Please review the following releases for the latest news from the Global Sourcing Council.

The GSC Stands in Solidarity with the People of France

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) stands in solidarity with the people of France, and we share President Obama’s view on the universal values that we all share.

President Obama just delivered a statement on Saturday’s attacks in Paris.

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

These intrinsic human universal values are what we stand for as an organization, and we strive to enable through sustainable sourcing and supply chains.

Our hearts go the victims and their families.

GSC Paris Colors

The Global Sourcing Council’s Board Officers Election – Dec 15, 2015

All current GSC Voting Members and Board Members, please take note that we will be holding elections for the 2016 Office Bearers on Dec 15th from 2 pm – 4 pm in NYC.

Positions to be filled include:Elections image 2016

1) Chair of the Board

2) President of GSC

3) Secretary of GSC

4) Treasurer of GSC

GSC members who are interested in applying for the above positions, please email Bharat Ramani,
Chair of the Annual Meeting and Nominating Committee at

Those members currently holding the above expiring positions who are interested and eligible to participate in re-election, please also email Bharat Ramani.

Please note: Only GSC members considered in ‘good standing’ will be allowed to attend and vote. This requires that your membership dues are paid up-to-date.

Lastly, please inform us if you will be attending our Annual Board Meeting and Election in person or via the phone on Dec 15th between 2 pm – 4 pm. The venue location will be shared with the members who confirm their attendance.


Bharat Ramani
Chair of the Annual Meeting and Nominating Committee

The Global Sourcing Council Appoints Louis Coppola to Board of Directors

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:

“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 (
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. (
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.

GSC 3S Awards Honors Organizations at the Forefront of Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing

GSC 3S Awards recognizes and honors organizations at the forefront of Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing in categories of Empowered Women, Community Engagement, Employee Engagement, Innovative Sourcing and Impact Sourcing.

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 17, 2015) – The Global Sourcing Council announced the 2015 GSC 3S Awards (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing awards) winners at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY. The Award Ceremony took place September 16th in the United Nations, where the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is to take place on September 25th.

“The winners of GSC 3S Awards exemplify gold standards in responsible business practices, and constitute a working template for assisting others globally in creating a scalable sustainable business model,” said Angeline Judex, Executive Director, GSC 3S Awards. “The stories told by GSC 3S Awards applicants contribute the voices from all corners of the world into historical discussions on the role of business sector in Sustainable Development Goals.”, said dr. Wanda Lopuch, Chair of the Global Sourcing Council.

The GSC 3S Awards program ( honors best sustainable and socially responsible practices in global sourcing, as implemented by companies, NGOs and individuals in support of global sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, ethical and ecological sourcing practices and the empowerment of local communities that are part of the global supply chain. It is the only awards program geared specifically towards the global sourcing sector. The GSC 3S Awards program was conceived by the Global Sourcing Council, a non-profit organization that honors and celebrates 3S practices exercised by the global sourcing community.

The 2015 GSC 3S Awards Winners are:

Community Engagement Award: Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)

In SOIL’s simple social business design, wastes from SOIL’s ecological sanitation toilets are collected and transported to a waste treatment facility where the waste is safely composted into rich, agricultural-grade compost. This compost is then sold for agricultural application. Revenue from monthly toilet user fees, waste treatment fees, and compost sales are collected to support ongoing costs and to showcase the private sector potential to affordably and sustainably provide sanitation services in the world’s most impoverished and water-scarce urban communities.

Employee Engagement Award: Greyston Bakery

For 30+ years, Greyston has proudly offered Open Hiring, providing employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. Anyone, regardless of their background can sign the Open Hiring waiting list. When a position opens, the next person on our list is given a job and training, no questions asked. This year marks our 25th anniversary supplying delicious brownies to Ben & Jerry’s. We are proud to be disrupting business status quo by baking delicious brownies and cookies to provide jobs to marginalized individuals.

Empowered Woman Award: Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

18% of women and girls in Rwanda miss school and work because they can’t afford pads. SHE has found a solution to this problem. SHE makes pads locally and employs members of the community. Here is how we are doing it. SHE provides banana farmers equipment and training to process banana fiber. Farmers sell the banana fiber to SHE, Rwanda. We process the fiber at our community factory. At our factory the fiber gets cut, washed, dried, fluffed and assembled. The pads are sold at affordable prices to girls and women who need them.

