By Allison McGuire
Much of corporate social responsibility work is done via coalitions, partnerships, and councils. The Global Sourcing Council (GSC) is a perfect example of how individuals, businesses, trade organizations, governmental agencies, nonprofits, and academics can come together to exchange ideas and share best practices. The GSC’s mission is,
“to discuss and define sustainable and responsible practices in global sourcing and supply chain management; and to encourage progressive economic growth leading to increased trade, investment and social good, all with an aim to increase knowledge, deepen trade relations and broaden commercial and cultural ties among nations.”
In short, the GSC is a nonprofit with an educational mission that advocates for corporate social responsibility in sourcing practices.
I was able to track down Wanda Lopuch, Ph.D., a past Chair of GSC’s Board and the Chair of its 3S Awards (more on that later) to answer some questions about the GSC.
AM: What does “global sourcing” mean?
WL: With the borders disappearing around the world, businesses are working with partners from all over the globe. Global sourcing refers to the ability of individuals, corporations and organizations to seek out partners from all corners of the world to aid in their business operations.
AM: Let’s say I’m a company that wants to do good in a global context. I’m looking for advice on how to establish my socially responsible global sourcing—how do I get started?
WL: The GSC Board and GSC community is made up of established industry leaders in sustainable sourcing. Reach out to board and community members around the world to brainstorm, address questions, toss around ideas, seek advice, and coaching. Be bold and persistent in presenting your vision for profit with purpose. Make GSC the first point of contact for any company wishing to establish a socially responsible global business.
AM: You have an awards ceremony coming up! What does the “3S” stand for, and why create an awards event around it?
WL: 3S stands for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing. The GSC decided to award companies and individuals who can see the difference between doing business and creating business-- sustainable business that empowers local economies without damage, but actually providing long-term values to communities or the environment. GSC's 3S Awards (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing awards) recognize exceptional achievements in the global sourcing marketplace by individuals and organizations who exhibit a combination of positive social and economic leadership. The awards bring to the forefront individuals, start-ups, and companies (e.g. suppliers, buyers and advisory organizations) that have worked to innovate, implement and improve communities and the environment through Sustainable and Socially responsible Sourcing practices.