Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain

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WEBINAR ON DEMAND: Listen to GSC’s 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs webinar featuring RepRisk experts discussing transparency (“the new normal”), what’s needed to make data-driven decisions, and how to assess ESG risk in supply chains.

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GSC Web Meeting: Supplier Diversity As Integral Part of Ethical Business

DATE: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

TIME: 12pm – 1pm EDT

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More and more companies around the world have Supplier Diversity programs and departments these days. There are good reasons for that. Supplier Diversity is generally defined as a business program that encourages the engagement of diverse-owned, women owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, etc., organizations – historically underutilized business. Our panel will discuss questions like:

• What is supplier diversity and what are the best practices for its implementation?

• How is supplier diversity different from supplier diversification?

• What are the business benefits of implementing supplier diversity?

• Are there regions where it is particularly hard to achieve supplier diversity? How should one deal with that?

There will be room for questions from the audience!


JenniferJennifer Lowenberg is a Program Manager for Supplier Diversity at Chrysler Group, LLC in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In this role she is responsible for promoting the sourcing of minority and women owned businesses through various internal and external program initiatives.

Jennifer serves on the board of the Chrysler Hispanic Network, is a member of the Chrysler Women’s Forum and is co-chair of the Chrysler Diversity Work Stream Team for Understanding our Customers. She is also a member of the Billion Dollar Round Table, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s.

Jennifer has worked in the Automotive Industry for 15yrs in various management roles in Supply Chain, Aftermarket and Purchasing and hold degrees from The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Justin Gauvin – Executive Director at Verego

Justin Gauvin

Justin Gauvin is the Executive Director of Verego implementing responsible sourcing best practices into organizations of all sizes. The global social responsibility movement comes first in the way Verego operates to align CSR polices, processes, and structured approaches around an open source CSR standard, the Verego Social Responsibility Standard. Justin’s past includes business development in the renewable energy sector (wind, solar, biofuels), along with nonprofit event planning for a Boston based cancer relief effort.



  • Jimmy Gandhi – Business and Engineering Professor at California State University, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management

gandhi_jimmyGraduate instruction in Quality Management, Entrepreneurship and Systems Engineering and Management. Has experience teaching additional courses including supply chain management and sustainability in the global supply chain. Is currently co-authoring two books on Risk Management and Case Studies in Systems Engineering and is also working on developing new courses in the engineering management field. His current research focuses on areas of quality management, globalization and sustainability and has over 30 publications in various conferences and journals related to the engineering management domain. He has received teaching awards from Stevens Institute of Technology and The American Society of Engineering Management.


GSC Web Meeting: Supply Chains that Empower Communities: Impact Sourcing (Part 1)

Workers perform final testing and QA before sending drives off to customers on its 2.5-inch notebook lines. (Photo: Robert Scoble, 6 November 2008)

Workers perform final testing and QA before sending drives off to customers on its 2.5-inch notebook lines. (Photo: Robert Scoble, 6 November 2008)

In today’s world of increasingly socially-conscious consumers, companies are recognizing that cutting their production costs is no longer the key priority. In the global village many organizations recognize their responsibility to be a significant presence wherever their operations take place, not only out of an obligation towards corporate social responsibility, but also because responsible sourcing practices are appreciated and rewarded by an increasing number of consumers. Western companies can have a huge impact on small service and labor providers in South and South-East Asia, Africa or South America. And many today make a conscious choice to produce profit with a purpose.

Impact Sourcing

Impact Sourcing is cost-effective way to deliver high-quality digital solutions to enterprises, while providing work and opportunity for some of the world’s poorest citizens. It is a segment of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry that benefits disadvantaged individuals in low employment areas. Impact Sourcing looks beyond the common source of supply for traditional outsourcing to provide higher-income employment, skill development, and access to new income opportunities to individuals who might not otherwise be employed in this sector. Impact Sourcing supports the workforce demands of the growing BPO industry, while empowering individuals to create better futures through training and work experience in the BPO industry.

This is the first webinar in a series about Supply Chains that Empower Communities.
Prepare questions! The panel will end with a Q&A with the audience!



KEVIN PARIKHKevin S. Parikh, Esq.  |  CEO, Sr. Partner at Avasant

Kevin Parikh is the Global CEO and Sr. Partner at Avasant. Prior to joining Avasant, Mr. Parikh led the Global IT Sourcing practice for Gartner Consulting. Mr. Parikh specializes in IT and business process outsourcing (BPO), contract and service‑level negotiations, joint ventures, captive centers, strategic management, business risk evaluation and software licensing. His practice engages in both nearshore and offshore sourcing solutions. Mr. Parikh is based in Los Angeles, California.

Over his career, Mr. Parikh has been involved in more than 350 IT sourcing and business transactions. These deals have ranged from US$20 million to US$2.5 billion, involving major Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers. Mr. Parikh has also worked closely in support of government clients that seek to increase foreign direct investment (FDI). In this regard, he works on a global basis with the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Government, and other United Nations funded and driven projects. As an attorney by training, he specializes in negotiating complex and global transactions where he works toward bridging the gaps between legal counsel and business team objectives. He was also a U.S. Presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration for the One America Commission.

