India tops global consumer confidence survey

This article reports on the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence survey, describing a variety of factors that were measured.
By Susan Fenton
LONDON | Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:26am IST

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumers in most countries globally look set to keep a tight grip on spending in coming months as they worry about job security and rising inflation, a survey by the Nielsen Company showed on Sunday.

U.S. consumer confidence in the fourth quarter held steady from the third quarter but 45 percent of Americans see a weak economic environment this year, compared with 38 percent of Europeans and 19 percent of consumers in the Asia Pacific. Read more

Sourcing Practices

Culture Management: The Key to Achieving Financial, Environmental, and Social Sustainability Through Global Sourcing

Managing culture is a strategic imperative for the global sourcing industry. Sourcing firms must have the organizational intelligence and agility to adapt to the needs and environment of their diverse client base to help those clients achieve the eco-system capability essential to success in today’s global economy: Supervening wholes, directing synergistic parts, to achieve extraordinary results. Read more

Job Creation Headlines Inaugural “U.S.-India SME Forum”

USIBC and CII Shift Attention to Small/Medium Enterprises in Advance of President Obama’s Visit to India

September 21, 2010 – Washington, DC – In anticipation of President Obama’s historic visit to India, the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) proudly hosted the inaugural meeting of the interactive Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Forum, “Integrating SMEs into the U.S.-India Value Chain”. The event was done in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), who organized a distinguished CEO delegation led by Mr. Hari Bhartia, CII President and Managing Director of Jubilant Organosys. The program concluded with remarks by United States Under Secretary of Commerce, Francisco Sanchez. Read more

Sourcing, Leadership & Education

In the busy fall schedule of global sourcing events, the Global Sourcing Forum is one where the GSC is working with the conference organizers to bring a focus on sustainable and socially responsible sourcing practices – 3S. GSC Chair Christine Bullen is chairing the panel, “Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Making an Impact from Green Sourcing to Economic Development.” In her role as moderator, Bullen will introduce the important initiatives that the GSC is promoting, for example, the 3S Scorecard and the 3S Awards that will be announced November 10 as part of the Annual Meeting. She will use the panel as an opportunity to call for increased efforts on the parts of all companies engaged in global sourcing to incorporate 3S practices and reap bottom line benefits of socially responsible practices.

The panel speakers will each discuss specific 3S practices from their organizations. The panel has not been finalized yet, but potential contributors include: World Bank, Skype, Direct Brands/Godiva, Unilever and IBM.

Mark your calendars for this event – special offers for reduced registration fees will be coming soon for the GSC community. Meanwhile check conference details here: and plan to attend and support the Global Sourcing Council!

9th International Smart Sourcing Conference, January 5-6, 2011 IIT, Delhi India

The focus of this event in Delhi, India is: SOURCING OF SERVICES WORLDWIDE: IMPACT ON GLOBAL ECONOMIC DIVIDE. This conference is organized by the Center for Global Outsourcing which is a research center at Long Island University, and combines academic and practice-oriented sessions. GSC Chair Christine Bullen is co-chairing the track on Global Outsourcing Curriculum and will be assisted in this job by Jimmy Gandhi, who is leading the GSC initiative on the 3S Scorecard.
The track, focusing on education and curriculum, is an excellent opportunity to highlight programs around the world that are teaching about strategy and practice in global sourcing. There is barely a managerial position today that does not involve a global sourcing agreement. Practicing managers have learned about creating and implementing sourcing strategy “on the job” and, given the growth in global sourcing, it has become critical that these topics be offered in management degree programs.
There is a call for papers located here and you are encouraged to contact Christine Bullen if you wish to submit a paper or if you have ideas for programs that should be highlighted in the session. This is a great opportunity to help shape education and curriculum to focus on the key issues of global sourcing. These include the GSC initiatives on sustainable and socially responsible sourcing. We need your help in identifying programs – both degree programs at universities and corporate training programs – that can be brought into this event.
For general information on the conference, see:

From the Desk of the President

Born or Made: Successful Execution of 3S

When it comes to profit, there are two kinds of business people: those for whom there is profit, only profit and nothing but a profit; and those for whom there is a bigger goal behind making a profit.

Are business people born that way or created? Read more