Learn from Leaders Making a Difference on SDG 4 – Education

17 Weeks of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Share Your Success Story to Inspire
and Drive Action Realizing SDGs.
In week 4, GSC explores SDG 4 which calls to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Contact Us to showcase how your responsible sustainable practices are transforming business and the world!
The Global Challenge: Why Take Action?
In developing countries around the world, 57 million children are not enrolled in school. Even when they do attend school, many students do not learn to read and write, or the skills they gain do not match workplace needs. To date, much private investment in education has been small, short-term, uncoordinated and unequally distributed.
Your Business Opportunity
A lack of relevant skills in the supply chain deprives businesses of the talent they need. Education can unleash the skills, talent and ingenuity needed for the private sector to thrive. A more educated workforce also leads to greater disposable income for consumer spending. It is in the vital interest of each business entity to actively participate in increasing literacy, and a broad range of other learning and educational opportunities, in areas they operate in, as the foundation for future growth.
GSC “SDG 4 in Action” is sponsored by Teleperformance. Teleperformance supports their employees’ growth and development through recognition, continuous education and leadership enhancement programs. Teleperformance University was created to nurture, develop, empower and spread globally the… Learn more.
Take Action on Goal 4 and Make a Difference
Identify Communities in your Supply Chain
Facing Education Challenges
CIA FactBook CIA Factbook
The CIA World Factbook shows the public expenditure on education as a percent of GDP for each country in your supply chain.
UN Human Development Report
Use this index to see how each country ranks on expected years of schooling.
Learn from Leaders Making a Difference with
Access to Education (SDG 4)
grupoASSA Grupo ASSA
Grupo ASSA, a firm specializing in digital business transformation, considers education a tool for equitable development. gA’s ‘Fostering a Future’ initiative aims to coach young school-leavers as they enter the job market, providing tools to improve their chances for employment and further education, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). gA worked with Cimientos y Fundación Evolución to design the program, also taking advantage of gA’s specialized knowledge.
Nordea Bank Nordea Bank
Nordea builds skills in personal finance as part of its sustainability strategy. The Sweden-based financial group reports that employees volunteered for over 5,200 hours in 2015, teaching financial skills throughout the Nordics. Its efforts to engage with schools earned Nordea an award from Finance Norway, the country’s financial industry organization. Nordea reports that young people in Norway have low and declining mathematical skills, and feel they have insufficient knowledge about the economy, leaving them ill equipped to become critical consumers. Learn more about Nordea’s schools-based financial education programmes and partnerships with other organizations, in Nordea’s 2015 sustainability report. Other banks undertaking financial literacy programs include Old National and Voya Financial.
Science needs women - LOreal L’Oreal
L’Oréal and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became the first signatories of a manifesto for women in science. Jean-Paul Agon, Chair and CEO of L’Oréal, said “Women and their discoveries are needed in our fast changing world as never before.”
The Manifesto @4womeninscience calls to encourage girls to explore scientific career paths, promote mentoring for young scientists, and take other actions to support careers for women in research and the sciences.
MS Youth Spark Microsoft
Microsoft is working to increase access to computer science education through its global YouthSpark initiative. Microsoft partners with non-profit organizations, schools, governments and other businesses to make computer science education courses, trainings and resources available “no matter where you live or what your background is,” so everyone can learn computational thinking and problem-solving skills.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on education and learning can help leverage the experience, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Mobile Learning Week Mobile Learning Week
UNESCO served as the host of this year’s Mobile Learning Week, which shed light on ways to leverage mobile technology to foster innovation in the education sector and assure high-quality learning opportunities for all people. Intel, Microsoft, HP, Facebook were among the sponsors and supporters of MLW 2016.
Teach for America Teach for America
Teach for America works to ensure that kids living in poverty get an excellent education, by selecting recent college graduates to teach in urban or rural schools for two years. Partners, like State Farm and American Eagle Outfitters, can help build marketing campaigns, organize strategic giving, and undertake employee engagement, among other ways to contribute.
US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SIF)
US SIF’s Center for Sustainable Investment Education provides investment professionals with resources on sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investment. It includes: an introductory online course, fact sheets, information on community investing, thematic handbooks on individual issue areas, and biennial trends reports and other research.
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.
Highlight your Work for Education in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier providing educational and learning opportunities in your community? Do you know of others’ educational challenges 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.
Fundacion Paraguaya Video 3S Award 2015 Honorable Mention:
Fundación Paraguaya: Financially Self-Sustainable Secondary School in Rural Areas
In the Fundación Paraguaya’s innovative model, students from poor, rural areas run and operate the school as part of their business skills education. This makes the school financially self-sufficient, requiring no additional government/donor funding, cutting the cost of attendance and removing a common barrier to entry to receiving quality education.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 4 Story: Follow GSC
@GlobalSourcing Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG4 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
Join GSC Experts
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 14, 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)
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Latest News on SDG 4

