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WEC 2011 Gold Medal Gala Honors Nestlé S.A.

The 2011 WEC Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was presented to Nestlé CEO Mr. Paul Bulcke on May 19, 2011 at the 27th Annual WEC Gold Medal Gala. Professor James Schorr of Vanderbilt Univesity presented the award on behalf of WEC.
WEC 2011 Gold Medal Gala Honors Nestlé S.A.

The 2011 Gold Medal

Nestlé S.A. was honored as the winner of the 27th World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for its commitment to environmental sustainability.  Mr. Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé, accepted the award “on behalf of our Chairman and the 280,000 employees that make Nestlé today.”

Speaking at the presentation ceremony on May 19 in Washington, DC, Mr. Bulcke also stressed that “this award is a mandate, an obligation and motivation to do even better so that also future generations can enjoy Good Food and a Good Life with Nestlé.”

The WEC Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has demonstrated a unique example of sustainability in business practice and is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition of a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development.

Nestlé was originally announced as the winner in January, ahead of this month's official prize ceremony.

Presenting the 2011 Gold MedalWEC President & CEO Dr. Terry F. Yosie, Professor James Schorr, Nestle CEO Mr. Paul Bulcke, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Senior Vice President of Sustainability Ms. Andrea Thomas, and WEC Chairman of the Board Mr. Jeff Seabright during the award presentation.

 

 

 

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WEC delivers lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on "Sustainability and the Evolving Global Chess Board"

Terry F. Yosie's speech delivered at Carnegie Mellon University, March 24, 2011, on the topic of "Sustainability and the Evolving Global Chess Board."
Terry F. Yosie, President and CEO of the World Environment Center, delivered a lecture on "Sustainability and the Evolving Global Chess Board" to audiences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, on March 24, 2011. The lecture presented specific case studies of the integration of sustainable development into foreign policy, defense and competitiveness strategies. Click here to view the lecture slides.
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WEC Chinese language March 2011 Newsletter

A description of WEC's March 2011 activities in Chinese

WEC's office in Beijing has published a Chinese language newsletter of WEC's recent activities.

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White House Announces New WEC Initiative in Chile

The World Environment Center (WEC) applauds President Obama’s successful visit to advance the U.S.-Chile bilateral relationship and expand efforts to promote more sustainable economic development. The U.S. and Chile have launched a new public/private partnership for small and medium sized Chilean enterprises to implement cleaner and more energy efficient technologies that will reduce waste, carbon dioxide emissions, material consumption, and business costs. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, WEC will lead a new two-year project with Chileoliva, an industry association of Chilean olive oil companies. Through WEC’s signature “Greening the Supply Chain” initiative, small and medium sized companies will receive on-the-ground technical assistance and training for improving their business management skills and strengthening the economic, environmental and energy performance of their companies. WEC will also partner with other governmental and private institutions, including the Clean Production National Council to strengthen project activities and further replicate the successful cases developed during the project.

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President and CEO, commented that, “Progress in improving our economies and our environment results from top down leadership and the strengthening of bottom up capabilities. This initiative announced by The White House embodies this dual approach and will achieve tangible results that benefit the people of both nations. The World Environment Center is pleased to play an important role in this unique partnership.”

Read the full White House Statement here.

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The World Environment Center and U.S. Department of State Launch Cleaner Production Partnership in Morocco

The World Environment Center (WEC) has launched an innovative project to expand the sustainable development commitments of Moroccan businesses by reducing energy and water consumption, minimizing waste and raw material usage and lowering operating costs. WEC is partnering with the Moroccan Cleaner Production Center (CMPP) and the country’s leading national business association, the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM), to implement the local activities and provide advanced technical expertise for the project. The partnership is funded by the United States Department of State through its “Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships” program. WEC has created a one-page summary of the project for further information. This is the third partnership of its kind, spanning six countries, between the U.S. Department of State and WEC.


“The U.S. Department of State is committed to helping small and medium-sized enterprises ‘green’ their production processes by implementing measures that decrease resource use and waste, while reducing costs,” said Rob Wing, Chief of the Environment and Trade Division in the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science. “The World Environment Center remains our trusted partner in this and has the connectivity on the ground to deliver results for these companies that preserve natural resources and create cost-savings.”


