Feb. 2013 Expert: Todd Yaney | CHRYSLER GROUP

[two_third]Todd Yaney is part of the Corporate Sustainability Core Team at Chrysler Group, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He is responsible for the societal aspects of the organization’s corporate responsibility, which include Chrysler’s workforce and supply chain. Most of his career has been within Procurement and Supply in the U.S. and Europe, creating a strong understanding of the intricacies and real-life aspects facing the global manufacturing supply chain. In 2010 he helped with the development of Chrysler’s Sustainability Team, who published their first CR report in 2011. Todd has served as Chrysler’s Executive-on-loan to AIAG (the Automotive Industry Action Group), where his primary activity was supporting supply chain initiatives with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility and in particular the Global Working Conditions Initiative.[/two_third]



[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” ]Question 1: How often does the Chrysler supplier sustainability panel meet and is this group facilitated by a third party, i.e. is it more formal than informal? And how big is this panel? (From: Kathrin Bohr; Intertek Sustainability Solutions)[/box]

Answer 1: Chrysler Group’s Supplier Sustainability Panel consists of 13 suppliers who represent a cross section of our supply base. There are suppliers from each of our commodity groups (Chemical, Electrical, Indirect, Logistics, etc.). Of that group, there are large suppliers and small ones, some who are quite mature in sustainability and some who are just starting out. All together, they represent the voice of our suppliers quite well. Our quarterly meetings are facilitated by us, and are hosted either here at Chrysler headquarters or at one of the suppliers’ locations. In all cases, the meetings can be virtually attended online. The meetings by now are very informal, which contributes to the very open dialog that takes place. Each company has a core member, but is always free to bring colleagues who can speak to the agenda topics of the day.

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” ]Question 2: Todd, could you talk more about the auto industry’s collaboration on conflict minerals? (From: Christopher Matthews; WSJ/Dow Jones ; Reporter)[/box]

Answer 2: The best place to find out how the auto industry is collaborating on Conflict Minerals is to go to the AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) website. They have a special section for the latest information on industry activities at the Conflict Minerals Resource Page. It is frequently updated with the latest information on what we are doing and also contains several good contacts.


[box type=”note” align=”alignleft” ]To publish an additional question for our expert please submit your question via e-mail to: luiza.gsc3sawards@gscouncil.org

March 2013 Expert: Marsha Willard | International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

Marsha Willard

Marsha Willard is founder and Executive Director for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. She is also co-founder and CEO of AXIS Performance Advisors, Inc. a Northwest based consulting firm specializing in helping organizations implement sustainable business practices. She has worked with organizations in both the public and private sector providing training, consulting, facilitation and executive coaching services. Some of her clients include Monsanto, Bonneville Power Administration, Cascade Corporation, City of Portland, AAA of N. California, Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Ecology, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Wacker Siltronic, Conway Transportation, GreenBlue and the Zero Waste Alliance. Marsha is also adjunct faculty for several colleges and universities. She teaches classes in sustainability for the University of Oregon, Bainbridge Graduate Institute and the Presidio Graduate School. In addition she is an associate of the Zero Waste Alliance and a coach and presenter for the Natural Step Network.


[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” ]Question 1:  With more and more organizations creating sustainability positions and departments, it seems like now may be a good time to start thinking about establishing more rigorous and/or standardized measures of knowledge and skills for sustainability professionals. What efforts are underway to explore the topic of certification of sustainability professionals? [/box]

We at ISSP have recognized this trend and have begun the process of creating a certification for our profession. We are currently working with a multi-stakeholder group to create the “body of knowledge” that will form the basis of a certification scheme. The body of knowledge will detail the skills, knowledge and attributes a sustainability practitioner should be able to demonstrate. We hope to have that document published by mid summer of 2013. From there we will create the actual scheme that will assess and “certify” qualifying professionals. At this point it is undecided whether that will involve a written test, interviews, work experience, a portfolio or some combination. For more information about the effort and up to the minute status, visit the ISSP web site: http://bit.ly/11lcaCn

