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The Business Case is Building Itself – Get Ahead of the Curve

 The Business Case is Building Itself – Get Ahead of the Curve
Capital and Talent is Flowing to Companies Focused on SDGs 
A growing body of research shows that companies that measure and manage their sustainability issues are outperforming their peers in the market, attracting / retaining better talent, engaging their customers, decreasing risk and increasing opportunities to grow and enter new markets.  In addition, members of the Millennial Generation are quickly rising up the employment ranks becoming managers, and taking control of their families’ wealth and investment choices — and they are driving demand for sustainable integration and investment opportunities.

 

For the next 15 years, the SDGs will be the primary lens by which this growing pool of capital and talent will examine the companies that they invest in.  Leading sustainable organizations that position themselves to help meet the objectives of th new global goals will increasingly be favored in the market by this growing pool of important players.  ESG criteria and sustainability data are becoming larger factors in where capital flows, where the best talent chooses to work, how companies reputations are shaped, and how investments are valued in the capital markets.

 

Stake a Claim as a Sustainability Leader!

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Teleperformance joins the GSC 17 / 17 SDGs Initiative in support of SDG and ! Join
GSC 17 / 17 SDGs Initiative and sponsor one or more SDGs to showcase your leadership. (click here for prospectus,
or contact Louis Coppola (louis.coppola@gscouncil.org) to find out more.

 

SDGs and are about ending poverty and hunger by 2030.
How is your strategy aligned?

The seven targets for SDG 1 address: making sure nobody lives on less than $1.25/day; setting up social floors; ensuring equal access to economic resources, basic services, land and property ownership, natural resources, and technology and financial services; building climate and disaster resilience; providing developing countries with the means to implement policies and programs to end poverty; and accelerating investment in poverty eradication actions.

SDG 1 in Action – 2015 GSC 3S Awards Nominee: Vihara Foundation

This video shows the commissioning of a creative fundraising platform Rock against Poverty to help raise global awareness and funds to pay for real scientific and business enterprise development intervention to counter extreme poverty in rural India (The Vihar Project).

The eight targets for SDG 2 address: ending hunger and ensuring access to safe, nutritious food; ending malnutrition for vulnerable groups, and tackling stunting and wasting for children under five; increasing agricultural productivity and ensuring access to land and other inputs; ensuring sustainable food production systems, and making agriculture more resilient and adaptive to climate and disasters; protecting genetic diversity and sharing its benefits; increasing investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and technological development for agriculture; addressing trade distortions; and limiting price volatility.
SDG 2 in Action – DupontDuPont has focused its efforts on developing innovations that will produce more food, enhance nutritional value, improve agriculture sustainability, boost food safety, extend food freshness and reduce waste.

Innovating to feed the world. DuPont committed $10B to R&D, and the introduction of 4,000 new products by the end of 2020. Moving forward with these goals, DuPont has invested more than $1.2 billion in research and development, and has already introduced more than 600 new products – all in 2014. Learn more at Dupont Feeds the World.

Make Your Mark as a Sustainability Leader
Join the GSC 17 / 17 SDGs Initiative!

Join GSC in responding to the new generation of responsible investors, who are “already beginning to alter the corporate landscape,” according to the UN Global Compact.

Tens of trillions of US dollars in assets are represented in the investors mobilized by the Principles for Responsible Investment and Carbon Disclosure Project. “These long-term oriented investors are requesting more and more information on how investee companies are managing environmental, social and governance issues,” UNGC reports. Strong ESG-managing companies stand to benefit the most from this new development era.

Contact Louis Coppola (louis.coppola@gscouncil.org) today to sponsor one or more SDGs by January 31st for 17% off sponsorship rate.

The Global Sourcing Council Launches 17 / 17 Program for SDGs

The Global Sourcing Council announces its 17/17 SDGs initiative to provide a communication platform and to highlight the importance of implementing the United Nation’s SDGs into a business strategy.

NEW YORK, NY (December 14, 2015) – The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) has launched the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs program in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

GSC’s 17/17 initiative (download Prospectus) provides a platform for businesses to highlight activities around the SDGs in their sourcing and supply chains, with a focus on one SDG per week, for 17 consecutive weeks. This communication effort will educate and inspire real action in sourcing and supply chains around these important global goals. We invite leading sustainable organizations (and those that aspire to be sustainability leaders) to partner with GSC in making this vision a reality.

A key message of 17/17 is that businesses stand to gain from the Sustainable Development Goals. In the long run, businesses cannot succeed unless the world succeeds. More immediately, the SDGs provide a framework for innovation, new markets and new products, and aim to channel both public and private investment toward shared global priorities.

The “business case” for the SDGs includes: unlocking trapped value in emerging and frontier markets; gaining competitive advantage by declaring commitment to the Goals; inspiring employees, clients and communities with the broader vision of the Goals; and strengthening brand equity by taking leadership in sustainable development.

Louis D. Coppola, GSC Board Member and Co-Founder of The Governance & Accountability Institute, said, “The Global Goals are one of the most important considerations for companies developing their long-term sustainability program’s strategies, including for defining material issues, setting goals, engaging with investors and other stakeholders, and making critical resource allocation decisions over the next 15 plus years.”

Coppola added, “Determining which of the SDGs are material to your organization’s sustainability strategy is a critical step for companies that are established leaders in sustainability, or would like to establish themselves as leaders. It’s important to put your stake in the ground early and align your program with the SDGs, in order to succeed in the quickly changing global business environment. Making commitments with one or more material SDGs in your sourcing and supply chains is one of the most impactful ways you can help the world reach these goals by 2030.”

Major companies have already announced commitments on one or more SDGs, such as Philips on health (SDG ), energy (SDG ) and sustainable consumption and production (SDG ), Dell on decent jobs (SDG ), and DuPont on ending poverty (SDG ) and hunger (SDG ).

“The UN has created Goals that are broad and inspirational in nature. The trajectory for business in the 2030 Agenda is to embrace one or more SDGs into business strategies, translate them into operational targets and execute them in a transparent manner,” said Dr. Wanda R. Lopuch, the Chairman of the GSC Council. She added, ”Such a trajectory will result in discovering new markets, developing new products, expediting innovation and securing competitive advantage, all of which tend to result in profitable growth while delivering desired social and environmental outcomes.”

All companies are invited to utilize the GSC 17/17 SDG platform to communicate their experiences, commitments, goals, best practices and stories by sponsoring one or more SDGs that align with their business strategy. Please contact Louis Coppola or Wanda Lopuch to find out more about how you can help GSC educate and inspire action in sourcing and supply chains around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The GSC recently became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and hosted the GSC 3S Awards for sustainable and social responsible sourcing for 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York City.

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About Global Sourcing Council

The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is a voluntary, public-private initiative, registered with the USA IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. GSC is focused on sustainable, socially responsible sourcing practices. By bringing together businesses, industry organizations, academics and trade representatives of different countries, the GSC provides an open forum for discussion of social, economic and political effects of global sourcing arrangements.

About Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs – part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – build on the previous eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ending in December 2015. They represent an unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries, business entities and citizens of the world together to embark on new paths to improve the lives of people everywhere. They will also reshape the practice of development globally, including the role of the private sector.

For more information, contact Louis Coppola at +1.646.430.8230 ext 14, or email louis.coppola@gscouncil.org, or Wanda Lopuch at +1.631.398.3366, or email wanda.lopuch@gscouncil.org.