The specific objectives of the partnership are to enhance sustainable development practices in local companies to reduce water and energy consumption, minimize waste and raw material use, and maximize operational savings. Through the WEC partnership with the Moroccan food-canning processor association, FICOPAM (Fédération des Industries de la Conserve des Produits Agricoles), WEC’s technical team will train selected small and medium-sized local member companies specifically in:


  • conservation of water and energy;
  • reducing waste, raw material use and emissions;
  • establishing environmental management systems; and
  • accessing funding and loans to finance the adoption of advanced technologies.

This training, and the follow-up and monitoring process for the participating companies, will allow these businesses to minimize environmental impact while improving their productivity and competitiveness. The duration of the project’s expected technical assistance to companies is 16 months.


Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President and CEO, commended the project for its combination of sustainable development goals with business-focused improvements. “Businesses’ incentives to find greater efficiencies in their operations and to minimize the use of natural resources and the generation of waste create an economically virtuous circle,” he stated. “Leadership in sustainable development is found through practical business solutions that improve the daily lives of citizens in communities around the world.”


About World Environment Center
WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive-level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.

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WEC Achieves Cost Savings and Environmental Improvements in Private Sector Environmental Project in Guatemala & El Salvador

The World Environment Center (WEC) has successfully completed a State Department (DoS)-funded project “Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships.” Thirty five Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from Guatemala and El Salvador participated in the project to improve their environmental performance and have achieved a combined total savings of over $621,400, with investments of $293,500. A final report summarizing the project and its noteworthy results is available here. A Spanish version is available here.

As part of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, the Department of State’s Oceans, Environment and Science Bureau (OES) initiated the Cleaner Production Partnership with the World Environment Center (WEC) in October, 2008. The project provided on-the-ground support to assist small local companies in both countries to improve the private sector´s environmental performance, reduce costs, and improve efficiency and competitiveness through the adoption of Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency practices and technologies.

Through WEC’s training and the partnership with local stakeholders such as Wal-Mart Centroamerica, the Guatemala Association of Small Hotels, and the El Salvador Association of Dairy Processors, the project provided technical assistance to the participating companies to improve their performance and upgrade their facilities. These approaches allowed firms to further their profitability and competitiveness while simultaneously strengthening environmental performance and fostering a better work environment.

Some highlighted results include a collective savings of 4.47 millions of drinking water, 185,890 gallons of fuel oil, reduction of C02 by 1,162 tons, and 77,291 liters saved of liquid raw material.

“We found this project to be a direct extension of our efforts with our suppliers, focusing on sustainable growth and driven by economic incentives,” said Claudia de Ibañez, manager of Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Centroamerica in El Salvador.

“This program achieved important benefits for the participants, all of which can be considered a starting point as well as an example for other businesses interested in improving their production processes,” said Ernesto Samayoa, Director of Operations for WEC Latin America. The project not only focused on strengthening the processes of the businesses that participated, but also effectively demonstrated that business, economic growth, sustainability and environmental improvements aren’t mutually exclusive. Although the term of the project activities has been completed, the participants have established a path of continuous improvement that will continue to achieve future successes.

For more information, see the project's Fact Sheet.

Contact: Ernesto Samayoa

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Nestlé S.A. to Receive 2011 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

WEC's independent jury selects Nestlé S.A. as the 2011 recipient of the Gold Medal Award
Washington, D.C.—January 24, 2011. The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Twenty-Seventh Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Nestlé S.A. for its commitment to environmental sustainability across its value chain and throughout multiple levels of company management. Paul Bulcke, Nestlé Chief Executive Officer, will accept the Gold Medal Award on behalf of the Company on Thursday, May 19, 2011, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Nestlé S.A. was selected by the independent Gold Medal Jury, chaired by Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. The Jury found that Nestlé’s environmental practices have been guided over the long-term by its “Creating Shared Value” approach to business. This contributes to the health and well-being of consumers while improving the economic and social conditions in communities located across Nestlé’s entire value chain.

Nestlé’s “Creating Shared Value” approach to business served as the basis for the Company’s Gold Medal application, and provided a compelling representation of the Company’s on-going commitments to environmental sustainability. Nestlé stakeholders from humanitarian organisations, business, and academia, comprise its Creating Shared Value Advisory Board under the leadership of its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO, said: “Nestlé is delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognises the efforts of many people working tirelessly over decades, with the long-term mindset to deliver best in class environmental management performance.”

