The Global Sourcing Council Launches 17 / 17 Program for SDGs

The Global Sourcing Council announces its 17/17 SDGs initiative to provide a communication platform and to highlight the importance of implementing the United Nation’s SDGs into a business strategy.

NEW YORK, NY (December 14, 2015) – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) has launched the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs program in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

GSC’s 17/17 initiative (download Prospectus) provides a platform for businesses to highlight activities around the SDGs in their sourcing and supply chains, with a focus on one SDG per week, for 17 consecutive weeks. This communication effort will educate and inspire real action in sourcing and supply chains around these important global goals. We invite leading sustainable organizations (and those that aspire to be sustainability leaders) to partner with GSC in making this vision a reality.

A key message of 17/17 is that businesses stand to gain from the Sustainable Development Goals. In the long run, businesses cannot succeed unless the world succeeds. More immediately, the SDGs provide a framework for innovation, new markets and new products, and aim to channel both public and private investment toward shared global priorities.

The “business case” for the SDGs includes: unlocking trapped value in emerging and frontier markets; gaining competitive advantage by declaring commitment to the Goals; inspiring employees, clients and communities with the broader vision of the Goals; and strengthening brand equity by taking leadership in sustainable development.

Louis D. Coppola, GSC Board Member and Co-Founder of The Governance & Accountability Institute, said, “The Global Goals are one of the most important considerations for companies developing their long-term sustainability program’s strategies, including for defining material issues, setting goals, engaging with investors and other stakeholders, and making critical resource allocation decisions over the next 15 plus years.”

Coppola added, “Determining which of the SDGs are material to your organization’s sustainability strategy is a critical step for companies that are established leaders in sustainability, or would like to establish themselves as leaders. It’s important to put your stake in the ground early and align your program with the SDGs, in order to succeed in the quickly changing global business environment. Making commitments with one or more material SDGs in your sourcing and supply chains is one of the most impactful ways you can help the world reach these goals by 2030.”

Major companies have already announced commitments on one or more SDGs, such as Philips on health (SDG ), energy (SDG ) and sustainable consumption and production (SDG ), Dell on decent jobs (SDG ), and DuPont on ending poverty (SDG ) and hunger (SDG ).

“The UN has created Goals that are broad and inspirational in nature. The trajectory for business in the 2030 Agenda is to embrace one or more SDGs into business strategies, translate them into operational targets and execute them in a transparent manner,” said Dr. Wanda R. Lopuch, the Chairman of the GSC Council. She added, ”Such a trajectory will result in discovering new markets, developing new products, expediting innovation and securing competitive advantage, all of which tend to result in profitable growth while delivering desired social and environmental outcomes.”

All companies are invited to utilize the GSC 17/17 SDG platform to communicate their experiences, commitments, goals, best practices and stories by sponsoring one or more SDGs that align with their business strategy. Please contact Louis Coppola or Wanda Lopuch to find out more about how you can help GSC educate and inspire action in sourcing and supply chains around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GSC recently became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and hosted the GSC 3S Awards for sustainable and social responsible sourcing for 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York City.

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About Global Sourcing Council

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is a voluntary, public-private initiative, registered with the USA IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. GSC is focused on sustainable, socially responsible sourcing practices. By bringing together businesses, industry organizations, academics and trade representatives of different countries, the GSC provides an open forum for discussion of social, economic and political effects of global sourcing arrangements.

About Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs – part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – build on the previous eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ending in December 2015. They represent an unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries, business entities and citizens of the world together to embark on new paths to improve the lives of people everywhere. They will also reshape the practice of development globally, including the role of the private sector.

For more information, contact Louis Coppola at +1.646.430.8230 ext 14, or email, or Wanda Lopuch at +1.631.398.3366, or email




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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, 193 world leaders world-leaders committed to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the center of this accord was the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, which took effect January 1, 2016.

The SDGs present a historic opportunity for countries, companies and communities to unite – working together to improve the lives of citizens around the world.

The Global Sourcing Council has developed the “17 Weeks / 17 SDGs” Initiative to help businesses translate these aspirational global goals into action. To join us, please download our GSC 17/17 SDGs Prospectus and contact Louis Coppola or Wanda Lopuch.

The GSC 17 / 17 program aims to:

  • Inform and engage the global business community in the 2030 Agenda;
  • Provide global visibility for businesses embracing SDGs in their business strategies; and
  • Share best practices of SDG-embracing leaders to inspire others.

SDG Pulse Research

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, with responses from business professionals, also intends to measure the level of awareness of SDGs in business. Qualitative and quantitative benchmarks for sustainability dimensions will be identified and best practices that enhance adoption described and analyzed.

