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. The Annual Summit brings together over 400 purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions to share and promote sustainable purchasing best practices for organizations.

Convening this week in Portland, Oregon, we thought it timely to report on how SPLC’s sustainability actions linked closely to the global initiatives outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for their event last year.

UN Sustainable Development Goal SPLC Summit Sustainability Action
Goal 2: Zero Hunger Donation of leftover food
Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being Incorporation of local, sustainable and healthy food on the menu
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy 100% of conference energy offset
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities Employment of event staff included individuals with disabilities
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production Condiments and beverages served in bulk

China and linens for meals, no disposable service ware

100% reusable materials used for exhibit hall construction

Reuse applicable existing signage

Reduce printed material and those printed used sustainable paper


Goal 14: Life Below Water No plastic bottled water served

Event organizers are working diligently during this year’s event to continue their progress with the UN SDGs and raise the bar on the Summit’s sustainability initiatives. We look forward to seeing first hand how their actions enhance this conference of sustainability professionals and move the planet toward a better future.

The 2018 Sustainable Event Report. The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council has achieved the MeetGreen® Calculator 2.0 LEADER level by measuring, tracking, and reporting on performance targets using key data.