insights and best practice examples, followed by a hands-on session set aside for attendees to work through their own self-evaluation and planning. Our first session focused on Goals and Metrics.

Learning Objectives:
–Understand the key benefits of establishing metrics and goals for your program and/or category strategies
–Obtain “how to” tips on setting up metrics and goals for your organization, including BENCHMARK Maturity Model leadership best practices
–Hear about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ journey to establish metrics, goals and reporting for their sustainable purchasing program
–Get hands-on practice establishing goals for your organization in the company of your peers

If you would like to watch the Workshop portion of this webinar and are an SPLC member, please click here to view that recording.

— Julia Wolfe, Environmental Purchasing Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division
— Kris Spriano, BENCHMARK Program Manager, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
— Sarah O’Brien, Programs Director, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council


Past Webinars – 2018

January 2018

Sustainable, Climate-Friendly Food Procurement: Cost-effective and Multi-benefit Strategies

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
1. About the quadruple benefits (health, economic, community well-being, environmental impact) of shifting food procurement to more plant-based proteins and fewer animal-based foods.
2. Understand methods for tracking and reporting on climate and water benefits of food procurement shifts.
3. Share best practices and real life examples from schools and municipalities across the U.S. that are adopting sustainable, healthy, and climate-friendly food procurement policies and practices.


– Chloë Waterman, Senior Food Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
– Julian Kraus-Polk, Program Consultant, Friends of the Earth
– Taylor Spicer, Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University


February 2018

The weight of the freight – how to account for climate pollutants from freight transport

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
1. How logistics carbon emissions are calculated and reported – and who is doing it
2. The strategic business value of carbon accounting and climate awareness in global logistics value chains
3. The potential to use results calculated with the GLEC Framework for sustainable decision-making
4. Why and how to adopt a Science Based Target for transport.

–Eszter Toth-Weedon, Industry Relations Manager, Smart Freight Centre
–Suzanne Greene, Technical Advisor, Global Logistics Emissions Council, Smart Freight Centre
–Fernando Rangel Villasana, Senior Technical Manager for the Science-Based Targets initiative, World Wide Fund for Nature


March 2018

Addressing Labor and Human Rights Impacts in Procurements: Green Electronic Council’s Guide for Institutional Purchasers

SPLC members can view the webinar recording and slides within the SPLC online member community:

Watch this 60 minute webinar recording to learn:
• How the IT industry is addressing human and labor rights in their supply chain.
• How to introduce human and labor rights related performance criteria in technical specifications, supplier selection and procurement award criteria, as well as in contract performance clauses, with practical examples from institutional purchasers.
• How to monitor and evaluate the results of a procurement and provide supplier human and labor rights performance data to meet internal sustainable procurement policy goals and external regulatory requirements.

– Nancy Gillis, CEO, Green Electronics Council
– Brian Pittelli, City of Madison, Wisconsin Procurement Services
– Liz Thomson, Portfolio Manager of ICT Products, Scottish Government


April 2018

Building Sustainable Supply Chains: Approaches for Engagement by Leading Companies

This 90-minute webinar will share Sustrana LLC’s findings and analysis from a new research study of over 100 companies, three stages of supply chain engagement, and recommendations as to how we can collectively be more successful in supply chain sustainability. The webinar will share recent supplier engagement efforts from Lockheed Martin.
– Jennifer Anderson, COO, Sustrana
– Niki King, Director of Responsible Sourcing, Campbell Soup Company
– Tiffany Rodriguez, Expert Supply Chain Responsibility Program Consultant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
– Lauren Schultz, Lockheed Martin, Senior Ethics Analyst


May 2018

Does your sustainability strategy truly help the environment and your bottom line?

One of the most interesting debates at the 2017 SPLC Summit was between Yalmaz Siddiqui and Jason Pearson on sustainability metrics. We will build on this discussion and make the case that environmental sustainability is best helped through a data driven assessment that:
a. Takes into consideration the full life cycle of an organization and its products.
b. Assesses the organization’s impacts in terms of not only externalities, but also in terms of how environmental factors affect costs and risks.
c. Allocates scarce resources to projects that support sales while minimizing externalities, costs and risks. Presenters:
– Yann Risz, Aligned Incentives
– Matthew Swibel, Lockheed Martin

September 2018

The Missing Link: Suicide and Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector

Sept. 12, 2018 – 12pm-1pm ET

This webinar discussed specific workplace conditions that increase risk of worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, and what can be done about this human rights issue. The webinar was based on the forthcoming report by Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch: The Missing Link: Suicide & Employment Conditions in the Chinese Electronics Sector which seeks to identify the link between employee suicides and specific employment conditions such as income, shift work, speed and intensity of the work, overtime, time off, respect, and discipline and violence.