Webinars & Discussion Groups

GSC develops a variety of webinars along with partners to educate companies on various aspects of corporate sustainability especially as it relates to the Supply Chain, Sourcing, and Procurement. Recently we’ve developed webinars with sustainable supply chain partners from EcoVadis, CDP, SIG, and other organizations. In addition, we participate in dozens of webinars and discussion groups adding to the discussion around best practices, case examples, and tools for implementing sustainable business practices in supply chains. Some examples of our participation are:

  • Intertek Conference – 3 Hour SDGs Workshop
  • SIG Event – Florida – Participated in a discussion panel on SDGs
  • Skytop SDGs Human Rights Conference @ Bard College – Led a Panel Discussion on SDGs
  • Rutgers CSR Certificate Program – Chairman Wanda Lopuch Spoke w/ the Founder of UN PRI on SDGs

GSC’S SEAL™ Program for Sustainability Executive & Leadership

From the GSC’s Awards for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing to GSC’s Sustainable Executive and Leadership (SEAL™) Program, the Global Sourcing Council offers thought provoking programs that empower organizations and equip them with the tools and knowledge to further their sustainability endeavors. Companies dedicated to the 3S principles have tremendous value to gain from participating in the GSC’s SEAL™ Program, a sustainability “Boot Camp” for our 3S Awards winners and other partners of the Global Sourcing Council. Participants take part in lectures, workshops, and break away sessions, covering topics such as future leadership, the importance of responsible supply chains, post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and ethical business. The issue areas covered in GSC’s SEAL™ Program are relevant and provide a platform to scale up sustainability initiatives within organizations. The Boot Camp is not limited to 3S Awards participants. GSC’s SEAL™ Program incorporates topics such as leadership for the future, responsible and sustainable business, and the importance of strategy development. The program agenda consists of Page GSC 2017 UNGC COP lectures, workshops, and break away sessions that maximize the learning experience. With well-experienced professionals as speakers and program leaders, the program agenda covers a great array of sustainability topics. In this four-day executive training program participants work closely with accomplished Executives, peers, social entrepreneurs, and industry thought leaders. Each participant receives a customized training session that enhances management skills. At the end of the Boot Camp participants leave with a set of practical, concrete tools and action plans that can be put to use immediately in their organizations. Featured Program Topics:

  • 3 Pillars of Sustainability
  • Communication and Influencing Strategy Development
  • UN Global Sustainable Goals ○ Accountability and Measurement (and much more!)

One major part of our program is the Treasure Hunt of Sustainable New York City. One day of the GSC’S SEAL™ Program is dedicated to taking a tour of New York City through the lens of sustainability. The Treasure Hunt involves conversations with local leaders and community members and offers a unique glimpse into sustainability-in-action in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.


Creating and Leading Responsible Sourcing Council within SIG

SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) is the premier global sourcing association that provides thought leadership and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement, outsourcing, shared services and global business services from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. GSC has partnered with The Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) to establish a new working Council: Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing”, and GSC has developed a sustainability curriculum for SIG University, an online learning and certification platform for sourcing professionals. Wanda Lopuch, chairman of the GSC is a Chair of the council. The GSC is committed to educating the members of SIG on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing. The Goal is to bring concepts of sustainability into SIG membership, to educate on SDGs, ESG and related issues, to share best practices, eventually to develop standards. As of today there are participants from IBM, SAP, Google and many other SIG members. The Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Working Council will explore deepening connections between measures of responsible sourcing and business outcomes. This discussion will allow sourcing professionals to broaden their understanding of different aspects of sustainability and empower them to address conflicting business pressures of value creation by cost reduction vs. brand protection vs. leadership in sustainable development.

Develop Methodology for Risk Assessment in Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing

The GSC advocates utilizing risk assessment methodology to evaluate material dimensions of sustainable and responsible sourcing. Our current effort is focused on research to develop practical tools for risk assessment in programs for sustainability in organizations. This research is in the early stages.

Embracing the Sustainable Matrix

As part of developing a methodology for risk assessment, the GSC held a webinar with RepRisk experts discussing the transparency needed to make data-driven decisions and how to assess risk in supply chains. This is an on-going research effort.

Embracing Local Social Entrepreneurs

The GSC’S SEAL™ program, described above, works with local social entrepreneurs to help them develop strategies and techniques for participation in global supply chains.

