New Sustainability Standard for Professional Services Firms

New Sustainability Standard for Professional Services Firms


Sustainability is a significant and growing concern for US industry confronting increased materials and energy costs and heightened expectations from their customers, investors, and communities to address environmental and societal needs. A recent McKinsey survey of industry executives reported that “sustainability is becoming a more strategic and integral part of their businesses.”  In response, companies are seeking ways to measure, verify, benchmark, communicate and guide usage and impact across full product lifecycles and including professional services and supply chains. 

With the professional services industry contributing nearly $2.10 trillion to the U.S. economy, or an approximate 12% share of GDP, the new standard represents a breakthrough for a sector which is poised to have an impact. 

NSF/ANSI 391.1 General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Professional Services. The first sustainability standard for professional services has been published, representing a milestone for the broad sector that in 2017 comprised about 1.2 million firms employing nine million and achieving $1.76 trillion in revenues.

What makes NSF 391.1 so significant? Sustainability differs sector by sector, as reflected by sector-specific initiatives including the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Sustainability Consortium, the Responsible Business Alliance, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Sustainable Industry Classification System and Global Reporting Index’s GRI Sector Program, among others. 

Sustainability is addressed in higher education through a variety of comprehensive and interdisciplinary programs and courses ranging from product and service design to environmental management, engineering and science. However, the fundamental and enabling role of technical standards is often absent. 

This multi-stakeholder forum will explore the nature and potential of 391.1 Scheme Program that support sustainable solutions to the challenges industry is facing and will explore values of a NSF owned scheme that supports certification body (CB) consistency and evaluations,  single registry and data collection and training.

391.1 NCSS Program allies will be announced at this event!

Event agenda:

Launch Event (1:30-3:30pm eastern) centers on presentations on the new standard NSF/ANSI 391.1 General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Professional Services by regulatory agencies, industry stakeholders, academic institutions, and standards experts on the most pressing sustainability challenges in the professional service sector.

Networking Reception (3:30-5pm eastern) provides an opportunity for attendees to network with regulatory agencies, professional service firms, academic institutions and certification bodies.

Oct. 11, 2019


1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Launch Event
3:30 - 5 p.m.: Networking Reception

NRECA Conference Center
4301 Wilson Blvd. 
Arlington, VA 22203

Regular Registrants: $25
Government: Complimentary
Media: Complimentary

Presentations will offer a deeper discussion in such areas as:

  • Key market drivers and procurement solutions
  • Regulatory and Industry perspective including international alignment
  • Value of scheme and compliance management
  • Certification allies

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jessica Slomka, Senior Manager NCSS, NSF International 
  • Leslie Chinery, Director of Climate Change and Sustainability, ICF 
  • Harry Lewis, Independent Consultant (former USEPA) 
  • Alison Kinn Bennett, Senior Advisor, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeff Olsen, Joint Committee Chair of NSF 391.1 Standard
  • Jason Pearson, President, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
  • John Edelman, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman
  • Charles Franklin, Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs, Portland Cement Association
  • Mary Swanson, VP of Certification, Green Seal

Alan Chvotkin
Executive Vice President & Counsel
Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. He has been at PSC since 2001.

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10/11/2019 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
NRECA Conference Center 4301 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22203 UNITED STATES

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