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.


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

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