GSC 3S Bootcamp Video and Presentation – 2014

The GSC 3S 2014 Boot Camp was a wonderfully enriching experience for all parties involved. The winners of the 3S awards, representatives of the Global Sourcing Council, and students from SUNY Stony Brook came together for one week to discuss sustainability, social responsibility, and how to communicate and improve efficiency in the business world.

Participants brainstormed problems with attitude towards sustainability in the profit-driven capitalist system we are currently working under, as well as potential solutions in changing that negative attitude. The Boot Camp taught valuable networking, communication, and team strengthening techniques that can be employed in any business setting.

Many participants had never visited New York before and so the Boot Camp provided a tour of the city with a sustainable lens which included a boat trip around Manhattan, a walk along the Highline, lunch at an extremely environmentally friendly restaurant, a visit to the Union Square Farmer’s Market, and a presentation about sustainable practices being incorporated into residential buildings on Roosevelt Island.

Presentations were then created about New York’s implementation of sustainable practices and ways to improve unsustainable ones. Participants also attended the World BPO/ITO Forum and mingled with representatives of major businesses in an attempt to promote sustainability. At the end of the Boot Camp, 3S award winners submitted project outlines for ways that they were going to incorporate sustainability into their business even further. All in all, the GSC Boot Camp educated, inspired, and created friendships: a powerful week for a more sustainable future.

Please watch our video below, or view on YouTube here.

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Click here for our PDF Slide Presentation.

More photos can be found here.

GSC 3S Boot Camp© – Experience that Makes a Difference

J Gandhi100x100By: Jimmy Gandhi, GSC Board Member and Director of the GSC 3S Boot Camp©

The GSC 3S Boot Camp©, held in New York City from May 29 through June 3, was attended by the winners of the 2013 GSC Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing and students of the sustainability program at New York’s Stony Brook University.

“It was an absolutely life changing experience”, said Karmesh Ghosh from JSW, the winner of the People’s Choice Award for GSC 3S Awards. And life changing it was – from Tigers in the Jungle©  survival simulation team exercise, to The Treasure Hunt through Sustainable NYC© an eye opener for both New Yorkers and oversees attendees.

The participants of the GSC 3S Boot Camp© had an opportunity to study and discuss the latest developments in the science of sustainability, enhance their executive skills, learn new communication techniques and problem-solving methods, and share their own experiences under the guidance of the world-class executive trainers.

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GSC 3S Boot Camp© participants with GSC Chairwoman Wanda Lopuch and GSC President Bharat Ramani

The Treasure Hunt through Sustainable NYC©, an exercise-adventure conducted over the course of an entire day, combined teamwork and discovering a sustainable NYC. It was one of the highlights of the Boot Camp: from viewing the New York skyline from the water while discussing the shoreline protection challenges against the backdrop of the 2030 NYC Plan; to exploring the revived economy of the Meatpacking District from the perspective of the old railroad tracks of the Highline Park while appreciating the power of community initiatives in making change happened; to learning details of the ConEdison Sustainability Program on the top floor of the Roosevelt Landings residential complex, a compelling example of a public-private initiative in an energy saving project .

The GSC 3S Boot Camp© experience was enhanced by the attendees participating in The World BPO/ITO Forum on June 2-3, which allowed them to acquire new knowledge in this sector, as well as provide networking opportunities with C-Suite executives, and learn ways to implement the newly learned skills and techniques.

Trainer Julie Ellis leads GSC Boot Camp Executive Skills Training Session

Trainer Julie Ellis leads GSC Boot Camp© Executive Skills Training Session

All GSC 3S Boot Camp© attendees participated in lively discussions, where they challenged traditional views and ideas, shared different cultural perspectives, generational views and professional experiences. Contributions by the students, who offered refreshing insights into motivation, communication and teamwork, were very much appreciated by all. An illustration of how much these contributions were valued, involves the GSC 3S Boot Camp© participant and winner of 3S People’s Choice Award, Dr. Vishal Pattal, who heads the CSR program at JSW Group. Dr. Pattal extended an invitation to three students/participants to study sustainability at JSW Group facilities in India for an expense-paid sustainability internship.

Upon finishing a real application project, the GSC 3S Boot Camp© participants will receive 3S Certification – Certification in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing.

“The battery of newly acquired skills, management tools and new contacts made during the six days in New York City, enables the GSC 3S Boot Camp© participants to grow and scale-up their 3S Award winning programs in their companies and communities” said Wanda Lopuch, Ph.D., the Chairwoman of the Board of the Global Sourcing Council. We are very grateful to JSW for their internships offer to the youngest participants of the GSC 3S Boot Camp©, which is a tangible example of breaching cultural and generational gaps. This is truly a win-win initiative. The GSC is looking forward to hosting the next event in 2015.

