About Us

In an effort to address common questions and challenges regarding how to address sustainability and become "more green", the Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (now referred to as the SSCA) was formed in 2008. Referenced as the SSCA, the group was formed by several electric utility supply chain executives who recognized the potential benefits of working together to green the electric utility industry supply chain in 2009, the SSCA was registered as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation.

The SSCA leads the industry in enhancing and promoting supply chain sustainable practices across utilities and suppliers.

​The SSCA activities aim to improve the sustainability of the products and services utilities buy and use, as well as the performance of suppliers and supply chain operations. This will be done by:
  • Partnering with stakeholders and value chain partners to identify, promote and adopt successful sustainability practices; 
  • Fostering the availability of and demand for more sustainable solutions; and
  • Delivering tangible business value to the industry through the application of sustainability practices.

The values governing the SSCA are as follows:
  • Independence - The SSCA conducts its activities in an open and transparent manner.
  • Inclusivity - All interested parties have the opportunity to participate in the standards development activities of the SSCA.
  • Voluntary - Participation in the Alliance is voluntary and adherence to its shared practices in voluntary and not a condition of membership or participation.
  • Consensus-Based Decisions - The voting procedures are intended to encourage decisions based upon consensus (i.e., general agreement, but not necessarily unanimity).
  • Membership Driven - The SSCA's activities are driven by its members.
  • Share and Develop Practices, Not Policy - The Working Teams of the SSCA share and develop practices that can be implemented at each member's discretion.
  • Incorporate Practices - The practices shared and developed reflect standardization and streamlining of existing best practice activities as well as anticipated practices.
  • Broad Applicability - Practices are structured to be applicable to the electric utility industry as a whole.

​Governance and Operations
The SSCA is structured as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization. Activities related to the SSCA are subject to compliance with all federal and state antitrust laws. The SSCA is not a buying cooperative nor is it a certification program. Information used to make purchasing decisions is up to each individual company. SSCA  will not recommend specific suppliers or specific products. A five-person Executive Committee, elected for a one year term, provides leadership.

Antitrust Disclosure
The SSCA and all its activities are subject to compliance with all federal and state antitrust laws. As an organization we do not discuss any company specific pricing, vendor terms and conditions, discounts or anything else that may affect prices, allocation of markets, specific vendor experiences or any other competitively sensitive information .