NEW YORK, NY (Sept 28, 2015) – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC), a global non-profit organization focused on promoting sustainable, socially responsible sourcing practices through research, publications, education and dialogue, today announced the appointment of Louis Coppola to its board of directors, effective immediately.
Louis Coppola is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc., a leading sustainability consulting, research and advisory organization headquartered in New York City. G&A Institute is a pioneering organization in proactive issues management of strategic Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues.
The Global Sourcing Council honors organizations at the forefront of sustainable and socially responsible sourcing through its annual GSC 3S Awards program. On September 16th at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Louis Coppola led the awards ceremony where the winners of this year’s 3S Awards were announced (more about the 3S Award winners: http://bit.ly/1P525mi).
“Louis brings a wealth of corporate sustainability and sustainable investment experience to the Global Sourcing Council, and will play a key role as GSC continues to execute its vision to engage, promote and showcase best practices in socially responsible sourcing,” said Dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the Board, Global Sourcing Council.
Louis directs the Institute’s relationship with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – the de-facto global standard for sustainability reporting. This includes the activities around G&A’s GRI Data Partner relationship in the US, UK and Ireland, the Organizational Stakeholder (OS) relationship, and several joint research publications on topics such as sustainability reporting, materiality, external assurance, global policy and sustainable investment.
Louis is also a co-chair of the Sustainable Education and Company Engagement Committee (SECE) of the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), a working group of the U.S. Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment (US|SIF). He is also an active member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts’ (NYSSA) Sustainable Investing Committee.
“To be selected to serve on The Global Sourcing Council’s board is quite an honor,” said Louis Coppola. “I am impressed with GSC’s ability to inspire and empower sustainable sourcing. I have developed a greater appreciation for the impressive quality and caliber of the organization’s impact over the last three years working with Wanda and the GSC team as a judge for the GSC 3S Awards. I intend to leverage my experience in corporate sustainability and sustainable investment to enhance GSC’s vision even further, and to leverage my network of sustainable and responsible organizations to help in supporting the important mission of the Global Sourcing Council.”
Louis is also a Bard College Adjunct Professor for the Bard M.B.A. in Sustainability at the New York City campus teaching courses on business pragmatics of sustainability, with a focus on disclosure standards and analysis of sustainability reports.
Prior to founding the G&A Institute, Louis Coppola worked as an Account Executive, Information Technology for Rowan & Blewitt, a global crisis management and issues management consulting firm that was under the corporate umbrella of Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG).
Louis Coppola was graduated with Honors from Molloy College with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). In recognition of high scholastic achievement, he was selected for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in Business, Management and Administration. He received his undergraduate B.S. with Major in Computer Information Systems and Minor in Computer Science. Lou has qualified and is an active member of Mensa.
The Global Sourcing Council’s complete board of directors is listed here:
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About The Global Sourcing Council (www.gscouncil.org)
The Global Sourcing Council is a non-profit organization with an educational mission to promote an exchange of ideas and information among businesses, trade organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academia; to discuss and define sustainable and responsible practices in global sourcing and supply chain management; and to encourage progressive economic growth leading to increased trade, investment and social good, all with an aim to increase knowledge, deepen trade relations and broaden commercial and cultural ties among nations.
About The Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A is a sustainability consulting firm headquartered in New York City, assisting corporations in executing winning strategies that maximize return on investment at every step of their sustainability journey. The G&A team helps corporate and investment community clients recognize, understand and address sustainability issues to address stakeholder and shareholder concerns. G&A Institute is the exclusive Data Partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the USA, UK and Ireland. A G&A team of six or more perform this pro bono work on behalf of GRI. In 2014, they analyzed more than 1200 sustainability reports in this role and databased more than 100 important data points related to each report.
G&A’s sustainability-focused services and resources include: counseling & strategies for the corporate sustainability journey; sustainability reporting assistance; thorough materiality assessments; stakeholder engagement; benchmarking; enhancing investor relations; sustainability communications; manager coaching, team building and training; issues monitoring & customized research; advice on third party awards and recognitions.