Clinton Global Initiative

Turning Powerful Ideas into Meaningful Actions

One of GEPSI’s most ambitious efforts to date is the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Founded in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI brings together global leaders to brainstorm and implement innovative solutions to improve the lives of millions of people.

Since 2005, the CGI has developed 2,300 initiatives affecting 430 million people. The CGI annual meetings bring together an impressive group — from dignitaries to philanthropists to Nobel Prize winners to heads of state and CEOs, united by their shared commitment to building a strong, sustainable global community.

Companies are organizing their own initiatives and committing to completing them — things like providing renewable energy, universal education, or empowering women with employment or schooling in third world countries.

And, Subhash Makhija, CEO of GEP, is proud to be a member of the Clinton Global Initiative since 2015.

During the annual 2015 meeting, attended by GEP President Roopa Makhija and Global VP of Marketing Al Girardi, President Clinton stressed the power CGI members have as innovators in their given industries to address pressing global issues. According to the CGI portfolio, India, Kenya, and the United States are the three countries with the highest number of active humanitarian projects – dovetailing nicely with our own GEPSI initiatives.

“Broader social thinking and social action are part of the very fabric of GEP values and culture,” Girardi noted. “CGI gives all of us at GEP an opportunity to join with like-minded people, companies and organizations to help people across the world live a better life. That’s real and that’s meaningful.”

Similar to GEPSI, CGI’s mission is to turn ideas into action. Members of CGI must make a commitment to action that meets these three criteria:

 

New

New

A CGI commitment to a challenge must be a new idea or approach. It can’t be an existing project, but expansion of an already successful program can be eligible. Or, participants can collaborate on another CGI commitment by providing needed support (like technical or consulting expertise).

Focused

Specific

Your CGI commitment must have a clear and specific approach to the challenge, with realistic objectives, a defined timeline and an articulated outcome.

Time

Measureable

Lastly, your commitment must have quantitative or qualitative goals, able to be measured and monitored as you progress. You report your annual progress to CGI to illustrate your impact.

Part of the GEP brand is our Glassdoor OpenCompany status. As an OpenCompany, it means we’re recognized as a company that embraces transparency in the workplace. We’ve completed a series of steps proving GEP is committed to that transparency; meaning we’re up front about who we are, what we do well, and what we’re ready to improve. We’re proud to be an OpenCompany.

 

GEP plans to meet these criteria by kicking off its “Million Meals” initiative in late 2016.