Monitoring for Sustainability / ESG Risk in the Supply Chain

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Overcome Business Risk with Collaboration: New Report

Falling oil prices. Terrorist threats and geopolitical instability. Rising inequality, corruption and migration. These factors pose risks for business, add complexity to sustainability initiatives, and underscore the need for more collaborative, systemic responses. These are among the findings of SustainAbility’s 2016 Trends and Opportunities Report.

SustainAbility also reports that many companies are working to embed and activate greater purpose in their brands, and some are working to “redefine capitalism” to better serve society’s needs.

How does a complex business environment affect your sustainability work?

SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

lifeonlandSDG 15 highlights conservation, restoration and sustainable use of forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands; the need for a “land degradation-neutral world”; biodiversity loss and extinction of threatened species; benefit-sharing from genetic resources; poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna, addressing both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products; invasive alien species in land and water ecosystems; and integrating ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts.

SDG 15 in Action

Unilever has achieved its target of only sourcing from sustainable palm oil, and is now pursuing “total traceability” to certified sustainable sources. This means any prospective Unilever supplier, which is among the biggest consumer goods companies globally, must ensure that their environmental practices are up to date. Learn more.

SDG 15 Amplifiers  

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) collaborates with the global supply chain to transform markets and make sustainable palm oil “the norm.” It has over 2,500 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. Learn more.

Oil palms need a rainforest climate and a lot of land, so plantations are often established at the expense of rainforests, notes Rainforest Rescue. Today, 300 soccer fields’ worth of rainforest is being destroyed every hour. This gives rise to numerous problems for the climate, environment, and people living in the forest. The United Nations Environment Program has found that palm oil plantations are currently the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. Destroying natural habitats, especially in such species-rich environments, which are home to many endangered animals and plants, causes irreversible loss of biological diversity.

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SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

SDG 16 calls for action on peace, access to justice, and stronger institutions. Among its targets: end trafficking and violence against children; promote rule of law at national and international levels; reduce illicit flows of finances and arms; reduce corruption and bribery; provide legal identity for all; increase developing countries’ participation in global governance; ensure public access to information; and increase transparency of institutions, and representative decision-making at all levels.

SDG 16 in Action  
3S Impact Sourcing Award Winner – 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. Learn more.

Intel has laid out plans to make its supply chain “conflict free” by the end of 2016, having set the goal in 2009. Given Intel’s “massive list of suppliers,” it was a challenging process to determine where metals had originated and whether profits had benefited armed groups. The company says that once most of the smelters participate in verifying their mines as conflict-free, it is better for other smelters to do the same, rather than being outliers. “It becomes a problem for them from a business perspective.” Intel notes that since the program began, profits end up with miners rather than driving armed conflict. Learn more.

SDG 16 Amplifier

The Enough Project, which works to end genocide and crimes against humanity, reports that US legislation (Dodd-Frank 1502) and the SEC’s conflict minerals rule have increased transparency in the global minerals supply chain, and reduced the flow of minerals profits into violent conflicts in eastern DRC, following 20 years of illicit mining and trafficking in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which it says has financed armed groups and government corruption and abuse. In 2012, Enough reported that the amount of mining money going to conflict had dropped 65%.

What’s in your supply chain that applies to one of the SDGs? To gain recognition for your sustainability work, start with the subjects you already know, and use the SDGs to communicate about them.

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SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Goal 17 highlights the different types of resources that can help bring the 16 other SDGs to life. These are: Finance including investment; Technology, especially ICTs and environmentally sound technologies; Capacity-building to create national plans and implement the SDGs; Trade; Policy coherence and policy space; multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, and public, public-private and civil society partnerships; and data, monitoring and accountability.

SDG 17 in Actionchalhoub group video
3S Community Engagement Award Nominee – Chalhoub Group
. “The Gift of Giving” is Chalhoub Group’s longest running community engagement campaign, which begun in 2008 and it now spans across 8 countries. Their objective is to support underprivileged children and empower them through education. Learn more. Vimeo password: chalhoub@2015.

