2018 Project Invitation – Supply Chain Sustainability Work Group

Working to drive the next evolution in buyer/supplier engagement on sustainability by identifying and promoting leading industry-driven supplier engagement approaches that are built on shared responsibility, focused on actionable outcomes and aligned with global systems/standards.

CHALLENGE
Corporate sustainability leaders face challenges related to the wide variety of expectations for assessing 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, their approaches are typically quite different. GEMI believes there is strong potential to enhance coordination across efforts and further home in on data that drives action while increasing value for both buyers and suppliers.

GEMI SCS MISSION
To address these concerns, GEMI has worked to build a cross-industry coalition of leading companies and industry trade associations to promote increased alignment across industry-focused supply chain sustainability initiatives while advancing strategic collaborations that drive innovation and continuous improvement in the sustainability performance of both buyers and suppliers. The Work Group leads a variety of internal research and external communication and education activities to advance its vision.

GEMI SCS Workshop (2017)

GEMI SCS WORK GROUP – 2018 OBJECTIVES

  • Increase awareness of existing industry-focused SCS solutions, and promote activities in support of those issues identified in GEMI Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles.
    • Deliverable: Develop GEMI Q&A Profiles on Industry Approaches to SCS. Publish bi-monthly blog feature interviewing project members and/or other organizations nominated by members, that will be shared on GEMI website and social media.
  • Enhance communication between buyers and suppliers to improve understanding of buyers’ sustainability expectations (why / how supplier data used) and awareness of suppliers’ experiences.
    • Deliverable: Organize an SCS Workshop on April 11-12 in Houston. Facilitate discussion with key buyers regarding their supplier sustainability expectations as well as supplier pain points. Develop executive summary highlighting insights and opportunities shared through workshop.
    • Deliverable: Develop GEMI Quick Guide on Strategic Buyer / Supplier Collaboration. The GEMI Responsible Supply Chain Guiding Principles may serve as a framework for the document. The document will highlight best practices and strategies to promote strategic buyer/supplier collaboration and innovation, and include company case studies examining successful programs.
  • Promote dialogue with SCS data collectors (3rd party providers / industry-specific coalitions) on opportunities to streamline data collection, promote mutual recognition, and enhance focus on value-driven outcomes.
    • Deliverable: Organize an SCS Workshop in Fall 2018 to continue discussion with key buyers on sustainability expectations, while also engaging 3rd party data collectors regarding opportunities to streamline and enhance value of data collection efforts. Develop executive summary highlighting insights and opportunities shared through workshop.
    • Deliverable: Develop and publish 2-3 case studies examining why and how data in selected harmonization efforts is used for business-decision making, and highlighting opportunities to enhance coordination across efforts.

VALUE
GEMI offers a unique platform for companies and industry trade associations to engage with corporate leaders, fellow industry groups, NGOs and 3rd party providers on industry-focused supply chain sustainability issues, and promote increased alignment across initiatives. We welcome representatives of companies and industry trade associations to join GEMI’s efforts in 2018.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about participation in GEMI’s SCS Work Group, including 2018 participation fees and expected deliverables.

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Project Invitation – External Future Forces That Will ‘Disrupt’ the Business of Sustainability

What four or five external future forces are most likely to ‘disrupt’ the business of sustainability for companies, the industry, and society at large—thinking ten years ahead? 

In 2007, Institute for the Future created a 10-year custom forecast for GEMI focused on external future forces likely to disrupt sustainability. The forecast was quite accurate and it gave GEMI project members unusual foresight that contributed to their business strategy. Now, we are looking ten years ahead again at a very different future in a very different world. In this world, it is too late to have just a sustainability strategy. Now, companies must have a strategy that melds sustainability and business.  Click here to review the 2018 project proposal.

GEMI/IFTF 2007-2017 Sustainability Map

Opportunity
GEMI is seeking a preliminary indication of interest from organizations wishing to participate in and contribute to a new custom forecast that will point a ten-year lens on external future forces—including both threats and opportunities—that will disrupt sustainability, with a focus on business choices and business strategy.

The goal of the project is to use foresight to awaken, engage, and drive change in the present. Urgent future disruptions are looming and this project will provide the grounding to engage with and win through the most important external future forces.

This project will focus on this research question: Over the next ten years, what four or five external future forces are most likely to disrupt the business of sustainability for companies, the industry, and society at large?

We will focus in particular on the links to digital transformation and the impacts on the business of sustainability. This new forecast will help leaders glimpse and understand the future disruptions in the environment within which they will be required to win. It will help companies heighten their game, and it will give a rigorous, provocative futures perspective to inform business strategy.

Cost
GEMI’s goal is to raise funding for this project from a range of companies / organizations, all of whom are interested in successfully navigating the major future forces that will affect the business of sustainability over the next decade. This cost-shared model allows project partners to receive the map and presentation at a much lower cost than commissioning this foresight individually. Active GEMI member companies will be invited to participate at no additional cost.

The fee per partner company is $15,000 USD and GEMI’s goal is to secure commitments from a minimum of 10 organizations. If GEMI is successful in securing a minimum of $150,000 in funding commitments from interested organizations, the project will be kicked off in 2018. If there is not a sufficient response to GEMI’s project solicitation, GEMI and IFTF will work to be prepared to execute the project in 2019.

Deliverable
IFTF will develop a new custom forecast map for project partners in pdf form to allow partners to focus strategic conversations on the four or five most important external future forces. The 2007 map was a very accurate forecast, but as the speed of business has increased, maps like this are just too busy to engage many top executives. This map will be just as content rich, but more clear and actionable.

In addition to the map, IFTF will create an annotated PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the forecast in a form that can be used easily by the sponsor companies, even when IFTF is not present.

IFTF will offer presentations of the forecast at sponsor location at a cost depending on which staff members are involved in that presentation. The new custom forecast map will be available to project partners first, but then will be public after an agreed upon period.

Timeline
The target kick off for this research project is March 25, 2018, with the final map and presentation delivered six months thereafter.

Action
If you would be interested in learning more about how you can participate in and contribute to this project, please click here to express your interest . Please contact us with any questions.

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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