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GEMI hosts workshop on supply chain sustainability harmonization

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), the global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, organized a workshop on supply chain sustainability harmonization on June 20-21 in Washington, DC. The workshop discussion built on research and industry engagement conducted through GEMI’s Supply Chain Sustainability project and included an update on GEMI’s supply chain sustainability research to date.

The workshop brought together key industry groups, 3rd party providers and corporate leaders to discuss leading industry approaches to addressing supply chain sustainability, and opportunities to enhance coordination/collaboration across efforts.  Speakers included representatives from the American Chemistry Council, American Forest Foundation, CDP, Ecodesk, EcoVadis, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund, FedEx, Merck, Nadler Strategy, MBJ Strategies, Plastics Industry Association, Smithfield Foods, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, The Sustainability Consortium, US Environmental Protection Agency and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production.

Participants examined principles used for assessing supplier sustainability across industries and outlined opportunities to promote mutual recognition/increased harmonization across industry efforts.  GEMI identified several next steps as a follow up to the discussions including, finalizing a GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map with associated Case Studies; further developing a set of Guiding Principles that companies and broader industry stakeholder groups may use to guide supply chain sustainability assessment; and, developing a framework for the next phase of GEMI’s supply chain sustainbility work including convening 3rd party providers, industry groups and companies to continue the dialog on opportunities for convergence of SCS data collection efforts.

Special thanks to GEMI’s member companies and Supply Chain Sustainability project participants for their leadership and engagement, including American Chemistry Council, Ashland, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Carnival Corporation & plc, Corn Refiners Association, Ecolab, ExxonMobil Chemical, FedEx, Gannett Fleming, Hexion, IPIECA, Merck, Plastics Industry Association, P&G, Perdue Farms, Schlumberger, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods and Smith & Nephew.

For more information about GEMI, membership benefits and upcoming meetings, visit www.gemi.org or email GEMI’s Program Manager Kellen Mahoney at kmahoney@navista.net

About GEMI

GEMI is the global leader in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business. For 25 years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.

Sustainability 101 Training

On August 1, GEMI and UA Safe State will host a Sustainability 101 training course at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  The training registration fee will be $225.00 and includes the 4-hour course, lunch, and a complimentary pass to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

Register now through UA at https://training.ccs.ua.edu/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10127&courseId=SUS101 

View course outline at http://gemi.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sustainability-101-Training-Course-Outline-1.pdf 

GEMI is collaborating with the University of Alabama Safe State to pilot a Sustainability 101 Training course for industry employees.  Participants will gain an understanding of core sustainability concepts and how sustainability impacts a business, as well as learn how to identify practical opportunities to contribute to sustainability objectives and business success.

Roland Mostovy will support the GEMI / UA team in leading the training course. Roland will share first-hand experiences from his thirty years in the food and chemical industry managing environmental, health, safety and process safety programs and developing and implementing EHS management systems. In his most recent role, Roland was the Corporate Sustainability Manager for Ashland Inc., where he managed and directed Ashland sustainability policies and programs, annual reporting, environmental goals, and chaired Ashland’s product segmentation committee.

The UA SafeState Environmental Program offers effective programs to promote environmental sustainability for industrial, commercial, residential and school environments. GEMI is a global leader in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business.

We hope you will join us on August 1! Space is limited. Register now at https://training.ccs.ua.edu/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10127&courseId=SUS101 

GEMI to host supply chain sustainability harmonization workshop in DC

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) will host a workshop on Supply Chain Sustainability Harmonization on June 20-21 in Washington, DC. This workshop builds on research and industry engagement conducted through GEMI’s Supply Chain Sustainability project, and follows up on a harmonization workshop GEMI hosted in November 2016 with various business and industry group leaders.

One of the largest challenges corporate sustainability leaders grapple with today is a lack of common expectations for supply chain sustainability. Many are seeking ways to better understand the sustainability performance of companies within their supply chain while responding to similar requests from their own customers. While the objectives of such efforts are often similar, the format and content are typically quite different. A few industries have made strides in working together to develop common expectations and shared evaluation processes for their suppliers, and we believe there is potential to build on this work to enhance coordination across industries.

Therefore, GEMI will be convening industry groups, 3rd party providers and corporate leaders in June to discuss leading industry approaches to addressing supply chain sustainability, and opportunities to enhance coordination/collaboration across efforts.  Through a facilitated working session, participants will examine principles used for assessing supplier sustainability across industries, and begin to outline opportunities to promote mutual recognition/increased harmonization across industry efforts.

The meeting is expected to include speakers from organizations such as the American Chemistry Council, American Forest Foundation, CDP, Ecodesk, EcoVadis, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund, FedEx, Merck, Nadler Strategy, MBJ Strategies, Plastics Industry Association, Smithfield Foods, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, The Sustainability Consortium, US Environmental Protection Agency and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production.

If you are interested in learning more about GEMI’s Supply Chain Sustainability work, please contact Kellen Mahoney at kmahoney@navista.net.

Special thanks to GEMI’s member companies and Supply Chain Sustainability project participants for their leadership and engagement, including American Chemistry Council, Ashland, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Carnival Corporation & plc, Corn Refiners Association, Ecolab, ExxonMobil Chemical, FedEx, Gannett Fleming, Hexion, IPIECA, Merck, Plastics Industry Association, P&G, Perdue Farms, Schlumberger, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods and Smith & Nephew.