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

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

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

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

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

Newmont
The mining company’s global water strategy helps manage and mitigate water risks by: fully understanding the watersheds where we operate; participating in addressing watershed challenges for communities, other water users and the operation during all stages of the mine lifecycle; and transparently reporting on our performance. Each Newmont operating site uses the Water Accounting Framework to define, measure and report water use. They use saline or non-potable water, and reduce freshwater consumption by recycling and reusing water in ore processing. Many of the sites are “zero process discharge facilities.” Learn more.
GM Arlington General Motors
To create ultrapure water for vehicle paint processes, General Motors filters water to remove calcium, iron and magnesium, which used to be discharged into the city sewer. But by working with its suppliers, GM developed a collection system to capture, contain, and pump the discharged water into cooling towers, used for air conditioning and other processes. GM says the initial investment will pay for itself in less than a year and a half, with continued savings of $38,000 per year, in addition to the environmental benefits. Learn more about GM’s global water conservation efforts.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Connect the drops image Connect the Drops Campaign
Coordinated by Ceres, the Connect the Drops Campaign brings together companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Annie’s, EILEEN FISHER, Genentech, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss, and Xylem in a collective commitment to saving nearly one billion gallons of water through 2020, to elevate the voice of California businesses in favor of conservation, reuse and integrated management of the state’s precious surface and groundwater supplies. Any company with a water footprint in California and more than $100 million in annual revenues is eligible to participate in the campaign, which has been recognized by the White House.
Ceres highlights benefits to companies such as: heightened visibility for water leadership and public recognition for water stewardship efforts, collaboration with other companies, and access to best practices in corporate water stewardship.
CDP water image CDP’s Water Program
This program enables companies to disclose and reduce their environmental impacts, ultimately mitigating risk. CDP provides the only global platform for corporate water disclosure and action to address the global water crisis. Learn more.
Wash4work infographic WASH4Work
WASH4Work is an initiative by 11 organizations to address WASH challenges in the workplace, workers’ communities, and across supply chains. Stakeholders are supporting businesses to take action for safe access to WASH. Current partners include: Global Poverty Project, International Labor Organization, UN Foundation, UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, UNICEF, Unilever, USAID, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Learn more.
The ‘WASH in the Workplace’ Pledge outlines commitments to: monitor water use and invest in water saving and recycling/reuse measures; manage chemical inputs and treat/reuse wastewater to protect communities’ water supply; participating in community water safety planning; and supporting local and national government actions to address WASH challenges in the community.
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Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
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Highlight your Work for Water and Sanitation in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing WASH challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
Banza video 3S 2015 Nominee for Communicty Engagement Award: Banza Sanitation
Banza Ltd. Is a social enterprise venture addressing sanitation and health concerns in East Africa. It aims to address the full spectrum of human waste management and the health and environmental problems that result from poor sanitation conditions in informal living settlements in urban environments.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 6 Story: Follow GSC
@GlobalSourcing Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG6 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
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Join GSC Experts
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 13, virtual)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
  • CDP-GSC Webinar (June 8, virtual)
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Latest News on SDG 6
Report by Sustainable Brands highlights WaterAid as an NGO leading the way on #SDG #Goal6 – tackling clean water and…https://lnkd.in/eW-vC4b
As a zero discharge facility, the Vadinar refinery is conserving water & making every drop count. #Goal6 #SDG
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Global Businesses are Making a Difference on SDG 5-Gender Equality

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director
to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
SHE Video 2015 Winner: Empowered Women Award
In Rwanda, 18% of women and girls miss school and work because they can’t afford pads. Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) has found a solution: making pads locally and employing members of the community. SHE provides banana farmers with equipment and training to process banana fiber. Farmers sell the banana fiber to SHE, Rwanda, which processs the fiber at its community factory. The fiber gets cut, washed, dried, fluffed and assembled, and the pads are sold at affordable prices.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 5 Story: Follow GSC
@GlobalSourcing Tweet #GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of #SDG5 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
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Join GSC Experts
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 13, virtual)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
  • CDP-GSC Webinar (June 8, virtual)
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Latest News on SDG 5

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

GSC Stands in Solidarity with the People of Brussels

brusselsflagThe Global Sourcing Council (GSC) stands in solidarity with the people of Brussels, and we join in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call  for a commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence to be the “true and lasting response to the hatred and violence” that have affected Belgium, Mali, Turkey, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Syria, and Pakistan and so many communities and families around the world in recent weeks. 

A “peaceful coexistence” is what we strive to enable through sustainable sourcing and supply chains.

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:
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 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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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