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17 Weeks for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge –
While the global labor force grows, employment is not keeping up. But even having a job is not enough; decent work is a must for sustained, inclusive, and sustainable growth. A lack of decent jobs, the ILO reports, “lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress.”
Your Business Opportunity
Decent work is good for business, says the UN Global Compact. Improving workplace practices can raise morale and job satisfaction, and foster creativity and innovation. Upholding freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining can improve industrial relations and lower social auditing costs. Finally, taking action to reduce unemployment supports a more stable business environment.
SDG 8 calls to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all.
What is Decent Work? [Video]
Make a Difference Taking Action on Goal 8
Identify Employment Challenges in your Supply Chain
Start by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges related to economic growth, inclusion, employment, and decent work in your supply chain.
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Economic Growth

This World Bank resource shows economic growth by region and income level.

Decent Work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) provides Decent Work Country Profiles, along with factsheets and guidebooks.

Labor Practices, Employment, Management Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, Diversity
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) resource center on Labor Practices and Decent Work shows the indicators used in a comprehensive sustainability report.
CIA factbook image Unemployment
The CIA World Factbook provides country-by-country information on unemployment, youth unemployment and more.

Vulnerable Employment
The UN’s Human Development Report shows the “vulnerable employment” rate, by country, among other indicators. See Statistical Table 13.
Know the chain image Forced Labor
Know the Chain is a resource for businesses and investors on forced labor abuses within supply chains. It uses benchmarks to provide information on performance and example of good practices, beginning with the information and communication technology sector. See resources.
The ILO provides this checklist for compliance and combatting forced labor.
Align your Workplace with New Requirements
Human rights image Are you ready for tighter anti-trafficking laws?
According to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 companies now must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. Similarly, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and additional obligations are also coming into force, such as closing markets for goods produced with the use of slavery.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre will publicize which companies comply with the obligations, and compare what each company has done to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking through their supply chains.

Saint-Gobain, Halfords and Imperial Tobacco are identified as “early movers” already providing their statements.
What else can business do? The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) suggests: promoting responsible recruitment practices in the informal sector; lobbying for stronger laws and regulations; raising public awareness; improving monitoring of the supply chain and enable due diligence action; and providing internal training to prevent human trafficking in business operations, including by suppliers.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 8
skills to succeed video Accenture
Accenture’s Skills to Succeed program equips people with skills to get a job or build a business. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman & CEO, sees “an exceptional opportunity to make a difference in the communities where we work and live – from closing employment gaps to advancing client sustainability to accelerating gender equality in the workforce.”
Eileen Fisher image Eileen Fisher
The apparel company is committed to two standards that support decent work. For factories, it uses Social Accountability International’s SA8000, while for “cottage” industries, it applies the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code. In addition, Eileen Fisher trains factory workers and managers in China on various corporate social responsibilities issues, to empower the workforce and facilitate participation in improving workplace conditions. The training is conducted in partnership with Verité.
Eileen Fisher also pursues fair trade by supporting an “alternative supply chain” in Peru, in which workers are paid higher wages and which is designed specifically to preserve family and community relationships. Learn more.
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Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on employment, decent work, and inclusive economic growth can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Image Credit: IFAD/G.M.B.Akash International Fund for Agricultural Development

The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) just announced a USD 25.8 million loan to the government of Sri Lanka to increase incomes for rural households, through a project for tea and rubber smallholders. IFAD reports that the project will help small farmers improve production and processing, and align their products to take advantage of market opportunities. It will also make rural finance more accessible in order to help farmers develop their rubber or tea business. IFAD’s representative in Sri Lanka said, “We are connecting farmers to the value chain, in both the tea and rubber sectors, so that they are stakeholders in producing, processing and marketing their products.”

