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It’s never been easier to ensure that suppliers have the sustainability knowledge and skills to bring value and competitive advantage to the supply chain!

ISBE Partnerships

SEMS™ Sustainability Education and Green Business Certification has been recognized and applauded by organizations in both the public and private sectors. SEMS™ is an acronym for Supplier Excellence in Managing Sustainability. The partnerships below help to advance sustainable business practices among small and diverse firms across the country and bring added value to the supply chain.

Sonoco Supplier Engagement

Want to do business with a large corporation? The training starts with an informative webinar presented by Sonoco Products, a company with 350 locations around the world. The followup certificate training program is full of advice, tips and tools to help suppliers document a sustainability plan that aligns with Sonoco's goals and strategies. Register now to view a webinar for more information.

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Cincinnati SBE Program

The City of Cincinnati is on a mission to transition local small business enterprises into world-class suppliers.  The City's new SBE Directory designates small businesses as  Advanced Sustainability or SEMS™ Certified if they have third party verification of an implemented sustainability program.  ISBE is currently delivering a series of online courses to help minority and women business owners in the region gain a competitive advantage. Small and diverse businesses that completed the program were recognized at the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit in 2017.

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Meet Us At The Next Summit

In 2017, you may have missed the premier sustainability event of the Midwest! Stakeholders from both the private and public sectors gathered at Xavier University Cintas Center to exchange best practices, attend workshops and network with sustainability leaders. An awards ceremony recognized 30 diverse businesses for advancing sustainability in the region. Check out the website to see highlights of the 2017 Summit!

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Building For The Future

 A Building for the Future training workshop is coming to a location near you! Learn how this "National Best Practice" works to ensure Section 3 and diverse businesses benefit from the enormous opportunities resulting from federally-funded projects. One of the key components of  HUD's massive rehabilitation of public housing initiative is SEMS™, a proven Sustainability Education and  Green Business Certification program.

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Building For The Future

Building for the Future is a dynamic training program especially designed to facilitate the adoption of sustainability and inclusion "National Best Practices".  The intent is to train professionals who, in turn, can help to increase the entrepreneurial readiness of small and diverse firms. This award-winning certificate program  is offered as a live seminar or available completely online 24/7. 

Benefits include the following:

- Learn Sustainability Principles
- Leverage Section 3 Compliance  
- Earn a "Best Practices" certificate
- Build capacity for diverse suppliers

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SEMS™ Certification Sets The Standard for Sustainable Business Development

semslogo_smallerWhile the idea of creating a more sustainable small business community may seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. We partner with public and private sector clients to communicate sustainability best practices to small and diverse suppliers, engaging them in a multi-step process to drive business improvement. The SEMS™ methodology empowers companies with sustainability planning skills, training and tools to monitor progress, and provides a recognized green business certification. SEMS™ is the core training component for the award-winning Building for the Future "National Best Practices" program.

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