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SEAL Boot Camp participants at Flanders House finishing up day 3 of our Executive Boot Camp training.

Meet Andrew Budsock: GSC Board Member

Millennial, Conservation Lover, & Global Advocate

 

Andrew Budsock is the youngest board member of GSC, 25, having recently graduated with his Master’s in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. Andrew is a published scientist with a deep interest in solving nuanced ecological challenges that arise from climate and global change. Specifically, his research at Columbia focused on using satellite remote sensing to understand how drought, likely increasing with climate change, impacts tropical forests. Now, however, he is transitioning into the private sector with the aim of applying data-driven approaches to incorporating sustainability into business strategies.

He brings with him extensive global experience in private and nonprofit sectors, with a diverse background in foreign language, writing, research, and analytics. He is a former U.S. State Department fellow in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professional Program; where, he worked in Munich at the innovation consultancy Hyve GmbH. In Hong Kong, he represented the US as an Environment and Sustainability Delegate at the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations. He also is an editor for Impakter Magazine, where he created a series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals that aims to communicate the goals to a millennial audience. He has also worked as a social media consultant.

 

Now at GSC, Andrew is involved with the official program including bringing strategic new relationships to GSC, hosting webinars on topics such as implementing the SDGs into business, and leading the online discussions with our 3S Award finalists. Andrew is passionate about improving the world through sustainability and looks forward to continuing to advocate for businesses to pursue profit with purpose.

Interested in joining our team or looking for more information?

Please email board member noel.smyth@gscouncil.org.

 

Be Bold & Take the Pledge!

We believe businesses can and will do well by doing good and we invite companies around the world to participate in our profit-with-purpose Half-Billion Dollars Challenge.

If you are passionate like Andrew, make your support visibile by joining our Half-Billion Dollars Challenge by pledging to make specific budgetary allocations towards your organization’s current and planned activities that align with and promote the SDGs. The best part about this challenge is that it is an investment in your company! Join our community of sustainability leaders, such as Teleperformance and Sevamob, and help inspire global business managers around the world.

 

What’s Your Story? Get Connected!

Did you know that we have a YouTube channel series?! The focus of each episode is a one-on-one interview that dives in deep to find out how each company came to be, including their successes and their struggles. During each interview, we explore what profit with purpose means to them and how as an organization, they pursue it.

Missed the first few episodes? Catch up below, where we have interviews from Coffee Flour, who turns the discarded pulp and skin of the coffee cherry into a renewable product; Bwom, who is changing self-care for women through technology; & Distinct Horizon, whose primary focus is on R&D of Urea Deep Placement Powered Applicators.

Get involved!

What drives you? What gets you up in the morning? What are you passionate about?

Here at GSC we believe whole-heartly that everyone can make a difference — even if it’s just holding the door open for someone, we can all help induce postive change. Interested? Start by donating just $1 to our Entrepreneurs Development Fund, where you can help companies like Coffee FlourBwom & Distinct Horizon pursue profit with purpose.

 

Help us Track Sustainability in Business

 

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is conducting a research project called, “The Pulse,” to study the extent of businesses embracing sustainability throughout various organizational functions. Depending upon sectors, supply chains are estimated to contribute 50-80% of the sustainability impact, yet a clear understanding of dimensions of responsible sourcing and supply chains as a part of the company’s value creation has not been well understood or established.

 

The goal of this study, “Taking the Pulse of how Business Embraces Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals,” is to track the level of adoption of sustainability dimensions in global functions, such as: supply chains, procurement, sourcing, outsourcing, risk management and others, by industry sectors. The study intends to measure the level of awareness and adoption of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) as well as other sustainability dimensions.

Participation will be greatly appreciated and it only takes about 15 minutes to complete the survey. The GSC intends to complete the data collection by the end of this summer. Please click here to take the Pulse Research Survey.

 

BECOME A GSC MEMBER: If your organization has not already joined us, consider becoming a Corporate Member of the Global Sourcing Council with a tax-deductible donation.

To join today or for more information on how your donation can make a difference, please email noel.smyth@gscouncil.org.

 

SEAL Boot Camp participants enjoy a private tour of the Intercontinental New York Barclay’s Hotel

SEAL Boot Camp participants enjoy a private tour of the Intercontinental New York Barclay’s Hotel, where they learned how the facility incorporates all 17 SDGs into their business model.

 

We are Serious about SDG13: Climate Action

 

The GSC’s 2017 3S Awards Ceremony in New York City was attended by over 200 international and domestic guests. 99% of the carbon footprint of the 3S Awards was caused by air travel.

