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Rapidly Changing Technology is a Critical Component of Sustainable Sourcing

Every day we are hearing about technology enhancements and advancements that are giving all people the ability and tools to gather and process massive amounts of data, expedite product development and production, analyze medical conditions and remedies. Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Cognitive Automation, and Blockchain are rapidly becoming a part of our everyday lives.

The Latest: Thought Leadership

Global Trade and Supplier Responsibility: Creating a Sustainable Code of Conduct by TradeShift

The headlines never seem to change: global enterprises involved in environmental disasters, violations of labor laws, questionable ethics, sub-par health and safety standards, negligent data practices, and the list goes on. In many cases, it’s not the enterprise itself that’s the problem, but the entities within its supply chain that are the root cause. “

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Funding for the SDGs: Disruptive Financial Tool- Cryptocurrency By Dr. Tauni Lanier

“When thinking about the SDGs and cryptocurrencies, one immediately thinks of ‘value’. What value? What is value? Do the SDGs attract their own value proposition? Can cryptocurrencies be used to get to the billions needed, for example, to fund Mumbai’s clean water systems? There is an institutional investor play as they have the billions! But, another way for the thesis to work; can a bridge be built between consumers, citizens, and institutional investors? There would need a lot of faith in digital currency to get there, but it is worth the endeavour.”

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Dr. Tauni Lanier, Executive Director, IMPACT 2030

Environmental Economics (PhD.), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

She is a recognized expert in the fields of sustainable finance and sustainable development in the finance sector. Previous publications include: Environmental Business, Sustain Magazine, and FT. She is media savvy and has been asked to guest lecture at universities in France, England, Singapore and the USA. In November 2012, she gave the keynote speech for the Climate Change and Ethical Investment conference, held in London. She currently sits on the advisory boards of the CMCI – part of the UK Government initiative on climate finance, and Woman in Social Finance.

Tauni is an investment banker and has worked in Germany, Swizerland, Singapore, the USA and France for organisations such as JP Morgan and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson on the debt side and in structured finance. She became the first managing director of the DJSGI. Her work at the WBCSD, involved advising companies regarding external reporting on sustainability issues. She was a pioneer in the field of corporate responsibility and corporate governance ratings. She founded and runs EcoCapital partnership, combining experience in environmental and corporate finance to create a unique solution based business in non-traditional risk assessment and investment impact in investment decisions on the forefront in investment advisement, structuring, and due diligence in climate change, impact investing, social justice and environmental asset project development. Recently she has experience in providing of common sense alternatives to the conventional technology vendors in the primary areas of waste management, renewable energy, water security, food and agriculture, with application to Government policy makers as well as corporate decision makers.

She was executive director of IMPACT 2030, which is a global, private sector led collaboration created to mobilize employee volunteers to directly and substantially contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was instrumental in establishing the new Global Not-for-profit working seamlessly with the private sector and the United Nations. She is currently working with United Smart Cities to explore innovative financial tools to fund and support the SDGs at the city level. 

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Blockchain Webinar Series

Achieve more with your company’s sustainability programs through new and emerging technology and innovation. Join the Global Sourcing Council on Wednesday, May 30th for a webinar on how the business community can leverage blockchain to help finance the SDGs. Tokenizing impact with blockchain helps to verify the results of social and environmental initiatives to further propel the 2030 Agenda forward while achieving real and tangible results.

In this webinar, we will explore the challenges the international community has faced with regard to financing the SDGs and explore several potential innovative solutions such as blockchain. We’ll share a few examples of organizations stepping up to the challenges and experimenting with the blockchain for responsible sourcing  and sustainable development.

The webinar may cover the following topics:

  • Funding the SDGs: What’s working and what isn’t
  • What disruptive strategies are out there
  • Demystifying blockchain: What is it? How may it apply to the SDGs
  • Case Studies of blockchain in action
  • Q&A Session and discussion with the experts

Sustainability: How Corporate Superstars Get it Right

The 2018 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to address the most urgent and persistent, strategic, operational, and implementation challenges they face in addressing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of their companies. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the major challenges that corporate sustainability professionals face.

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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