 

United Way
In Brazil, United Way recruits volunteers from the private sector to lead training courses for youth, on financial education and entrepreneurial skills such as marketing, accounting and English. More than 500 youth have participated in these training courses. H&R Block and Walmart are among United Way’s corporate partners on income
Fair Factories Clearinghouse
The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a nonprofit with a collaborative membership community that seeks to create more efficient and humane workplaces worldwide. FFC provides private companies with expertise and resources, enabling exchange of information and collaboration between brands. Members include REI, The Children’s Place, New Balance, and Adidas Group.
Register for Upcoming GSC Webinar
GSC Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
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AMBA video image 2015 Winner for Impact Sourcing Award: AMBA
AMBA empowers adults with moderate to severe intellectual disability with innovative tools so they can make economic contributions to their families and society.
Boomers video image 2015 Nominee for Employee Engagement Award: Boomers International
Boomers International Ltd in Ghana manufactures and distributes environmentally friendly bamboo bicycles to global distributors, to address youth unemployment, rural-urban migration, and poverty.
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing decent work challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to support employment and sustainable, inclusive growth in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
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Clean Energy (SDG 7) in Focus for Investors; Corporations Taking Action; Identify Trends

17 Weeks for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge:
SDG 7 has four dimensions, calling for energy to be affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern. The global economy’s reliance on fossil fuels and the increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is visibly affecting the climate on every continent. At the same time, one in five people lacks access to electricity. As the UN Development Programme notes, providing clean energy sources in all developing countries to meet rising demand will encourage growth while helping the environment.
Your Business Opportunity
Four in five executives say energy efficiency will play a more important role in their business in the future, the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) has found. Sustainable energy provides new opportunities for growth, by enabling businesses to grow, generating jobs, and creating new markets. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that doubling renewables will save up to 15 times more than it costs to do so.
Featured GSC Webinar
GSC Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Take Action on Goal 7 and Make a Difference
SDG 7 in Focus for Investors
Sustainable energy image Goal 7 ranks first among the SDGs on which investors intend to take action in the next 15 years, according to ShareAction, a UK-based NGO seeking to “make investment a force for good.” And among the investors surveyed who are supporting the SDGs currently, 67% are taking action on Goal 7. Learn more.
Meanwhile, energy efficiency is highlighted in a report on long-term investment opportunities created by the SDGs. UBS argues that investors willing to commit to challenges related to “enduring structural trends” (population growth, aging, increased urbanization, resource constraints, innovation) “can benefit from potential mispricing created by the typically shorter-term focus of financial markets.” UBS notes that for each dollar invested in energy-efficiency measures, around two dollars can be saved in investments in electricity supply, and up to four dollars in electricity costs over the life-cycle of a product.
The report points to energy-efficiency investment opportunities in buildings, transport, and information technology. Demand for energy-efficient products could grow by 7-8% annually, it says, reaching $530bn annually in 20 years.
Identify Energy Trends in your Supply Chain
IRENA Roadmap image REN21 Interactive Map

Click on each country in your supply chain for detailed information on renewable energy policies, regulations, and more, at REN21.

IRENA Gateway
Search for renewable energy information by resource or country at the IRENA gateway. For modern renewable energy share in total final energy consumption (%), by country, see page 62. For renewable energy share in industrial energy use, 2010-2030, by country, see page 72. For other data, see the 2016 edition of Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future.
SE4All infographic SE4All Global Tracking Framework
The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) Global Tracking Framework established baseline data and provides bi-annual updates on trends in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. See the 2015 report for country-by-country progress toward energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
SE4ALL provides country details on: Access to Electricity (% of population); Access to Non-Solid Fuel (% of population); Rate of primary energy intensity improvement, CAGR (%); and Share (%) of Renewable Energy in TFEC.

