3S Community Engagement Award category:
AVASANT (U.S.) – www.avasant.com
Avasant is a global management consulting firm providing services in the areas of Sourcing Advisory, ICT Optimization, and Globalization Advisory. The company provides services in the areas of Strategic Sourcing, Technology Optimization, and Globalization Consulting. One of the company’s goals is empowering the citizens of developing nations by facilitating business development and local job creation.
Community Alliance Network (global) – http://www.theworldcan.org
Community Alliance Network (CAN) is a platform for international actors “to stand in fellowship with rural community leaders towards the advancement of health education and access to legal protection in marginalized and underserved communities.” As part of the GSC 3S Awards program, CAN is presenting its initiative against gender-based violence.
Forgotten (U.S., Uganda) – www.forgottenshirts.com
Forgotten Shirts produces fair trade t-shirts in Uganda, with the idea of empowering African farmers and textile workers by providing jobs and development opportunities, while also providing shoppers around the world with a quality product they can buy at a fair price. Forgotten also empowers Minneapolis teenagers by providing them job opportunities in the U.S.
Glocal Connection (Guatemala) – www.glocalconnection.com
Glocal Connection is a business platform positioning luxury products made with traditional art forms by companies owned by people from local communities. The company designs innovative supply chain solutions for each business unit, which enables them to offer competitive prices without sacrificing sustainability.
Rafflesia Luwak Coffee (Indonesia) – http://www.rafflesialuwakcoffee.org
Established in 2006, Rafflesia Luwak Coffee is the producer of organic kopi luwak coffee and a company that pays particular attention to preserving the surrounding ecosystem, including wildlife, and especially the civet cat, a native cat-like creature that feeds on coffee beans and helps support the coffee production in a purely organic process. Rafflesia Luwak Coffee employs a cooperative business model and all-female workforce, returning a substantial share of income to the local community.
soleRebels (Ethiopia) – www.solerebelsfootwear.co/
Rebels Footwear is a brand of eco-friendly shoes and sandals handmade in Ethiopia, which helps
provide local jobs and business opportunities while maintaining the local craftsmen tradition. soleRebels launched in 2004 with the idea of bringing jobs to Zenabwork, a small village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The brand is now being worn by people in over 30 countries around the world.
Techno Brain BPO ITES Ltd (Kenya) – www.childlinekenya.co.ke, ww.technobraingroup.com
Childline Kenya, by Techno Bran BPO center, is a Non-Governmental Organization working to promote child rights and a culture of child protection in Kenya. The organization achieves this through activities like National Child Helpline 116, a 24 hours national and emergency helpline for children and young people in difficult situations. Techno Brain BPO center empowers Childline Kenya through adaptation of technology allowing easy access to services and information.
VADS (Malaysia) – www.vads.com.my
VADS is a BPO center that empowers the local community by hiring disabled employees and constantly innovating their work space to make it easier for them to use the facilities and fulfill their professional potential and career goals. The entire company is serving more than 500 medium to large businesses across all industries, while specializing in Value Added Services, IT Services and Business Process Outsourcing.
McGraw-Hill Companies (U.S.) – http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/
Over the past several years, McGraw-Hill Companies tackled the challenge of retaining low costs while introducing sustainable and socially responsible practices to its global supply chain. The company achieved its goals step by step, through innovation and developing its strategy for sustainability and ethical practices with patience, research and multiple consultations. One example of the company’s sustainable innovation is the launch of Staples New Online Catalog of Eco-conscious Products or a new corporate strategy to drive sustainability innovation in product manufacturing, packaging and distribution in 2010.
Pt. Iin Era Sejahtera (Indonesia)
Since its establishment in 1998, Pt. Iin Era Sejahtera- a recruitment agency that focuses on increasing the skill level of Indonesian workers by facilitating overseas employment- has sent more than 50,000 Indonesian workers to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. “Most of these workers have not only changed their life and increased their family economy, but have remitted thousands of US dollars to the Indonesian state,” claims the company.
VOS (U.S.) – https://www.vosflips.com/
VOS is an eco-friendly shoemaker brand that gives back to the local community. The company was started by José Alejandro “Bati,” who also established DeFlores, LLC, mother company of the VOS brand, which is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact program— a strategic policy initiative committed to aligning operations and strategies of businesses with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. VOS is an eco-friendly brand.
3S Out-of-the-Box Award category:
Intel Corporation (U.S.) – www.intel.com
Intel’s efforts on conflict minerals— gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten— mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are focused in three main areas: driving accountability and ownership within the supply chain through smelter reviews and validation audits; partnering with key industry associations, including the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI); and working with both governments and NGOs to support in-region sourcing.
prAna (U.S.) – www.prana.com
prAna is a fair trade apparel maker, one of the first ones in the United States. The company is always looking for new ways to fold the intention of sustainability into their materials and practices, working to reduce the impact on soils, water supplies and other natural resources. “Every day we learn something new about the world and our need to be global citizens,” reads prAna’s website statement.