Ways for Businesses to Take Action to Ensure Health & Promote Well-Being

17 Weeks of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Share Your Success Story to Inspire
and Drive Action Realizing SDGs.
In week 3, GSC explores Goal 3 which calls to ensure healthy lives
and promote well-being for all, at all ages.
Demonstrate your Leadership
Contact Us to showcase how your responsible sustainable practices are transforming business and the world!
The Global Challenge: Why Take Action?
Six million children under five are dying every year. Women’s health is also in jeopardy, with the maternal mortality ratio 14 times higher in developing regions than developed. Taking action for Goal 3 can help provide quality care for mothers during pregnancy, as well as after birth, while increasing child survival. HIV is another major health challenge around the world, one that puts adolescents particularly at risk.
Your Business Opportunity
Investing in healthy lives and well-being for all can build your reputation in corporate responsibility, while strengthening the communities in your supply chain. Goal 3 has been ranked as the SDG with the highest potential for business opportunities (along with Goal 8 on employment and economic growth).
Contact us to showcase your leadership in ensuring good health and promoting well-being.
Webinar registrationRegister for GSC’s upcoming webinar on sustainable business:
Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain
Take part in GSC’s 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs webinar featuring RepRisk experts discussing transparency (“the new normal”), what’s needed to make data-driven decisions, and how to assess ESG risk in supply chains.
Thursday, Mar 24th
11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT

Take Action on Goal 3 and Make a Difference
Identify and Engage with Suppliers Operating in Areas of
Health and Wellness Challenges
CIA FactBook CIA Factbook
The CIA World Factbook provides several key health indicators by country, such as the prevalence rate of adult obesity and the country’s total expenditure on health as a percentage of GDP.
UN Agencies
Use the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Human Development Report to see how the countries in your supply chain rank on many health aspects, including: Child mortality, TB incidence, HIV prevalence, air pollution attributable deaths, alcohol consumption, and every other indicator tracked by the Global Health Observatory.
Substance Use Disorder Calculator
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health provides several tools, including an online estimator of the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse or dependence in your population, and the cost savings associated with intervention. See Substance Use Disorder Calculator.
GSC “SDG 3 in Action” is sponsored by Teleperformance. Teleperformance employees spend a significant portion of their time and energy at work. Therefore Teleperformance plays a crucial role in improving our employees’ health, well-being and ultimately their quality of life, not only as an employer but also as an advocate for health in society. Teleperformance promotes health literacy as “the capacity to make sound decisions… Learn more.
Make a Positive Impact: Incorporate Best Practices on Goal 3
into your Workplace
construction sector course International Labour Organization (ILO)
The ILO’s program on safe and healthy workplaces has an app for “ergonomic checkpoints in agriculture,” including 100 recommendations for effective ergonomics in agricultural workplaces. ILO has similar resources for the construction sector and others.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 3
J&J Infographic Johnson & Johnson
Building on a 5-year commitment under the MDGs, Johnson & Johnson has pledged to continue its work in the SDG era. The company works with partners in 84 countries to prevent disease in vulnerable populations, help moms and babies survive childbirth, and support frontline workers – midwives, nurses, pharmacists and counselors – especially important where doctors are in short supply.
Tata Group
Companies in the Tata Group are taking action on healthcare in three areas: maternal and newborn care, holistic development, and making healthcare accessible. Tata Chemicals Magadi (TCM) in Kenya, for example, has built a strong relationship with the community by upgrading equipment and facilities at the Magadi Hospital, providing financial, material support, and subsidizing medical aid to an HIV/AIDS clinic. Tata Steel, meanwhile, runs a Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative, which has brought down infant mortality by 39% and neonatal mortality by 46% in villages in Jharkhand, India, through home-based newborn care.
Grow your Positive Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on health and well-being can help leverage the experience, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, which works with businesses to ensure effective care for employees with mental illness and their families. The Partnership collaborates with employers to promote successful employer innovations and encourage more companies to take action. Mental illness and substance abuse cost employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion per year in indirect costs alone, and when employees receive effective treatment, businesses enjoy lower medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism, and decreased disability costs. Lilly, Merck and AstraZeneca are supporters of the Partnership.
Paragon Partnerships
PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, and SapientNitro and have joined with Save the Children, other NGOs, and research agencies to form Paragon Partnerships, a platform for sharing market research to support the SDGs. On a quarterly basis Paragon will select three questions related to the SDGs, on which the agencies will generate granular data and insights from countries around the world where they conduct research for their clients.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
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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.
Highlight your Work for Health in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier innovative ways to improve health in your community? Do you know of others fighting disease and mortality 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.
Ayzh 3S Award 2015 Nominee: Ayzh
ayzh (pronounced “eyes”) develops and distributes low-cost, life-saving health technology designed to meet the unique needs of women and institutions in low- resource settings. In 2010, ayzh launched its first and core product, an award-winning $3 Clean Birth Kit, which contains simple tools recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent infection, a leading cause of maternal and infant mortality. ayzh is globally recognized for its sustainable and scalable business model that targets health institutions (where there is growing need for infection reduction),while sourcing innovative training for healthcare workers and economic and empowerment opportunity for women worldwide.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 3 Story: Follow GSC
@GlobalSourcing Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG3 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
Join GSC Experts
  • RepRisk webinar with GSC: Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain (March 24, virtual)
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 14, 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)
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Latest News on SDG 3
March 21: Philips EU Affairs: Delivering #mHealth progress in developing countries. Find out more on the collaboration of @UnfEWEC and @WHO: http://philips.to/258ctmW #SDG3
March 20: Fabretto Foundation: Fabretto encourages #healthy eating habits by training parents, teachers, & students. http://goo.gl/inPZfL #SDG3

