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World Sustainable Procurement Day 2023 intensifies Empowerment of Procurement Professionals toward Sustainability Impact

Organised by procurement professionals for procurement professionals with 24 hours of content on sustainability challenges in procurement and best practices to solve them, the second edition of the World Sustainable Procurement Day (WSPD) will again bring together professionals and experts worldwide.

Earth, March 9th: Launched in 2022 by the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) with an outstanding success of more than 6,500 procurement, supply chain and sustainability professionals registering and benefitting from 20 sustainability sessions featuring 71 speakers from all around the world, the World Sustainable Procurement Day took place last year on March 21st for the first time.

This year, on March 21, 2023, the second annual #WSPD will offer the next level of event experience under the theme #PledgetoChange, while staying true to its purpose of empowering and equipping procurement professionals and organisations to accelerate their positive impact. To achieve this the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is supported by Supplier Day to organise an outstanding 24 hours live event covering all regions, key challenges and industries. 

“This second WSPD is about accelerating the impact, driving transformation and bringing sustainability into concrete action within procurement. We need to close the gaps and enable procurement professionals on all levels and across all industries in all countries to move from commitment to action by learning from others and exchanging best practices and solutions, from students to CPOs, that is the purpose of the WSPD.”, said Oliver Hurrey from the SPP Steering Team and Head of Fundraising at SPP.

In more than 20 sessions starting on the spring equinox with sunrise sessions in the global South-East and ending with its sunset in the global North-West, SPP Ambassadors, Chapters and representatives from companies from the SPP League of Champions and sustainable procurement leaders as Amcor, CBRE,Audi, SC Johnson, Together for Sustainability, Arkema, Merck, AstraZeneca, among many others and representatives from the Yunus Social Business, Gartner, The Embedding Project and Procurement Leaders will share their experiences and best practices and engage with attendees about the challenges and opportunities.

“The procurement function consists of so many amazing people that strive to make a positive impact and get more and more aware of the power that lies within our function.At SPP we are convinced that procurement has the power to change the way we do business and can contribute to a global transformation at a large scale. The WSPD is the perfect opportunity to connect with peers across industries and regions, whether you’re a starter in sustainable procurement or an expert. We need to exchange, listen, rethink and redefine the purpose of procurement to serve the planet, people and profit”, added Thomas Udesen, Chief Procurement Officer of Bayer and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Procurement Pledge.

The 24 hour live discussions will cover a broad range of industries from Packaging to Travel & Hospitality, topics from Living Wages to Product Carbon Footprint, and regions as in dedicated panels on the CPO Perspective in APAC, AMESA, the Americas and Europe/UK with Martha Buffington, CPO at SC Johnson, Daniel Bartel, CPO at Schneider Electric, Yvette Wang, Head of Procurement APAC at Merck, Nandini Basuthakur, CEO at Procurement Leaders, and many more. 

Join our global community of committed Sustainable Procurement Ambassadors today by taking the pledge now and become part of the World Sustainable Procurement Day on March 21, 2023, by registering here.

About SPP

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is an international grassroots and non-profit organisation for procurement professionals, academics, and practitioners, driving awareness and knowledge on responsible sourcing practices and empowering people in procurement. With more than 11,000 committed ambassadors, SPP fosters the positive impact of procurement. The Pledge is based on the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals and centres 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 and thrive 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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