The GSCP Environmental Module (which includes: the Environmental Reference Requirements, the Implementation Guidelines, the Reference tools on Environmental Audit Process and Methodology and Auditing competence) published in 2010 is already being implemented or piloted by companies at factory level.
There is an opportunity to develop a joint approach for the mainstreaming of these tools in companies’ supply chains, with the definition of Reference models for the implementation of the Environmental Module by initiatives and companies. This will allow for real convergence to be achieved in environmental compliance monitoring but also capacity building approaches
The GSCP launched a call for nomination to its Members in July 2012 for the creation of an Expert Working Group (see members below) to lead this development. A very positive response was received and the group is now composed of 22 companies covering 9 key sectors.
The work of this group will aim at:
- Harmonising current and future practices to avoid duplication, through the development of Reference Models for implementation. To do so, the group will:
- define a common approach for assessing and monitoring environmental compliance;
- develop protocols for training and capacity building on environmental management;
- integrate business incentives for buyers and suppliers to ensure uptake across global Supply chains;
- Mainstreaming the use of the Reference models for implementation through:
- member companies piloting the tools with selected suppliers,
- defining & integrating sector- and country-specific aspects.
The Models will be designed to be replicable, sustainable and scalable, and will be made available open source for all to use.
The work on Reference Models for the Implementation of the Environmental Module will be launched in September 2012 and be led by an Expert Working Group gathering participants from the following member companies:
- Juliette BATAILLE, Social Audits Coordinator, AUCHAN
- Betsy BLAISDELL, Sr. Manager Env. Stewardship, TIMBERLAND
- Joanne BOWEN, Foods Plan A Delivery Manager, M&S
- Parul CHANDRA, Director Corporate Supplier SR, NBCUniversal
- Sylvain CUPERLIER, VP of Worldwide CR and Sustainability, DOLE
- Karin EKBERG, Head Social & Environmental Affairs, adidas
- Katy FRIEDMAN, Director of Corporate Affairs, HASBRO
- Zahid GHAURI, Supplier Dvpmnt Mgr Ethical Sourcing, WALMART
- Arthur KAZIANIS, SVP of Quality Assurance, HASBRO
- Sofia KELLY, Supply Chain SER, HEWLETT PACKARD
- Judi KOVACS, VP, EHS Programs, NBCUniversal
- Sue LONG, Environmental Impact Manager, STARBUCKS
- Armineh MARDIROSSIAN, Group Manager, Corporate Responsibility, WOOLWORTHS
- Andre NEL, Senior Manager, Sustainable Development, PICK ‘N PAY
- Nolan QUIROS, CR Manager for Latin America, CHIQUITA
- Alain RENARD, Unit Leader Environmental Chemist, C&A
- Jam STEWART, Director Global Public Affairs, SC JOHNSON
- Noriko TAKEMURA, Director, HR Development office, YAMADA DENKI
- Aaron TAM, Environmental Manager, GAP INC.
- Barry TANG, General Manager Vendor Compliance, LI & FUNG
- Loay TOLBA, Social Responsibility Specialist, GAP INC.
- Roberto VEGA, Director of Social Responsibility, DOLE
- Ursula VON GUNTEN, CSR Manager, TRIUMPH INTERNATIONAL
- Patrick WALSER, Project Leader, MIGROS
The EWG also plans for the involvement of stakeholders such as suppliers and experts from key initiatives working on environmental issues and tools. Relevant stakeholders from NGOs, scheme-owners and initiatives will be identified and asked to provide their expertise at appropriate stages of the EWG work. Suppliers will also be involved throughout the project and especially during the test phase aiming at ensuring the models developed can be put into practice at site level.
The work of the EWG will be conducted in 3 phases:
Phase 1 - gap analysis of:
- Existing available tools and practices
- Results from pilot projects led by member companies and others.
Phase 2 - assess what developments and further tools are needed:
- Specific adaptations for each performance area (water, waste, energy...);
- Tools that need to be developed or adapted to perform assessments and trainings;
- Sectors and geographical contexts ensuring the widest coverage of the supply chain while tackling potential specificities to be integrated.
Phase 3 - development of tools
- Suppliers: self-assessment matrix, awareness-raising toolkit, “quick fixes” to ensure buy-in...
- Trainers: training protocol and material for trainers and trainees, mentoring scheme...
- Buying Companies: scorecard on environmental performance, monitoring tools...
Phase 4 - test phase and final revision of draft models
- Member companies to implement the tools throughout their supply chains with selected suppliers
- Results to be integrated into the Reference models.
Consultation & review
Once completed, the draft Reference models for the implementation of the Environmental Module will be opened for consultation to gather feedback from a global audience of companies and key stakeholders in order to ensure that they represent a broad consensus. The process will be followed by a review led by the Advisory and Executive Boards and closed by the publication of the Reference models.
A detailed timeline will be developed by the Expert Working Group based on the agreed methodology.
For any questions regarding the work on Reference models for the implementation of the Environmental Module, please contact Didier Bergeret, GSCP Senior Manager on