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Engagement RSE et activités des entreprises à l'international

Engagement RSE et activités des entreprises à l'international | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Selon l'étude menée par BearingPoint, 50 % des entreprises envisage d'intégrer une dimension RSE dans le pilotage de leurs activités internationales d'ici à 2 ans. Elles sont même 90 % à déclarer intégrer des critères RSE dans la sélection de leurs fournisseurs et partenaires à l'étranger. 

EcoVadis's insight:

21% des entreprises interrogées considèrent la RSE comme un levier plutôt que comme un frein commercial à l'international; qu'en pensez-vous ?

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Lutte contre la corruption : entreprises, toutes concernées ?

Lutte contre la corruption : entreprises, toutes concernées ? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
La Loi Sapin 2, relative à la transparence, à la lutte contre la corruption et à la modernisation de la vie économique, a été promulguée le 9 décembre 2016. Avec cette loi, la France se positionne désormais au niveau des standards internationaux les plus élevés en matière de lutte contre la corruption.
EcoVadis's insight:

Plus de 1 600 entreprises sont potentiellement concernées par cette loi en France. Que faites vous pour être aux normes ?

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9 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2016

9 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
And no matter who’s in charge politically, macro trends are hard to stop — a changing climate; increasing challenges around water and other resources; higher expectations of companies; rising concern about inequality and wages; and technological disruption from AI, machine learning, and autonomous everything. These trends will continue and companies will need to adapt — fast.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great 2016 summary insight from EcoVadis' Scientific Committee member, Andrew Winston. 

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Singapore’s sustainable packaging mandate is coming 

Singapore’s sustainable packaging mandate is coming  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that it will soon require increased sustainability in packaging for any company that sells products within its borders. This requirement was born out of necessity, as the single landfill that handles Singapore’s entire waste stream is slated to be filled to capacity by 2045. This reality has lit a fire under the government’s initiative to become a Zero Waste Nation.

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Singapore will impose packaging restrictions on companies selling products within their land; are you well prepared for this?

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Hilton Worldwide Reinforces Its Commitment To Responsibly Source Seafood In Collaboration With World Wildlife Fund

Hilton Worldwide Reinforces Its Commitment To Responsibly Source Seafood In Collaboration With World Wildlife Fund | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Hilton’s sustainable seafood goals will comprise the global ban of procurement of endangered species as identified by WWF, and the transition of its seafood purchasing to sustainable and responsible sources. By 2022, Hilton will source at least 25 percent of its total global seafood volume
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Great to see that Hilton is leading the way with its new seafood goals!

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UPS drivers trained to spot human trafficking

UPS drivers trained to spot human trafficking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UPS's 8,000 freight drivers will receive the training, which began last month, by the end of the year, according to UPS spokeswoman Kara Ross.

“UPS Freight is in a unique position to help identify traffickers and trafficking victims by educating our drivers and management on this epidemic impacting our local communities,” Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight, said in the release. “We are proud to take a stand in fighting human trafficking and look forward to working with Truckers Against Trafficking on this initiative that will save lives.”

EcoVadis's insight:

January is recognized nationally, in the U.S., as Human Trafficking Awareness Month; how are you creating awareness in your business/supply chain?

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Brands missing out on £820bn opportunity by not pushing sustainability

Brands missing out on £820bn opportunity by not pushing sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

According to new research by Unilever, 33% of consumers buy a product because they believe it is doing social or environmental good. Plus one in five say they would choose a brand if its sustainability credentials were made clearer on packaging or in marketing. That equates to a €966bn (£817bn) untapped opportunity, according to Unilever, given that the size of the marketing for sustainable goods is €2.5tr (£2.1tr).

EcoVadis's insight:

As consumers are increasingly demanding for more sustainable products, enterprises are feeling the pressing need to act quickly to prove their social and environmental credentials. How are you ensuring to your consumers that they can trust your products? 

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80% of Companies Don’t Know If Their Products Contain Conflict Minerals

Only about 1% of the companies were able to declare that their products were conflict-free beyond a reasonable doubt. Of the rest, 19% declared that they had no reason to believe their products contained DRC conflict minerals. The remaining 80% admitted that they were unable to determine their raw materials’ country of origin.
EcoVadis's insight:

Disturbing stats show how companies are not monitoring their supply chain; are you?

