Microsoft joins Global Sourcing Council’s 2012 3S Awards Advisory Council

Microsoft Executive to provide strategic counsel to fuel efforts in global sustainability and CSR

New York, NY, March 1, 2012: The Global Sourcing Council today announced Microsoft’s participation on the Global Sourcing Council’s (GSC) 2012 3S Awards Advisory Council. The GSC 3S Awards – Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing “Sourcing that Empowers” -is an international awards program that recognizes exceptional achievements in the global sourcing marketplace by individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding commitment to  a combination of positive social and economic leadership. The GSC 3S Awards is the only global award honoring best practices in 3S specifically in the sourcing industry. Mike Simms, General Manager, Chief Outsourcing Officer will represent the Microsoft Corporation on the Advisory Council.

The world today is faced with the many challenges of rapid globalization, leading to economic benefits through advances in productivity, training and technology. It is imperative that there is an equitable distribution of the impact of economic growth on vulnerable populations to ensure the well-being of these communities.   “By promoting the 3S Awards amongst the global sourcing sector, businesses and organizations are held to the highest standards of ethical, sustainable and socially responsible sourcing best practices,” states Mike Simms, General Manager and Chief Outsourcing Officer, Microsoft Corp. “The Advisory Council plays a critical role in helping to shape the future of global business practices. Microsoft is proud to provide its expertise and guidance to the 3S Awards initiative.”

The 2012 3S Awards will take place on May 29th, 2012 in New York City. Applications are accepted until the deadline of April 15th, 2012. The five award categories are 3S Community Engagement Award, 3S Employee Engagement Award, 3S Empowered Woman Award, 3S Out of the Box Award and The People’s Choice Award. “The winners of the 3S awards are outstanding examples of viable sustainable and socially responsible sourcing models. The potential impact is already demonstrated by the winners and they can help provide a working template to assist others in creating a scalable 3S sourcing business model”, explains Angeline Judex, Executive Director, 2012 3S Awards.

Application information and award details can be found on

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