Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Coalition

Similar to the way EUISSCA brings together utilities to develop shared solutions to shared sustainable supply chain challenges, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes leading companies and agencies from a wide variety of sectors and regions to share best practices and align sustainable purchasing efforts across the economy. As SPLC's Director of Outreach and Operations, Sam Hummel, says, "While organizations in different sectors have unique spend profiles, there is significant overlap. In the many areas where we are ultimately buying from the same global supply chains, SPLC's members believe that it is most cost-effective and transformative to be sending consistent signals about what matters from a sustainability perspective. We truly value the work that EUISSCA has done to align efforts within the utility sector and have appreciated the EUISSCA leaders that have joined the Council in order to both share the Alliance's work and learn practices that can come back to EUISSCA."

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future. Founded in 2013, SPLC convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. In just three years, the Council has attracted, from a wide variety of sectors and regions, more than 160 members, including twenty Fortune 500s. SPLC's members manage over $200 billion in purchasing annually.

In 2016, SPLC released Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v2.0, which has been called the “most comprehensive literature to date” on sustainable purchasing. More than one hundred organizations are now using SPLC’s Guidance, training, resources, and online community of practice to implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs. Member working groups are developing even more shared solutions for challenges such as evaluating suppliers' sustainability capabilities and benchmarking the strength of an organization's sustainable purchasing program.