Most Innovative Sourcing Award: Aduna, Ltd

Aduna is an Africa-inspired health brand and social business. Our mission is to create demand for under-utilised natural products from small producers in Africa – starting with baobab, the wild-harvested nutrient-dense superfruit 10m households can provide. Since launching in 2012, we have invested heavily in marketing to drive awareness of baobab amongst consumers & trade, taking it from complete obscurity to an internationally best-selling superfood distributed in 15 markets. We are now plugging the demand directly to communities in Ghana via our smallholder supply-chain. This video demonstrates the impact of our project on just one of the 2,014 women already benefiting.

Impact Sourcing Award: AMBA

AMBA, an Ashoka Fellow driven Social Enterprise economically empowers adults with Moderate to Severe Intellectual disability using Information Technology, Peer Training and Peer Supervision. An ecosystem of learning and earning appropriate with their acumen, making them contributors to family and Society. While they cannot recognise sounds of alphabets they still do accurate two window visual data entry in English. Visual matching helps select options and achieve in multiple languages as do 150 youngsters capture inflow of milk from farmers/self-help group women to Dinshaw Ice Cream Collection Centers in Nagpur, but they cannot do data entry using the keyboard in the vernacular.

People’s Choice Award: Didi’s ( A unit of Sisters in Solidarity)

DiDi’s, a Lucknow based social enterprise that was founded in 2008 motivated by the goal of empowering very poor women, by skilling them and providing livelihoods. It started with 4 women and an annual turnover of $20,000 and now employs 65 women and has an annual turnover of $300,000. DiDi’s is run ‘by women’ and ‘for women. Through its 3 arms – DiDi’s Foods, Creations and Driving, we educate, equip and empower women to enable them to fight poverty, discriminatory violence and low self-esteem. Our profits are deployed towards the education of their daughters and other girls like them.

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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. –

For more information, contact Konrad Kas at +1.631.565.3949, or email

Meet the 2015 GSC 3S Awards Winners

Community Engagement Award Winner:

SOIL - Community Engagement AwardSustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods – SOIL
“Like the Global Sourcing Council, we believe that sustainable and socially responsible business practices are critical for people and planet, and we are honored that SOIL’s work in Haiti is being recognized as a model for how to make communities more sustainable while providing critical services and creating jobs.”

Honorable Mentions: Institute for Orkonerei Pastoralists Advancement (IOPA), Xinca Eco Shoes

Employee Engagement Award Winner:

Greyston Bakery - Employee EngagementGreyston Bakery
“We are incredibly honored to receive the Employee Engagement Award on behalf of hundreds of Bakers who have been empowered through Open Hiring. This recognition embodies the deeply held values of transformation and potential at Greyston Bakery and emboldens us in our goal to transform hiring in the US.”

Honorable Mentions: Rapid Results Institute/Social Accountability International, Booomers International Ltd

Empowered Women Award Winner:

SHE-Empowered WomenSustainable Health Enterprises – SHE
“Sustainability should be more than a meaningless buzzword. And GSC 3SAwards is reminding us of what it truly is to be sustainable. Our partners and team at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) are honored to help exemplify this and be a leader that can inspire others.”

Honorable Mentions: Aakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd., Solar Sister


Impact Sourcing Award Winner:

“AMBA has realized our DREAM and we now help others. We are delighted and proud to receive the GSC 3s awards in the Impact Sourcing category. Now we can help many more adults like us worldwide.”

Honorable Mentions: Protoprint, Fundación Paraguaya


Most Innovative Sourcing Award Winner:

Aduna-Innovative SourcingAduna
“We are delighted to receive the GSC’s Innovative Sourcing Award. Aduna’s model addresses the failed aid structure in Africa whereby cash-crop development projects routinely fail due to lack of market. We reverse this by creating demand for under-utilised indigenous natural products with high potential in the global wellbeing market, and then directing the demand created to small-scale producers via our value-add supply chain, creating sustainable income flows.”

People’s Choice Award Winner:

DiDi-Peoples ChoiceDiDi’s (A unit of Sisters in Solidarity)
“It is an absolute honor for us at DiDi’s, to be the recipient of the GSC 3S People’s Choice Award. We are extremely delighted and thrilled, as this award is a true validation of our work in Educating, Enabling and Empowering women in our community in Lucknow, India. Through our work we build sustainable and secure livelihoods for women and their families by providing them financial and emotional independence within a universe of care. Our women at DiDi’s feel nurtured, confident, empowered and completely in control of their lives – living a life of absolute gumption and true independence!”