UNDP Review of LDCs and Sub-Saharan Africa
For a focus on energy access in the Least Developed Countries and Sub-Saharan Africa, consult this UN Development Programme report. It includes country information on access to electricity and modern fuels, including statistics on fuel types, improved stoves used for cooking, and mechanical power, as well as evidence on health impacts of indoor air pollution from household use of solid fuels for cooking and heating.
Find Energy Access Practitioners in your Region
EAPN map image The Energy Access Practitioner Network is provided by the United Nations Foundation. It is a global network of over 2,000 members representing small, medium, and large clean energy enterprises, civil society, government, and academia operating in over 170 countries. In 2014 alone, our practitioners reported almost 2.5 million installations completed and products sold, and over 21 million individuals provided with sustainable energy solutions.
Search the directory by region, country, industry, business type, or area of expertise.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 7
Vectren wind farm image Vectren
Vectren, which delivers natural gas, electricity, and infrastructure services in the US, runs a green power plant, Blackfoot Clean Energy Facility, which captures gas emitted by decomposing trash and uses it to power two generators, enough to power 2,000 homes. It also purchases 80 MW from wind farms, and markets its Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to reduce electric customers’ bills. Learn more.

JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase & Co announced policy changes to eliminate support for new coal mines, as well as new coal-fired power plants in high-income OECD countries. Bloomberg notes that JPMorgan is among several other financial institutions making pledges to reduce support for coal projects, in response to a divestment campaign by environmental groups.

USGBC J. Crew

J. Crew notes that reducing energy in its stores, offices and distributions centers “makes financial sense.” In 2002 it began systems to optimize and minimize heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) and lighting usage. Its New York offices are LEED Silver certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), ensuring that they conserve energy and water, reduce waste sent to landfills and are healthier and safer for building occupants. Learn more.

Infosys
The software services company launched a 6.6 MW capacity solar PV power plant in Telangana State, India, making Infosys one of the first corporate campuses in India to be run completely by renewable energy. Infosys EVP and Head (Infrastructure, Facilities, Administration, Security and Sustainability) Ramadas Kamath said, “Companies have a responsibility to the communities in which they are present and sustainable development and climate change are issues that businesses need to get actively involved in. We hope other companies will emulate us.” Learn more.
Voya image Voya Financial
Among its environmental achievement highlights for 2014, Voya reported a 39% energy reduction since 2007; power management technology on computers, monitors and printers; 100% wind REC (renewable energy certificate) purchase; and purchase of renewable energy credits, covering 100% of the company’s energy consumption.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on sustainable energy can help leverage their experiences, knowledge, best practices and network to amplify your efforts.
Global Alliance for Energy Productivity image Global Alliance for Energy Productivity

The Global Alliance for Energy Productivity is a growing network of companies and governments committed to doubling energy productivity globally, with SE4All as a partner. Companies are invited to use this form to commit to: improve your energy productivity; share your success stories; and call on others to do the same. Other companies who have endorsed the goal include Lockheed Martin, Johnson Controls, and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.


Rocky Mountain Institute
The Rocky Mountain Institute leads initiatives to deliver climate and clean energy policies, models, and partnerships that accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.
Lighting a Billion Lives
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a non-profit organization in India, leads Lighting a Billion Lives. The global initiative uses an entrepreneurial model of energy service delivery to enable energy-poor communities to transition from traditional, inefficient energy sources to modern, efficient and sustainable ones. Corporate partners include Boeing, Bentley, Toyota, Ricoh, and Nokia.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
GSC 17/17 Media Partners
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Solar Sister video 2015 Nominee for Empowered Women Award: Solar Sister
Solar Sister is the world’s leading social enterprise in eradicating energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. It combines solar and clean cooking technologies with a deliberately women-centered direct sales network to bring opportunity to remote communities across Africa.
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing energy challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to ensure sustainable energy in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 7 Story: Follow GSC
@GlobalSourcing Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG7 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
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Latest News on SDG 7
Perimeter Institute ‏@Perimeter: Interested in #energypoverty & #sdg7 ? @wgsisummit has some live webcasts this week! Info: http://ow.ly/10xtOz
Green Planet Fdn ‏@greenplanetfdn: Efforts to eradicate #energypoverty must be technologically neutral not biased toward specific energy source #Goal7 http://bit.ly/1VQz0OV
Practical Action ‏@PracticalAction: The Race is On! We must accelerate energy access to meet 2030 goals #offgrid #faster #SDG7 http://goo.gl/gclYBw
Kyle Santos ‏@Ksantos006: Listening in as @GlobalSourcing talk about #GlobalGoals Inspiring and Empowering Profit with Purpose http://gscouncil.org/#.Vw5TtUxe8Ew.twitter …
Lily Bowles ‏@LilyBowles: Thank you @globalcompact @GlobalSourcing @UNDP @GreystonBakery for webinar on #ESG business practices supporting #SDGs!