SDG 17 Amplifiers
The 15th annual Wall Street Green Trading Summit, convening on March 14 in New York, will focus on the theme, “Market Acceleration of Sustainable Finance in 2016.” According to the organizers, environmental finance is “the capitalistic method” to achieve sustainability. Learn more.

Impact 2030 seeks to engage private sector employees in SDG efforts, through “corporate volunteering for sustainable development.” Founding collaborators include UN Office of Partnerships and UN Volunteers, and partners include Pfizer, Google, IBM, UPS, PwC, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott, and Bank of America. Learn more.

Tell us your partnership story at @GlobalSourcing with GSC1717Showcase your sustainability leadership by aligning your mission with the UN 17 SDGs through the GSC 17/17 initiative.

Contact Louis Coppola ( or Angeline Judex( to learn how to leverage our extensive global network to communicate your commitment to sustainable development.

Supply Chain Executives Embracing “More than the Basics” in Sustainability

In a study released by West Monroe Partners, 51% of participating supply chain executives (in North America) consider a green supply chain to be a strategic priority, showing that “appetites for sustainability exist.” However, only 37% have dedicated sustainability individuals or teams.

Since it can be difficult to secure the resources to embrace sustainability initiatives that have an impact, the report notes that regulations could help to “force action.” It also suggests that, within companies, those interested in making changes should assemble the sustainability business case for senior leadership.

Sustainable supply chain leaders derive benefits including:

  • Improved brand image and “customer sentiment,” and related revenue upside
  • Easier recycling
  • Reduced logistics costs
  • Reduced production costs
  • Compliance with regulations

Embracing the SDG framework and identifying how each SDG could be relevant and impactful for the company’s supply chain, could be a new, key way to secure more resources for advancing a green supply chain.

How does your supply chain link up with the SDGs?

SDG 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (SCP)

SDG 12 calls for: efficiently using natural resources; halving global food waste – both at retail/consumer levels, and along the production and supply chain; managing chemicals and wastes in an environmentally sound way throughout their life cycle, and reducing their release to air, water and soil; preventing and reducing waste generation, and recycling and reusing;  encouraging companies to adopt sustainable practices and conduct sustainability reporting; and promoting sustainable public procurement.

SDG 12 in Action  

Tesco Group Chief Executive Dave Lewis is co-chairing a coalition of 30 international leaders – “Champions 12.3” – to reduce global food waste. The coalition is named for SDG Target 12.3, which calls to halve per capita food waste and reduce food losses by 2030. The coalition will showcase best practices in reducing food waste, and advocate for more investment and innovation in the field.

Another food waste initiative was undertaken by the Consumer Goods Forum, which notes that “if food waste was a country it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases globally after China and the US.”

The Food Waste Resolution focuses on CGF’s retailer and manufacturer members, and aims to halve the amount of food wasted in their operations by 2025. The resolution notes that food waste “undermines food security, contributes to climate change, consumes scarce natural resources such as water unnecessarily, and costs money.” CGF aims to achieve the goal by engaging with supply chains and end consumers, where material, and through partnerships with governments and NGOs.

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SDG 13: Combat Climate Change and its Impacts

SDG 13 calls for action in three areas, in parallel to the agreements reached in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries; national policies, strategies and planning on climate change; and education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

$100 billion will be needed annually by 2020 “from all sources” to address developing countries’ needs in mitigating climate change, and capitalize the Green Climate Fund.  Goal 13 calls for building capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management, including a focus on women, youth and local and marginalized communities.

SDG 13 Amplifier

The Supply Chain program at CDP enables organizations to engage suppliers on climate change and water.

According to CDP, business supply chains’ GHG emissions can be as much as four times that of a company’s direct cdp videooperations, and they represent a primary area of focus for businesses seeking to mitigate climate-related risks. CDP also notes that climate change and water stewardship issues increasingly impact business supply chains through new regulatory requirements, with potential negative implications on a company’s license to operate.  Moreover, extreme weather is creating supply chain volatility, leading to rising costs and the risk of reputational damage to a company’s brand value.

The Supply Chain program helps member organizations reduce their GHG emissions, improve water sustainability, and minimize environmental risks across their supply chains. Learn more.

