About Sustain Our Communities
Origins and History
In September 2018, during the UN General Assembly, Greta Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) announced the creation of an online marketplace for responsible and sustainable procurement in the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). During her announcement, she declared “a public-private partnership with the company, Arcadier, and the Government of Singapore, to expand the availability of affordable, essential medicines, diagnostics, and equipment for NCDs”.
Until then, Arcadier had specialised in multi-vendor marketplace technology to power economic opportunities for marketplaces, start-ups, SMEs and enterprises. After passing 7,000 new marketplaces in 170 countries with over 500 million products and services, Arcadier’s uber-commerce network became a strategic differentiator for the sustainability industry. This represented a pivot into new territory and Arcadier created Trillia Networks as a profit-driven enterprise building positive social impact through sustainability and the circular economy.
Trillia Networks identified four key areas including the Health Sector (aligned to SDG 3); Sustainable Cities and Communities (aligned to SDG 11); Responsible Consumption and Production (aligned to SDG 12) and Global Partnerships (aligned to SDG 17). This enabled Trillia Networks to focus its effort in assisting whole populations of people to derive benefit from what is already produced and/or discarded. Its name derives from the trillions of dollars in wastage that sovereign governments, public and private hospital systems, suppliers and instrumentalities like the G20, African Union, EU and UN may generate or recoup in medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, equipment and transparent aid funding.
As part of its targeted support for Sustainable Cities and Communities, Trillia Networks launched the Sustain Our Communities initiative.
Our passion is helping every organisation makes a difference in the circular economy
Sourcing supplies and products is something all companies do; whether it's stationery, light bulbs or electronics. Our goal is to make finding and purchasing these goods (and more!) as easy as possible while ensuring that they are also made, packaged, or shipped in a sustainably conscious way.
Sustain our Communities is an initiative by Trillia Networks to enable organisations and communities to easily participate in sustainable sourcing. We help combat the global resource crisis facing the world. We contribute by creating visibility of products and manufacturers who are already taking steps towards responsible consumption and production of goods.
What we believe
We believe the world will benefit from organisations becoming more conscious in their procurement choices. Whether it's selecting suppliers with ethical labour policies, products that are part of the circular economy or value chains that are carbon conscious, the decision to procure sustainable products makes an impact. When demand influences production and future consumption in enough marketplaces, perceptual shifts will grow to become global.
The time is now. It's more important than ever for businesses to make sustainability a priority in their procurement processes.
Our dedication to sustainability – and its larger meaning – is reflected in our broad alignment (as part of Trillia Networks) to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and our specific focus on the Health Sector (aligned to SDG 3); Sustainable Cities and Communities (aligned to SDG 11); Responsible Consumption and Production (aligned to SDG 12) and Global Partnerships (aligned to SDG 17).
Further, as a partner in the UN Global Compact (UNGC), we are also committed to supporting the UN Global Compact vision to “mobilise a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want”.
We do business responsibly by aligning strategies and operations with principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and we take strategic actions to advance the SDG goals with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
Code of Conduct Policy
On Sustain Our Communities, we ask suppliers to agree to our 'Code of Conduct' based upon the UNGC policies and other global sustainability standards. You can view our full Code of Conduct here.