GSC’s 2017 SEAL Boot Camp

Entrepreneurs at the GSC’s 2017 SEAL Boot Camp

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This year the Global Sourcing Council nominated 77 social enterprises from 22 countries for the 3S Awards, honoring businesses for their sustainable supply chains and extraordinary impact on their communities.

Their products are as varied as their stories and as innovative as they are moving. Collectively, they are working to move the needle towards a more sustainable future.

If you haven’t listened to the stories of these companies, we recommend you take the time to learn…perhaps they are your next sustainable partners! Link below to their short video pitches.

And please, donate to the Entrepreneurs Development Fund, offering continued support to businesses practicing our favorite motto: profit with purpose.

Meet the 2017 3S Awards Winners!

The Basic Needs Award

1st Place Winner: Svadha WASH Private Limited

Solving the sanitation crisis in India through an integrated sanitation ecosystem.

2nd Place Winner: Echale a tu Casa

Providing sustainable and affordable housing solutions to families in need in Mexico.

3rd Place Winner: EcoZoom

Bringing electricity, solar lighting, cleaner cooking with fuel save cookstoves.

For the Climate Change and Environment Award

1st Place Winner: Coffee Flour

Generating economic value to smallholder coffee farmers and millers by turning coffee waste in cooking flour.

2nd Place Winner: Chakr Innovation

Converting fossil fuel combustion into inks and paints through technology.

3rd Place Winner: Elrhino Eco Paper

Generating support for endangered Indian Rhinos and Asian Elephants by making paper products their dung.

For the Social Impact via Technology Innovation Award

1st Place Winner: iKure Technology

Fostering a growing ecosystem of rural health care service in India.

2nd Place Winner: Lotus Foods

Providing consumers with healthier rose by preserving rice biodiversity, increasing farm incomes.

3rd Place Winner: Thrive Impact Sourcing

Partnering with IT training organizations to provide free training and high-quality jobs to those in poverty.

For the Empowerment Award

1st Place Winner: Ayzh

Bringing simplicity ad dignity to women’s health in India.

2nd Place Winner: WAVE Academies

Solving the West African region’s widespread youth unemployment crisis.

3rd Place Winner: Bwom Technologies

Changing self-care for women through technology.

For the People’s Choice Award

1st Place Winner: Avante

Offering accessible financial products to low income micro entrepreneurs.

2nd Place WinnerDistinct Horizon

Doubling the profits of poor rice farmers in the developing world.


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GSC 3S Bootcamp Video and Presentation – 2014

The GSC 3S 2014 Boot Camp was a wonderfully enriching experience for all parties involved. The winners of the 3S awards, representatives of the Global Sourcing Council, and students from SUNY Stony Brook came together for one week to discuss sustainability, social responsibility, and how to communicate and improve efficiency in the business world.

Participants brainstormed problems with attitude towards sustainability in the profit-driven capitalist system we are currently working under, as well as potential solutions in changing that negative attitude. The Boot Camp taught valuable networking, communication, and team strengthening techniques that can be employed in any business setting.

Many participants had never visited New York before and so the Boot Camp provided a tour of the city with a sustainable lens which included a boat trip around Manhattan, a walk along the Highline, lunch at an extremely environmentally friendly restaurant, a visit to the Union Square Farmer’s Market, and a presentation about sustainable practices being incorporated into residential buildings on Roosevelt Island.

Presentations were then created about New York’s implementation of sustainable practices and ways to improve unsustainable ones. Participants also attended the World BPO/ITO Forum and mingled with representatives of major businesses in an attempt to promote sustainability. At the end of the Boot Camp, 3S award winners submitted project outlines for ways that they were going to incorporate sustainability into their business even further. All in all, the GSC Boot Camp educated, inspired, and created friendships: a powerful week for a more sustainable future.

Please watch our video below, or view on YouTube here.

Boot Camp Presentation Image


Click here for our PDF Slide Presentation.

More photos can be found here.