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Starbucks Issues First-Ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond, Aimed at Driving Social Impacts in Supply Chain | Sustainable Brands

Starbucks Issues First-Ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond, Aimed at Driving Social Impacts in Supply Chain | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Starbucks is differentiating this sustainability bond, which will be used to fund projects with social impact, from “green bonds,”
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This brings welcome visibility to the full scope and definition of sustainability as encompassing social, ethical as well as environmental factors. 

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Nielsen Global Responsibility Report – Measuring What Matters

Nielsen Global Responsibility Report – Measuring What Matters | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Measurement. It’s the core of our business and the key asset that we provide to our clients—measuring consumer behaviors so that our clients can make thoughtful decisions and improve their business performance." 

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Great example of incorporating sustainability into the business process as part of the company strategy towards CSR. 

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The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR

The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
It’s not the number alone that matters; it’s the combination of the quantitative number and the accompanying qualitative narrative that provides the full picture.
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Great concept of "apples with oranges" comparison applied in sustainability reporting! 

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Learn from Apple, DuPont and Heineken in May’s SCRI | Innovation Forum

Learn from Apple, DuPont and Heineken in May’s SCRI | Innovation Forum | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

What are the need-to-know highlights for supply chains this month? Here are our top-ten insights

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Great to see two EcoVadis customers, DuPont and HEINEKEN in this need-to-know highlights for supply chains. 

Find out more through this case study describing Heineken's process to ensure ongoing compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct. 

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An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover

An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen caught up with L'Oreal's chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt to uncover how a company with 78,000 employees, a worldwide manufacturing base and annual sales of over $28.5 billion goes about implementing a sustainable transformation at every level of the corporate ladder.
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Glad to read this great article on EcoVadis customer L'Oréal, speaking about its inspiring sustainability challenges and ambitious targets. 

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Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success- Blog - Procurious

Burritos and ice cream – the contrasting fortunes of two organisations and the difference between supply chain failure and success. Burritos and ice cream. Who doesn’t love them? Carne asada and guacamole. Chocolate and cherries. The combinations are endless, and so are the places that offer these tasty treats. So what can a burrito chain … Continue reading Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success →
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Great lesson to be derived from this instance: Sustainable procurement plays a signficant role in the supply chain and CSR effort. 

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Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016

Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Suppliers in China have not been included in the Click Clean report," Dowdall said. "Apple still has to work on its supply chain's carbon footprint and renewable energy there."
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Good work, more to do... As with any supply chain, but important to acknowledge progress from, say, 5 yrs ago.

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Sustainability Best Practices Part 1 | Fair Trade & Social Programs | Transworld Business

Sustainability Best Practices Part 1 | Fair Trade & Social Programs | Transworld Business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
how companies are re-imagining the supply chain to integrate sustainability into every step
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"if Millenials have $1.4 trillion in annual spending by 2020 it will be roughly one-third of all retail spending.” Millenial buying habits that skew toward favoring sustainable business practices can’t be ignored if a company wants to stay in business over the next decade."

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This article does a great job of using real world companies as examples of what 'true' sustainability practices mean.

Where more energy efficient lighting, and recycling are all key activities in keeping our planet healthy while doing business, we also need to re-imagine the current business model.

Not only from paying workers fair wages, but souring materials from secondary sources, using those who are involved in the area, and tackling a social issue at the same time.
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ADM's online tracking tool aims to create complete transparency

ADM's online tracking tool aims to create complete transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Archer Daniels Midland announced its online Sustainability Progress Tracker tool on Earth Day, which features the company’s goals, plans, and reports as to its progress in realizing its Commitment to No-Deforestation initiative.
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Although ADM is not a grower of crops, as a major purchaser, the company wants to create sustainable, traceable ag supply chains that protect high carbon stock forests, natural ecosystems and peatlands, and the rights of the workers in the supply chain.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Manufacturers of consumer goods struggling with supply chain visibility

The Strategic Sourceror: Manufacturers of consumer goods struggling with supply chain visibility | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
the majority, or 54 percent, of companies said they didn't have any visibility into their supply chain
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Not only visibility, but insights into risks of those suppliers - that is a challenge of both persistence (where an outsouced supplier outreach helps) and expertise (such as CSR analysis)

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What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis

What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The act is more of a hindrance than a help for mature organizations that already vet and monitor their suppliers for forced labor. If any part of a company’s supply base is on this list of 400+ goods, the organization could face legal ramifications despite solid evidence that its supply chain is slavery-free. For businesses that have worked for decades to create their own comprehensive susta
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Nice editorial from our fearless leader on why private sector action is absolutely essential to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chain. Although the law is encouraging in spirit, we hope the enforcement mechanisms for it will be adjusted to enable companies with solid supplier due diligence programs to continue their work with their suppliers.

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Intuit Reports Progress on Sustainability Efforts – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Targeting its Indirect Impact: These efforts help to reduce emissions beyond those that Intuit is directly responsible for, such as creating a more sustainable supply chain and reducing employee travel. Intuit has reduced its physical supply chain footprint by 41 percent since 2009. This is due to online product growth as well as working with companies that provide concentrated data storage with flexibility, efficiency at a scale and a commitment to renewable electricity. In additional, all product packaging uses 100 percent recycled materials
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My guess is that their efforts in the supply chain produce far larger results than their direct operations - bravo for this work!