In explaining Nestlé’s environmental efficiency, Mr Bulcke continued: “Our commitment to sustainable business practice is long-term in its perspective, comprehensive in its scope, and meticulously managed in its approach. Sustainable management has given us the solid base for our long-term business development; by consciously identifying areas of focus where shareholders’ and society’s interest strongly intersect, we can additionally optimize value creation for both parties. We are therefore honoured and motivated to receive this distinguished award.”

He added: “In committing to long-term sustainable practices which are integral to our business, for example, we have built approximately 290 water treatment plants to date – significantly in developing countries where national and municipal waste water treatment infrastructure does not exist, or does not yet meet the international environmental standards that Nestlé supports. In more recent years, we have also pioneered co-generation technology in our factories.”

“On behalf of the independent Gold Medal Jury, I extend my congratulations to Nestlé for advancing sustainable practices across its many business operations and product categories,” stated Dr. Abrams. “The Creating Shared Value program will establish long-term benefits for society and shareholders by increasing natural, social, human and financial capital. As with past recipients, the Gold Medal provides a positive incentive for Nestlé to extend its commitments to improve people’s living standards and quality of life.”

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), Marks & Spencer (2008), Alcan Inc (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003) and CEMEX (2002).

The WEC Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organisations and retired industry professionals.

About Nestlé With sales of CHF 108 billion in 2009, Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. The Company, headquartered in Switzerland, employs over 280,000 people and has 449 factories situated in 83 countries. Nestlé products are sold in almost every country in the world. Nestlé is the worldwide leader in product categories such as soluble coffee, infant nutrition, bottled water, ice cream, as well as chocolate and malt drinks, and culinary. The Group is also a co-leader in pet care.

About World Environment Center The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its member companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honours industry excellence through the annual awarding of its Gold Medal Award. An independent non-profit organisation, WEC conducts no advocacy activities.

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WEC's Gwen Davidow on Corporate Environmentalism in China

"Corporate Environmentalism in China: An NGO - Corporate Partnership to Improve Energy Efficiency in Chinese SMEs"
WEC's Gwen Davidow's Commentary piece entitled "Corporate Environmentalism in China: An NGO-Corporate Partnership to Improve Energy Efficiency in Chinese SMEs" was published in the China Environment Forum's 11th issue of the China Environment Series. The Woodrow Wilson International Center's China Environment Forum team produced this special Energy and Climate issue of the China Environment Series. The publication conveys a snapshot of major energy trends in China and the complexities in the U.S.-China energy and climate relations.

Davidow's article within the full publication can be downloaded below:

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WEC's Yosie and Fuller: "10 Things Business Schools Must Teach About Sustainable Development"

WEC's President & CEO Terry F. Yosie and Sustainability Program Manager Virginia Fuller discuss what is important for new business leaders to learn in order to successfully realize sustainability goals within an organization.

The article, entitled "10 Things Business Schools Much Teach About Sustainable Development," builds on a discussion that took place during WEC's Roundtable event "Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Implement Sustainable Development," held September 16-17, 2010, in Washington, DC. The article was published on November 22, 2010, in GreenBiz.com and can be accessed here.

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WEC Annual Review 2009-2010

Highlights of WEC's activities, 2009-2010
Click below for the 2009-2010 World Environment Center Annual Review.
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WEC Closes Cleaner Production Partnership Private Sector Project in San Salvador

This month the World Environment Center celebrated the successful completion of its project “Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships,” funded by the U.S. Department of State in Guatemala and El Salvador. Thirty eight companies participated in the project to receive technical assistance resulting in a combined total savings of over $425,000 in 18 months. As part of the CAFTA-DR's Private Sector Environmental Performance Program, the U.S. Department of State funded WEC to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in both Guatemala and El Salvador save money and protect the environment by strengthening business processes, decreasing waste and natural resource usage, and increasing savings and efficiencies. A final report on the successes and lessons learned from the project will be released in Fall 2010. Please contact WEC if you are interested in receiving more information. Roxana de Castillo speaks at the closing ceremonies of WEC’s Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnership Project in San Salvador on September 23, 2010:

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WEC cited in GreenBiz.com: "10 Things to Know About Engaging Suppliers for Green Programs"

WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie quoted in GreenBiz.com
WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie weighs in on the role of supply chain modifications in achieving corporate sustainability goals; read the full article here.
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WEC Roundtable: "Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Implement Sustainable Development"

WEC Roundtable | September 16 and 17, 2010

“Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Implement Sustainable Development”


Hosted by IBM Corporation and F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.