Advisory Council

The GSC’s Advisory Council convenes on a Bi-Annual Basis to discuss the GSC’s activities, focus, and goals with a group of renowned experts from various areas of sustainable business. The most recent GSC Advisory Council Meeting took place at the United Nations Headquarters. Goals of the meeting:

  • Gain deeper understanding of how to empower global social entrepreneurs and participants of the global supply chains
  • Identify effective and efficient strategies to support them in scaling up their programs, which not only deliver quality products and services to global supply chains, but produce social values.
  • Develop the framework for implementing the strategies identified


GSC 3S Awards

The GSC 3S Awards is a global empowerment platform for small and mid-size “profit with purpose” business enterprises. Established in 2008, the 3S Awards recognize companies that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating, improving and implementing Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S) practices.

The annual 3S Awards program identifies honors and empowers social entrepreneurs by providing global visibility, connections to successful global business leaders and access to business resources and financial capital to succeed.

The GSC is committed to changing the way the world conducts business. We aim to empower companies to pursue profit with purpose in mind. These innovative social entrepreneurs represent the future pipeline of responsible suppliers to the global economy.

The GSC 3S Award program is the only awards program geared specifically towards the global sourcing sector and honoring both sustainable and socially responsible business practices.

For information about the 2017 3SAwards held in New York City, go to where videos of the 77 nominees from 22 countries are shown along with winners in all categories.

In addition, interviews with the winners are posted on the GSC YouTube channel, “Tell Me Your Story,”

Half-Billion Dollar Challenge

The SDGs are estimated to cost US$3 trillion per year to achieve, and much of this will need to come from private resources. Long-term investments in sustainable energy, infrastructure, transportation, and information and communications technologies, among other sectors are necessary. As with all social and environmental imperatives, business plays a vital role in the success or failure of their outcomes. Businesses are increasingly embedding positive social impact and sustainability as legitimate priorities as well as a source of competitive advantage. In order to amplify the success and visibility of forward thinking businesses, the GSC has presented the Half-Billion Dollars Challenge. The GSC is asking organizations to “Take Action Now” to make the SDGs part of business life The GSC pursues the idea that all businesses change the world, the only questions are: how much? and how well? The GSC believe businesses can and will do well by doing good and invites companies around the world to participate in the Half-Billion Dollars Challenge towards profit with purpose.


The GSC 17 / 17 SDG Program


In 2015, 193 world leaders world-leaders committed to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the center of this accord was the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, which took effect January , 2016.

The SDGs present a historic opportunity for countries, companies and communities to unite – working together to improve the lives of citizens around the world.

The Global Sourcing Council has developed the “17 Weeks / 17 SDGs” Initiative to help businesses translate these aspirational global goals into action. To join us, please download our GSC 17/17 SDGs Prospectus and contact Louis Coppola or Wanda Lopuch.

The GSC 17 / 17 program aims to:

  • Inform and engage the global business community in the 2030 Agenda;
  • Provide global visibility for businesses embracing SDGs in their business strategies; and
  • Share best practices of SDG-embracing leaders to inspire others.

The GSC will highlight the importance of implementing the SDGs into a business strategy. Companies, partners and our stakeholders will have the opportunity to utilize our platform to communicate their sustainable development commitment, experiences, goals and stories focused on one SDG per week.

To learn more about how your organization can partner with the GSC to support the Sustainable Development Goals, please download our GSC 17/17 SDG Prospectus and contact Louis Coppola or Wanda Lopuch.

*Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.

The links below will lead to a wealth of information and resources to help companies implement and succeed in their SDGs.


Goal 1: No Poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere

See how Mastercard is Reaching out Everywhere with SDG 1


Goal 2: Zero Hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Take a Look at How Fonterra is Taking Action on Eliminating Hunger Through SDG 2


E_SDG_Icons-03Goal : Good Health and Well-Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Learn how Business Takes Action to Ensure Health & Promote Well-Being


E_SDG_Icons-04Goal : Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Which Leaders are Making a Difference with SDG 4?


E_SDG_Icons-05Goal : Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

How Are You Making a Difference on Gender Equality?


E_SDG_Icons-06Goal : Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

See How Business is Taking Strides for Clean Water and Proper Sanitation


E_SDG_Icons-07Goal : Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all



E_SDG_Icons-08Goal : Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


E_SDG_Icons-09Goal : Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Businesses Expected to Excel and Grow in Infrastructure and Innovation – SDG 9


E_SDG_Icons-10Goal : Reduced Inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries

Fighting Inequality: Which Companies are Diversity Leaders?


E_SDG_Icons-11Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Learn How You Can Take Action On SDG 11


E_SDG_Icons-12Goal : Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns



E_SDG_Icons-13Goal : Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

It’s Our Responsibility to Take Climate Action — See How IBM is Doing Their Part on SDG 13


E_SDG_Icons-14Goal : Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development



E_SDG_Icons-15Goal : Life on Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss



E_SDG_Icons-16Goal : Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


E_SDG_Icons-17Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development