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Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017 

Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

With the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global battle against human trafficking and modern slavery.
An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation.
Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available.

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Read what experts think are the most important tools to tackle illegal trade in humans

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The Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive: Latest Developments

The Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive: Latest Developments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Fifth Money Laundering Directive is proceeding along the European Union’s legislative process. 

On 30 November 2016, the Presidency of the Council of Europe (which comprises Ministers from the 28 EU Member States) published a third Presidency Compromise text. This reflects amendments made by the Slovak Presidency in an attempt to reach a common agreed position.

This may open the way to negotiations with the EU Parliament whose rapporteurs published a draft report on 7 November 2016 setting out their proposed amendments.

EcoVadis's insight:

New revisions to the text of the Directive which should be released late summer or autumn 2017.

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Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries

Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apple, HP, Samsung SDI and Sony have joined an effort known as the Responsible Cobalt Initiative. It is being led by a Chinese business group, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters, and supported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to the Chinese group.

Members of the initiative pledged to follow OECD guidelines for mining supply chains, which call for companies to trace how cobalt is being extracted, transported, manufactured and sold. Any abuses would require immediate correction.
EcoVadis's insight:

Several leading technology companies are launching initiatives to stop abusive practices in their supply chain; how are you engaging yourself?

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Can Paper Be Eco-friendly? This Label Says Yes

Can Paper Be Eco-friendly? This Label Says Yes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP has joined with International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc., on a new campaign designed to encourage consumers to purchase products bearing the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) label. This label signifies that the forest a product comes from was managed responsibly.
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New campaign to encourage consumers to purchase FSC certified paper.

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Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7

Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 50,000 workers from some of Vietnam's poorest towns and villages work up to 12 hours a day in the vast Samsung complex built amid farmland with one of Southeast Asia's cheapest labour markets.
And while Samsung insists it will not axe jobs in Vietnam this year because of the scandal, workers in the battery factory within the complex say the company has already started temporary lay-offs.

EcoVadis's insight:

No company would want to face this type of scandal and view it's share price hit particularly badly. How are you ensuring that your supply chain is clean?

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Over 80 Major Companies Across the UK Urge PM to Deliver on UN SDGs 

Over 80 Major Companies Across the UK Urge PM to Deliver on UN SDGs  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ahead of the World Economic Forum annual meeting taking place on 17-20 January, businesses say they are ready to work with the government to help deliver the SDGs in the UK as well as internationally, but that the government must create a framework to help businesses play their part.
EcoVadis's insight:

Companies such as CocaCola, Nestlé, IKEA and Tesco are sending a clear message to the government to act for a more sustainable and circular economy.

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De quel bois se meuble-t-on chez IKEA ?

De quel bois se meuble-t-on chez IKEA ? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

IKEA s’est fixé pour objectif que d’ici à 2020, 100 % du bois IKEA serait issu de sources plus durables, c’est-à-dire certifié FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) ou recyclé. 
Cet objectif est déjà atteint sur les zones prioritaires que sont la Russie, la Chine, l’Europe du Sud-Est et l’Asie du Sud-Est. Au niveau mondial, IKEA progresse de 10 % par an sur cet indicateur. Nous avons ainsi atteint 61 % de bois certifié FSC ou recyclé en 2016.

EcoVadis's insight:

IKEA souhaite agir au-delà de ses propres besoins en participant activement à la transformation de l'industrie forestière.

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DHL analysis enables deep dive into supplier networks 

DHL further expands its supply chain management and analysis portfolio by launching the DHL Resilience360 Transparency Portal. The online collaboration service allows multinational companies to visualize the full picture of their supply network, including first tier suppliers, their suppliers and so forth.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see enterprises such as DHL put in place measures to mitigate risks and be more transparent in their supply chain.

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Electronics coalition launches responsible sourcing initiative

A total of 19 companies have signed a declaration of support for the EEIC's Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI), which is run in partnership with the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI).
As well as electronics giants, including Apple, Accer, Cisco, Dell, Google, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung - it has also attracted support from the automotive industry and has been signed by Ford Motor Company.