The acceleration of sustainable development initiatives in the marketplace has stimulated a variety of responses from global companies and the business schools producing the next generation of leaders for those companies. In addition, government policies, economic trends, and the expectations of current and future employees all affect sustainability activities in corporations and business schools but remain disparate in actions and results. Within this context, WEC’s Roundtable focused on three major questions:

  • How is sustainable development currently integrated into business school curricula?
  • What skills does industry want its new employees to have?
  • How will sustainable development evolve in the future, and how must global companies and business schools prepare to respond?

Read WEC's one-page summary of the event

 

Panelists (L to R) Liz Maw (Net Impact), Eric Orts (Wharton), and Thomas Lyon (University of Michigan) discuss sustainability in business school curricula with Moderator Jane Nelson (Harvard University), September 16, 2010:
Panel Discussion

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Walmart Centroamérica and the World Environment Center Achieve Significant Energy and Environmental Improvements in El Salvador and Guatemala Supplier Projects

San Salvador, El Salvador, Sept. 16, 2010 – The World Environment Center (WEC), together with Walmart Centroamérica, presented today the final results of their “Greening the Supply Chain” project that launched in January 2009. Over 18 months, from January 2009 through July 2010, 19 suppliers to Walmart Centroamérica actively participated in the program. Some of the most significant successes from these companies include: reduction in fuel usage, minimization of waste water, energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Notable savings include:

  • Energy savings: 52.6 megawatt hours
  • Fuel oil savings: 80,937 gallons
  • Product recovery: 1,159 tons
  • Water savings: 3,222 cubic meters
  • CO2 emissions reduction: 988 tons
  • Waste water reduction: 4,758 tons

These activities are an important part of WEC’s Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships (CPP) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The local suppliers, mainly in the food and beverage sector, that participated in the program strengthened their competitiveness and increased productivity and economic growth.

“We found this project to be a direct extension of our efforts with our suppliers, focusing on sustainable growth and driven by economic incentives,” said Claudia de Ibañez, manager of Corporate Affairs for Walmart Centroamérica in El Salvador.

The Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships (CPP) program promotes best practices and technologies among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in El Salvador and Guatemala by creating partnerships with multinational companies and industrial sector associations. Walmart Centroamérica incorporated its suppliers’ participation in the CPP project through its “Una Mano para Crecer” (A Hand to Grow) supplier development program.

Through the CPP activities, Walmart Centroamérica’s SME suppliers developed the ability to improve their production processes both in terms of sustainability and efficiency. This resulted in greater ability to realize cost savings, strengthen industrial health and safety practices, reduce the use of natural resources, and minimize solid waste. These activities represent a few of the program’s successes, which combined produced a total of $US 426,123 in savings (from investments totaling $US 222,785) over the term of the program.

“Walmart’s participation in this project was a key driver of its success. The SMEs have implemented action plans, based on the recommendations of the Project team, that have not only enhanced their best practices but also have guided them to realize better efficiencies in operations, more sustainable methodologies, and noteworthy cost savings,” said Ernesto Samayoa, Project Director and Director of Latin America Operations for WEC.

About Walmart de México y Centroamérica Walmart de México y Centroamérica is the leading retail company in the region, with 528 stores and about 30,000 associates in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In México, it is one of the most important commercial chains and operates 1,472 stores. In 2009, Walmart de México approved the acquisition of 100% of shares from Walmart Centroamérica.

The company serves communities where it operates, with five store formats (supermarkets, hypermarkets, “bodega stores”, discount stores, and membership clubs), as well as an agro-industrial unit that supplies produce and private brand products. Walmart de México y Centroamérica's vision is to improve the quality of life for Mexican and Central American families. Annually, it supports different causes related to nutrition, SMEs development and sustainability, among others, benefiting more than 80,000 people in the region.

About World Environment Center The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC conducts no advocacy activities.

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International Paper joins WEC

INTERNATIONAL PAPER JOINS WORLD ENVIRONMENT CENTER TO ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

(Washington, D.C.) September 8, 2010 – International Paper (NYSE: IP), a global paper and packaging company, today announced that it has joined the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization, to advance its business commitments and practices in enhancing sustainable development across its value chain.