Corporate Action That’s Making a Difference on SDG 6-Water and Sanitation

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Why Take Action on Goal 6?
The Global Challenge
While there is sufficient fresh water on the planet for everyone, millions of people per year die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. About 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services (toilets), and 1.8 billion people worldwide drink from a fecally contaminated water source. Declining water quality is an acute problem around the world due to agricultural runoff, industrial wastewater, and improper disposal of human waste.
Your Business Opportunity
Water scarcity and pollution create business risk through scarcity and flooding, water quality affected by pollution, reputational risk, and regulatory risk. Current estimates predict a 40% global shortfall in water supply by 2030, and businesses are recognizing that continuing to manage water the same way will place $63 trillion worth of business at risk – or 1.5 times today’s global economy.
Water stewardship helps companies identify and manage water-related business risks and enable more sustainable management of shared freshwater resources. Protecting water resources and ensuring sanitation for all also reduces operational costs, protects the company from water stress; and improves the company’s image in the eyes of consumers, investors, and nearby communities.
Register for GSC’s Upcoming Webinars
Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (Greyston Bakery)
Wednesday, April 13th, 10:00 am ET

Join GSC and the UN Global Compact to learn how sustainable supply chains contribute to the SDGs. This webinar will feature Greyston, America’s oldest leading social enterprise. Best known for Greyston Bakery, which produces brownies for Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods, Greyston provides employment opportunities to individuals regardless of background or work history. Register Here.

GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Take Action on Goal 6 and Make a Difference
Identify Water and Sanitation Challenges in your Supply Chain
GSC SDG 6 image World Health Organization – global data on water, sanitation and hygene (WASH)
View the proportion of the population using improved sanitation facilities, for each country in your supply chain, and other indicators available from the Global Health Observatory.
UN World Water Development – data and indicators
Do you have suppliers in Asian cities? Check their reliance on groundwater, and other data and indicators on water around the world, via this yearly report.
CDP water report image CDP Global Water Report
Get an interactive view of water-related impacts on operations in South Africa, China, Brazil and elsewhere. Such impacts include supply chain disruption, higher operating costs, and production disruption.
CDP also provides sector profiles (consumer staples, energy, health care, industrials, information technology, materials and utilities) of water use and stewardship.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 6
Levi Made of Progress video Levi Strauss

In Levi Strauss’ experience, every step of the process to create a garment requires water, from the cotton fields to manufacturing facilities. In light of water’s increasing scarcity, the company has taken steps to “decouple the growth of our business and our water needs,” in order to continue leading into the future.” It has launched the Water<Less process that has reduced water usage, saving over 1 billion liters since 2011. Cotton cultivation is particularly water-intensive, so the company is helping to train farmers to grow cotton using less water, through its global suppliers. Learn more.

