The Sustainable Procurement Pledge launches the League of Champions

Leading companies including Accenture, GSK, the LEGO Group, Merck, Schneider Electric, Solvay, Tetra Pak, and the Walgreens Boots Alliance become the first organizations to commit to the Pledge and champion Sustainable Procurement practices. 

Düsseldorf (Germany), June 8, 2022: The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is inviting organizations to join their new “Champions” program and support their procurement functions to accelerate the adoption of Sustainable Procurement practices across global supply chains. 

The new program has already won the support of a raft of leading businesses, including Accenture, GSK, the LEGO Group, Merck, Schneider Electric, Solvay, Tetrapak and Walgreens Boots Alliance who have become SPP’s first Champions. 

The SPP Champions concept was created to help companies engage their procurement teams within the SPP movement and to gradually equip their individual team members with the necessary knowledge, and peer-infrastructure, to deliver on the organization’s sustainability objectives.

Thomas Udesen, Chief Procurement Officer at Bayer and SPP co-founder, said: “In numerous conversations with leading CPOs, we recognized a strong desire to collaborate across organizations, and to involve the entire Procurement team in the SPP. At the same time, we recognize that we can only achieve our growth goal of welcoming 1 million Procurement Professionals as SPP Ambassadors by 2030 if we develop scalable engagement programs. That is how the idea of SPP Champions was born.” 

Joachim Christ, Chief Procurement Officer of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, said: “We have been with the SPP since its inception and have witnessed its great progress. Sustainable Procurement is a key priority for our company, along with our overall Sustainability Strategy and Business commitments, and we have been engaged for many years in different industry and focus topic initiatives, such as the Together for Sustainability initiative. Becoming an SPP Champion provides us with the complementary element of these engagements. It allows us to get involved with our entire procurement organization and benefit from the tools, knowledge, and best practices examples shared in the SPP community.”

SPP Champions provide an annual donation, thereby creating the financial foundation that enables the deployment of SPP’s strategy and the formation of the SPP Office. SPP Champions receive additional support to access a wide range of resources and community engagement opportunities developed for global Procurement professionals across multiple sectors and countries. SPP Champions also benefit from bespoke support from the volunteers in SPP’s Steering Team.

Bertrand Conquéret, Chief Procurement Officer at Henkel and co-founder of the SPP, said: “Before the SPP was created, we spoke to a range of Procurement Professionals about the idea of the movement and whether they would commit to a pledge that focuses on their day-to-day business decisions. The answer was that there was great appetite and willingness to commit and engage in an initiative like the SPP. However, we also received feedback that some would feel more encouraged to join the SPP if their employer shared the same commitment. Through the SPP Champions program, companies’ employees can now join the 7,800 individuals backed-up and supported by the company commitment.” 

Dan Bartel, Chief Procurement Officer of Schneider Electric said: “To meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need focused engagement and effort at all levels. Procurement plays a critical role in sustainability across the value chain, not only in a company’s own operations, but also the operations of its suppliers. That’s why we support and encourage Procurement professionals to commit to the Sustainable Procurement Pledge to learn faster, accelerate, and make a bigger sustainability impact across procurement’s full sphere of influence.”

“We are extremely proud to have the first wave of SPP Champions supporting the SPP,” says Oliver Hurrey from SPP’s funding team. “By the end of 2022, we want to see this support continue to grow across and along value chains in order to build a powerful and diverse ‘SPP League of Champions’ that drives the change required for truly sustainable procurement.”

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