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SDGs – What’s Behind the Hype…

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are going to be adopted during the 70th General Assembly this September. We encourage our GSC community to participate in these historical discussions, which touch the essence of global sourcing. We realize, however, that little is known about SDGs within the global sourcing sector. Therefore, in the next weeks, we will brief you on various aspects of the SDGs.

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC), a signatory of The United Nations Global Compact, supports the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The sourcing sector is an important stakeholder in this global development plan, and our goal is to contribute our views, ideas and solutions on how the private sector can play a role in the execution of SDGs. Such an example can be seen through 3S Awards applicants, who demonstrate real and tangible examples of executing SDGs in their operations.

This brief below gives an overview of the SDGs two months before its expected adoption. We welcome your comments and suggestions, which we will share with the community.

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The “Final draft of the outcome document for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda” was released this week after negotiations held on June 22-25. The final negotiation session will be held at the end of July, after which the United Nation Member States will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 agenda for global action.

The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals are an extension and redefinition of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) implemented in 2000. The MDGs serve as a foundation and learning experience for the creation of SDGs. This time around the United Nations (UN) expanded the scope of its development framework, calling for 17 goals with 156 targets in comparison to the eight MDGs enacted in 2000.

The 17 Post-2015 SDGs are as follows:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

While many of the goals and action items for 2030 encompass monumental changes, the development of the SDGs is based on the pragmatic need to create a globally accepted and practical definition for sustainable development, especially so progress can be monitored and measured. The 2030 agenda is in essence a commitment to people, the planet, and prosperity – to ensure that human beings can fulfill their potential, that our common home is safeguarded, and that everyone enjoys the fruits of progress. The Post-2015 SDGs are being constructed both under the lens of much progress that has been made over the last few years but also figuring in the current challenges presented for sustainable development. The open working group notes that we live in a world of rising inequalities between and within states, wealth and power inequality, youth unemployment, humanitarian and violent extremism, climate uncertainty, and environmental degradation. This has served as the context and means of situating goals and priorities that are truly global, meant for both developing states and financially advantaged states.

The process of developing the SDGs has also changed to be more inclusive and democratic. The open working group, who is defining and amending the SDGs, consists of the Member States and large stakeholder groups. Stakeholder groups include women, children, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, science and technological community, and farmers. The modality of participation and engagement from these major stakeholders is determined by the Member States, varying according to the topic, but the process is still majorly led by the Member States. However, during the two years of intensive public consultation with global stakeholders, the open working group has also paid particular attention to the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable.

The Post-2015 SDGs can be seen as both practical and aspirational, as they define the image of future development but leave each government to set their own targets and track their success as well. While the SDGs have expanded from the MDGs, the cost and resources of solving these problems has also expanded. How will sustainable development be financed? The UN calls on investors, the private sector, and the public sector to take a role in executing some of these goals, but is it enough? What type of financing will it take to truly contribute to the progress of SDGs?

Jessica Tomaz
Sustainability Initiatives Outreach Coordinator
Global Sourcing Council
jessica.gsc3sawards@gscouncil.org

GSC Supports The United Nations Global Compact

July 1, The United Nations Global Compact2015, New York, NY – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) announces that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact. The Global Compact, www.unglobalcompact.org, is a strategic policy initiative for businesses dedicated to the ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

“Our participation in the Global Compact underscores GSC’s commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible sourcing solutions around the globe,” said Wanda R. Lopuch, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of the Global Sourcing Council. Through active participation in the Global Compact, GSC presents voices of the global sourcing community in the historical discussion of the private sourcing sector’s role in the execution of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which are to chart the global development for the next 15 years.

“GSC will work tirelessly to spread information on the 10 Principles of the Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) within its global community and encourage our world-wide members to make formal commitments to the Global Compact principles,” said Daniel Lang, the Chair of the GSC GC Committee and the Senior VP at Sutherland Global Services. Our goal is to attract 100 GSC community members to join the 12,000 participants from 145 countries already committed to Global Compact principles and socially responsible sourcing practices, and also to continue to do well by doing good.

Global Sourcing Council is dedicated to public accountability and transparency, and our involvement with the Global Compact is a huge step in reaffirming our commitment to stakeholder dialogue and socially responsible sourcing practices.

For inquiries regarding our participation in the Global Compact, email jessica.gsc3sawards@gscouncil.org.

About Global Sourcing Council

Established in 2007, the Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to advocate responsible sourcing and promote the exchange of ideas and information among businesses, trade organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academia; to discuss and define sustainable and responsible practices in global sourcing and supply chain management; and to encourage progressive economic growth leading to increased trade, investment and social good.  The GSC aims to increase knowledge, deepen trade relations and broaden commercial and cultural ties among nations. Learn more about the GSC at www.gscouncil.org.

