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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please save the date of June 20-21 for the next GEMI meeting on Supply Chain Sustainability in Washington, DC. Registration will open soon – stay tuned.
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. There is strong potential to build on this work to enhance collective efforts and reduce the burden to both buyer and supplier across industries, and GEMI is actively exploring such opportunities through its Supply Chain Sustainability work.
On June 20-21, GEMI will meet in Washington, DC to explore industry approaches to supply chain sustainability and opportunities to drive alignment/mutual recognition while reducing fatigue for buyers and suppliers. GEMI will convene corporate leaders, industry associations, and 3rd party providers to examine drivers for supplier data collection, the principles that apply to supplier data collection efforts across industries, and opportunities to work together to advance common goals. We hope you will join us.
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Please save the date of April 11-12, 2018 for GEMI’s Spring Meeting. The invitation-only meeting will be hosted by GEMI member Schlumberger at the Schlumberger Sugar Land Technology Center southwest of Houston in Sugar Land, Texas.
GEMI provides a forum for global corporate sustainability thought leaders to learn from each other and engage with strategic partners to advance collaborative solutions to emerging environmental and sustainability challenges. This meeting will include facilitated discussions regarding supply chain sustainability, the UN SDGs, circular economy and water risk assessment.
- April 11 (9AM – 5PM) – Day 1 – Workshop on Supply Chain Sustainability. The session is designed to enhance communication between buyers and suppliers to improve understanding of buyers’ sustainability expectations (why/how supplier data used) and awareness of suppliers’ experiences.
- April 11 (6PM): Informal Dinner for attendees in Sugar Land Town Square.
- April 12 (8AM – 11:30AM) – GEMI Meeting Day 2. Expert speaker and roundtable discussion regarding the UN SDGs, Circular Economy and water risk assessment.