Gannett Fleming Joins GEMI

Newest member brings architecture/engineering/construction expertise to EHS group

 Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), the global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, today announced the addition of its newest member company, Gannett Fleming. Gannett Fleming is a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology and construction management services for a diverse range of markets and disciplines. It is the first architecture/engineering/construction firm to join GEMI.

“We are very pleased that Gannett Fleming has joined GEMI,” said Roland Mostovy, Sustainability Program manager, Ashland Inc., and GEMI’s membership chair. “We are particularly pleased that we will have the opportunity to work with, learn from and share with the Gannett Fleming sustainability team, who has a solid history of working with GEMI and a number of our member companies.”

Mark Johnson, vice president and Corporate Sustainability Officer, Gannett Fleming, will be the senior representative to GEMI.

“Like GEMI, we are committed to staying on the leading edge of sustainability issues and developing world-class solutions. Connecting with other industry leaders who share the same passion enables us to expand our knowledge and connections and, thereby, our ability to deliver the most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable solutions for our clients,” said Johnson.

“GEMI provides an opportunity for our members to collaborate on sustainability solutions, develop tools and resources to solve sustainability challenges and create world-class meetings for networking and discussion,” said Bill Gill, assistant vice president, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, and chair, GEMI. “The knowledge and experience of the Gannett Fleming team will be a real asset to GEMI as the organization works to advance sustainable business solutions to emerging sustainability challenges.”

GEMI Releases Quick Guide on Cultivating Sustainability Within an Organization

Quick Guide for Cultivating Sustainability Within an Organization:

GEMI today announced the availability of a solution toolkit, the GEMI Quick Guide on Cultivating Sustainability Within an Organization.

“The GEMI Quick Guide for Cultivating Sustainability Within an Organization is designed to provide insights for how corporations demonstrate and communicate the value of sustainability and activate internal resources to achieve sustainability objectives,” said GEMI’s Chair, Lori Williams, Business Strategy Principal, FedEx Corporation.  Williams continued, “One of the most important factors for establishing a successful sustainability program is ensuring employees understand, embrace and pursue approaches that foster a productive and thriving organization built on long-term business processes that promote economic development, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.”

GEMI’s Communications Chair, Bob Toy, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Union Pacific stated, “This Guide discusses how a company can promote, motivate, and accelerate sustainability within an organization by defining business opportunities and risks, establishing tangible objectives for sustainability projects or programs, identifying meaningful and relevant issues, and communicating effectively with stakeholders.”  He continued, “This is the second in a series of GEMI Quick Guides that have been developed. The first GEMI Quick Guide addressed renewable energy opportunities for companies.”

GEMI’s Executive Director, Steve Hellem stated, “The objective of the GEMI Quick Guide toolkit series is to provide a closer look into the methods corporations use to address sustainability topics. These guides feature best practices to address real-time issues and topics of sustainability concepts, accompanied by mini case studies from GEMI member companies.”  He continued, “We are pleased that this tool highlights the activities and experiences of 3M, Ashland, ConocoPhillips, P&G, Perdue Farms, Phillips66, Smithfield Foods, and Union Pacific, and thank Maria Dunn of Phillips66 for her leadership in this Quick Guide’s development.”

GEMI members include: 3M; Ashland Inc.; Biogen Idec; BNSF Railway Company; Carnival Corporation & plc; ConAgra Foods; ConocoPhillips; Eni spa; FedEx; Halliburton; Koch Industries; Kraft Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Farms Inc.; Phillips 66; The Procter & Gamble Company; Sealed Air Corporation; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; Tennant Company; Union Pacific Railroad; and WW Grainger.

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Kellen Mahoney
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Supply Chain Sustainability Tool

Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool

GEMI today announced the availability of a new Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool.

“This new GEMI supply chain sustainability tool was developed through a collaborative process by the GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Work Group, the University of Minnesota Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE) and Climate Earth,” said Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and the Chair of GEMI as well as GEMI’s SCS Work Group.  “The SCS tool has been designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement by providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within a financial context.  We believe it is the first tool to offer a portfolio view of the supply chain, enabling tradeoffs between impacts and across purchase categories,” he continued.  “The first three product categories for this tool are paperboard container manufacturing, plastic film and sheet manufacturing, and soap and cleaning compound manufacturing, and there is clearly an opportunity to expand that list,” Gill said.

“This first of its kind browser based tool allows a user to enter spending across purchase categories. SCS then calculates CO2e and water impacts and assesses alternative purchasing scenarios for each of the three featured categories,” said Dr. Timothy Smith, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota who co-lead tool development and created the underlying science based models informing the tool.  “Although many have talked about the need for organizations to coordinate environmental improvement opportunities across sourced inputs, this is the first time that a user based system has been developed to move the discussion into action,” he said.

“We are excited about this new tool because it will allow an organization to estimate results of multiple scenarios or combinations of scenarios helping companies engage and focus on their supply chains and design more sustainable strategies,” said Steve Hellem, GEMI’s Executive Director. “Our GEMI members recognize that a great deal of consumptive impacts of key environmental challenges such as CO2e and water are tied up within complex value chains,” said Hellem.  “Given a wide range of opportunities, the SCS tool can quickly quantify multiple scenarios, a key step in moving forward with a better understanding of options that procurement professionals have at their disposal to make business decisions that provide value to their organizations while at the same time improving the environment,” Hellem added.

Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth and the creator of the platform for the SCS Tool said, “Climate Earth is pleased to be part of this new, innovative and first of its kind tool.  The platform has been designed to be a simple, scalable, open and interactive tool for procurement and supply chain managers to help them better understand priorities and measure performance of sourcing strategies.”

Gill concluded, “This is the most recent tool in a broad list of tools and solutions developed by GEMI whose member companies are global leaders in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business.”

The GEMI SCS Tool Can Be Found at:  http://www.gemi.org/gemisupplychainsustainabilitytool/

GEMI SCS Work Group Project Supporters included: 3M; Anderson, Ashland Inc.; Biogen Idec; BNSF Railway Company; Carnival Corporation & plc; ConAgra Foods; ConocoPhillips; Eni spa; FedEx; Halliburton; Koch Industries; Kraft Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Farms Inc.; Phillips 66; The Procter & Gamble Company; Sealed Air Corporation; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; Tennant Company; Union Pacific Railroad; and WW Grainger.

For More Information Contact:
GEMI
Steve Hellem
1(202)296-7449

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