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Global Communities Announces Initiative to Promote Sourcing Communities’ Sustainability and Resilience

Published 01-30-18

Submitted by Global Communities

Global Communities has launched the Responsible Sourcing Initiative (RSI), a unique approach to partnering with civil society, governments, suppliers, and corporations to promote inclusive economic growth and resilience within vulnerable communities around the world. Under the RSI, Global Communities will pursue partnerships that will:

  1. Increase the efficiency of local suppliers, supply chain operators and service providers through training and targeted value chain, business development and marketing interventions;

  2. Improve workers’ productivity and relationships between workers and supervisors through training

  3. Promote worker wellbeing, occupational health and safety through integrated WASH and public health interventions;

  4. Facilitate community participation in corporate social investment decisions; and

  5. Improve livelihoods through inclusive economic and infrastructure development.

By participating in the RSI, Global Communities will help companies to effectively partner with communities and governments to reduce operational and reputational risks, maximize supply chain efficiency, and contribute to inclusive economic development, leading to long term business continuity and sustainability.

“A growing number of companies are contributing to economic, environmental, and social progress in the communities where they do business,” says David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities, “we look forward to partnering with them to reduce poverty and vulnerability, and to ensure that communities around the globe are able to inclusively benefit from economic opportunity.”

As an organization that envisions a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity, Global Communities is uniquely positioned to help multinational companies design, implement and/or evaluate the social outcomes of sustainability and sourcing initiatives. Since its inception in 1952, Global Communities has worked with communities around the world to design and implement programs to address housing and shelter, food security and hunger, financial inclusion, water and sanitation, humanitarian assistance, and disaster recovery and reconstruction in some of the most complex and resource-constrained places in the world.

Building on this expertise and using its signature Participatory Action for Community Enhancement (PACE) methodology, Global Communities has proven expertise in bringing together companies, suppliers, governments and communities as partners to leverage assets, resources and opportunities to ensure that communities do not suffer adverse consequences from external stakeholders. The RSI also supports Global Communities’ work toward meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

For more information about the RSI and/or to explore partnership opportunities, please contact Nikki Duncan, Director, Strategic Partnerships at nduncan@globalcommunities.org

About Global Communities
Global Communities is a global non-profit organization founded in 1952 that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Global Communities believes that the people who understand their needs best are the people of the community itself. Learn more at www.globalcommunities.org and @G_Communities.

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Global Communities

Global Communities is a non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable. Founded in 1952, Global Communities has broad international reach and scale, having worked in more than 80 countries since our inception.

With decades of experience at the cutting-edge of economic, social and political development, we have considerable technical expertise designing and implementing programs to tackle food security and hunger, financial inclusion, water and sanitation, humanitarian assistance, disaster recovery and reconstruction in some of the most complex and resource-challenged places in the world. We also work very closely with vulnerable women, youth and other disadvantaged groups to ensure access to resources, employment, and education to reduce inequality and promote their full participation in their community.

We seek partnerships with companies, foundations, and governments to support our mission to promote sustainable, community-led solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

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