About Sutherland Global Services

Established in 1986, Sutherland Global Services is a global BPO and technology-enabled services company offering an integrated set of back-office and customer facing front-office services that support the entire customer lifecycle. It is one of the largest, independent BPO companies in the world, serving marquee clients in major industry verticals. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, United States, Sutherland employs over 36,000 professionals and has nearly 60 global delivery centers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.sutherlandglobal.com.

Global Sourcing Council Announces its 2015 Sustainable & Socially Responsible 3S Awards

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2015 – Global Sourcing Council announces its 2015 Sustainable and Socially Responsible Awards Program honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating, improving and implementing Sustainable and Socially Responsible (3S) practices.

The GSC 3S Awards categories inspire leaders in building a sustainable world to propose innovative ideas about 3S practices. The GSC plays a key role in furthering business interests by promoting an open environment for the many participants in the sourcing world. It is a chance to shape the world we want

The judging panel of independent executives and business decision makers will evaluate nominations for the GSC 3S in each of the following four categories.

  • 3S Community Engagement Award
  • 3S Employee Engagement Award
  • 3S Empowered Women Award
  • 3S Innovative Sourcing Award

The fifth category, 3s People’s Choice Award will be a voting system when each and everyone can get involved.

“We encourage individuals and organizations, which have stories to tell about their 3S programs, to share these stories in a format of 3-5 min video, and submit the application to 3SAwards Program, so others can learn from, and get inspired when implementing their own 3s programs” says Dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the Board of the Global Sourcing Council. “Our goal is to showcase those, who truly walk their talk when it comes to implementing socially responsible business practices. Because it pays off to be socially responsible!”

Individuals and companies can submit their application online: http://gsc3sawards.com/2015-application.html; there are no costs of submission.

All applicants are invited to participate in 2015 GSC 3S Awards Gala that will take place on September 14, 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The deadline for submission for the GSC 3S Awards is July 30, 2015. For more information related instructions “how to apply”, please visit our website: http://gsc3sawards.com/instuctions.html

To learn more about GSC 3S Awards , contact our Coordinator: dominika.gsc3sawards@gscouncil.org or visit our website: http://gsc3sawards.com/

2013 GSC 3S Awards Press Release

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GSC Announces 2013 International Winners of the Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing

GSC 3S Awards – Sourcing that Empowers

 

NEW YORK, New York (November 5, 2013) – On October 28, the Global Sourcing Council (GSC, www.gscouncil.org) celebrated its fourth annual GSC 3S Awards Program (Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing www.gsc3sawards.com), graciously hosted by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland at the De Lamar mansion.  Over 100 international guests gathered for the GSC 3S Awards Gala, reflecting a global commitment to recognize and reward best practices in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing.

The GSC 3S Awards program offers a platform to showcase those individuals and companies, who walk their talk when it comes to implementing principles of social responsibility and sustainability in daily practices.  Organizations from six continents submitted their programs for consideration by an independent panel of judges consisting of world-renowned experts in social responsibility.  From this wealth of applicants, five were chosen as the 2013 3S Awards Winners, and their work and mission were showcased at the ceremony.

Please read more about these commendable institutions at http://gsc3sawards.com/2013-awards/2013-winners.

The 2013 3S Winners are:

CloudFactory as winner in the category “GSC 3S Community Engagement” – award presented by Karl Brown, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

 

Vindhya as winner in the category “GSC 3S Employee Engagement” – award presented by Leslie Puth, Senior Director Resource Development, ACCION International

 

WeConnect International as winner in the category “GSC 3S Empowered Women” – award presented by Patricia Chaves, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, Head of the Partnerships Program Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA

 

The Catrinka Project as winner in the category “GSC 3S Out-of-the-Box” – award presented by Daniel Caselles, Co-Founder & CTO, AuthenWare Corp. and Bonnie Keith, Faculty Member, University of Tennessee

JSW Foundation as winner in the category “GSC 3S People’s Choice” – award presented by Jennifer Rodriguez, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator, Teleperformance Group Inc.

Dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the Board of the Global Sourcing Council, opened the ceremony, discussing the merits of sustainable sourcing as a fundamental aspect of corporate business strategy.  “Only a few years ago, socially responsible sourcing was an oxymoron in global business.  Today this oxymoron becomes a standard operating procedure, as business recognizes that it pays off to be socially responsible,” said Dr. Lopuch.