March 21: Spring Support for Pediatric Care: BJ’s Wholesale Club and Boston Children’s Hospital Launch Blood Donor Challenge

Joan’s Story: A Personal Commitment to Patients Living with Hepatitis C – See more at: http://gscouncil.org/news/3bl-media-csr-news-feed/?mid=65658#sthash.wmyZXVpd.dpuf
Joan’s Story: A Personal Commitment to Patients Living with Hepatitis C – See more at: http://gscouncil.org/news/3bl-media-csr-news-feed/?mid=65658#sthash.wmyZXVpd.dpuf
Joan’s Story: A Personal Commitment to Patients Living with Hepatitis C – See more at: http://gscouncil.org/news/3bl-media-csr-news-feed/?mid=65658#sthash.wmyZXVpd.dpuf

 

 

 

It’s Time for Responsible Leaders to Take Action to Eliminate Child Hunger

17 Weeks of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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and Drive Action Realizing SDGs
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This week GSC explores Goal 2 which calls for action from organizations and businesses to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
in their business strategy.
Demonstrate your Leadership
The Global Challenge: Why GSC Needs You to Join Us and Take Action
By 2050, the world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion people. 795 million of the population are hungry and starving. As leaders, we must join forces to end poor nutrition that kills annually 3.1 million children under five. GSC strongly urges you to join our goal to eliminate childhood malnutrition which negatively impacts children’s learning in school.
Here is Your Business Opportunity:
Improve sustainable agriculture is critical as the world’s population grows and demand on global food systems intensifies. Thus, your entire supply chain can benefit from playing a critical role in designing and delivering effective, scalable and practical solutions for food security and sustainable agriculture.
Contact us to showcase your leadership to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture!
GSC welcomes 3BL Media as our media partner!
Take Action on Goal 2 and Make a Difference
Identify and Engage with Suppliers Operating in Areas of
High Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity
State of Food Insecurity (SOFI)
The 2015 State of Food Insecurity in the World from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) shows undernourishment around the world by region, as well as countries that have achieved international hunger targets.
CIA Factbook
The CIA World Factbook provides the percentage of underweight children for each country.
Global Food Security Index
The Global Food Security Index, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Dupont, ranks each country on 15 measurements of food security.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
On March 11, OECD and FAO released guidance to help enterprises involved in agricultural supply chains to have a positive impact – creating employment, raising labor standards, and bringing technology to reduce pollution or increase agricultural production – and to avoid the negative impact of food insecurity. This can be caused by eviction of local communities from their lands, child labor, abuses of migrant workers and women, and soil degradation, water resource depletion and deforestation. Click here to participate in the public consultation on the guidance, and to find easy-to-use guides and webinars.
Make a Positive Impact: Allign Your Business Strategy
Social MediaFood and Agriculture Business (FAB) Principles
The FAB Principles provide a voluntary framework for collaborating with the UN, governments, civil society and other stakeholders to design and deliver effective, scalable and practical solutions to make food systems secure and agriculture sustainable.
Learn From Leaders Taking Action on SDG 2
Hunger Hero AwardEricsson
The communications technology company Ericsson has provided the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other humanitarian relief bodies with mobile communications support for the past 15 years, to help during disaster relief operation. The company’s global employee volunteer program, Ericsson Response, includes 150 staff specially trained in disaster response, and has deployed in over 40 humanitarian relief efforts around the world. Ericsson’s President and CEO, Hans Vestberg, has received WFP’s 2016 Hunger Hero Award, with WFP head Ertharin Cousin calling him “a true champion of the Sustainable Development Goals. She added that Ericsson’s employees exemplify the type of private sector collaborations needed to reach zero hunger by 2030.
Danone
The French multinational food products company Danone “clearly demonstrates how a company can contribute to preventing and addressing obesity and diet-related chronic diseases and undernutrition,” according to the 2016 rankings by the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI is also highlighted below). Danone received the third-highest overall ranking in the Index, which notes that “nutrition-related commitments are fundamentally embedded into Danone’s business objectives and strategic thinking, and are augmented by strong philanthropic initiatives.”
