Opening Plenary: Sustainable Purchasing that Supports a Positive Future for All

Grand Ballroom I

Transforming the sustainability of local economies and global supply chains requires a lot of coordination and innovation by many stakeholders. Today, global frameworks are increasingly enabling organizations to align their sustainability transformation efforts with deep system-change. One such framework is the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were signed by 190 nations at the UN in 2015. The SDGs are 17 goals for the human species that, if achieved, will provide a prosperous and healthy future for all. Organizations in every sector are increasingly adopting the SDGs as a guiding light for their sustainability efforts. If we are to succeed in achieving the SDGs and a positive future for all, these system-change efforts will have to become part of how all organizations buy the things they need to operate.

Welcome to the Summit
Jason Pearson, Chair of the Board of Directors and previously Founding CEO of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council welcomes attendees to the Summit.

How Citi uses the SDGs to Frame Sustainability Commitments
Javette Hines, Citi’s Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability, will discuss the ways in which alignment with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals helps bring Citi’s sustainable procurement and supplier diversity efforts into focus and enable clear, consistent movement toward desirable long term outcomes.

Expanding our reach and impact
Sarah O’Brien, SPLC’s Director of Programs since last Fall, and now Acting CEO, will speak to the ways in which we are building programs to support all our members, and to connect and empower them for impact.