GEMI Publishes Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles

GEMI Publishes Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles
Principles are intended to outline foundational elements that business leaders across industries believe to be essential when engaging suppliers on sustainability.

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), a global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, today published its GEMI Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles. The principles are intended to outline foundational elements that business leaders across industries believe to be essential when engaging suppliers on sustainability.

“GEMI hopes that these Principles may provide a framework to help companies and industry stakeholder groups to guide the process for engaging suppliers regarding sustainability, advance strategic collaborations and, promote increased alignment across industry-focused supply chain sustainability initiatives” said Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Food and GEMI’s Chair.

Through GEMI’s SCS Work Group, GEMI sought input from a group of large multi-national corporations, 3rd party providers and industry associations to inform GEMI’s development of the Principles. This work included a June 2017 GEMI Workshop where representatives from a variety of organizations including the American Chemistry Council, CDP, Ecodesk, EcoVadis, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative, Plastics Industry Association, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, The Sustainability Consortium, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production and others shared information on principles guiding their respective supply chain sustainability efforts and explored commonalities across industries.

“GEMI evaluated principles established by various industry sectors and 3rd party organizations, and facilitated engagement with many such organizations to inform our development of these Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles. As we continue to see a proliferation of new and different expectations for supplier sustainability performance, GEMI believes there is a real opportunity to promote further coordination across efforts while focusing on tangible results that drive long-term business value” said Steve Hellem, Executive Director, GEMI.

GEMI’s Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles follow the recent release of a GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map, along with a series of case studies examining why and how companies are utilizing certain supply chain sustainability solutions.

GEMI believes there is strong potential to increase coordination across industry efforts while further enhancing engagement, performance and business value through the supply chain, and will continue to facilitate cross-industry dialogue and action to address these opportunities through GEMI’s SCS Work Group going forward. Please contact Kellen Mahoney if you’d like to learn more about participation in GEMI’s SCS Work Group.

Special thanks to 2017 GEMI member companies and Supply Chain Sustainability project participants for their leadership and engagement in this effort, 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. Special thanks also to Mary Beth Jordan, MBJ Strategies for her work in supporting this effort.

The GEMI Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles may be downloaded at: http://gemi.org/gemi-responsible-supply-chain-guiding-principles/

About GEMI 
GEMI (www.gemi.org) is a 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

GEMI Publishes Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map and Case Studies

GEMI Publishes Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map and Case Studies
Examining selected industry-focused supply chain sustainability harmonization solutions, with a focus on their data collection efforts.

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), a global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, today published a GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map, along with a series of case studies on supply chain sustainability solutions.

“Corporate sustainability leaders face challenges related to the wide variety of expectations for addressing 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. To address these concerns, GEMI has worked to build a cross-industry coalition – GEMI’s Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Work Group – to drive alignment on global supply chain sustainability solutions while meeting common cross-industry goals” said Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and GEMI’s Chair.

GEMI’s SCS Solutions Map was designed by GEMI’s SCS Work Group as a high-level map depicting a selection of industry-specific SCS harmonization efforts to illustrate the breadth of activities to be addressed, many of which overlap. Information on the Map was informed by internal GEMI research as well as dialogue and engagement with a range of external organizations. The map is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all available solutions nor a guide for selecting a particular solution, but rather it is intended to promote dialogue around potential convergence/mutual recognition across efforts.

Accompanying the Map are four case studies related to Ecodesk, EcoVadis, Responsible Business Alliance and Sedex. These case studies provide an example of how companies are utilizing specific SCS solutions to impact business decision-making, as well as the extent to which these solutions have reduced fatigue related to data collection and reporting for both buyers and suppliers.

“GEMI believes there is strong potential to enhance coordination across efforts and further increase focus on the data that drives action while reducing the burden to both buyer and supplier across industries, and will continue to facilitate cross-industry dialogue and action to address this opportunity through GEMI’s SCS Work Group going forward” said Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and GEMI’s Chair.

Please contact Kellen Mahoney if you’d like to learn more about participation in GEMI’s SCS Work Group.

Special thanks to 2017 GEMI member companies and Supply Chain Sustainability project participants for their leadership and engagement in this effort, 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. Special thanks also to Mary Beth Jordan, MBJ Strategies for her work in supporting this effort.

About GEMI 
GEMI (www.gemi.org) is a 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

GEMI Releases Quick Guide on Engaging Employees in Sustainability

GEMI Quick Guide on Engaging Employees in Sustainability

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced the availability of a new solution toolkit, the GEMI Quick Guide on Engaging Employees in Sustainability.

The GEMI Quick Guide on Engaging Employees in Sustainability is designed to provide insight for how corporations can successfully engage and motivate employees to actively participate in executing a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

“Establishing a meaningful connection with employees is critical to the success of a company’s sustainability program,” said Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and GEMI’s Chair. “The methods for making this link are varied, and organizational leaders should give considerable thought as to how they choose and adopt approaches to engage employees,” Gill said.

“Engaging employees across an entire organization can prove to be challenging. Companies vary in size, complexity and sustainability strategy,” said Roland Mostovy, Sustainability Program Manager, Ashland Inc., and GEMI’s Membership Chair. “This guide explores strategies for fostering employee connections to sustainability, implementing an engagement strategy, and understanding the role of corporate culture within an engagement strategy.  It can be used to help design an approach that makes sense for your organization,” Mostovy added.

GEMI’s Quick Guide series is designed to provide a closer look into the methods leading corporations use to address sustainability topics. The GEMI Quick Guides incorporate members’ experiences and support GEMI’s mission of “collaborating for sustainable business solutions”.

For more information about this GEMI Quick Guide, or opportunities to participate in the development of future GEMI’s Quick Guides addressing sustainability topics –  ranging from Materiality to Sustainability 101 to Waste Reduction Best Practices – please contact info@gemi.org

GEMI’s Quick Guides are available for free at http://www.gemi.org/solutions/solutions-quick-guides/

Mill Boosts Efficiency

Palatka Mill’s $70 Million Investment Boosts Energy Efficiency

Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to sustainability can be seen as an investment in the future, which is why we’re spending $70 million in our Palatka, Florida, paper mill. The money will be used to upgrade the mill’s evaporators, a key component in generating energy to operate the mill. At first glance, new evaporators might not sound impressive, but they’ll reduce energy costs by an estimated $1 million per month and water usage by more than 30 percent.

This is just the latest in almost $100 million spent to enhance the mill’s safety, quality, sustainability and productivity.

Palatka mill manager Kevin Curry stresses the strategic importance of the expense. “We continue to make ongoing investments in the mill to help reduce our overall environmental impact and improve our cost competitiveness. This latest investment helps accomplish both of those goals, and earning it is a great accomplishment for our entire Palatka team,” he said.

This new project is in addition to an approximately $19 million investment announced last year for the installation of product quality improvement equipment in the mill’s kraft paper area. Installation of that project is currently underway. The mill also has approximately $10 million slated for safety and environmental improvement projects.