Stop Hungar InfographicSodexo
Sodexo engages employees, suppliers, clients and consumers in stopping hunger. Employees can donate a small portion of their monthly salaries to Stop Hunger with an equal amount donated by Sodexo. At the restaurants Sodexo manages, the daily surplus of food is donated locally for redistribution, to minimize food waste. Sodexo also supports community gardens to provide fresh fruits and vegetables where they are otherwise too expensive.
Grow your Positive Impact: Collaborate with NGOs to
Amplify SDG 2 Efforts
Partnering with NGOs focusing on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition can help leverage the experience, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Growing North
Growing North is a social venture to address food security in Northern Canada, where many families lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Growing North’s sustainable geodesic greenhouse units can meet the nutritional requirements of every family in the community, at a fraction of the current price, while creating local jobs and educational opportunities. Partners in Growing North include 3M Canada, TD Bank, and Ryerson University.
Access to Nutrition
The Global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) is an investor-led initiative launched in January 2016, which rates food and beverage manufacturers’ nutrition-related commitments, practices and performance globally. ATNI’s ultimate goal is to facilitate improved diets, addressing the serious global problems of both obesity and malnutrition.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels supports over 5,000 community based senior nutrition programs across the US, enabling them to improve the health and quality of life of seniors, “so that no one is left hungry or isolated.” Among the financial partners of Meals on Wheels are Subaru, Kellogg’s, Home Depot and SurveyMonkey.
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.
Highlight Your Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Sourcing:
Apply Today for the 2016 3S Awards
Aduna creates demand for natural products from small producers in Africa, such as baobab, a nutrient-dense fruit that 10 million households can provide, and which has become an internationally best-selling superfood thanks to Aduna’s heavy investments in marketing. As of 2015, over 2000 women had already benefited.
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier finding innovative ways to improve food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in your community? Do you know of others fighting hunger and malnutrition 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 2 Story: Follow GSC
Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG1 actions and commitments.
Register for GSC’s Upcoming Webinar on Sustainable Business

“Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain”

featuring RepRisk on Mar 23rd – please register here.
Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and the SDGs
March
  • Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Event (March 15-16, New York)
  • RepRisk webinar with GSC: Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain (March 23, virtual)
  • 2nd Annual ESG, SRI & Impact Investing Summit: From Integration to Performance Measurement and Everything In Between (March 30-31, New York)
April
  • Deforestation Forum: How business can tackle deforestation (April 6-7, Washington)
  • CDP Spring Workshop 2016: Sustainable Innovation (April 12, Sunnyvale, CA)
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 14, virtual)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
May
  • 6th Annual Sustainability Forum: Better Business, Better World: Mainstreaming the Circular Economy (May 16-17, Washington)
  • GRI Global Conference 2016: Empowering Sustainable Decisions (May 18-20, Amsterdam)
June
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Latest News on SDG 2

GSC Launches its 17 Weeks for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Program

Welcome to the launch of
17 Weeks for
17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

A call to action for leaders to showcase
commitments that are transforming business and the world
In this first week, we explore examples of how to take action on Goal 1 which calls to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
The Global Challenge:

Over one billion people live on $1.25 per day or less. Most are in Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty rates are also high in many small, fragile and conflict-affected countries. To address poverty and its many manifestations, economic growth must include all segments of society, including by providing sustainable jobs.

