GSC WEB MEETING – Social Investment: Profit With Purpose (Part 1)

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GSC Web Meeting:

DATE: March 6, 2013  
TIME: 12pm – 1pm EST

View WEBINAR RECORDING here.

In 2011, an estimated $1 billion was invested by the so-called “value-based investors” (private VC firms) into companies that seek to ameliorate social problems (Forbes, Dec. 19th, 2011). The inflow of this money continued during the recession and then grew from under $8 billion in 2012 to over $9 billion in 2013. These funds are managed by “impact investors,” as the Impact Investment segment of the capital market approaches its tipping point in the total VC market (JP Morgan and GIIN report 2013).

Value-based investment is not a “blip on the radar” any more. More and more frequently, investors present specific requests regarding what kind of results do they expect from their working capital. By that they venture beyond the financial returns– more and more frequently they want their capital and management skills to address pressing social and environmental issues. They expect that innovation, supported by their funds and expertise, will not only enlarge the investment assets but produce tangible benefits for local communities.

PANELISTS:

MODERATOR:

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BIOS:

Eme Essien LoreAs Associate Director in the Africa Regional Office, Ms. Essien Lore supports the development and execution of several initiatives: she serves as the regional champion for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing initiative; she also helps advance the Foundation’s project entitled Poverty Reduction through Information and Digital Employment (PRIDE). PRIDE is working in Africa to foster and scale up a new arm of the outsourcing industry called impact sourcing (IS), which are programs aimed at creating employment for the poor by establishing meaningful jobs in the information technology industry. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Essien Lore spent several years with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank

Abhilash Mudaliar 100Mr. Mudaliar is responsible for shaping and implementing the GIIN’s research strategy and program. He joined the GIIN with over seven years experience in social enterprise, impact investing and international development research, including time as a microfinance consultant at Unitus, an impact investor at Elevar Equity, and a social entrepreneur within Hippocampus Group. Mr. Mudaliar also worked on a large-scale randomized controlled study of education policy experiments in southern India. He began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Mudaliar has earned Honors degrees in Arts and Commerce (specializing in Political Science and Finance, respectively) from the University of Melbourne and, more recently, an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he received the Raymond Vernon Award.


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Please mind that GIIN has just published a report on impact investing, in cooperation with J.P. Morgan – “Perspectives on Progress.” You can read the report HERE.

 

Karen MorrisKaren A. Morris is an independent strategy and innovation consultant and is formerly Chief Innovation Officer of AIG, one of the world’s largest general insurance companies. She has over 25 years experience in insurance, law, management, and multinational business. This rich and diverse international background inspires her insight on governance, customer-centricity, and product, service and business model innovation. She is a frequent speaker and writer on customer focus, design thinking, innovation, management and leadership at global forums and conferences around the world. Karen is an adjunct professor at Fordham University in New York teaching Innovation as part of the MBA program and has spoken on innovation at the world’s foremost executive MBA program. She is also a Senior Fellow of The ILO Institute and serves on the board of directors of the Global Sourcing Council.

 

Dr. Wanda LopuchDr. Wanda Lopuch’s unique combination of entrepreneurial drive, global mindset, multi-language executive skills and corporate responsibility expertise have been critical in allowing her to successfully exploit growth opportunities in technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies as well as in the not-for-profit sector. In doing so, she strongly advocates and practices capitalism-based idea of “doing well by doing good.” In addition to her function as Chair of the GSC Board, Dr. Lopuch leads MDA Associates, Inc., a consulting organization focusing on “greening” the global operations and their supply chains while improving economic outcomes of businesses in the life sciences, IT, FMCG and financial sectors. With 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and telecommunication sectors spanning across the United States, Europe, and East Asia.

View the GSC January Web Meeting on Global Citizenship in corporations and global NGOs.

Global Citizenship: Building the Global Supply Chain for the Local Impact

global-citizenship-building-the-global-supply-chain-pic-1DATE: Jan. 23, 2013

TIME: 12pm-1pm EST

Watch the webinar recording HERE

The message coming from global leaders debating during the last four Word Economic Forums in Davos has been loud and clear– in today’s business environment, corporations must go beyond serving shareholders and commit to long-term shareholders’ values in order to achieve long-term sustainable economic success. As the examples of Nike, Exxon or Apple-Foxconn cases demonstrate, underestimating social risks impacts returns on investment.

How prepared are corporate managers to address this new reality of defining and managing economic risk by incorporating assessment and mitigation of social and environmental risks?

Managers of global supply chains are on the front line of defining and serving global stakeholders. As more and more organizations become global and as outsourcing becomes a standard practice in today’s corporate world, traditional roles in supply chain management depart from its original charter of purchasing and logistics. The definition of stakeholders also evolves, embracing diversity of the global workforce performing its functions in a variety of non-standard working environments, local communities in which employees live and businesses operate; availability of resources and environmental needs.

In this panel discussion, experts from Microsoft, Chrysler and the Rockefeller Foundation will share their views and experience in implementing principles of global citizenship into organizational practices. The debate will touch on challenges of incorporating interests of variety of other stakeholders into the corporate business model driven by short-term economic results. The role and responsibilities of leadership and corporate values in safeguarding global economic and social progress will be analyzed against a backdrop of today’s violative global environment.

PANELISTS

Tim Hopper Bio and Presentation SummaryTim Hopper is the Responsible Sourcing Manager for the Microsoft Global Outsourcing’s Service Providers where his responsibilities include extending Microsoft’s social and environmental practices to its global services outsourcing solutions. Previous to Microsoft, Tim served as a federal financial institution examiner as well as the CEO of a financial institution. Tim holds a graduate degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming and a graduate certificate in Ethics from the University of Washington. Tim is especially proud of being a husband and a father of three beautiful children Renee, Ethan, and Kate. He and hiswife, Dedra, live in Seattle,Washington.

