Sustainability, CSR and DEI: Jens Erik Gould of Amalga Group on new criteria for selecting nearshore partners : US News : Latin Post
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Sustainability, CSR and DEI: Jens Erik Gould of Amalga Group on new criteria for selecting nearshore partners : US News : Latin Post

With increasing focus on combating climate change and boosting social morale, many North American companies have begun to look to nearshoring as an alternative. As Jens Erik Gould, Founder and CEO of Amalga Group, explains, nearshoring can help companies maintain environmentally friendly production practices and ethical business models while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at all levels.

While outsourcing often leads to an increase in a company’s carbon footprint and confusing communication between teams, nearshoring can have the opposite effect. Below, Jens Erik Gould explains how switching to a nearshore provider can solve many of a company’s most pressing problems.

Supply chain issues and transportation costs

One of the biggest problems facing American manufacturing companies is supply chain delays. It’s no coincidence that these disruptions often contribute significantly to a company’s carbon emissions. Fortunately, offshoring can go a long way toward offsetting supply chain issues.

“When our manufacturers are closer to home, we are able to effectively reduce potential delays caused by customs at the border. The oversight of our suppliers also increases significantly,” says Jens Erik Gould. “Overall, we see smoother operations and improved communication throughout the supply chain process thanks to nearshoring.”

By reducing travel distances, offshoring can also significantly reduce transportation and the associated costs and environmental impact. This is particularly important when considering the impact of transportation emissions on the climate.

Fair labor practices and community engagement

Today, companies are more concerned than ever about treating their employees fairly. And they are right to be, because workers are the backbone of companies. As Jens Erik Gould explains, the priority must remain to ensure that nearshore companies and their employees are treated appropriately and that fair labor practices are instilled.

“Emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in agreements between nearshore companies and their associated companies in the United States,” says Jens Erik Gould. “Through supplier audits and certifications, worker empowerment programs and supplier agreements, we are seeing increased attention to maintaining fair labor practices in offshoring countries.”

Nearshoring can also be a significant asset for community engagement. In recent years, it has enabled job creation and worker skills development in Latin American countries.

“Nearshore companies often provide extensive training to their employees. In a way, we see that communities are improving through increased work,” says Jens Erik Gould. “As a bonus, we’re also seeing more workers today acquire skills earlier through education, all because they want to work in nearshore companies.”

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Nearshoring

Moving to nearshore involves following best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion. According to Jens Erik Gould, there are three pillars to establishing an educated and welcoming company culture within a nearshore team.

First, onshore companies must openly celebrate diversity within their nearshore teams by integrating cultural traditions and celebrations into the way they do business. Second, they must acknowledge the barriers that nearshore team members may have faced in the past and strive to always be proactive in mitigating them. Third, onshore companies must seek to understand cultural differences and find a way to bridge communication gaps between teams. After all, bringing teams together will lead to a stronger global mindset.

“By focusing on these three pillars, you can virtually guarantee that everyone on your team feels engaged, respected and heard,” says Jens Erik Gould.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce carbon emissions, maintain fair labor practices, and bridge the cultural divide, nearshoring might be your best option.

About Jens Erik Gould:

Jens Erik Gould is the founder and CEO of Amalga Group, a Texas-based outsourcing company specializing in the provision of highly skilled talent in the fields of IT, software engineering, and contact centers. Previously, Gould spent more than a decade covering business, politics, and energy in the United States and Latin America for renowned media outlets such as Bloomberg News, The New York TimesAnd TIME.

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