 

The Business Opportunity:
According to the UN Global Compact, recent experiences with economic growth show that “strong markets and strong societies go hand in hand”. Businesses have found opportunities in developing innovative products and services to serve communities affected by poverty, and in leveraging these groups “as consumers, employees in the value chain, supplies/distributors, and community members.”
GSC welcomes you to the first in our 17 Weeks/17 SDGs webinar series.
“Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain”

featuring RepRisk – please register here.
Identify and engage with suppliers operating in high poverty areas
Identify countries of high poverty in your supply chain using the freely available CIA World Factbook which lists the percentage of the population below the poverty line for each country around the world.
Engage with suppliers on community needs in the areas of poverty eradication, gender-sensitive development, social protection, access to financial services, resilience and disaster vulnerability.
Learn from business examples of SDG 1 in action
Mastercard Aid Network
MasterCard utilizes its services and products to create the MasterCard Aid Network, which streamlines aid distribution in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure.
Link with NGOs to amplify SDG 1 efforts
Partnering with NGOs focusing on poverty can help leverage the experience, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Examples of these amplifications include:
The Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative
Credit Suisse AG is part of a partnership with Acción International, Opportunity International, FINCA International, Women’s World Banking, Swisscontact, and Habitat for Humanity. The Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative aims to foster market development and innovation by strengthening the ability of microfinance institutions to serve the increasingly diverse financial needs of clients at the base of the pyramid.
Barclays, Citi, CocaCola, DeBeers, GSK and Shell are among the partners of the world’s largest community of business and international development professionals who harness business for social impact.
Highlight poverty eradication in sourcing: 2016 3S Awards
3S Community Engagement Nominee: Vihara Foundation

The creative fundraising platform Rock against Poverty, run by the Vihara Foundation, helps raise global awareness and funds to pay for real scientific and business enterprise development intervention to counter extreme poverty in rural India.

Are you a supplier finding innovative ways to fight poverty in your community? Do you know of others fighting poverty 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 October.
Follow GSC, join the conversation and share your SDG story
Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG1 actions and commitments.
Become a GSC member
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.
Attend an upcoming event on sustainable business and the SDGs
GSC is proud to welcome Teleperformance as a Goal 1 supporter.
March
  • 3BL Media Webinar: Innovation for Sustainable Development: The Role of Private Sector Collaboration (March 9, virtual)
  • UN Global Compact webinar: Traceability Technical Solutions for the Apparel Sector (March 10, virtual)
  • 15th Annual Wall Street Green Trading Summit: Market Acceleration of Sustainable Finance in 2016 (March 14, New York)
  • Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Event (March 15-16, New York)
  • RepRisk webinar with GSC: Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain (March 23, virtual)
  • 2nd Annual ESG, SRI & Impact Investing Summit: From Integration to Performance Measurement and Everything In Between (March 30-31, New York)
April

  • Deforestation Forum: How business can tackle deforestation (April 6-7, Washington)
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 14, virtual)
May
  • 6th Annual Sustainability Forum: Better Business, Better World: Mainstreaming the Circular Economy (May 16-17, Washington)
  • GRI Global Conference 2016: Empowering Sustainable Decisions (May 18-20, Amsterdam)
To add your event, contact us at info@ga-institute.com for listing opportunities and sponsorship packages.
Latest News on SDG 1

Overcome Business Risk with Collaboration: New Report

Falling oil prices. Terrorist threats and geopolitical instability. Rising inequality, corruption and migration. These factors pose risks for business, add complexity to sustainability initiatives, and underscore the need for more collaborative, systemic responses. These are among the findings of SustainAbility’s 2016 Trends and Opportunities Report.

SustainAbility also reports that many companies are working to embed and activate greater purpose in their brands, and some are working to “redefine capitalism” to better serve society’s needs.

How does a complex business environment affect your sustainability work?

SDG 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.

lifeonlandSDG 15 highlights conservation, restoration and sustainable use of forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands; the need for a “land degradation-neutral world”; biodiversity loss and extinction of threatened species; benefit-sharing from genetic resources; poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna, addressing both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products; invasive alien species in land and water ecosystems; and integrating ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts.

