Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Releases Green Buying Principles

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council (SPLC) has released a set of five principles that organizations can follow to demonstrate leadership in green buying. The SPLC developed these principles to help all types of organizations within the institutional purchasing marketplace align and benchmark their sustainable purchasing efforts.

The SPLC was formed nearly a year ago with support from Office Depot, World Resources Institute, Goodyear, American University, certification and consulting company DEKRA, the National Association of State Procurement Officials, and UL Environment, among others. Its five green buying principles include understanding relevant environmental, social and economic (ESE) impacts of purchasing.

The other four principles include taking responsibility for ESE impacts of purchasing by committing to an action plan, delivering on the commitment to improve ESE impacts, actively promoting both internal and external innovation, and soliciting and disclosing information that backs a market environment of innovation.

The SPLC has designed the principles to serve as a moral compass for a new program that is being launched by the council. The multi-sector program will guide, benchmark and recognize leadership in green buying. In addition to the green buying principles, the council has also issued guidelines for suppliers to support leadership in sustainable purchasing. The guidelines include understanding and investing in research and development based on relevant ESE impacts.

The SPLC says that suppliers should aim at providing goods and services that surpass industry standard performance along measurable ESE metrics. Suppliers should also seek third-party validation and evaluate and report metric and non-competitive insights on goods and services performance, employing clear and easy-to-interpret methods.

The SPLC was established to support institutional purchasers in their efforts to incorporate sustainability in their procurement decisions through a shared platform that guides, measures and recognizes leadership in sustainable buying. The council’s near-term goals include an application programming interface (API) that will allow e-Procurement, enterprise resource planning and other software vendors to display SPLC guidance within their tools.

Source: Environment Leader

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