Wow, it's May already and I don't even know where to start. We had an awesome Summit in April at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando with about 325 executives in attendance. This was one of our best Summits to date with rave reviews about the content, speakers and wonderful agenda. We also had 40 people participate in a golf scramble to kick off the Summit. It was so much fun and such a great networking opportunity that we expect a much larger group in the fall in Carlsbad. Mark your calendars now-we will be at the gorgeous La Costa Resort & Spa outside San Diego from October 18-20, with the golf scramble taking place on the 17th, so plan to arrive early!
This month will see our return to Sydney, Australia for a Regional Roundtable, which we hope to grow into an annual event. In the meantime we are growing in other parts of the globe. This fall we will co-host Global Business Services events with KPMG in both Copenhagen and Zurich, and launch an inaugural "Challenge the Future Awards" with Alsbridge to showcase the best solutions and thought leadership in Robotics Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence and other digital technologies that aren't even on our radar yet.
SIG is truly becoming a global organization. Sometimes we get so caught up in that momentum that we don't stop to appreciate what that means. Recently I was invited to a meeting that provided me with the opportunity to do just that-it was a very humbling experience. I attended a Global Sourcing Council (GSC) meeting at the United Nations earlier in May to discuss "Sustainability in Sourcing." The Global Sourcing Council is a non-profit organization focused on sustainable, socially responsible sourcing practices. In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with some hugely audacious goals (SDGs) at the center. These aspirational goals include things like: ending poverty in all forms everywhere; ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all; taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and more. The GSC's mission is to educate the business community on the 2030 Agenda, provide visibility for businesses supporting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their strategies and share best practices. When I was first invited to participate, I considered eliminating human trafficking and reducing carbon emissions as the key ways to impact sourcing, but what I learned at the UN is that by focusing on sourcing for sustainability, we as an industry can truly influence the entire world. We shouldn't source just for savings or for efficiencies, but rather by focusing on sustainable, socially responsible practices, we can source and improve the world, one person, one nation and one city at a time.
I have to be honest with you, I felt completely under-degreed and under-achieved at this meeting, but for the fact that they wanted us-SIG-to participate, which was so uplifting for me. With the United States approach to outsourcing (oft seen as a bad, bad word, especially during election years) we have created a middle class in both India and China and raised millions of people out of poverty. By outsourcing to groups like Outsource to Palestine, we can put extremely educated people to work. Studies show that when people work, they care less about demonstrating in the streets and care more about creating a sustainable life for their families. I was so thrilled to think that as a global organization, we can educate and impact people worldwide and help achieve many of the UN initiatives. To think that sourcing as an industry has this kind of impact is mind blowing to me.
I came away from the event more determined than ever to promote the idea that we in sourcing can and will change the world...that what we do is not just about business, but the future of all mankind. I know to some of you this sounds corny, but had you been with me in that humbling room, you too would have been awed and inspired. I hope you will join me with a determination to push our industry in a way it has never been pushed before.
You can read about the Global Sourcing Council's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by downloading this white paper from the SIG Resource Center.