SDG 15 in Action

Unilever has achieved its target of only sourcing from sustainable palm oil, and is now pursuing “total traceability” to certified sustainable sources. This means any prospective Unilever supplier, which is among the biggest consumer goods companies globally, must ensure that their environmental practices are up to date. Learn more.

SDG 15 Amplifiers  

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) collaborates with the global supply chain to transform markets and make sustainable palm oil “the norm.” It has over 2,500 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. Learn more.

Oil palms need a rainforest climate and a lot of land, so plantations are often established at the expense of rainforests, notes Rainforest Rescue. Today, 300 soccer fields’ worth of rainforest is being destroyed every hour. This gives rise to numerous problems for the climate, environment, and people living in the forest. The United Nations Environment Program has found that palm oil plantations are currently the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. Destroying natural habitats, especially in such species-rich environments, which are home to many endangered animals and plants, causes irreversible loss of biological diversity.

Tell us your ecosystem protection story at @GlobalSourcing with #GSC1717

SDG 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.

SDG 16 calls for action on peace, access to justice, and stronger institutions. Among its targets: end trafficking and violence against children; promote rule of law at national and international levels; reduce illicit flows of finances and arms; reduce corruption and bribery; provide legal identity for all; increase developing countries’ participation in global governance; ensure public access to information; and increase transparency of institutions, and representative decision-making at all levels.

SDG 16 in Action  
3S Impact Sourcing Award Winner – AMBA, an Ashoka Fellow driven Social Enterprise economically empowers adults with Moderate to Severe Intellectual disability using Information Technology, Peer Training and Peer Supervision. An ecosystem of learning and earning appropriate with their acumen, making them contributors to family and Society. While they cannot recognise sounds of alphabets they still do accurate two window visual data entry in English. Learn more.

Intel has laid out plans to make its supply chain “conflict free” by the end of 2016, having set the goal in 2009. Given Intel’s “massive list of suppliers,” it was a challenging process to determine where metals had originated and whether profits had benefited armed groups. The company says that once most of the smelters participate in verifying their mines as conflict-free, it is better for other smelters to do the same, rather than being outliers. “It becomes a problem for them from a business perspective.” Intel notes that since the program began, profits end up with miners rather than driving armed conflict. Learn more.

SDG 16 Amplifier

The Enough Project, which works to end genocide and crimes against humanity, reports that US legislation (Dodd-Frank 1502) and the SEC’s conflict minerals rule have increased transparency in the global minerals supply chain, and reduced the flow of minerals profits into violent conflicts in eastern DRC, following 20 years of illicit mining and trafficking in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which it says has financed armed groups and government corruption and abuse. In 2012, Enough reported that the amount of mining money going to conflict had dropped 65%.

What’s in your supply chain that applies to one of the SDGs? To gain recognition for your sustainability work, start with the subjects you already know, and use the SDGs to communicate about them.

Leverage this opportunity today and join GSC! Tell us your governance story at @GlobalSourcing with #GSC1717

SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Goal 17 highlights the different types of resources that can help bring the 16 other SDGs to life. These are: Finance including investment; Technology, especially ICTs and environmentally sound technologies; Capacity-building to create national plans and implement the SDGs; Trade; Policy coherence and policy space; multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, and public, public-private and civil society partnerships; and data, monitoring and accountability.

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3S Community Engagement Award Nominee – Chalhoub Group
. “The Gift of Giving” is Chalhoub Group’s longest running community engagement campaign, which begun in 2008 and it now spans across 8 countries. Their objective is to support underprivileged children and empower them through education. Learn more. Vimeo password: chalhoub@2015.

SDG 17 Amplifiers
The 15th annual Wall Street Green Trading Summit, convening on March 14 in New York, will focus on the theme, “Market Acceleration of Sustainable Finance in 2016.” According to the organizers, environmental finance is “the capitalistic method” to achieve sustainability. Learn more.

Impact 2030 seeks to engage private sector employees in SDG efforts, through “corporate volunteering for sustainable development.” Founding collaborators include UN Office of Partnerships and UN Volunteers, and partners include Pfizer, Google, IBM, UPS, PwC, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott, and Bank of America. Learn more.

Tell us your partnership story at @GlobalSourcing with #GSC1717Showcase your sustainability leadership by aligning your mission with the UN 17 SDGs through the GSC 17/17 initiative.

Contact Louis Coppola (louis.coppola@gscouncil.org) or Angeline Judex(angeline.judex@gscouncil.org) to learn how to leverage our extensive global network to communicate your commitment to sustainable development.