GEMI currently has three types of activities: Work Groups, Networks and Committees.
Networks conduct ongoing discussions on member-driven topics, and may serve as prelude or postscript to a Work Group.
Work Groups develop focused tools (from concept to finished product) with designated resources
GEMI has identified three signature issues that it will be focusing
its activities on for the next couple of years. GEMI is still in the
discussion phase as to how best to address these issues to meet the
needs of its members and the organization as a whole. The issues are:
Climate Change and Energy; Supply Chain; and Water Sustainability.
The Supply Chain Work Group will begin working on a new GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool in 2013. The
new GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool will provide much
needed insight and support for both sustainability and purchasing
professionals by linking market-oriented sustainability claims, economic
input-output (EIO) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) results, and supply
chain sustainability performance metrics. The tool will take advantage
of a top-down ‘hotspot’ approach and bottom-up ‘attributional LCA’
approach to prioritize environmental aspects within a firm’s supply
chain while assessing the most relevant improvement opportunities of
approximately 5-10 commonly purchased product categories.
GEMI has developed two supply chain/procurement tools:
- New Paths to Business Value: Strategic Sourcing--Environment, Health, and Safety, is designed to address the business value of managing Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) in Procurement. It is designed to help identify when, why, and how to pursue added business value by addressing the EHS performance of suppliers and contractors, and understand how their products and services might affect your business.
GEMI has developed 2 water sustainability tools and in 2011 has begun working on a 3rd tool:
Climate Change and Renewable Energy
GEMI's "Business and Climate" web-based tool, www.gemi.org/businessandclimate, is designed to help companies assess the most appropriate ways to address climate change-related emission reductions and reduce energy consumption.
Communications & Marketing (C&M) Network
The C&M Network is responsible for extending GEMI's presence abroad through national and international press relations. The Network establishes well-defined guidelines for the creation and use of GEMI materials and reviews publications as they are developed as well as the development of the monthly member newsletter, GEMI NEWS. The committee also focuses on developing a simple, standard marketing plan for tools, and approves materials to be posted on the GEMI web site.
GEMI Committees work on procedural, administrative or strategic issues as directed by the Board
The Benchmarking Committee identifies and benchmarks key environmental, health and safety management and sustainability practices. Examples of benchmarking topics include: interaction with corporate board of directors, EHS cost accounting practices, EHS auditing practices, relationships with suppliers/contractors, sustainability and community relations. NOTE: After approximately one year, benchmarking survey results are posted on GEMI's public web site on the Benchmark Survey page.
NOTE: The first few questions of a "LIVE" survey are warm-up questions to ensure participants' remote controls are working properly, and are not relevant to the survey topic.
Senior Advisory Council (SAC) Committee
The SAC is comprised of the Vice Presidents or the most senior environment, health and safety / sustainability representative of GEMI member companies. The SAC meets annually and assists in the development of future GEMI project topics and activities.