The recently formed Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) held a Launch Event webcast earlier this week to kick off its initiative aimed at supporting and recognizing purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.
“While there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the sustainable purchasing movement, there has never been a more challenging time,” acknowledged Kevin Lyons, assistant professor of supply chain management at Rutgers Business School.
“The complexity of the task can be overwhelming,” said Lyons, citing several examples including the need to determine which of more than 400 green labels and standards are credible, creating effective training materials, responding to surveys about products, and knowing what to measure.
“Sustainable purchasing can be confusing,” agreed GreenBiz Group executive editor Joel Makower. “There is a need for tools and best practices and credible third-party recognition for leaders.”
To meet these challenges, the SPLC will bring purchasers together to identify these best practices. One of the companies that has joined the Council as a member of its Founders Circle is SciQuest, a leading provider of cloud-based business automation solutions for spend management headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.
“We’ve found that the procurement function is becoming increasingly strategic not only as a business driver, but as an element of corporate social responsibility,” says Brian Daniels, vice president of spend analysis at SciQuest. “Organizations have a responsibility to ensure that sustainability is a part of their purchasing agenda. The [SPLC’s] goal to help buyers efficiently incorporate sustainability into procurement decisions dovetails with SciQuest’s mission to help customers gain increased visibility into and control over spending processes.”
The first meeting of the Council’s founding members and partners will take place August 27-28 at the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C. where it will work out the organization’s official mission, vision and values; governance and its Principles For Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing.
Over the next year, the Council will finalize its definition and principles of sustainable purchasing, as well as provide guidance on high priority products and services. Further down the road, the Council will introduce a pilot version of its rating system.
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