Learning Outcomes:
–What industry, the Chinese government, and public buyers can and should do to mitigate this risk
–The main arguments, conclusions and recommendations from the study

–Björn Claeson, Director of Electronics Watch
–Dimitri Kessler, Founder & Director, Economic Rights Institute

October 2018

Transforming Communities Through Food Sourcing & Food Waste Management

Oct. 11, 2018 – 12pm-1:30pm ET

What this webinar to learn how large companies are making real social impact within their communities through their food procurement and food waste management programs – and how you can too! Sodexo and Bon Appetit were recipients of SPLC’s most prestigious Leadership Awards in 2018 and MGM’s food sourcing program was featured on national television.

Learning Outcomes:
–Learn how leading companies are tackling social issues and gaining positive brand visibility through their food sourcing
–Learn how to make the case for similar programs at your organization

–Judy Panayos, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Supply Management, Sodexo
–Yalmaz Siddiqui, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International
–Nicole Cardwell, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Bon Appetit Management Company

Sustainable Purchasing 101 – Strategies for Implementing a Sustainable Procurement Program

Oct. 25, 2018 – 12pm-1:30pm ET

Building a strong sustainable procurement program involves many moving parts, and progress can sometimes feel elusive. But learning where to focus and how to engage stakeholders can help grease the wheels. This session will provide an overview of key implementation strategies to focus on when initially building program. Key concepts covered will include staffing and management support, prioritization, stakeholder partnerships, communication and education strategies, supplier engagement, and reporting. Whether attendees are new to sustainable procurement or need some new ideas, this session will provide insight into what works to grow a sustainable procurement program.

Learning Outcomes:
–Core elements of implementing a sustainable procurement program
–Communicating with and educating staff and suppliers about sustainable procurement
–Overview of sustainable procurement metrics and reporting

–Johanna Kertesz, Former Sustainable Procurement Program Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control
–Sarah Church, Sustainability Project Manager, County of Alameda
–Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft

November 2018

Raising The Bar With Ratings – Amgen and Bain Drive Sustainability Performance Improvements

Nov 5, 2018 – 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Watch this webinar to learn how sustainability ratings help procurement tackle the risks and opportunities in ‘long tail spend’ of Indirect categories. Hear how Amgen’s reaching out to Bain & Company about their Ecovadis score prompted one of the largest single-year increases in ratings, and what Bain did to make it happen. We also share what benefits Bain and Amgen have seen from working together on the topics covered by the Ecovadis system.

Learning Outcomes:
–How to stimulate the right discussions with your suppliers to prompt action. 
–What it takes to drive major improvements in areas covered by Ecovadis scores, even in a short time.
  –Which benefits are most powerful from tackling these issues. 

–Kristin Bentsen, Sr. Associate, Global Strategic Sourcing, Amgen 
–Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Partner, Bain & Company 
–Caroline Detalle, Marketing and Communication Director EMEA, Bain & Company
–David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis 

December 2018

What’s in Store for 2019 – The rising importance of supply chain sustainability leadership in a time of disruptive change

Dec. 12, 2018 – 12:00pm-1:00pm ET

From plastic waste to science-based climate targets to gender equity, companies and their suppliers are under the spotlight from investors, watchdog NGOs, and their own employees more than ever before. What are the underlying trends driving these issues in the coming year, and how do companies need to prepare? How can they engage productively with critics, and partner to advance shared goals? Watch this one-hour webinar for a preview of select notable trends and case examples of corporate leadership in stakeholder engagement.

Learning Outcomes: 
— What are select key trends and dynamics driving environmental and social advocacy priorities through 2020, and how will they materially impact companies across the supply chain?
— Why engage externally? What are the best practices in NGO and activist engagement to navigate these challenges, and for partnering with NGOs to help you advance your CSR goals and procurement standards?
— What are the various forms of collaboration and partnership to consider?

— Brendon Steele, Director, Future500
— Sarah O’Brien, Director of Programs, SPLC


More webinars coming soon…

Stay tuned!