Rutgers / G&A CSR Certificate Update: Effective Supply Chain Management – What CSR Professionals Need To Know

Posted on April 5, 2016 by Hank Boerner – Chair & Chief Strategist

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Effective CSR & the Supply Chain Management Relationship — What CSR Professionals Need to Know About Procurement & The Importance of Supply Chain Environmental Archeology

For corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals, there is an important area that needs to be in focus — a critical area that presents challenges, risks and myriad opportunities: the global supply chain. Enterprises of all sizes, and in all industries and sectors, are (or are not!) making a difference in society, creating competitive advantages, and mitigating risks as represented by responsible supply chain and procurement practices.
The supply chain management and global procurement strategies and practices are being established at the highest levels of the corporate enterprise, and it is important that sustainability and responsibility professionals be aware of, and involved in both strategy-setting and effective implementation.
Rutgers University Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute have partnered to offer a Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate Program, with the sessions to be held in Newark, NJ on April 27th and 28th (at the city center business school facility).
One of the key topic areas in focus for participants is the focus on supply chain management. The sessions will be led by Dr. Kevin Lyons, associate professor at Rutgers Business School, Supply Chain Management Department, and will focus on these critical topics for corporate managers:

  • Focusing on four main supply chain and sustainability responsibilities;
  • Quantifying economic and social development options;
  • Emergence of social procurement strategies;
  • Stakeholder mapping;
  • Working with social enterprises;
  • The importance of the circular economy shift;
  • Designing the organization’s CSR strategy (introduction).

Certificate program participants can expect to:

  • Learn about the precise meaning of CSR as well as the series of actions that need to be implemented in order to design a concise CSR strategy.
  • Gain insights on the current CSR trends and practices applied by leading companies through the analysis of case studies.

The sessions led by Dr. Lyons will be interactive to allow participants to discuss ideas with the instructor and with each other, and to clarify unclear points through in-depth discussions.
To learn more about the CSR Certificate program, call 973-353-1134, email, or visit

Governance & Accountability Institute is a sustainability consulting firm headquartered in New York City, assisting corporations in executing winning strategies that maximize return on investment at every step of their sustainability journey. The G&A team helps corporate and investment community clients recognize, understand and address sustainability issues to address stakeholder and shareholder concerns. G&A Institute is the exclusive Data Partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the USA, UK and Ireland. A G&A team of six or more perform this pro bono work on behalf of GRI. In 2015, they analyzed more than 1,200 sustainability reports in this role and databased more than 100 important data points related to each report.
G&A’s sustainability-focused services and resources include: counseling & strategies for the corporate sustainability journey; sustainability reporting assistance; thorough materiality assessments; stakeholder engagement; benchmarking; enhancing investor relations; sustainability communications; manager coaching, team building and training; issues monitoring & customized research; advice on third party awards and recognitions. Visit G&A at
The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges. For more information, visit