What was the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition?
Launched in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016 by BSR (the Secretariat), The Rockefeller Foundation, and 20 founding organizations, the GISC set out with the mission to build more inclusive global supply chains through advancing wide-scale adoption of Impact Sourcing. By the time of GISC’s sunset in December 2020, GISC had grown to include over 75 member companies and stakeholders from over 30 countries worldwide.
Today, in large part because of the efforts of the GISC and its members’ advocacy for Impact Sourcing, many corporate procurement teams prioritize doing business with suppliers that have established inclusive employment initiatives, creating a market incentive for business suppliers to contribute to social development in the communities they operate in.
Why Did the GISC Come Together?
GISC participants were united behind a shared commitment to advocate for Impact Sourcing and demonstrate how this inclusive hiring practice leads to more diverse and inclusive supply chains, business growth, and social impact.
- Vision: Our vision is that all people in the world have the opportunity to obtain productive employment and decent work.
- Mission: Our mission is to build more inclusive global supply chains through advancing wide-scale adoption of Impact Sourcing.
Through increasing demand for inclusive suppliers, GISC aimed to integrate 100,000 impact workers into good jobs in the formal economy by 2020, contributing to sustainable poverty reduction and reduced inequalities in countries around the world.
The Impact Sourcing movement continues through regional networks and champion organizations. BSR also continues to offer Impact Sourcing services—learn more.
GISC by the Numbers
78 participating companies and associate members participated in GISC between 2016 and 2020
12 provider companies passed the Impact Sourcing Standard Assessment
29,715 impact workers were hired by GISC members throughout the Impact Sourcing Challenge period (2018-2020)