Roundtable Discussions

What are the Roundtable Discussion sessions?

Roundtable Discussion sessions are thirty minute topical conversations between up to 12 participants. You can choose to join a topical Roundtable Discussion instead of participating in one-on-ones. This can be a nice way to meet multiple people at one time who have a common interest in a specific topic. It can also just be a nice break from participating in one-on-ones.

Do I have to register for Roundtable Discussions in advance?

If you don't register for a Roundtable Discussion in advance, there will usually be space for you to drop in on them the day-of. We recommend registering for a Roundtable Discussion in advance if you know you don't want to receive requests for one-on-one meetings during that time and if you want the Roundtable Discussion to show up as an item on your personal schedule.


  1. 05/24/2016
10:00 am - 10:20 am
  • Welcome Remarks & Instructions

10:20 am - 10:55 am
  • Roundtable: Making the Business Case for Sustainable Purchasing

    A common barrier to sustainable purchasing is the perception that it always costs more. But perception is not always reality. Come discuss with other Connect participants how to make the business case for sustainable purchasing.

11:00 am - 11:35 am
  • Roundtable: Zero Waste, Recycling, and the Circular Economy

    Zero Waste and the Circular Economy are increasingly hot topics in the field of sustainability. How can organizations realistically incorporate them into business practices? Do they always make sense? Come ready to share experiences and discuss.

11:40 am - 12:15 pm
  • Roundtable: Measuring the Environmental, Social, and Economic Impact of Sustainable Purchasing

    Stakeholders love measurable, tangible results. Measure the impacts of your organization's sustainable purchasing efforts can yield a number of positive benefits, but it can be hard to do. Come ready to share experiences and discuss.

12:15 pm - 1:20 pm
  • Lunch

1:20 pm - 1:55 pm
  • Roundtable: Supplier Sustainability Rating & Evaluation

    Purchasers, how do you rate/evaluate your suppliers around sustainability? Suppliers, how do you want to be evaluated? What's most effective? Join this discussion to learn what other participants are trying and share your experiences.

2:00 pm - 2:35 pm
  • Roundtable: Sustainability Certifications, Standards and Labels

    The number of sustainability certifications and standards in the marketplace can be overwhelming. But they are a critical enabler of sustainable procurement for many organizations. How can members of the SPLC community make sense of the sustainability standards landscape and help improve the quality and coverage of sustainability standards.

2:35 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Long Break

3:00 pm - 3:35 pm
  • Roundtable: Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products

    The toxicity of products and their effects on human health is coming under increased scrutiny. What actions can purchasers and suppliers take to make products safer? Come ready to share experiences and join the discussion. 

3:40 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Roundtable: Buying Products as a Service

    Also known as "servicizing," the practice of procuring products as a service (such as buying copier services rather than a copier) can often produce environmental, social, and economic gains. Are you looking to servicize? What are the results you're seeing? Do you know of others who have found success with this model? Join this discussion, learn what others are trying, and come ready to share your experiences.

4:20 pm - 4:55 pm
  • Roundtable: Using Total Cost of Ownership to Advance Sustainable Purchasing

    It is often the case that more sustainable products and services are cost advantageous when all of the costs associated with the product/services lifecycle are taken into account. For example, cheap products that wear out quickly incur inventory, shipping, and disposal costs at a greater rate than more durable products which may cost more up-front. Total Cost of Ownership analysis is designed to address this problem, but it's not always easy to conduct or sell TCO analysis. How does your organization include the total cost of ownership into your procurement decisions? Join the discussion and come ready to share. 

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • SPLC Connect Reception & Summit Welcome Reception (5:00pm - 6:30pm)