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Sustainable & Socially Responsible Purchasing Council

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Today’s corporations are managing a wide variety of expectations from government authorities, customers, consumers, investors, and public interest groups.  Among these are demands that companies address growing concerns about environmental sustainability and corporate social practices.  Examples include natural resources and raw material sourcing, land use, renewable energy, designing products for reuse and recycling, labor practices in developing countries, “fair pay,” human rights, and “conflict minerals.”  These expectations are fundamentally changing the scope of business accountability, brand and corporate equity, and enterprise risk management.

The Sustainable and Socially Responsible Purchasing (SSRP) Council brings together a select group of senior executives who are addressing these trends. “Hot topics” include:

  • How are governments, customers, investors, and public interest groups promoting SSRP? 
  • What is the scope and goal of SSRP for business? What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • How are companies organizing to address SSRP trends, and integrating them into business processes?
  • How are SSRP trends affecting supplier and customer relationships?
  • What are the impacts on enterprise risk management?  On corporate governance?
  • How are companies assessing/auditing their own and supplier SSRP practices?  How are they measuring and improving performance?
  • How are companies collaborating across business sectors and supply chains, and with stakeholders?

Be in on the conversation

By bringing together a select group of senior executives who occupy similar roles at the world’s leading companies and organizations, The Conference Board Councils give you access to an elevated level of conversation you won’t find anywhere else. As a Council member you will gain insights beyond your industry, region, or point of view through confidential communities, meetings, and events.

Council membership benefits

  • Trusted peer groups who provide insights and new approaches to your business
  • Problem solving through our “Peer Assist Process”, tailored to meet your organization’s needs
  • Multi-function learning alongside your peers from related or totally distinct functions and geographies
  • Virtual online communities beyond in-person meetings where members share documents and contact peers
  • Exposure to timely topics to leverage opportunities and expand your knowledge base
  • Access to subject matter experts and access to our insights and research on key business issues

What happens at meetings?

  • Presentations by members or external experts on topics selected by members
  • Discussions on leading edge or “day to day” issues picked by and moderated by members
  • Panels where 2-3 members share experiences on a topic

Who should join?

Senior leaders who have strategic and/or operational accountability for sustainable/socially responsible purchasing in their company, typically within the corporate purchasing, procurement or corporate sustainability functions

Program Director

Rob Shimp

Rob Shimp

Program Director, Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs Council and Sustainable & Socially Responsible Purchasing Council
The Conference Board
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