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

The Global Sourcing Council Announces Its 2013 3S Award Winners!


2013 Winners

The 2013 GSC 3S Awards Family

The 2013 GSC 3S Awards Family















Community Engagement Award: CloudFactory

Community engagement is a part of CloudFactory’s operating model as a social enterprise. As CloudFactory hires workers to process large volumes of data, they are brought into a model of personal and leadership development. In addition to becoming amazing data entry operators, they learn to develop and apply solutions to the problems in their own communities.


Employee Engagement Award: Vindhya

Vindhya’s goal is to show how an organization which employs only person with a disability can function as efficiently as any other comparable. Vindhya aims to remove stereotypes about the working abilities of disabled people.


Empowered Woman Award: WeConnect International

WEConnect International, through the support of USAID and The U.S. Department of State Pathways Access Initiative, began working in Peru in 2011 to identify, develop, and certify women-owned businesses and provide connections to global value chains. WEConnect International reached over 400 women owned businesses in Peru, bringing over 100 of them into the process with free self-registration. Thus far, twenty-five have qualified to receive access to WEConnect International corporate members who are actively sourcing from women globally. The project also initiated a pipeline of growing businesses that can benefit from similar networks.


Out-of-the-Box Award: The Catrinka Project

The Catrinka Project has a dual impact by employing women to make Catrinka bags, and by using 10 percent of the retail price to invest in girls’ education. One handbag can provide, on average, 130 days of employment for a woman and sponsor a girl’s education for one month. When 10 percent more of its girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by three percent. One additional year of school increases a girl’s future wages by 10 to 25 percent.


People’s Choice Award: JSW Foundation

Datahalli has enlightened and transformed the lives of rural educated women who had previously been restricted to household chores. Now they see themselves as responsible members of an organization where their contribution impacts business directly. The visible impact is seen by the increase in the socio-economic status of JSW employees. Their income via the BPO adds to the family income and hence secures their future. JSW has also seen many women decide to pursue higher education with their savings. BPO has given a newfound confidence and dignity to these rural women and girls. 


And Once Again, We Applaud Our 3S Winners


The 2013 Global Sourcing Council 3S Family

The 2013 Global Sourcing Council 3S Family


CloudFactory Winner of the 3S Community Engagement Award

Winner of the 3S Community Engagement Award

WeConnect International Winner of the 3S Empowered Women Award

WeConnect International
Winner of the 3S Empowered Women Award

Vidhya Winner of the 3S Employee Engagement Award

Winner of the 3S Employee Engagement Award

JSW Foundation Winner of the 3S People's Choice Award

JSW Foundation
Winner of the 3S People’s Choice Award


The Catrinka Project Winner of the 3S Out-of-the-Box Award

The Catrinka Project
Winner of the 3S Out-of-the-Box Award



GSC Web Meeting: Supplier Diversity As Integral Part of Ethical Business

DATE: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

TIME: 12pm – 1pm EDT

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More and more companies around the world have Supplier Diversity programs and departments these days. There are good reasons for that. Supplier Diversity is generally defined as a business program that encourages the engagement of diverse-owned, women owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, etc., organizations – historically underutilized business. Our panel will discuss questions like:

• What is supplier diversity and what are the best practices for its implementation?

• How is supplier diversity different from supplier diversification?

• What are the business benefits of implementing supplier diversity?

• Are there regions where it is particularly hard to achieve supplier diversity? How should one deal with that?

There will be room for questions from the audience!


JenniferJennifer Lowenberg is a Program Manager for Supplier Diversity at Chrysler Group, LLC in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In this role she is responsible for promoting the sourcing of minority and women owned businesses through various internal and external program initiatives.

Jennifer serves on the board of the Chrysler Hispanic Network, is a member of the Chrysler Women’s Forum and is co-chair of the Chrysler Diversity Work Stream Team for Understanding our Customers. She is also a member of the Billion Dollar Round Table, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s.

Jennifer has worked in the Automotive Industry for 15yrs in various management roles in Supply Chain, Aftermarket and Purchasing and hold degrees from The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Justin Gauvin – Executive Director at Verego

Justin Gauvin

Justin Gauvin is the Executive Director of Verego implementing responsible sourcing best practices into organizations of all sizes. The global social responsibility movement comes first in the way Verego operates to align CSR polices, processes, and structured approaches around an open source CSR standard, the Verego Social Responsibility Standard. Justin’s past includes business development in the renewable energy sector (wind, solar, biofuels), along with nonprofit event planning for a Boston based cancer relief effort.



  • Jimmy Gandhi – Business and Engineering Professor at California State University, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management

gandhi_jimmyGraduate instruction in Quality Management, Entrepreneurship and Systems Engineering and Management. Has experience teaching additional courses including supply chain management and sustainability in the global supply chain. Is currently co-authoring two books on Risk Management and Case Studies in Systems Engineering and is also working on developing new courses in the engineering management field. His current research focuses on areas of quality management, globalization and sustainability and has over 30 publications in various conferences and journals related to the engineering management domain. He has received teaching awards from Stevens Institute of Technology and The American Society of Engineering Management.