The carbon footprint of the 3S Awards Ceremony amounted to 99 metric tons of CO2:

  • 53% of the carbon emissions were generated by air travels from Asia;
  • 21% from air travels from South America;
  • 12% from air travels from the US;
  • 8% from air travels from Europe;
  • and 6% from air travels from Europe.

 

Carbon Accounting 101 – SDG13 in Action

First, calculate and reduce your carbon footprint

Making an event “CO2 Neutral” is similar to making an organization “CO2 Neutral”. The first step is to calculate the footprint of the event by identifying all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Major emissions sources include: travel to the host city, local transportation, energy consumed by the event venue, and the preparation of the meals. Climate advisors CO2logic calculated the ceremony’s footprint. The 3S Awards Ceremony emitted 99 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, with 99% that was caused by air travel. The remaining emissions were mostly caused by the preparation of meals, while local transportation and energy consumed by the venue proved to be negligible.

Once all emissions sources associated with the event were identified, strategies for reducing these emissions were devised. By selecting a destination city that is served by many direct flights, our event already avoided several dozen metric tons of CO2. The caterer was also carefully selected. We decided to work with the only NYC vegetarian restaurant which is also certified carbon neutral. In addition to the caterer, we also chose a wine which is carbon neutral.

Then, offset your emissions through a project that benefits the vulnerable groups

Once energy conservation and emission reduction strategies were implemented, emissions that cannot be further reduced are offset. To achieve “CO2 Neutral” status, CO2logic offered to support a Gold Standard-certified project in Uganda that distributes efficient cooking stoves to reduce wood consumption. This helps to lower deforestation and reduce toxic fumes, while still enabling local families to have effective and functional cooking methods.

Finally, engage event participants to do their bit to protect our climate & environment

By holding this low-carbon event, the GSC wants to raise awareness of climate change issues and actions that can be taken to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. This is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and to inspire participants, followers, and viewers all around the world.

 

The 3S Awards Ceremony was certified “CO2 Neutral” with the support of CO2logic, the carbon offsetting partner of the 3S Awards Ceremony. 

To learn more about how your company can contribute to SDG13 through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Offsets, contact Dr. Arnaud Brohe – a Board Member of the GSC and the CEO of the CO2logic at arnoud.brohe@gscouncil.org.

 

Show Your Commitment and Take the Pledge

We believe businesses can and will do well by doing good and we invite companies around the world to participate in our profit-with-purpose Half-Billion Dollars Challenge.

If you have a carbon accounting program in your company or you are one of the 1,200 U.S. entities committed to the advancement of the Paris Agreement, make your support visibile by joining our Half-Billion Dollars Challenge by pledging to make specific budgetary allocations towards your organization’s current and planned activities that align with and promote the SDGs.

 

What’s Your Story? Share, Learn, & Get Inspired!

We are proud to annouce the launch of our very first YouTube series entitled, “What’s Your Story?: Checking in with the 3S Award Winners.” The focus of the series are one-on-one interviews that dive in deep to find out how each company came to be, including their successes and their struggles. During each interview, we explore what profit with purpose means to them and how as an organization, they pursue it. Tune in live today at 9am EST and 2pm EST to check in with ElRhino and Bwom.

Missed the first episode? Catch up below, where we interviewed Coffee Flour, the 2017 Climate Change and Natural Resources Winner.

 

How can you get involved?

If you’re interested in helping organizations like Coffee Flour do good in the world and pursue profit with purpose, please consider donating to our Entrepreneurs Development Fund.

The Global Sourcing Council and AmazonSmile

We all love the convenience of Amazon, so why not do some good while shopping online. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, such as the Global Sourcing Council.

 

 

BECOME A GSC MEMBER: If your organization has not already joined us, consider becoming a Corporate Member of the Global Sourcing Council with a tax-deductible donation.

To join today or for more information on how your donation can make a difference, please email noel.smyth@gscouncil.org.

 

 

SEAL Boot Camp participants and GSC members enjoy a private tour of the Javit’s Center 6.75 acre green roof.

 

We will not be stopped. Our spirits will not be broken.

 

The Global Sourcing Council firmly believes in our mission of transforming the world through profit with purpose in the private sector. We encourage sustainable global business practices that empower organizations to operate responsibly and develop innovative solutions. As such, the threat posed by climate change must be acknowledged while also capitalizing on the economic opportunity to further transition the global economy towards carbon neutrality. The Paris Agreement provides strong international cooperation on climate change and a framework to reduce emissions. GSC strongly supports the Paris Agreement and encourages businesses to continue on its trajectory. Doing so will strengthen competitiveness; create jobs, markets, & growth; and reduce business risk. We will continue our mission by advocating for profit with purpose and providing resources to the private sector on sustainable and socially responsible business practices.