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EICC launched a new initiative which goes beyond the commonly targeted 3TG (tin, tungsten, tantalum & gold)

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Développement durable : le transport aérien français poursuit ses efforts

Développement durable : le transport aérien français poursuit ses efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
En dépit d’un contexte économique difficile sur le plan de la compétitivité et de l’emploi, le transport aérien français poursuit ses efforts en matière de RSE afin d’améliorer sa performance environnementale (gaz à effet de serre) et sociétale, notamment en terme d’emploi et de formation, a indiqué vendredi la Fédération Nationale de l’Aviation Marchande (FNAM).
EcoVadis's insight:

La FNAM a publié un guide de bonnes pratiques RSE de l'aérien; à découvrir dans cet article.

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London Surpasses Annual Air Pollution Limits 5 Days Into 2017

London Surpasses Annual Air Pollution Limits 5 Days Into 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Under new EU rules, any single location in the UK is only allowed to breach hourly limits of 200 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre of air 18 times in a year, but late last week, the limit was broken on Brixton Road in Lambeth for the 19th time. The breach means the UK has already violated 2017’s annual air pollutions limits just five days into the year. Remarkably, Brixton Road had 17 exceedances in just one day last week.
EcoVadis's insight:

Bold initiatives are called on Politicians to clean up UK's air to protect citizens' lungs. 

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Ralph Lauren Is Latest Corporation to Commit to Sourcing Materials from Responsible Suppliers 

Sustainable Supply Chains: Ralph Lauren Is Latest Corporation to Commit to Sourcing Materials from Responsible Suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The company says it will trace the source of wood-based fabrics, like viscose and rayon, used in its products, and will eliminate sources connected with rainforest destruction and human rights violations. The new policy will apply across its operations as Ralph Lauren “continues to work on its framework for tracking, assessing and developing purchasing guidelines for the raw materials used in its products.”
EcoVadis's insight:

Ralph Lauren Corp has developed sourcing guidelines to commit to better environmental management of its supply chain.

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Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year 

Coming up: what Parliament will be working on this year  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The biggest piece of climate change legislation the coming years is probably the reform of Europe's emissions trade system. It also represents the EU's first concrete steps to comply with the limits agreed at the COP21 conference. It could help to reduce emissions and encourage companies to shift to renewable or low-carbon sources. It should also help to prevent firms moving production to countries with lower environmental standards.
EcoVadis's insight:

The European Parliament will continue encouraging companies to be more responsible in their supply chain

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Massachusetts considers reviewing purchasing policies related to Congo 'conflict minerals'

Massachusetts considers reviewing purchasing policies related to Congo 'conflict minerals' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The United Nations has declared that companies or individuals who buy minerals from Congo must ensure they are not helping illegal armed groups in order to avoid violating international sanctions. A U.S. law requires that any organization that must file with the Securities Exchange Commission take due diligence to ensure that any minerals purchased from Congo were properly sourced.
EcoVadis's insight:

New bill requiring administration to review procurement policies

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China's New 'Cybersecurity' Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead

China's New 'Cybersecurity' Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Chinese telecommunication sector is fully integrated into the global supply chain. Among the multinational companies supplied by Chinese telecoms are Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, who both produce and sell in the U.S. market. As a result, it is practically impossible to turn away from “Made in China” products. Rather than officially boycott Chinese telecom products or engage in protectionism, the United States could mitigate security threats by adopting an inspection system similar to the United Kingdom’s.
EcoVadis's insight:

Several Chinese cybersecurity-related laws are criticized for protectionism; what do you think?

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State Department signals interest in how tech companies address abuses in cobalt supply chain

State Department signals interest in how tech companies address abuses in cobalt supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The attention from State comes as industry groups have recently launched two initiatives aimed at curbing child labor and other dangerous practices in their cobalt supply chains. Cobalt is essential for the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles. Sixty percent of the world’s supply of cobalt comes from Congo, which has a long history of loose regulation of mines.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see that the U.S. government is taking an increased interest in how American technology companies plan to address human rights abuses

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EU Expected to Amend RoHS2 Directive for Used and Refurbished Medical Devices

The European Commission is expected to present, in early 2017, a proposal to amend the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS2) Directive.  The amendment would remove the July 22, 2019 deadline for the supply and resale of non-compliant electronic medical devices, in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) and monitoring and control instruments that were first marketed in, or imported into, the European Union or the European Economic Area (EU/EEA) before their RoHS2 cut-off dates.  If adopted, certain second-hand devices, as well as refurbished devices may continue to be marketed beyond 2019.

 

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Such adoption may take longer to be adopted and more amendments to the RoHS2 Directive may be introduced

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