Mr. Michael Benedetto, Vice President and Regional Executive, Skanska USA, delivered the keynote address, entitled “Profit with Purpose – Individuals Make a Difference”, in which he outlined his own experiences, and those of his colleagues, regarding the success of socially responsible business initiatives. Madam Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, expressed Poland’s support and contribution to efforts that align with those of the Global Sourcing Council.  “We in Poland take social responsibility and sustainability seriously,” said Madam Junczyk-Ziomecka. “We proudly support the 3S Awards program”.

Among those who gathered at the ceremony were award applicants, winners, global business leaders from such companies as NASDAQ, UBS, SKANSKA, Zurich Insurance, Teleperformance, PWC, etc., and NGOs such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the NASSCOM Foundation, with which GSC officially signed a collaboration agreement during the Gala ceremony.

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One of the main goals of the GSC 3S Awards program, initiated in 2008, has been to increase awareness about social aspects of global sourcing and promote the impact sourcing, hence the tagline of the GSC 3S Awards program has been Sourcing that Empowers.  To that end, the GSC encourages our readers and supporters to stay tuned for upcoming information regarding our 2013 Award Winners, and for announcements about our next round of 3S Awards.

For details on past award recipients and upcoming 3S events, please visit www.gsc3sawards.com.

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The Global Sourcing Council is a non-profit organization with an educational mission to promote an exchange of ideas and information among businesses, trade organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academia; to discuss and define sustainable and responsible practices in global sourcing and supply chain management; and to encourage progressive economic growth leading to increased trade, investment and social good.  The GSC aims to increase knowledge, deepen trade relations and broaden commercial and cultural ties among nations.  Learn more about the GSC at www.gscouncil.org.

Contact:

Wanda Lopuch
Chair of the Board, Global Sourcing Council
email: Wanda@Lopuch.com
phone: +1.631.398.3366

web: www.gscouncil.org

Adriana Weiss
Program Manager, GSC 3S Awards
email: Adriana.Weiss@gscouncil.org
phone: +1.646.763.5722

web: www.gsc3sawards.com

Global Sourcing Council (GSC) and 3S Awards 2013 Partner with Chrysler Group LLC to Deliver Sustainability & CSR Training

3S Awards 2013 – Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing Awards – www.gsc3sawards.com

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 28, 2013) – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Chrysler Group LLC to collaborate on the organization and execution of the 3S Awards Boot Camp in sustainable business practices. This training program is designed for the winners of the 2013 GSC 3S Awards in Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing. (www.gsc3sawards.com)

The training will be conducted at the Chrysler Group World Headquarters and Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich. from Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 through Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Its purpose is to train businesses and organizations in best sustainable and socially responsible practices in supply chain management and general business management.

Said Wanda Lopuch, Ph.D., the Chair of the Global Sourcing Council: “Global Citizenship is moving from a side-line of a narrow csr-silo approach, to a main-line of strategy and cross-functional operations in global enterprises. The Global Sourcing Council is delighted to team up with Chrysler Group for its thought-leadership and targeted effort to support initiatives which bring society and environment in the successful global business equation.”

The 3S Awards Boot Camp’s goal is to equip the most ambitious and most forward-looking teams in hands-on skills and networking opportunities, which will enable them to take the winning programs to the next level and scale-up their impact in enterprises and local communities. The GSC is very grateful for Chrysler partnership in this effort to build a global 3S community.

“We are pleased to be working with the Global Sourcing Council to offer this important training to the winners of the 3S Awards,” said Todd Yaney, Manager of Supply Chain Sustainability – Chrysler Group. “It is essential to not only recognize efforts and achievements in corporate responsibility among these organizations, but also to help them progress to the next step by teaching valuable skills to increase their impact in the communities where they do business.”

The winners of the GSC 3S Awards program are organizations and businesses of all sizes that go out of their way to assure that their supply chains are sustainable and their business practices are socially responsible. The GSC 3S Awards 2013 is an awards program that highlights socially conscious sourcing professionals and advocates who can see the difference between doing business and creating business– sustainable business supporting local economies and empowering local communities in various ways. GSC 3S Awards bring to the forefront individuals, start-ups, and companies (e.g. suppliers, buyers and advisory organizations) that have worked to innovate, implement and improve communities through Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing practices. The program features five categories:
➢ Community Engagement Award
➢ Employee Engagement Award
➢ Empowered Woman Award
➢ Out-of-the-Box Award
➢ People’s Choice Award (based on online voting)

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The Global Sourcing Council is a non-profit organization focused on sustainable, socially responsible sourcing practices. Through research, publications, education and dialogue, the GSC promotes an understanding of roles and impact of all stakeholders in global trade in goods and services. (www.gscouncil.org)

About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, SRT Viper and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.