About the Author: Jimmy Gandhi, Ph.D., is the Director of the GSC 3S Boot Camp©. The program demonstrates the commitment of the Global Sourcing Council to incorporate the latest aspects of socially sustainable sourcing in its training and professional development courses.


GSC 3S Boot Camp©, Executive Training for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S) – Photo Gallery

2014 GSC Boot Camp Family – Let’s make the change happen, one program at a time.

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Participants discussed business principles of sustainability and applied them to their own programs.

Participants enhanced executive skills, such as communication, influencing, building business cases, to further develop and scale up winning programs in Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing.

Morgan Scott from Consolidated Edison passionately presents ConEd’s multifaceted sustainability strategy.

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David Davenport outlines principles of energy savings program at Roosevelt Landings.

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Farmer’s Market

The GSC Boot Camp tours sustainable and repurposed parts of Manhattan: The Highline, Citi-Bikes and Farmer’s Market.

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It’s not about the skyline. We discussed the shore line protection challenges for NYC2030 program.

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Cheers and all the best to sustainable NYC with shots of wheat grass!

Register for the GSC 3S Boot Camp©, the Executive Training Program for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S)

Customers demand it; shareholders request it; and talented people make employment decisions evaluating it.

Yet, executives frequently are confused by how to approach it. “It” being Sustainability and Social Responsibility or SSR, which has become one of the central concepts in any business strategy these days.

The GSC 3S Boot Camp©,  the Executive Training Program for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S), clarifies confusion and offers actionable solutions for executives.

This year’s GSC 3S Boot Camp© will take place in NYC May 28th to June 3rd, 2014.  Participants will review the latest developments in theory and practice of sustainable development, and will sharpen their executive skills to facilitate and scale-up their own sustainability projects. They will also receive GSC 3S Certification.

An integral part of the GSC 3S Boot Camp© is participation in The World BPO/ITO Forum being held on June 2-3rd, in New York City. Considered by many to be the Davos of Global Sourcing, this year’s event is themed Re-inventing Global Sourcing – Cloud, Mobile and Social. The participants of the GSC 3S Boot Camp© will network with sourcing executives from all over the world, practice their newly acquired skills and explore different perspectives on SSR in the BPO/ITO sector, connecting cloud, mobile and social.

“I am honored to be a part of GSC 3S Boot Camp as the Leadership Development Facilitator” says Julie Ellis, Executive Coach and Former Global Director of Pfizer’s Leadership Education and Development.  “It will be my privilege to engage with the participants in uniquely interactive-based workshops that will flush out executive leadership for sustainability.”

Among the many GSC 3S Boot Camp© workshops, Influencing Others, Communication, Networking and Team Building will provide actionable learning skills to enhance your effectiveness in the challenges of your current project role.  The skills, tools and techniques acquired at the GSC 3S Boot Camp© can readily be applied to support your key project outcomes.

The dynamic Tigers & Teamwork simulation, a GSC 3S Boot Camp© event will transform you from the heart of NYC into the Indian jungle to experience how to survive in the tiger’s territory!  The team experiences will integrate the skills honed in the simulation into the New York City Sustainability Treasure Hunt – a different kind of a jungle experience, which is going to be as much educational as entertaining.

Learning, sharing and fun – these are the underlining principles for GSC 3S Boot Camp©. You or your colleagues can still be a part of this adventure into sustainability!

To find how you can take advantage of this unique experience by participating in the GSC 3S Boot Camp©, reach out to GSC 3S Boot Camp© Director, Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi at or Dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the GSC at

GSC 3S Boot Camp Content Topics & Location

This year GSC 3S Boot Camp© will take place in New York City from May 29 to June 3, 2014. Two representatives of each winning organization will participate in this executive development program covering current leadership development in sustainable and socially responsible global management, specifically supply-chain management. Participants will discuss business principles of sustainability and apply them to their own programs, as they will attend a series of executive skills-development workshops (click for PDF) run by world-class executive coaches and sustainability thought-leaders.

They will emphasize:

  • Three Pillars of Sustainability
  • Barriers & Solutions to Sustainability
  • Influencing Skills
  • Teamwork Simulation
  • Open Communications
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Sustainability Projects for your organization

All participants will have an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills during the 1.5 day World BPO/ITO Forum, June 2-3, 2014, which is an integral part of the GSC 3S Boot Camp©.

GSC 3S Boot Camp© participants will also have an opportunity to complete the GSC 3S Certification© – Certification in Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing.

GSC 3S Boot Camp© has been developed in collaboration with the Global Sourcing Council, The California State University, Northridge Faculty and world-renown executive trainers.

For further information regarding registration of and attending the GSC 3S Boot Camp©, please contact the GSC 3S Boot Camp© Director, Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi at or Dr. Wanda Lopuch at