Panjiva and The Global Sourcing Council Study Finds Economic Optimism among Suppliers and Buyers

The State of Global Trade in 2012 report reveals sourcing will shift beyond China to manage rising costs

New York, April 2, 2012– Global trade intelligence leader Panjiva and The Global Sourcing Council, a non-profit organization that fosters dialog on critical issues in global sourcing and supply chain management,  today unveiled a joint report, The State of Global Trade in 2012, which highlights key concerns, challenges and opportunities facing those engaged in global trade. Based on a survey of buyers and suppliers worldwide, the report found that half of global trade professionals are optimistic about the global economy in 2012 and nearly three quarters plan to spend at or above 2011 levels. Read more

Transboundary Sourcing Webinar

On April 12, David Kinnear, Chair of the GSC will be a speaker at the Transboundary Sourcing Webinar, on Responsible Sourcing: Social Impact with Economic Value. The time will be 9AM to 10:30AM PST and registration information will be updated shortly.

Details:

Moderator: Kevin Parikh

Panelists: Sarah Troup of the Rockefeller Foundation, Rita Soni of Nasscom Foundation, Dhiraj Dolwani of B2R, Antony Alex of Pangea3, David Kinnear of The Global Sourcing Council Read more

The 2012 Czech IT & Investor Conference & Networking Reception “Partnering in Innovation”

This event is scheduled for April 18 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York. See the details in the Flyer – Czech IT Conference

Greetings from Sanjay Sharma, President of the Global Sourcing Council

Last week I was asked to speak at a leadership development workshop of a high school for gifted kids. Public speaking is my job.  I teach at a college of continuing education as well as run classes on management subjects for adult learners. And, I speak at many seminars, meetings and the like.  I love it.  But the strange thing about speaking to high school kids is they don’t care who you are and what you are going to say unless it make sense to them.  My role in the corporate world, my views on global warming or environment or economics just doesn’t hold any water for them.  What matters was what could they share and learn from me.  They were bright and full of energy.  They are not far away from joining the workforce of tomorrow; they will be voters, some already can vote since some are already eighteen years old in their senior year; they all wanted to know what tomorrow holds from them.

As I normally do, I prepare my presentations, this time on the topics of leadership, team work and communication.  Finding out quickly that they were far ahead then my corporate audience in terms of understanding of the issues, e.g., how and what to communicate, they came out with great ideas to connect with an audience and did a quick cost benefit analysis to justify their campaign against bullying.   I quickly changed gears and instead of talking, I asked them to share their ideas about these topics.  They didn’t disappoint. Overall it was a great workshop and I learned a few new things.

Two days later I went to the divisional speech contest of Toastmasters, top speakers from a few clubs came to compete.  As this was round four, which means they were all strong and powerful contenders.  One common theme emerged; most speakers chose to speak about, interestingly enough, was “Anti Bullying”, the same topic chosen by the high school students just days before.

After I came back, I was thinking what about corporate bullying and corporate responsibility towards the workforce of tomorrow.  To my amusement, there is very little written or even just discussed about this subject.  While we talk of developing best practices for Global Sourcing, do we think of preparing our future leaders to understand challenges they are going to face? What if they start a small business and get bullied by larger corporate firm?

I would like to engage our readers and audiences to share their ideas and thoughts in Global Sourcing efforts to include Corporate Responsibilities to address issues faced by next generation of workforce and how to avoid bullying…

Sanjay Sharma has over twenty years of Global experience in Information Technology, Supply Chain and Project Management. Sanjay has managed backend Sourcing and Procurement operations for large organizations in Europe, Far East & Australia. He led procurement operations for a large industrial goods manufacturing organization. Sanjay has articles published in business magazines and publications on the subjects of procurement, supply chain and project management. Sanjay speaks at Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums. He works as consultant for Project Management and Global Sourcing. In addition he teaches Project Management subjects. His email contact is sanjaysrr@gmail.com.

 

A Huge Thank You from the Global Sourcing Board for Chris Bullen on Her Retirement from Active GSC Board Participation

At the last Global Sourcing Board Meeting, Chris Bullen announced her retirement from active GSC Board participation.

Not only is Chris a founding member, she is a dear and cherished friend. She is a diamond, a force of nature and someone to whom the GSC owes an enormous debt of gratitude. Today, we say thank you.

It’s a very sad day that we say farewell to Chris from active Board duty but we recall her contribution with nothing but appreciation and wonder.

Chris was one of the early few who grasped the vision instantly and applied the energy, organization and dedication to move the GSC forward. Very few connected the 3 tenets of the GSC in 2007 – Sourcing, Sustainability and Social Responsibility. Chris did.

Ask anyone who has grown an organization from an idea – it takes much more than money and much more than ideas. It takes passion, persistence and commitment. Chris has been part mentor, part leader, part colleague and friend. On a road with as many twists and turns as our journey to date, she has kept the pace – and helped set the pace. None could ask for a more generous and inspired colleague to walk with – and it has been our undoubted pleasure.

As a Board and on behalf of the GSC, we offer our sincere thanks to Chris for her work and contribution. You are a treasured friend of the GSC and we stand on your shoulders

Statement from David Kinnear on behalf of the Board of Directors, April 2012