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SDG 14: Protect Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources

Goal 14 highlights the need to reduce marine pollution, restore marine and costal ecosystems, address ocean acidification, address overfishing and destructive fishing practices and restore fish stocks, and direct more of the economic benefits from marine resources to small island developing states.

SDG 14 in Action

Jet Blue knows that a healthy ecosystem in the destinations on its route network have a direct impact on its business: “No one benefits when oceans and beaches are polluted, yet these problems persist around the world.” Jet Blue has partnered with: The Ocean Foundation, to show the economic value of clean beaches, the Center for Responsible Travel, to introduce sustainability students to coastal tourism; and the Surfrider Foundation to support coastal restoration and protection for oceans, waves and beaches. Jet Blue wants its customers to “land on a clean beach, now and in the future.” Learn more.

Tell us your marine protection story at @GlobalSourcing with GSC1717

Showcase your sustainability leadership by aligning your mission with the UN 17 SDGs through the GSC 17/17 initiative.

Contact Louis Coppola ( or Angeline Judex( to learn how to leverage our extensive global network to communicate your commitment to sustainable development.

Promoting Women is Good Business Says World Bank, UN Women


Ten Fortune 500 companies across ten industries have opened their gender diversity figures to UN Women for a report on gender parity. In the ten companies – AccorHotels, Barclays, Koç Holding, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Schneider Electric, Tupperware Brands, Twitter, Unilever and Vodafone – women’s participation at senior leadership levels is between 11% and 33%. UN Women says companies with the highest representation of women in executive committees and positions perform and compete better than their counterparts.


While none of these companies has achieved gender parity in the top 6% of roles, Barclays, PwC, Tupperware and Unilever have achieved gender parity in new hires, and AccorHotels and Tupperware have achieved board parity (between 40-60%).


The World Bank issued a new resource covering over 200 countries, and detailing: businesses with female owners or females in top management positions; women in ministerial-level government positions; women and men with mobile phones; and women and men who saved money over the past year. The ‘Little Data Book on Gender 2016′ demonstrates that gender equality is “not only a core development objective, but smart economics.”


How are your company’s equality practices good for business?


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SDG 9 is about Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure.

Goal 9’s targets call for: developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure; promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization; raising industry’s share of employment and GDP; improving access to financial services for small-scale enterprises; upgrading infrastructure and retrofitting industries for better resource-use efficiency and clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes; and upgrading the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries.


In addition, SDG 9 supporters are called on to: encourage innovation; enhance financial, technological and technical support to the countries most in need; support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries; and increase access to information and communications technology including universal and affordable access to the internet in least developed countries.


SDG 9 in Action
3S Impact Sourcing 2015 Award Nominee: Protoprint
Protoprint provides low-cost technology for waste picker co-operatives in India, to add value to the waste plastic they collect, by allowing them to turn it into 3D printer filament. Production takes place in a shed at the garbage dump, and Protoprint pays Rs.300/kg of filament processed (as compared to Rs.14/kg the wastepickers normally get by selling the plastic to scrap dealers). Learn more.


It’s your turn! How do you contribute to resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and innovation?

SDG 10 is about Reduced Inequalities.

Goal 10’s targets address: income growth for the bottom 40% of the population; social, economic and political inclusion for everyone, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status; social protection policies; regulation and monitoring of financial institutions and markets; enhancing the representation and voice for developing countries in global international economic and financial institutions; and safe migration.


SDG 10 supporters can help by reducing transaction costs for migrant remittances, and increasing foreign direct investment to the developed countries, African countries, and small island developing States.


SDG 10 in Action
Fight for 15 is a movement of employees to secure $15/hour for low-wage jobs and the right to form a union.It’s your turn! How do you contribute to equality within and among countries?


SDG 11 is about Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Goal 11’s targets highlight: access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services; access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems ;  improving road safety, expanding public transport; inclusive and sustainable urbanization; protecting the world’s cultural and natural heritage; reducing deaths and economic losses from disasters; air quality and municipal waste management; and universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces.


SDG 11 supporters can assist least developed countries in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.