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” ]Question 2:  The terminology that is used to talk about sustainability is loose and inconsistent. It seems like a wall of babble when it comes to definitions and terms that are used to described the profession. What can be done to bring some consistency to the language of sustainability? [/box]

The process of implementing sustainability is daunting enough without the confusion created by inconsistent use and understanding of the language associated with it. ISSP hopes to use its platform as THE professional association for the field to engage our members in the creation of a coherent “lexicon” of terms. We hope that this will become the “go to” source for clarity and consistency and enable professionals to get on with the real work of making sustainability standard practice everywhere. For a look at the progress we’ve made to date on this topic, and to join in on the Lexicon conversation, visit http://bit.ly/Wj5h0i.

GSC WEB MEETING: Creating Value by Empowering Women in Global Supply Chains

Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 10.44.56 AMGSC Web Meeting:

DATE: March 20, 2013

TIME: 9am – 10am EST


Who says that capitalism cannot work for social good? Who says that doing good and empowering communities cannot bring income at the same time? Two organizations – one for-profit and one non-profit – are going to explain why empowering women from underprivileged backgrounds by incorporating them into your supply chain is not only good, but smart.

On March 20, 2013, the Global Sourcing Council will host that discussion in another in a series of online presentations – the GSC WEB MEETINGS. What are the best practices? How to empower women in local communities while meeting the business’ goals? You get to hear the answers (with a possibility of asking a question during the Q&A session) from our panel of experts.



Luiza Oleszczuk | Director of Development at Global Sourcing Council

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8727818096716112896


WEConnect International logoWEConnect International – is a corporate-led non-profit helping build sustainable communities by empowering women business owners to succeed in local and global markets. WEConnect International has since 2009 provided business education, certification, and business connections to companies based outside the United States that are at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development. WeConnect International operates in Australia, Europe, Canada, India, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Turkey, and is in the process of developing new programs in other key markets in 2013 including Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria and South Africa. (www.weconnectinternational.org)

Elizabeth Vazquez

Elizabeth Vazquez | CEO at WEConnect Intl.

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, where she is responsible for working with partners in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, China and Peru. She has been a speaker and conducted numerous trainings on globalization, value chains, diversity and inclusivity, trade, technology, advocacy, certification, and women’s entrepreneurship. She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.


Harva logoHarVa – is a BPO provider employing women in rural areas of India. A self-defined “rural start up,” HarVa primarily focuses on Skill Development, BPO, Community based farming and Microfinance. HarVa aspires for sustainable inclusive growth by creating value in the heart of Rural or Real India. The company’s model focuses on the vast intellectual and infrastructural capital in the interiors by developing several productive communities that enhance the intrinsic value of villages. (www.harva.co.in )

HarVa is also the winner of the GSC 3S Awards 2012 program – awards in Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing. HarVa won in the 2012 3S Empowered Woman category.

Ajay Chaturvedi➢ Ajay Chaturvedi | Founder & Chairman at HarVa

Besides serving on boards of several companies, Ajay is an ex-Citi where he served in Strategy and Sales positions in Cards and Consumer banking verticals. Ajay begun his career with IBM Consulting in the US and has over 14 years of experience in Management, Operations and IT Consulting across Financial Services, IT and ITeS industries in US, UK, and South East Asia. Prior to Citi, Ajay was the Transition Leader at Global Vantedge, a company that was a pioneer in many ways besides being the first offshore receivables management provider. Ajay is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ajay truly believes in the power of cost effective innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation across the world, especially in India and supports the Socio-Capitalistic business models as the drivers of inclusive growth. He also thinks that the real growth in rural areas across the world and in India is yet to come and is possible only when we get into the real fabric of the country and not just overlay thoughts and patterns from the developed nations.

➢ Priyanka Chugh | Manager at HarVa


Priyanka Chugh is a second year business management student at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She is responsible for the social media outreach at HarVa along with the marketing and branding. She believes the key to optimizing sustainable innovation programs is value creation. She strongly supports women’s empowerment and the realization of human rights for all. An art enthusiast, she is a pragmatist with an unquenchable curiosity for all that is unexplored.