 

 

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Todd Yaney is part of the Corporate Sustainability Core Team at Chrysler Group, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He is responsible for the societal aspects of the organization’s corporate responsibility, which include Chrysler’s workforce and supply chain. Most of his career has been within Procurement and Supply in the U.S. and Europe, creating a strong understanding of the intricacies and real-life aspects facing the global manufacturing supply chain. In 2010 he helped with the development of Chrysler’s Sustainability Team, who published their first CR report in 2011. Todd has served as Chrysler’s Executive-on-loan to AIAG (the Automotive Industry Action Group), where his primary activity was supporting supply chain initiatives with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility and in particular the Global Working Conditions Initiative.

 

Eme Essien LoreAs Associate Director in the Africa Regional Office, Ms. Eme Essien Lore supports the development and execution of several initiatives. She serves as the regional champion for the Foundation’s Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing initiative, which works towards consolidating and catalyzing the evolving industry of impact investment for both social and environmental benefits. She will also help advance the Foundation’s work entitled Poverty Reduction through Information and Digital Employment (PRIDE). PRIDE is working in Africa to foster and scale up a new arm of the outsourcing industry called impact sourcing (IS), which are programs aimed at creating employment for the poor by establishing meaningful jobs in the information technology industry. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Ms. Essien Lore spent several years with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. In her most recent role, she served as Manager of SME Initiatives, Africa

MODERATOR:

Wanda LopuchDr. Wanda Lopuch’s unique combination of entrepreneurial drive, global mindset, multi-language executive skills and corporate responsibility expertise have been critical in allowing her to successfully exploit growth opportunities in technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies as well as in the not-for-profit sector. In doing so, she strongly advocates and practices capitalism-based idea of “doing well by doing good”.

In addition to her function as Chair of the GSC Board, Dr. Lopuch leads MDA Associates, Inc., a consulting organization focusing on “greening” the global operations and their supply chains while improving economic outcomes of businesses in the life sciences, IT, FMCG and financial sectors. With 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and telecommunication sectors spanning across the United States, Europe, and East Asia, Dr. Lopuch guided international teams for maximizing performance in multinational, multicultural and multi-functional projects. Prior to establishing MDA Associates Inc., Dr. Lopuch was the president of Medical Data Management Inc., the company she founded and grew into a multi-million dollar business with locations in 7 countries. After the successful acquisition of Medical Data Management by Dendrite International, Dr. Lopuch served as the Vice President and General Manager of Dendrite Central and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Lopuch holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, and an MS in Computer Sciences from the Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland. She lectures on various aspects of international business.

Sustainable Sourcing as a Path to Innovation 6/16/2011

Sustainable Sourcing as a Path to Innovation
6/16/11
http://tinyurl.com/Sustainable-Sourcing-GSC

Moderator: Pumela Salela
Speakers:

  • Frank Casale, Founder, CEO, The Outsourcing Institute
  • Rich Cohen, Founder and President, Distant Village
  • Eme Essien, Associate Director for PRIDE, Rockefeller Foundation, based in Nairobi

Sustainability 1.0 focused on Planet (environmental). Sustainability 2.0 is taking shape as transparency of socially responsible practices. It means a triple bottom line, which encompasses: people, planet, profit. Sustainability wisdom and leadership is built into the DNA of successful companies and communities. Join us for this webinar on Sustainable Sourcing as a path to Innovation to see how it is possible to source for sustainability and develop socially responsible innovative solutions that make a difference on the bottom -line whilst making a difference in the lives of communities: those who are at the bottom of the pyramid.

Distant Village – an award-winning sustainable design and production firm producing handmade packaging and products from natural materials will share experiences of how Innovative design and triple-bottom-line sustainability is at the foundation of everything they create.

The Rockefeller Foundation will share its PRIDE (Poverty Reduction through Information and Digital Employment) initiative which is aimed at enhancing innovation amongst the rural poor whilst bringing them in line with the broader forces of globalization of services. The Rockefeller Foundation’s PRIDE work is aimed at creating sustainable employment opportunities for people at the base of the pyramid by fostering a critical new arm of the outsourcing industry called Impact Sourcing (IS). Through its support of IS, Rockefeller will work to nurture and scale up the establishment of an industry that employs poor or marginalized populations in Africa, providing them an opportunity to improve their lives and to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

 

How EU Data Security Laws Affect Your Business and IT Operations in the Cloud 5/25/2011

How EU Data Security Laws Affect Your Business
and IT Operations in the Cloud

5/25/11
https://mdaassociates.webex.com/mdaassociates/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=89485612&rKey=91aaa3cb4efc290b

Compliance with local laws and regulations is becoming a serious challenge for cloud-based data processing solutions. Potential risks threaten to disrupt the business of those caught unaware.

The European Union and its 27 member states have adopted a set of common principles that govern the protection of personal data. Every company–whether directly or indirectly involved in processing data for European Union entities–needs to pay close attention to compliance with European Union data protection laws, as the consequences of non-compliance present material risk.

Rural Sourcing –Profit with Purpose 4/20/2011

Rural Sourcing –Profit with Purpose
4/20/11 Sudhir Achar and Madan Padaki
http://tinyurl.com/3nlxjtj

This webinar features two rural sourcing practitioners who will share their experience on how this new phenomenon can be implemented on the ground and the impact that it has in the lives of individuals and the organizations.