In 2015, 193 world leaders world-leaders committed to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the center of this accord was the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, which took effect January 1, 2016.
The SDGs present a historic opportunity for countries, companies and communities to unite – working together to improve the lives of citizens around the world.
The goal of this study, “Taking the Pulse of how Business Embraces Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals, ” is to track the level of adoption of sustainability dimensions in global functions such as supply chains, procurement, sourcing, outsourcing, risk management and others, by industry sectors. The study, with responses from business professionals, also intends to measure the level of awareness of SDGs in business. Qualitative and quantitative benchmarks for sustainability dimensions will be identified and best practices that enhance adoption described and analyzed.
Webinars & Discussion Groups
GSC develops a variety of webinars along with partners to educate companies on various aspects of corporate sustainability especially as it relates to the Supply Chain, Sourcing, and Procurement. Recently we’ve developed webinars with sustainable supply chain partners from EcoVadis, CDP, SIG, and other organizations. In addition, we participate in dozens of webinars and discussion groups adding to the discussion around best practices, case examples, and tools for implementing sustainable business practices in supply chains. Some examples of our participation are:
Intertek Conference – 3 Hour SDGs Workshop
SIG Event – Florida – Participated in a discussion panel on SDGs
Skytop SDGs Human Rights Conference @ Bard College – Led a Panel Discussion on SDGs
Rutgers CSR Certificate Program – Chairman Wanda Lopuch Spoke w/ the Founder of UN PRI on SDGs
GSC’S SEAL™ Program for Sustainability Executive & Leadership
From the GSC’s 3S Awards for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing to GSC’s Sustainable Executive and Leadership (SEAL™) Program, the Global Sourcing Council offers thought provoking programs that empower organizations and equip them with the tools and knowledge to further their sustainability endeavors. Companies dedicated to the 3S principles have tremendous value to gain from participating in the GSC’s SEAL™ Program, a sustainability “Boot Camp” for our 3S Awards winners and other partners of the Global Sourcing Council. Participants take part in lectures, workshops, and break away sessions, covering topics such as future leadership, the importance of responsible supply chains, post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and ethical business. The issue areas covered in GSC’s SEAL™ Program are relevant and provide a platform to scale up sustainability initiatives within organizations. The Boot Camp is not limited to 3S Awards participants. GSC’s SEAL™ Program incorporates topics such as leadership for the future, responsible and sustainable business, and the importance of strategy development. The program agenda consists of Page #7 GSC 2017 UNGC COP www.gscouncil.org lectures, workshops, and break away sessions that maximize the learning experience. With well-experienced professionals as speakers and program leaders, the program agenda covers a great array of sustainability topics. In this four-day executive training program participants work closely with accomplished Executives, peers, social entrepreneurs, and industry thought leaders. Each participant receives a customized training session that enhances management skills. At the end of the Boot Camp participants leave with a set of practical, concrete tools and action plans that can be put to use immediately in their organizations. Featured Program Topics:
3 Pillars of Sustainability
Communication and Influencing Strategy Development
UN Global Sustainable Goals ○ Accountability and Measurement (and much more!)
One major part of our program is the Treasure Hunt of Sustainable New York City. One day of the GSC’S SEAL™ Program is dedicated to taking a tour of New York City through the lens of sustainability. The Treasure Hunt involves conversations with local leaders and community members and offers a unique glimpse into sustainability-in-action in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.
Creating and Leading Responsible Sourcing Council within SIG
SIG (Sourcing Industry Group) is the premier global sourcing association that provides thought leadership and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement, outsourcing, shared services and global business services from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. GSC has partnered with The Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) to establish a new working Council: Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing”, and GSC has developed a sustainability curriculum for SIG University, an online learning and certification platform for sourcing professionals. Wanda Lopuch, chairman of the GSC is a Chair of the council. The GSC is committed to educating the members of SIG on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing. The Goal is to bring concepts of sustainability into SIG membership, to educate on SDGs, ESG and related issues, to share best practices, eventually to develop standards. As of today there are participants from IBM, SAP, Google and many other SIG members. The Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Working Council will explore deepening connections between measures of responsible sourcing and business outcomes. This discussion will allow sourcing professionals to broaden their understanding of different aspects of sustainability and empower them to address conflicting business pressures of value creation by cost reduction vs. brand protection vs. leadership in sustainable development.
Develop Methodology for Risk Assessment in Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing
The GSC advocates utilizing risk assessment methodology to evaluate material dimensions of sustainable and responsible sourcing. Our current effort is focused on research to develop practical tools for risk assessment in programs for sustainability in organizations. This research is in the early stages.
Embracing the Sustainable Matrix
As part of developing a methodology for risk assessment, the GSC held a webinar with RepRisk experts discussing the transparency needed to make data-driven decisions and how to assess risk in supply chains. This is an on-going research effort.
Embracing Local Social Entrepreneurs
The GSC’S SEAL™ program, described above, works with local social entrepreneurs to help them develop strategies and techniques for participation in global supply chains.
The GSC’s Advisory Council convenes on a Bi-Annual Basis to discuss the GSC’s activities, focus, and goals with a group of renowned experts from various areas of sustainable business. The most recent GSC Advisory Council Meeting took place at the United Nations Headquarters. Goals of the meeting:
Gain deeper understanding of how to empower global social entrepreneurs and participants of the global supply chains
Identify effective and efficient strategies to support them in scaling up their programs, which not only deliver quality products and services to global supply chains, but produce social values.
Develop the framework for implementing the strategies identified
The GSC 3S Awards is a global empowerment platform for small and mid-size “profit with purpose” business enterprises. Established in 2008, the 3S Awards recognize companies 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 to empower companies to pursue profit with purpose in mind. These innovative social entrepreneurs represent the future pipeline of responsible suppliers to the global economy.
The GSC 3S Award program is the only awards program geared specifically towards the global sourcing sector and honoring both sustainable and socially responsible business practices.
For information about the 2017 3SAwards held in New York City, go to https://www.gsc3sawards.com/ where videos of the 77 nominees from 22 countries are shown along with winners in all categories.
The SDGs are estimated to cost US$3 trillion per year to achieve, and much of this will need to come from private resources. Long-term investments in sustainable energy, infrastructure, transportation, and information and communications technologies, among other sectors are necessary. As with all social and environmental imperatives, business plays a vital role in the success or failure of their outcomes. Businesses are increasingly embedding positive social impact and sustainability as legitimate priorities as well as a source of competitive advantage. In order to amplify the success and visibility of forward thinking businesses, the GSC has presented the Half-Billion Dollars Challenge. The GSC is asking organizations to “Take Action Now” to make the SDGs part of business life The GSC pursues the idea that all businesses change the world, the only questions are: how much? and how well? The GSC believe businesses can and will do well by doing good and invites companies around the world to participate in the Half-Billion Dollars Challenge towards profit with purpose.