CSAC Launch

ARIZONA, USA, – November 14th, 2012 – The Sustainability Consortium, a global multi-stakeholder organization that is dedicated to synthesizing science based product sustainability data, is launching a Civil Society Advisory Council. The Civil Society Advisory Council (CSAC) will join the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) as support to the governing Board of Directors.

For the purpose of engaging with The Consortium, a Civil Society Organization (CSO) is any organization whose mission is primarily focused on improving social and/or ecological conditions and is aligned with The Sustainability Consortium’s mission. To be classified as a Civil Society Organization, an organization should not be responsible for the oversight, administration and/or enforcement of government rules, laws, and/or regulations. For those groups who are responsible for the enforcement of government rules, organizations can join TSC as a Regulatory Entity Organization.

The Consortium’s CSAC launch will take place December 4th, 2012 at the CARE headquarters in New York. CARE, a valued member of The Consortium joined in 2011 and is represented on the Board of Directors by Marcela Hahn. “The Civil Society Advisory Council gives NGO’s a means to discuss opportunities and challenges specific to our missions, develop solutions that benefit all stakeholders, and strengthen the work being done at TSC, said Hahn. “We look forward to deepening our involvement with The Consortium to help drive the science of sustainability forward.”

TSC currently has over ten civil society organizations and is committed to growing the stakeholder group. The newly established Civil Society Membership Policy establishes specific membership criteria, benefits and fees that fit the organizational structure of non-government agencies. “Civil Society Organizations are vital to the success of The Sustainability Consortium. As we work to establish the science behind social and ecological issues, we can drive towards more sustainable consumer products,” said Kara Hurst, CEO at The Sustainability Consortium. “TSC’s leadership, multi-stakeholder approach and science-based data is forging a path towards better products and a more sustainable world. We continue to learn from the participation of our strong civil society partners – and gain new insights and perspectives that improve our work. ”

For more information on The Sustainability Consortium’s Civil Society Advisory Council Launch, please contact Kelly Scott Unger.

About The Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. The Consortium develops transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a credible, scalable, and transparent process and system. The organization boasts over 90 members from all corners of business employing over 57 million people and whose combined revenues total over $1.5 Trillion. Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas jointly administer The Sustainability Consortium, with additional operations at Wageningen University & Research Center in The Netherlands. Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.

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