 

 

How can you get involved?

 

We believe businesses can and will do well by doing good and we invite companies around the world to participate in our profit-with-purpose Half-Billion Dollars Challenge.

You can join our Half-Billion Dollars Challenge by pledging to make specific budgetary allocations towards your organization’s current and planned activities that align with and promote the SDGs.

http://www.gscouncil.org/challenge/

 

Support profit with purpose.

 

Now, more than ever, it is so important to donate to the Entrepreneurs Development Fund,

which supports social enterprises around the world. http://www.gsc3sawards.com/donate/

 

 

 

BECOME A GSC MEMBER: If your organization has not already joined us, consider becoming a Corporate Member of the Global Sourcing Council with a tax-deductible donation.

To join today or for more information on how your donation can make a difference, please email noel.smyth@gscouncil.org.

 

SEAL Boot Camp participants going Classical at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

 

Experience Sustainable NYC

New York City is bustling with life — and sustainability! The Finalists of the 2017 3S Awards got a taste of Sustainable New York during their week celebrating. They were given a tour of the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel (check out the sustainable oysters and homemade tonic water at the bar!), walked along the green roof on the Javits Center, and enjoyed the extraordinary views from the High Line at sunset.

How can you bring sustainable thinking into your company?

  • Know your SDGs
  • Investigate your company’s supply chain
  • Speak up when you find a better, more sustainable solution
  • Partner with local, small businesses

To learn how your business can leverage the SDGs and improve its bottom line, click here.

Support profit with purpose and global sustainability by donating to the Entrepreneurs Development Fund, supporting small and mid-sized social enterprises and their extraordinary impact on their local and global communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurs at the GSC’s 2017 SEAL Boot Camp

Support the Entrepreneurs Development Fund
This year the Global Sourcing Council nominated 77 social enterprises from 22 countries for the 3S Awards, honoring businesses for their sustainable supply chains and extraordinary impact on their communities.
Their products are as varied as their stories and as innovative as they are moving. Collectively, they are working to move the needle towards a more sustainable future.
If you haven’t listened to the stories of these companies, we recommend you take the time to learn…perhaps they are your next sustainable partners! Link below to their short video pitches.
And please, donate to the Entrepreneurs Development Fund, offering continued support to businesses practicing our favorite motto: profit with purpose.
http://www.gsc3sawards.com/donate/

Meet the 2017 3S Awards Winners!
The Basic Needs Award
1st Place Winner: Svadha WASH Private Limited
Solving the sanitation crisis in India through an integrated sanitation ecosystem.
2nd Place Winner: Echale a tu Casa
Providing sustainable and affordable housing solutions to families in need in Mexico.
3rd Place Winner: EcoZoom
Bringing electricity, solar lighting, and cleaner cooking with fuel-saving cook-stoves.

For the Climate Change and Environment Award
1st Place Winner: Coffee Flour
Generating economic value to smallholder coffee farmers and millers by turning coffee waste in cooking flour.
2nd Place Winner: Chakr Innovation
Converting fossil fuel combustion into inks and paints through technology.
3rd Place Winner: Elrhino Eco Paper
Generating support for endangered Indian Rhinos and Asian Elephants by making paper products their dung.

For the Social Impact via Technology Innovation Award
1st Place Winner: iKure Technology
Fostering a growing ecosystem of rural health care service in India.
2nd Place Winner: Lotus Foods
Providing consumers with healthier rice by preserving rice biodiversity and increasing farmer incomes.
3rd Place Winner: Thrive Impact Sourcing
Partnering with IT training organizations to provide free training and high-quality jobs to those in poverty.

For the Empowerment Award
1st Place Winner: Ayzh
Bringing simplicity and dignity to women’s health in India.
2nd Place Winner: WAVE Academies
Solving the West African region’s widespread youth unemployment crisis.
3rd Place Winner: Bwom Technologies
Changing self-care for women through technology.

For the People’s Choice Award
1st Place Winner: Avante
Offering accessible financial products to low-income micro entrepreneurs.
2nd Place Winner: Distinct Horizon
Doubling the profits of poor rice farmers in the developing world.

BECOME A GSC MEMBER: If your organization has not already joined us, consider becoming a Corporate Member of the Global Sourcing Council with a tax-deductible donation.
To join today or for more information on how your donation can make a difference, please email noel.smyth@gscouncil.org.