Newmont
The mining company’s global water strategy helps manage and mitigate water risks by: fully understanding the watersheds where we operate; participating in addressing watershed challenges for communities, other water users and the operation during all stages of the mine lifecycle; and transparently reporting on our performance. Each Newmont operating site uses the Water Accounting Framework to define, measure and report water use. They use saline or non-potable water, and reduce freshwater consumption by recycling and reusing water in ore processing. Many of the sites are “zero process discharge facilities.” Learn more.
GM Arlington General Motors
To create ultrapure water for vehicle paint processes, General Motors filters water to remove calcium, iron and magnesium, which used to be discharged into the city sewer. But by working with its suppliers, GM developed a collection system to capture, contain, and pump the discharged water into cooling towers, used for air conditioning and other processes. GM says the initial investment will pay for itself in less than a year and a half, with continued savings of $38,000 per year, in addition to the environmental benefits. Learn more about GM’s global water conservation efforts.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Connect the drops image Connect the Drops Campaign
Coordinated by Ceres, the Connect the Drops Campaign brings together companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Annie’s, EILEEN FISHER, Genentech, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss, and Xylem in a collective commitment to saving nearly one billion gallons of water through 2020, to elevate the voice of California businesses in favor of conservation, reuse and integrated management of the state’s precious surface and groundwater supplies. Any company with a water footprint in California and more than $100 million in annual revenues is eligible to participate in the campaign, which has been recognized by the White House.
Ceres highlights benefits to companies such as: heightened visibility for water leadership and public recognition for water stewardship efforts, collaboration with other companies, and access to best practices in corporate water stewardship.
CDP water image CDP’s Water Program
This program enables companies to disclose and reduce their environmental impacts, ultimately mitigating risk. CDP provides the only global platform for corporate water disclosure and action to address the global water crisis. Learn more.
Wash4work infographic WASH4Work
WASH4Work is an initiative by 11 organizations to address WASH challenges in the workplace, workers’ communities, and across supply chains. Stakeholders are supporting businesses to take action for safe access to WASH. Current partners include: Global Poverty Project, International Labor Organization, UN Foundation, UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, UNICEF, Unilever, USAID, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Learn more.
The ‘WASH in the Workplace’ Pledge outlines commitments to: monitor water use and invest in water saving and recycling/reuse measures; manage chemical inputs and treat/reuse wastewater to protect communities’ water supply; participating in community water safety planning; and supporting local and national government actions to address WASH challenges in the community.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
GSC 17/17 Media Partners
GA Institute SIG 3BL Media 2Degrees Network
Highlight your Work for Water and Sanitation in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing WASH challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
Banza video 3S 2015 Nominee for Communicty Engagement Award: Banza Sanitation
Banza Ltd. Is a social enterprise venture addressing sanitation and health concerns in East Africa. It aims to address the full spectrum of human waste management and the health and environmental problems that result from poor sanitation conditions in informal living settlements in urban environments.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 6 Story: Follow GSC
@GlobalSourcing Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG6 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
Join GSC Experts
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  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
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Latest News on SDG 6
Report by Sustainable Brands highlights WaterAid as an NGO leading the way on #SDG #Goal6 – tackling clean water and…https://lnkd.in/eW-vC4b
As a zero discharge facility, the Vadinar refinery is conserving water & making every drop count. #Goal6 #SDG
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Global Businesses are Making a Difference on SDG 5-Gender Equality

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Week 5 for SDG 5
Why Take Action on Goal 5?
The Global Challenge
Women and girls around the world struggle to exercise their rights, face discrimination and violence, receive unequal pay for equal work, and are underrepresented in power and decision-making roles. As entrepreneurs and workers, they are economically disadvantaged and face legal barriers. Empowering women strengthens democracy, contributes to innovation, and increases diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. It is key to attracting talent, thus advancing companies’ growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Your Business Opportunity
Companies that focus on women’s empowerment show increases in productivity, organizational effectiveness, return on investment and consumer satisfaction. A growing number of business leaders are adapting their policies, programmes and initiatives to create environments where women and girls thrive. A March 2016 survey shows that investors are already supporting many of the SDGs, with 70% of respondents currently taking action on gender equality and empowering girls and women. We urge business leaders to help close gaps in opportunity for all women and girls, opening the doors of opportunity for women and for businesses everywhere.
 Register for GSC’s Upcoming Webinars
Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (Greyston Bakery)
April 13th, 10:00 am ET
Join GSC and the UN Global Compact to learn how sustainable supply chains contribute to the SDGs. This webinar will feature Greyston, America’s oldest leading social enterprise. Best known for Greyston Bakery, which produces brownies for Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods, Greyston provides employment opportunities to individuals regardless of background or work history. Register Here.
GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Take Action on Goal 5 and Make a Difference
Identify Gender Equality Challenges in your Supply Chain
Closing Gender Pay Gap in U.S.: Sustainalytics
How prepared is your company for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new pay disclosure requirements? Read Sustainalytics’ report.
Profiting from Women in Leadership: Peterson Institute for International Economics
For firms in 91 countries, raising the share of women in leadership roles has increased profitability, according to a February 2016 working paper, which also recommends policies for businesses to adopt. Check the study’s results for the countries in your supply chain (starting on page 19).
Intel Women and the Web image Women and the Web: Intel
Intel commissioned a report on the internet gender gap and its consequences for women and society. With a focus on Egypt, India, Mexico, and Uganda, “Women and the Web” outlines women’s access to and use of the internet in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more about Intel’s She Will Connect program.
Gender Equality & Gender Development: UN Human Development Report
Consult the UN’s Gender Inequality Index (adolescent birth, seats in parliament, labor force participation, etc.) and the Gender Development Index (schooling, income, life expectancy, etc.) to see how each country ranks on key indicators of gender equality and empowerment of girls and women.
Make a Positive Impact: Align your Workplace with
Best Practices on SDG 5
UNGC WEPs image UN Global Compact
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Global Compact and UN Women, detail how business can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The UN Global Compact also invites companies to adopt the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, which provide a framework for business to respect and support children’s rights, and were developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 5
ooredoo infographic
Ooredoo