Mr. Parikh is author of a recent article in Outsource Magazine, “Making an Impact.”

Michael_ChertokMichael Chertok | Co-founder and Chief Development Officer at Digital Divide Data (DDD)

Mr. Chertok also serves as a Director on DDD’s board. Previously, he served as Program Officer in the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Michael has also worked as a consultant on philanthropy and international development to other private foundations–and was a Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University. Michael was the co-founder and Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, the philanthropic arm of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Prior to this, he helped start the non-profit organization Schools Online to bring Internet access and training to more than 5,000 schools around the world. Michael holds a BA in Russian Studies from Yale University and an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Bharat RamaniBharat Ramani | Board Member at the Global Sourcing Council

Global strategist and entrepreneur with 27 years experience in building and managing a multinational corporation. He’s an expert in creating strategic alliances, partnerships, collaboration, business restructuring and turnarounds in cross border environments and an accomplished executive who promoted, grew and exited, a listed company – Melstar Information Technologies Ltd in India. The company had operations in India, Europe and U.S. and was acquired by the Birla Group. He was involved in setting up IT Application Outsourcing Centers for Fortune 500 companies in Mid 1990′s. He has lived and setup operations in US, India,Russia, UK, Germany and Hongkong.

[VIDEO] GSC WEB MEETING: Social Investment (Part 2): Financial Inclusion

GSC Web Meeting: Social Investment (Part 2): Financial Inclusion

Hear experts from Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion, IBM’s Human Ability & Accessibility Center and Social Accountability International (a pioneer non-profit) discuss the importance and business advantages of hiring and empowering underprivileged individuals. According to IBM: “Making your organization more accessible to citizens, employees and other businesses is as promising as it is challenging.” Listen to our experts discuss why it should be not only proper but profitable for businesses to source their employees from places others might not look into – how to discover a great pool of concealed talent among people with disabilities and otherwise underprivileged individuals.

Prepare questions! The panel will end with a Q&A with the audience!


Joshua Goldstein | Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion at Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION

Joshua Goldstein

Josh Goldstein – Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion. Mr. Goldstein is the program manager for the Center’s Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities initiative, which was launched three years ago. Mr. Goldstein speaks about disability rights, and the importance of inclusion, at conferences around the world. He also manages the Center’s Advisory and Faculty councils. He writes regular blog posts for the Center as “Mr. Provocative.” Mr. Goldstein began his career in international development by running a small nonprofit, Timoun Haiti, to help that country’s poor servant children and mount other relief efforts. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Yale University.

The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) was launched in 2008 to help bring about the conditions to achieve full financial inclusion around the world. Constructing a financial inclusion sector that reaches everyone with quality services will require the combined efforts of many actors. CFI contributes to full inclusion by collaborating with sector participants to tackle challenges beyond the scope of any one actor, using a toolkit that moves from thought leadership to action.

The Center defines full financial inclusion as a state in which everyone who can use them has access to a full suite of quality financial services, provided at affordable prices, in a convenient manner, with respect and dignity. Financial services are delivered by a range of providers, in a stable, competitive market to financially capable clients. 


K. Anne-Rivers Forcke | IBM Certified Project Executive, IBM Research – Human Ability & Accessibility Center

Anne-Rivers ForckeMs. Forcke is an experienced global program manager, today providing business and market analysis and strategic focus for a variety of programs within IBM Research. As a certified IBM Project Executive, she brings a strong business acumen and outstanding communication and presentation skills to Research projects focused on enhancing productivity and business value through improved cognitive interactions, contextual computing and improved customer experiences. Ms. Forcke is a persistent contributor to process and methods development, thought-leadership and analytical tools within, and outside of, IBM.

For more than 20 years, Ms. Forcke has provided effective relationship management, marketing and business strategy, and program management for global, multi-cultural and remote teams addressing complex markets and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. Her clients span IT organizations, Government, Telecommunications, Education, Media and Manufacturing.

As IBM’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from 2000-2006, Ms. Forcke was active in several standards and policy projects, including the current development of recommendation for the technical standards revision to Section 508 and Section 255 regulating the accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies. From 2004-2006 she also represents IBM on the Board of Governors for the Electronics Industry Association (EIA) and is an Associate Professor of Business Communications at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Alice Tepper Marlin | President and CEO of Social Accountability International (SAI)

Alice Tepper Marlin

Ms. Tepper Marlin is the President and Founder of Social Accountability International. She has held this position since 1997, upon the founding of SAI. Ms. Tepper Marlin has received numerous awards (e.g. 2010 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, Adweek and Mademoiselle Woman of the Year, Japan Society Fellow, Ashoka, Right Livelihood Award, Wellesley college Alumna of the Year), been profiled in various newspapers and magazines around the world (e.g. New York Times, People, Time, Le Monde) and has also been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs (e.g. Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN). READ MORE



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

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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

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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. (

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. ( )

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.