International Paper employs more than 60,000 people across its worldwide business operations that include an extensive North American merchant distribution system with primary markets and manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. In 2010, International Paper was named No. 1 for the eighth consecutive year in the Forest Products sector of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies list. Ethisphere magazine also listed International Paper as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the fourth consecutive year.

“Partnering with a credible, well-established organization like the World Environment Center is just another step in our sustainability commitments,” said David Kiser, IP’s vice president, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability. “Exploring creative sustainable development strategies with WEC will help us in furthering our overall stewardship efforts. It will also support our work in sustaining socially responsible business practices, improving our environmental footprint, and increasing economic returns.”

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, extended his welcome to WEC’s newest member by stating, “Applying thought leadership as a means to take practical actions that create value for business and society is WEC’s unique mission.  International Paper is rapidly advancing the implementation of sustainable development across its global business operations, and WEC looks forward to both learning from and assisting the company’s progress.”

About International Paper: International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers, industrial and consumer packaging and distribution. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs about 60,000 people in more than 20 countries and serves customers worldwide. 2009 net sales were more than $23 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit www.internationalpaper.com.

About the World Environment Center: The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please go to www.wec.org

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WEC and IMD Announce Partnership

World Environment Center and the Center for Corporate Sustainability Management at IMD Form Partnership to Advance Sustainable Business Solutions

July 12, 2010 - The World Environment Center (WEC) and the Center for Corporate Sustainability Management at IMD announced the formation of a joint partnership to assist global companies in implementing sustainable development in their business strategies and operations.  The partnership will enable both of these leading non-profit sustainability institutions to achieve greater scale and impact in their respective initiatives and involve a growing number of thought leaders to advise and assist global companies to improve their business performance.

 Click here to view the press release and the MOU.

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WEC Presents on Greening the Supply Chain at Ross School of Business/ERB Insititute

Gwen Davidow, WEC's Senior Director of Corporate Programs & Operations, discussed WEC's Greening the Supply Chain Projects at a conference, "Informing Green Markets", sponsored by the ERB Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.  For a copy of the presentation, click here.

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WEC and Shanghai GM Announce Results of 2009 Greening the Supply Chain Project

WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 14, 2010—The World Environment Center (WEC) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM) today announced the results of their 2009 “Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.” The 2009 project involved 125 Tier 1 suppliers that make a variety of automobile products and parts for SGM-produced automobiles in China’s domestic market.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 14, 2010—The World Environment Center (WEC) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM) today announced the results of their 2009 “Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.”  The 2009 project involved 125 Tier 1 suppliers that make a variety of automobile products and parts for SGM-produced automobiles in China’s domestic market.

 

SGM's Greening the Supplier China Initiative is the most comprehensive undertaking of its kind among all Chinese auto manufacturers. In 2005, GM China introduced the best practices of a Green Supplier Chain program with the help of GM global public policy team to SGM. It was then implemented as a small pilot program involving 8 suppliers of SGM. It has since progressed to market scale in subsequent years.  SGM is a joint venture between General Motors and the Shanghai Automotive International Corporation.

The project goal is to advance sustainable development in SGM’s national supply chain by working directly with suppliers to reduce the environmental impacts of their manufacturing processes.  Results from the 2009 project include:

 

  • Reduction of over one million tons of water among participating suppliers.
  • Decreases of over eighty million kW/hours of energy use.
  • Elimination of over fifty-five thousand tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reduced raw material costs per unit of output.
  • Improved cycle time and the ability to be more responsive to customer needs.

 

“Shanghai General Motors has been a leader in implementing a green supply chain focus to its business operations,” concluded Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President & CEO.  “By managing sustainable development initiatives through a business process, SGM has improved the energy and environmental performance across its supply chain, built stronger customer-supplier relationships and increased its ability to adapt to evolving governmental requirements.”  For a copy of the recent presentation on WEC-SGM 2009 project results, please connect to this link.

 

WEC has managed a number of greening the supply chain projects in recent years.  In addition to China, WEC’s projects were implemented in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Romania. 

 

For more information on WEC’s work in this area, please contact Gwen Davidow at gdavidow@wec.org. 

 

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