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Over 140’000 signatures for the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative

Over 140’000 signatures for the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The constitutional amendment proposed by the initiative is inspired by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, unanimously adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2011. It compels Swiss-based multinational companies to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence in all their business activities abroad. If a corporation does not fulfil its mandatory due diligence, it may be held to account for abuses committed abroad by entities under its control.

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Swiss Responsible Business Initiative acquires 140,000 signatures

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Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2016 Supply Chain Top 25 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the findings at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference..."

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Congrats to the top 25 companies listed! Among them are EcoVadis customers:  Nestle, GSK, Schneider Electric, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola

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US Supply Chain Managers Take Note: Tariff Act and TFEA Enforcement Actions, Petitions Likely to Increase 

New enforcement actions: the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have issued detention orders (the first since 2000), holding up goods from import...
New petitions are being filed on goods alleged to be made with slave labor...
A new task force has been created in CBP to focus on enforcement of TEFA 

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Many thanks to Akin Gump for summarizing these updates. We are watching closely the potential impacts of TFEA on supply chains

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50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2016

50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The 50/50 lists are the result of intense debate, discussion and refinement among Spend Matters analysts and reflect our independent view of the sector.
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We are proud that EcoVadis has been featured on SpendMatters 50 To Watch list in 2016

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Coca-Cola Enterprises : Sustainable sourcing

Coca-Cola Enterprises : Sustainable sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

We will work with our suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and water impacts across our value chain. Working with our suppliers and The Coca-Cola Company, we will sustainably source 100% of our key agricultural ingredients by 2020.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises sustainable sourcing includes EcoVadis evaluation to help evaluate their suppliers' progress on corporate responsibility and sustainability. 

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Sustainable Council calls for a 'shift' to increase transparency requirements

Sustainable Council calls for a 'shift' to increase transparency requirements | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The American Sustainable Business Council is calling for transparency in cosmetics labelling and a reform of the sector’s legislation at a time when Congress is meeting to discuss investment in clean energy.
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Going beyond testing procedures and opting for 'supplier compliance' (sustainable procurement) will definitely count. 

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Les achats responsables chez HEINEKEN France

Les achats responsables chez HEINEKEN France | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Une source d’innovation pour les fournisseurs

HEINEKEN France entretient des relations solides et durables avec ses fournisseurs avec lesquels l’entreprise partage plus que des intérêts économiques. Les achats responsables permettent ainsi d’encourager l’innovation chez les fournisseurs et de mobiliser l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur pour améliorer les performances de chacun.
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Heineken France following their four layer process for sustainable procurement / responsible purchasing, and unlocking more value in the chain

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CHEP collects Coca-Cola sustainability award | SHD Logistics

CHEP collects Coca-Cola sustainability award | SHD Logistics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, has been named winner of Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) 2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Supplier Award for its continuous efforts to develop innovative and sustainable supply chains.
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Congrats to CHEP, as well as to Coca-Cola Enterprises whom they are a supplier, for this program and recognition for CSR excellence!

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Green Purchasing Next Step in Green Cleaning · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News

As one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the professional cleaning industry, we have witnessed many of our large cleaning contract members adopting “green purchasing programs.” Over the years, numerous terms have been used to describe green purchasing. Among them are environmentally preferable purchasing, sustainable procurement, and socially responsible procurement.
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Another industry tackling sustainable supply chain!

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EcoVadis: Calling All Brands - Arrow Value Recovery Blog

EcoVadis: Calling All Brands - Arrow Value Recovery Blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
one EcoVadis gold organization says that holding this ranking from EcoVadis helps the company reduce the number of audits from its customers. Essentially, he said, his customers are willing to take EcoVadis’ word that his company’s operations are among the most highly ranked, and that saves his organization enormous amounts of work
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Ma Yingying, a researcher at the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), said that the only thing that motivates the Chinese to change is pressure from their customers – namely those big brands with big buying power. Her plea was simple and direct: please pressure your suppliers to do better. 

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How to drive green supply chain transformation

How to drive green supply chain transformation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
L'Oréal, for example, has just made a commitment that its top 300 suppliers will have a carbon reduction target in place by 2020 - and has made clear it isn't afraid to deselect suppliers who don't perform.
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Great best practice example of pushing setting targets upstream into the supply chain to drive change!

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Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook

Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The UK is leading the way in the fight against modern slavery through the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Is the UK legislation the gold standard?
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Excellent overview of the latest supply chain anti-slavery legislation in 10+ countries

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The value of a systematic approach to supplier evaluation

The value of a systematic approach to supplier evaluation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A systematic approach to supplier evaluation has developed both awareness and competence in team members as well as increased the professionalism in supplier dialogue. Properly used, supplier evaluation and classification are some of the most important tools you have available as a procurement organization to focus on and develop business together with the right supplier.
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Really excellent, detailed explanation of best practices in supplier evaluations across diverse criteria. Of course, I'd love to see "Sustainability" be expanded to encompass "CSR Performance" - and have it weighted much more! (That's the trend we are seeing with our customers...)

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