2015 Green Supply Chain Forum in Tianjin, China
Jointly Convened by TGCC, CEC, IPE and TSC

Beijing, China – The Tianjin Green Supply Chain Center (TGCC), China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) will jointly convene “Sustainable Development and Business Practices – 2015 Green Supply Chain Forum” on October 22, 2015 in Tianjin, China. The Forum will provide a platform for stakeholders from government, businesses, academia and NGOs to discuss a wide range of topics relevant to greening consumer product supply chains, including green procurement, environmental information transparency, and supply chain practices for a wide variety of industries, including textiles, IT and more.

Underpinning the “2015 Green Supply Chain Forum” is the belief that actively creating green supply chains will be critical to helping companies meet the environmental expectations of customers as green consumption grows in popularity. The one-day Forum will bring together over 150 international and Chinese representatives from multinational companies, suppliers, academia, NGOs and the media, including NRDC, Solidaridad, UNEP, Apple, Coca Cola, H&M, Microsoft, Nike, Target, Walmart and many more, in addition to the four convening organizations.

Sustainable consumption and production have become increasingly important on a global level, and China has recently highlighted the need to promote greener lifestyles and consumer practices to help move towards a greener, low-carbon model. Since China is an important global center of manufacturing, environmental protection and the control of pollution during production processes have become integral components of China’s drive towards greener consumption. Creating an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Network on Green Supply Chains was a topic at the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, and Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District was authorized as the first pilot center of the new Green Supply Chain Network. In response, the “2015 Green Supply Chain Forum” in Tianjin is convening key stakeholders involved in the theoretical and practical aspects of how green consumption can drive green production and help create green supply chains.

“The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is proud to partner with TGCC, CEC and IPE to convene this important Green Supply Chain Forum,” stated Sheila Bonini, TSC CEO. “We have been working for several years in China and are proud to help advance the commitment to green supply chains by the government, manufacturers and NGOs. The mission of TSC is to transform the consumer goods industry and drive more sustainable consumer products, and China, as a major center of manufacturing, is central to achieving this mission.” TSC will be represented at the Forum by Jon Johnson, Chairman of the Board and Founder, and Weidong Zhou, Managing Director, TSC China.

During “2015 Green Supply Chain Forum,” the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will release the second annual results of the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), which have been formulated by collecting and analyzing the performance of 150 brands in managing the environmental impacts of their supply chains.

“2015 Green Supply Chain Forum” is one of the first joint undertakings based upon a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed earlier this year by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) with China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC) and Tianjin Green Supply Chain Service Center (TGCC). The MoU initiates a collaboration to develop and promote sustainable and green supply chains, and in this TSC will contribute research findings and best practices in sustainable development, particularly on product sustainability measurement and reporting. CEC will help localize TSC research output within a Chinese context and provide data support based on years of experience on environmental labeling and green supply chain management. TGCC will promote implementation of pilot industry/enterprise, and lead a positive demonstration with the platform of the APEC Green Supply Chain Network.

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About The Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium® (TSC®) is a global nonprofit organization working at the intersection of science and business to transform the consumer goods industry to deliver more sustainable products. TSC creates credible, scalable tools, strategies and services that are based in science, informed by stakeholders and focused on impact across the entire lifecycle of consumer products, including environmental, social and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium is comprised of more than 100 members, including manufacturers, retailers, NGOs, civil society and corporations that work collaboratively on innovation for a new generation of products and supply networks. The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, with additional operations at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands and Nanjing University in China.

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