International communications company Ooredoo has outlined its commitments to the SDGs, highlighting the power of mobile broadband to enrich people’s lives. MayMay is a maternal healthcare app from Ooredoo to make useful information on maternal, child health and wellness readily available to women across Myanmar/Burma during and after pregnancy. The fathers’ program, “PhayPhay,” responds to the fact that many women access digital services through their husbands’ phones. Also in Myanmar, Ooredoo launched Geek Girls Myanmar to kick-start female participation in the country’s tech scene.

Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola has founded Queen Bee, a women’s beekeeping cooperative, to provide young women in Turkey with beehives and apiculture training to improve their production of honey and other honey products. Queen Bee is implemented by the Hisar Anadolu Support Association, under the “New World Program” of the UN Development Programme. New World supports projects aligned with the SDGs with a $4.75 million grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation and $875,000 from Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa Group.
Return to Work image Morgan Stanley

A paid, 12-week internship allows experienced professionals to return to their profession after a career break, such as for having children. Learn more about Morgan Stanley’s Return to Work program.

Nestlé
This Action Plan addresses ways Nestlé works to improve livelihoods in the cocoa supply chain, including by: Promoting Equal Opportunities, Giving Women a Voice, Helping Increase Women’s Income.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
EWEC image Every Women Every Child
Every Woman Every Child is a global movement to mobilize and intensify action by governments, the UN, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents. Read about business’ commitments to EWEC.
L’Occitane Foundation
The L’Occitane Foundation is funding UN Women programmes aimed at improving the economic empowerment of women dairy entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso. It supports UN Women’s efforts to improve their access to resources to build businesses, increase the quantity and quality of dairy production, and influence supportive national policies and practices. Learn more.
Clinton Initiative: Parental Leave Video Working Parent Support Coalition
The Working Parent Support Coalition, the first of its kind, was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in 2015. Founding members include the US-based divisions and subsidiaries of Barclays, Danone, Ernst & Young, KKR and Nestlé. Members have committed to parental workplace support practices such as longer paid parental leave and transition support training. The Coalition is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cornell University.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
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Highlight your Work for Women’s Empowerment in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier providing opportunities for women and girls in your community? Do you know of others working for gender equality in their supply chains?

Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director
to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
SHE Video 2015 Winner: Empowered Women Award
In Rwanda, 18% of women and girls miss school and work because they can’t afford pads. Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) has found a solution: making pads locally and employing members of the community. SHE provides banana farmers with equipment and training to process banana fiber. Farmers sell the banana fiber to SHE, Rwanda, which processs the fiber at its community factory. The fiber gets cut, washed, dried, fluffed and assembled, and the pads are sold at affordable prices.
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  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 13, virtual)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
  • CDP-GSC Webinar (June 8, virtual)
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