GSC Announces Four International Winners of the Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing

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NEW YORK, New York (February 14, 2011) – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) announced the winners of the 2010 Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S Awards) on Tuesday, February 8, at a dinner and ceremony in Manhattan. The 3S Awards provide a platform to showcase global and domestic initiatives which promote sustainability and socially responsible sourcing practices.

Submissions for the 3S Awards were received from global players from 5 continents and forward-reaching organizations. During the 3S Award ceremony, highlighted participants included Genpact, NH Hoteles, Distant Village Inc., Vindhya e-Infomedia, Village BPO Pvt Ltd, Belatrix Software Factory, LGBS Polska Sp. z o.o., and a cooperative effort between the City of Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Costa Verde, and Algar Technologia.

Awards were presented in four distinct categories with the winner in each category selected by an independent panel of judges. The set of all entries showcase the innovative and inspiring efforts taken by organizations in promoting Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing practices. The award winners announced at the ceremony were:

Village BPO as winner in category “Best in 3S Class for Community Engagement Program” – award presented by Sudhir Achar, CEO and Founder of Vantage Agora

Genpact as winner in category “Best in 3S Class for Employee Engagement Program” – award presented by Dr. Shubhro Sen, Executive Director of the Conscious Capitalism Institute

Distant Village, Inc. as winner in category “Best in 3S Class for Most Innovative 3S Program” – award presented by Dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the Global Sourcing Council

NH Hoteles as winner in category “3S Sourcing Community Award” – award presented by Kirk Laughlin, Founder of Nearshore Americas

Dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the Board of the Global Sourcing Council, opened the event with a perspective on how sustainable outsourcing, once viewed as an oxymoron, is moving from the sideline to the main line of corporate business strategies. Dr. Shubhro Sen, Director of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, delivered a keynote address titled “Profit With Purpose” in which he outlined inspiring examples of “firms of endearments:” companies like Whole Foods and Patagonia which grow fast, are more profitable than others in the sector, and put social and environmental values into their business activities. Madan Padaki, CEO of MeritTrac and a Trustee of the Head-Held-High Foundation, provided a case study presentation of the “Rural Sourcing Village BPO”—an initiative aimed at educating the youth in rural districts of India by empowering them with a combination of formal teaching and information technology.

The GSC 2010 3S Awards ceremony was graciously hosted by Kaye Scholar LLP, who sponsored the dinner for all attendees. Additional sponsors included ACS, A Xerox Company, Vantage Agora, and IIOM; these generous sponsors believe in and support the noble cause of sustainability and social responsibility. Technical partner Lavida Solutions received special recognition for providing a technology platform for the 3S Awards, and media partners Nearshore Americas and CIO Zone were recognized for their promotional efforts.

Stay tuned for announcements about the next edition of the 3S Awards – Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing.

The 3S Awards were initiated in 2008 as the GSC Leadership Awards. The 3S Awards were initiated to recognize exceptional achievements in the global sourcing marketplace by individuals and organizations who translated broad vision statements to active and successful projects in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing.

For details on past recipients, please visit: www.gsc3sawards.com

Contact:

Wanda Lopuch
Chair of the Board, Global Sourcing Council

email: Wanda.Lopuch@gsc3sawards.com

phone: +1.631.398.3366

Juee Vinayak
Director, GSC 3S Awards

email: Juee.Vinayak@gsc3sawards.com
phone: +91.9966.027.389