The Sustainable Procurement Pledge exceeds annual growth target and accelerates its impact

Established on October 18, 2019 by Bertrand Conqueret (Chief Procurement Officer, Henkel) and Thomas Udesen (Chief Procurement Officer, Bayer), the Sustainable Procurement Pledge is celebrating its second birthday. What started two years ago as an idea and personal commitment of two CPOs developed into a continuously growing global community of procurement and supply chain professionals, academics, students, and people who are passionate about procurement. They share expertise and know-how, building up knowledge and networks to drive sustainability in procurement and supply chains.

Amsterdam/Düsseldorf, October 18, 2021

“What is our responsibility in procurement? How do we help tackle the environmental and social issues that our world is facing? How can we as procurement professionals contribute to climate action and social justice to ensure a sustainable future for our children?” It started two years ago with two CPOs reflecting on these questions. The simple yet revealing answer: everyone can take action. Moreover, procurement provides an outstanding opportunity to drive transformative change sustainably, impactfully and on a global scale.

With this, the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) was ignited to inspire and engage people in and around procurement across all functions and levels around the world to sign the pledge and personally commit to driving change. Since then, it has grown into a global initiative.

“There are more than one million people in the world working in procurement, managing trillions of dollars of spend in public procurement and the private sector every year. However, these large numbers only have real value if we recognize the impact each of us has individually and as a collective on sustainability in supply chains. Impact starts with ‘I’, and that is what SPP is about. We want to empower, equip and inspire leadership in responsible procurement through knowledge and best practice sharing as well as by taking individual action,” says Thomas Udesen, co-founder of SPP and Bayer CPO. SPP Ambassadors agree; according to the last Ambassador survey, almost 70% responded that their participation in SPP has helped them make more responsible sourcing decisions.

Happy Birthday, SPP!

As of October 2021, SPP has already moved from an initial idea towards an officially registered non-profit organization, backed by a powerful and engaged community of 5,000 Ambassadors from more than 142 countries. With these 5,000 Ambassadors who committed to the Pledge, SPP reached its annual growth target for 2021 coincidentally right on its second anniversary and thereby continues to accelerate positive impact.

“We are very grateful and humbled at the same time,” says Bertrand Conquéret, co-founder of SPP and Henkel CPO. “This is absolutely the best gift we could have imagined for SPP’s second anniversary. It’s not only proving that we’ve chosen the right way to empower and equip procurement professionals, but also that we are on the right track to achieve our mission to engage one million Ambassadors by 2030 on our joint mission,” he continues.


Although SPP already reached its 2021 Ambassador target in October, the push to drive change and build the SPP movement continues. With its 5,000 committed and passionate Ambassadors, SPP will be accelerating to go the extra mile in the remaining 10 weeks of 2021. In its #1in1million campaign, SPP encourages all of its Ambassadors to share their story and personal commitment on Social Media. For every new SPP Ambassador who joins the Pledge by November 18, 2021, SPP will virtually plant one a tree in its SPP #RestoreEarth forest.

Drive Change. Pledge now.

About SPP

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is an international grassroots and non-profit organization for procurement professionals, academics and practitioners, driving awareness and knowledge on responsible sourcing practices and empowering people in procurement. The Pledge is based on the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals and centers around five key principles of which the Pledge comprises. These SPP principles set the frame and the tone for our way of collaboration and how we collectively drive towards our vision that all individuals acting within global supply chains across the world will apply Sustainable Procurement practices by 2030.

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