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Unlocking the Business Value of Sustainability Through Innovation

Andrew Budsock, Board Member at the Global Sourcing Council

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In the next 20 years, we will be faced with mounting pressures as population grows, giving way to an expanding middle class and unsustainable trends of rapid urbanization and consumption, all underscored by a changing climate, deforestation, and global ecosystem decline.”

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Enactus, A Force For Decent Work and Economic Growth By Andrew Budsock

“Empowerment is the intersection of freedom and agency to mold one’s reality, enabling change, progress, and a form of autonomy. In the absence of access to opportunity and resources, however, empowerment is difficult to realize.”

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Andrew Budsock is the youngest board member of GSC, 25, having recently graduated with his Master’s in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. Andrew is a published scientist with a deep interest in solving nuanced ecological challenges that arise from climate and global change. Specifically, his research at Columbia focused on using satellite remote sensing to understand how drought, likely increasing with climate change, impacts tropical forests. Now, however, he is transitioning into the private sector with the aim of applying data-driven approaches to incorporating sustainability into business strategies.

He brings with him extensive global experience in private and nonprofit sectors, with a diverse background in foreign language, writing, research, and analytics. He is a former U.S. State Department fellow in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professional Program — where he worked in Munich at the innovation consultancy Hyve GmbH. In Hong Kong, he represented the US as an Environment and Sustainability Delegate at the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations. He also is an editor for Impakter Magazine, where he created a series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals that aims to communicate the goals to a millennial audience. He has also worked as a social media consultant. Now, Andrew works as a consultant involved with environmental due diligence and sustainability strategy at ERM.

At GSC, Andrew is involved with the official program including bringing strategic new relationships to GSC, hosting webinars on topics such as implementing the SDGs into business, and leading the online discussions with our 3S Award finalists. Andrew is the chair of the 2018 GSC Annual Meeting: Unlocking the Business Value of Sustainability Through Innovation. Andrew is passionate about improving the world through sustainability and looks forward to continuing to advocate for businesses to pursue profit with purpose.

What’s Your Story? Checking in with the 3S Award Winners

The GSC 3S Awards is a global empowerment platform for small and mid-size “profit with purpose” business enterprises.
Established in 2008, the GSC 3S Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional social and economic leadership in innovating, improving and implementing Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing (3S) practices.
The annual 3S Awards program identifies, honors and empowers social entrepreneurs by providing global visibility, connections to successful global business leaders and access to business resources and financial capital to succeed.
The GSC is committed to changing the way the world conducts business. We aim toempower companies to pursue profit with purpose in mind. These innovative social entrepreneurs represent the future pipeline of responsible suppliers to the global economy.
This week, hear from the People’s Choice Winner: Avante.

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Don’t Miss Out On The Wall Street Green Summit

The 17th Annual Wall Street Green Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive sustainable finance event in the industry. Launched in 2002 by Peter Fusaro, the Wall Street Green Summit covers cutting edge content, industry developments and features the practitioners and the leaders of tomorrow. The emergence of the “Impact Economy” is where main street investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs and government to solve environmental and social problems while generating financial returns.

The 2018 Wall Street Green Summit XVII is the “one-stop shop” to come up to speed on the latest developments in Green Innovation & Finance.

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Lauren Bialkowski is the editor of The Source. She has been with the Global Sourcing Council since March 2017 and has assisted in the production & execution of the 3S Awards as well as presumed the role of Marketing Coordinator. To contribute to this publication, please send inquiries to: thesource@gscouncil.org