Maung Min appointed to Board of Directors by the Global Sourcing Council during Annual Meeting

NEW YORK, NY (December 15, 2015) – The Global Sourcing Council today announced the appointment of Maung Min to its board of directors, effective immediately. Dr. Min will provide program and education support pertaining to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

maung min150x150Maung is an experienced management executive with over 25 years of track record of leading functions and initiatives in the areas of Sustainability, EHS and Supplier Management, IM, Manufacturing, and Quality Systems (including Operations Excellence/Continuous Improvement). He has led initiatives in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Dr. Min has held roles in Italy as well as in Puerto Rico and is passionate working in a global and multi-cultural setting.

More recently, Dr. Min ran the Corporate Sustainability program for a global bio-pharma company where he was instrumental in leading the development and implementation of 7 sustainability goal adopting the triple bottom line concept focusing on environmental, social and economic benefits. He was also the lead driving the company Supplier Sustainability effort incorporating sustainability risks into the overall supplier risk model. Dr. Min represented his company at a number of external industry organizations, including PSCI, and CDP Supply Chain initiative. He helped his company gain external recognition in sustainability (#1 Company by Corporate Responsibility; CDP Leadership Index), as well.

Dr. Min is also a passionate educator. He serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at CUNY – Baruch College. As a faculty member of Department of Management, Dr. Min teaches Sustainable Business and Supply Chain Sustainability courses at MBA level.

Earlier in his career Dr. Min worked in management consulting with projects in the areas of business process reengineering, operations effectiveness, change management, product portfolio and supply chain management. He also has 10 years in engineering experience as project, process and environmental engineer.

Dr. Min holds a DBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management – a triple accredited university, an MBA from Baruch College, and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. He also lectures and participates in panel discussions in the area of sustainability.

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Global Sourcing Council congratulates global leaders and stakeholders in finalizing an historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. It was agreed by 195 nations in Paris on December 12. The Paris Agreement is a cornerstone of the UN 2030 Agenda underlined by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are to charter the global development for the next 15 years.

The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. The private sector is invited to participate in this effort, andclimate change paris is expected to provide the leadership in technological innovation and other SDGs.

The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Please review UN Climate Change website for more detailed information (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/finale-cop21/)

For COP21 Final document, please click here.

COP 21 Agreement provides a comprehensive, although not perfect, outline for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take Urgent Action to Combat climate change and its impacts.

Global Sourcing Council has just launched its 17/17 SDGs program which showcases companies that take concrete actions in mitigating climate change risks, as well as promotes best practices that contribute to all 17 SDGs.

The Global Sourcing Council Launches 17 / 17 Program for SDGs

The Global Sourcing Council announces its 17/17 SDGs initiative to provide a communication platform and to highlight the importance of implementing the United Nation’s SDGs into a business strategy.

NEW YORK, NY (December 14, 2015) – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) has launched the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs program in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

GSC’s 17/17 initiative (download Prospectus) provides a platform for businesses to highlight activities around the SDGs in their sourcing and supply chains, with a focus on one SDG per week, for 17 consecutive weeks. This communication effort will educate and inspire real action in sourcing and supply chains around these important global goals. We invite leading sustainable organizations (and those that aspire to be sustainability leaders) to partner with GSC in making this vision a reality.

A key message of 17/17 is that businesses stand to gain from the Sustainable Development Goals. In the long run, businesses cannot succeed unless the world succeeds. More immediately, the SDGs provide a framework for innovation, new markets and new products, and aim to channel both public and private investment toward shared global priorities.

The “business case” for the SDGs includes: unlocking trapped value in emerging and frontier markets; gaining competitive advantage by declaring commitment to the Goals; inspiring employees, clients and communities with the broader vision of the Goals; and strengthening brand equity by taking leadership in sustainable development.

Louis D. Coppola, GSC Board Member and Co-Founder of The Governance & Accountability Institute, said, “The Global Goals are one of the most important considerations for companies developing their long-term sustainability program’s strategies, including for defining material issues, setting goals, engaging with investors and other stakeholders, and making critical resource allocation decisions over the next 15 plus years.”

Coppola added, “Determining which of the SDGs are material to your organization’s sustainability strategy is a critical step for companies that are established leaders in sustainability, or would like to establish themselves as leaders. It’s important to put your stake in the ground early and align your program with the SDGs, in order to succeed in the quickly changing global business environment. Making commitments with one or more material SDGs in your sourcing and supply chains is one of the most impactful ways you can help the world reach these goals by 2030.”

Major companies have already announced commitments on one or more SDGs, such as Philips on health (SDG #3), energy (SDG #7) and sustainable consumption and production (SDG #12), Dell on decent jobs (SDG #8), and DuPont on ending poverty (SDG #1) and hunger (SDG #2).

“The UN has created Goals that are broad and inspirational in nature. The trajectory for business in the 2030 Agenda is to embrace one or more SDGs into business strategies, translate them into operational targets and execute them in a transparent manner,” said Dr. Wanda R. Lopuch, the Chairman of the GSC Council. She added, ”Such a trajectory will result in discovering new markets, developing new products, expediting innovation and securing competitive advantage, all of which tend to result in profitable growth while delivering desired social and environmental outcomes.”

All companies are invited to utilize the GSC 17/17 SDG platform to communicate their experiences, commitments, goals, best practices and stories by sponsoring one or more SDGs that align with their business strategy. Please contact Louis Coppola or Wanda Lopuch to find out more about how you can help GSC educate and inspire action in sourcing and supply chains around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GSC recently became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and hosted the GSC 3S Awards for sustainable and social responsible sourcing for 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York City.

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About Global Sourcing Council

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is a voluntary, public-private initiative, registered with the USA IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. GSC is focused on sustainable, socially responsible sourcing practices. By bringing together businesses, industry organizations, academics and trade representatives of different countries, the GSC provides an open forum for discussion of social, economic and political effects of global sourcing arrangements.

About Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs – part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – build on the previous eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ending in December 2015. They represent an unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries, business entities and citizens of the world together to embark on new paths to improve the lives of people everywhere. They will also reshape the practice of development globally, including the role of the private sector.

For more information, contact Louis Coppola at +1.646.430.8230 ext 14, or email louis.coppola@gscouncil.org, or Wanda Lopuch at +1.631.398.3366, or email wanda.lopuch@gscouncil.org.