SDG 11 in Action
3S Community Engagement 2015 Award Nominee: Paradign Initiative Nigeria
Paradigm’s L.I.F.E. program – L.I.F.E.(Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Readiness and Entrepreneurship Skills) is a train-the-trainer capacity building initiative to transform slums in Nigeria, as a model of intervention for other underserved communities. Training participants are then either matched with companies to complete internships or supported to pursue their entrepreneurial interests. Learn more.

It’s your turn! How do you contribute to inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and other settlements?


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New Commission to Quantify Business Case for SDGs

In a key announcement from Davos last week, 20 business leaders are setting out to quantify the economic case for engaging in the SDGs, and explore ways for businesses to take advantage of the 2030 Agenda.

The members of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development, launched during the World Economic Forum 2016, include Paul Polman, Unilever, Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group; Ken Frazier, Merck & Co; Hendrik du Toit, Investec Asset Management; John Fallon, Pearson PLC; Roberto Oliveira de Lima, Natura; Amy Jadesimi, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL); Vineet Rai, Intellecap; and Gavin Wilson, IFC Asset Management Company LLC.

Polman, who serves as co-chair of the Commission, outlined the SDGs’ potential economic value, saying “gender equality could unlock $37 trillion in value, universal energy access will unlock $18 billion and there is $90 trillion in the need for sustainable cities.”

In addition to economic rewards from creating and accessing new markets, the SDGs will also help avoid risks created by resource competition and fragility, and they can create an environment for businesses to  perform – inclusive, sustainable growth and widespread job creation.

Take the first step: Sponsor an SDG for GSC’s 17 Weeks/17 SDGs Initiative

We’re proud to have G&A Institute as a strategic Goal 17 partner in the GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative!

Founded in 2006, Governance & Accountability Institute 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. Visit G&A at


SDGs 5 and 6 focus on women’s empowerment, water
and sanitation.
How does your company bring these to life?

SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls has six target areas addressing discrimination against women and girls, violence including trafficking and sexual exploitation, child marriage and female genital mutilation, full participation for women in leadership and decision-making, and access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. In addition, Goal 5 highlights information and communications technology, and other enabling technology for women’s empowerment.

How does your supply chain contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment?

SDG 5 in Action
A Global Movement for Women’s Economic Empowerment:

In this 3-minute presentation, Anna Falth, Empower Women, explains Goal 5, its relevance in the 2030 Agenda and how can businesses start addressing it.
3S Empowered Women 2015 Award Winner:

18% of women and girls in Rwanda miss school and work because they can’t afford pads. Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) has found a solution to this problem. SHE makes pads locally and employs members of the community. Here is how they are doing it.

SDG 5 Amplifier
High Water Women is an organization of women in the hedge fund and investment industries, focused on providing enriched educational opportunities for low-income youth and the economic empowerment of women and children. HWW provides thought leadership in values-based investing.


SDG 6 – Ensure access to water and sanitation for all has six target areas addressing safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, improving water quality, wastewater, water recycling and reuse, water-use efficiency, integrated water resources management, and protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems. In addition, Goal 6 calls for supporting developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies, and supporting local communities’ participation in improving water and sanitation management.

How does your supply chain contribute to water and sanitation?

SDG 6 in Action
3S Community Engagement 2015 Award Winner: SOIL

In Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods’ (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… Learn more.

SDG 6 Amplifier

The CEO Water Mandate is an alliance of corporations committed to promoting water sustainability, including in supply chain and watershed management. The signatories recognize that the world’s water challenge, including the lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world, undermines humanitarian, social, environmental and economic goals. Signatories include Nestle, which also leads the 2030 Water Resources Group, and is working to reduce its water footprint, and PwC, which led the development of the alliance’s Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines.

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GSC 17 / 17 SDGs Initiative!

GSC invites you to showcase your companies’ contributions to the SDGs. For 17 consecutive weeks, we will highlight one SDG per week, also lending the spotlight to those who have made it their business to take action on each goal.

Contact Louis Coppola ( to sponsor one or more SDGs by Feb 15th for 17% off sponsorship rate.