Thursday, November 12, 2009

U.S.-China Public-Private Partnership to Green the Supply Chain

The Institute for Sustainable Communities and its partners joined President Bill Clinton on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative today to announce a $2.3-million commitment to boost Chinese factories' compliance with environment, health and safety (EHS) policies and achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Accompanying President Clinton on stage were Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of the GE Company, Margot Ellis, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia for the US Agency for International Development, Matt Kistler, Senior Vice President for Sustainability of Walmart, George Hamilton, ISC's President, and Zhang Ye, ISC's China Representative.

The GE Foundation is the lead funder with a $1.5 million grant over three years. Just this week, USAID joined the partnership with a $6-million grant to ISC for its US-China Clean Energy and Climate program. Additional funding comes from the Walmart Foundation.

The commitment - a public-private partnership - scales up ISC's Environment, Health and Safety Academy, which officially launches this month in Guangdong, by establishing a second academy in another major industrial province in China in 2010. Industry is the largest source of climate pollution in China. The academy equips supply chain managers with the leadership skills they need to systematically address EHS priorities, including energy efficiency and pollution reduction. The training draws on the best practices of companies such as GE, Honeywell and Adidas, all of whom helped develop the core curriculum.

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  1. Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau are the source of 10 major rivers in Asia and provide water for almost half the world's population. Yet, according to the IPCC, they are melting faster than any other glaciers on the planet. China is now diverting much of the remaining supplies, leading to shortages in other countries and increased political tension.

  2. Canada Guy, interesting post, we'll check it out!