Please review the following releases for the latest news from the Global Sourcing Council.

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G&A Institute Supports The Global Sourcing Council’s “17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative”

NEW YORK, NY (January 26, 2016) – Governance & Accountability Institute announces its support of the Global Sourcing Council’s “17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative,” developed by GSC in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by all 193 countries at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

G&A Institute, in the spirit of SDG 17 on “Partnerships For The Goals,” will help to communicate GSC’s message of GAlogo_solid_verticaleducation and inspiration through its distribution channels, clients, and partnerships.

“The SDGs provide a framework for assisting our corporate clients in aligning with global policy goals and gaining competitive advantages, including increased innovation, entry to new markets, social and actual license to operate, development of new solutions, and favorable global public policies including tax incentives and preferable government and private procurement positioning, and to attract investment from the exponentially growing Sustainable and Impact investing movement.” said Louis D. Coppola, GSC Board Member and Co-Founder of The Governance & Accountability Institute.

GSC’s 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative will work to educate and inspire the global community about the business case for aligning sourcing and supply chains with the 17 important global goals.   This Initiative provides supporters a global platform over the course of 17 weeks to demonstrate their leadership activities around the SDGs in their sourcing and supply chains.

“We are pleased to welcome G&A’s support of Goal 17 on Partnership For The Goals, and we invite all companies to join our initiative in the spirit of Goal 17,” said Dr. Wanda R. Lopuch, the Chairman of the GSC Council. “This will help companies to demonstrate their experiences, commitments, goals, best practices and stories by becoming an annual member of GSC and sponsoring one or more SDGs that align with their business strategy.”

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

G&A Institute Chairman & Senior Strategist Hank Boerner noted: “The SDGs are a critical concept for corporate boards of directors and senior executives to consider in their corporate governance processes. This includes defining, measuring and managing material ESG risk issues, setting important ESG goals for the company, engaging with investors and other stakeholders, and making critical resource allocation decisions over the next 15-plus years.”

G&A’s database on sustainability reporting shows that a growing number of large-cap companies have already announced commitments on one or more of the SDGs. G&A’s database is enhanced in part through the activities of its pro-bono Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) data partner in the United States, United Kingdom, and The Republic of Ireland.

Through our discussions with clients and partner organizations G&A has developed tools and methodologies to help leading sustainable businesses maximize early strategic alignments with these important sustainability goals for 2030.

For more information on joining The GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative: http://gscouncil.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/GSCouncil-Flyer_12-10FINAL.pdf

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About Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

Founded in 2006, Governance & Accountability Institute is a sustainability consulting firm headquartered in New York City, assisting corporations in executing winning strategies that maximize return on investment at every step of their sustainability journey. The G&A team helps corporate and investment community clients recognize, understand and address sustainability issues to address stakeholder and shareholder concerns.

G&A Institute is the exclusive Data Partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the USA, UK and Republic of Ireland. A G&A team of six or more perform this pro bono work on behalf of GRI. In 2014, they analyzed more than 1,200 sustainability reports in this role and databased more than 100 important data points related to each report.

G&A’s sustainability-focused services and resources include: counseling & strategies for the corporate sustainability journey; sustainability reporting assistance; thorough materiality assessments; stakeholder engagement; benchmarking; enhancing investor relations; sustainability communications; manager coaching, team building and training; issues monitoring & customized research; advice on third party awards and recognitions. Visit G&A at www.ga-institute.com

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) which ended after 15 years in December 2015. The new goals 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. Many companies and institutions are aligning their operations with numerous SDGs and establishing 2030 goals and interim objectives.

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

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.

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.

The GSC Stands in Solidarity with the People of France

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) stands in solidarity with the people of France, and we share President Obama’s view on the universal values that we all share.

President Obama just delivered a statement on Saturday’s attacks in Paris.

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

These intrinsic human universal values are what we stand for as an organization, and we strive to enable through sustainable sourcing and supply chains.

Our hearts go the victims and their families.

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The Global Sourcing Council’s Board Officers Election – Dec 15, 2015

All current GSC Voting Members and Board Members, please take note that we will be holding elections for the 2016 Office Bearers on Dec 15th from 2 pm – 4 pm in NYC.

Positions to be filled include:Elections image 2016

1) Chair of the Board

2) President of GSC

3) Secretary of GSC

4) Treasurer of GSC

GSC members who are interested in applying for the above positions, please email Bharat Ramani,
Chair of the Annual Meeting and Nominating Committee at bharat.ramani@gscouncil.org.

Those members currently holding the above expiring positions who are interested and eligible to participate in re-election, please also email Bharat Ramani.

Please note: Only GSC members considered in ‘good standing’ will be allowed to attend and vote. This requires that your membership dues are paid up-to-date.

Lastly, please inform us if you will be attending our Annual Board Meeting and Election in person or via the phone on Dec 15th between 2 pm – 4 pm. The venue location will be shared with the members who confirm their attendance.

Contact:

Bharat Ramani
Chair of the Annual Meeting and Nominating Committee
bharat.ramani@gscouncil.org