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What the new Chemical Safety law means for business

What the new Chemical Safety law means for business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act replaces the Toxic Substances Control Act. Is this good or bad news?
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it will not only strengthen compliance but also hopefully encourage safer and more sustainable business. Together for Sustainability(TfS) is already on it. Read the award winning case study on TfS, describing how the chemical industry collaborates to drive results on supply chain sustainability.  

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Will Sustainable Investing Go Mainstream?

Will Sustainable Investing Go Mainstream? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
environmental and governance issues benefit from measurability and tangibility and questioned the panel about the missing “S”--social--and how that can be measured and managed. The panelists acknowledged that the social issues are the most challenging to decipher and measure, particularly as supply chains become longer as activities become increasingly outsourced and geographically dispersed.
EcoVadis's insight:

Glad to see supply chain prominent in this investor-related piece. Is sustainability poised to emerge from its niche to become a part of mainstream investing?

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JAC welcomes AT&T, Rogers and Telefónica expanding its membership to the Americas – 2016

JAC welcomes AT&T, Rogers  and Telefónica expanding its membership to the Americas – 2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The JAC approach, combining CSR assessments and on-site audits using third party independent audit firms, is mutually beneficial for both JAC member companies and suppliers: JAC members leverage the sharing of resources and best practices, thus increasing the scale of CSR assessments and follow up processes with the benefit of reducing duplication of multiple audits of the same supplier.
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Great to see advancements in collaboration within industries to drive CSR performance in the supply chain 

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Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016

Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, has commended the environmental commitment made by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The Group is proud to be ranked 10th
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Congrats to client Schneider Electric on their achievement. 

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The business case for sustainable electronics

The business case for sustainable electronics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In the late 1990s, the main goal was simply to create electronics that worked. Then, concerns about emissions prompted IT manufacturers to implement health and safety protocols. Environmental concerns emerged at the dawn of the new millennium, ushering in the green manufacturing era.
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Not only does going into sustainable electronics bring competitive advantage, help mitigate risks or reduce costs, but it also is a must for the sustainability of a business in this new era. 

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Buying a better future – Procurement’s sustainability leaders recognised- Blog - Procurious

Buying a better future – Procurement’s sustainability leaders recognised- Blog - Procurious | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Once seen as a ‘niche’ part of the profession, sustainable purchasing is fast moving into the mainstream. The misbelief that sustainable solutions cost more is quickly giving way as businesses recognise that competitive advantage lies in developing innovative, sustainable supply chains..." 

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Nice recap of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) recognition to responsible purchasing... 

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UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

He also said that environmental concerns must be addressed in a much more integrated and horizontal way as they are inextricably connected to economic considerations, to social development, to human rights...

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Supply chain sustainability is a giant lever for changing those 'old habits'!

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C&A steps up sustainability efforts with top-rated suppliers

C&A steps up sustainability efforts with top-rated suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Value retailer C&A says it has increased the number of top-rated suppliers it sources from and has grown its sustainable supply chain team, as it published its first global sustainability report and revealed progress towards its 2020 goals. related to Apparel, Manufacturing, Retail, Social & environmental responsibility, Sourcing, C&A,
EcoVadis's insight:

C&A has an Interesting supplier sustainability rating system on a scale from "A to E" (like grades), and great that they publish their coverage, and also % in A-B score range.

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Together, companies and supply chains can reduce carbon footprints

Together, companies and supply chains can reduce carbon footprints | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Working with the supply chain doesn’t just reduce carbon footprints; it also makes business sense. Reduce carbon emissions though optimization and greater efficiencies, and you’ll reduce costs, too.
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Some great examples here, from transport to printers, of how you can leverage the supply chain for huge improvements in sustainability footprint.

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Two UK tobacco companies 'cannot guarantee' their cigarettes were not made by children

Two UK tobacco companies 'cannot guarantee' their cigarettes were not made by children | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Human Rights Watch claims that tobacco companies should do more to eliminate child labour within they supply chain through meticulous investigation as well as adequate monitoring and external audit."

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The impact of child labour in operations and supply chain can be negative to businesses' reputation. This concern is a vital one when elaborating sustainability and CSR strategies. 

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NEWS ADVISORY: 2016 Awards for Sustainable Purchasing | SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

NEWS ADVISORY: 2016 Awards for Sustainable Purchasing | SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) will recognize thirty-four organizations and seven individuals who have leveraged institutional purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.
EcoVadis's insight:

Congrats to all award winners! Great recognition for adopting sustainable purchasing strategies. Among them, EcoVadis & TfS: winner of the '2016 Market Transformation Award'

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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..."

EcoVadis's insight:

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 

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Companies Increasingly Dedicating Sustainability Resources to Supply Chain Functions

Companies Increasingly Dedicating Sustainability Resources to Supply Chain Functions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2014, the number of companies dedicating sustainability resources to supply chain efforts grew 10%, according to GreenBiz research. In 2015, that number jumped to 26%, showing significant growth in the last two years."

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More and more companies are seeing the importance of having a strong procurement and involving more resources and fundings in the team. These figures will only increase in the forthcoming years...

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A Brave New World for Sustainability Reporting

A Brave New World for Sustainability Reporting | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Conversations ranged from how generational mindsets are shifting, to open-source platforms, to the circular economy, all converging on one key finding: Reporting is poised to make a major pivot..."

EcoVadis's insight:

Great summary (by Jonathan Morris, Manager, BSR) about 'sustainability reporting' from the thoughts of more than 1,000 sustainability professionals, gathered at last month’s Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Conference in Amsterdam.

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Six months after the COP21: 4 ways to unleash the power of Sustainable Development

Six months after the COP21: 4 ways to unleash the power of Sustainable Development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As the Paris Agreement destined to fight global warming has been signed by more than 175 countries, it’s urgent that we now make sure it produces the desired results. Indeed, Climate Central, an ONG that utilizes NASA data, has just announced that in the first 3 months of 2016, we were already dangerously close to the 1,5º temperature increase limit fixed by the COP21.
EcoVadis's insight:

Very interesting insight from Sylvain Guyoton, VP Research at EcoVadis, on how to work towards the objectives of the COP21 agreement for its "6-month anniversary''.

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From tiny seeds - How L'Oreal is tracing palm oil in its supply chain

From tiny seeds - How L'Oreal is tracing palm oil in its supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Having set the goal that none of its products should be linked in any way to deforestation by 2020, L'Oreal is now implementing a series of action plans for the sustainable supply of agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soya oil and wood fibre based products.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see our customer L'Oréal aiming to be among the world's most responsible companies and to lead  by example on the issue of palm oil.

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How General Mills and Kellogg Are Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions

How General Mills and Kellogg Are Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
General Mills will cut absolute GHGs by 28% by 2025 “across the entire value chain.”
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Great effort here on 'scope 3' in food/agriculture sector: Setting aggressive targets for supply chain!

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More Focus Needed on Sustainable Procurement, IEMA Report Shows

More Focus Needed on Sustainable Procurement, IEMA Report Shows | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CSR roles at procurement organizations are maturing, but companies can still be doing more to improve corporate sustainability.
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From policy (87%) to commitment (70%) to action (25%); respondents of Sustainable Procurement survey IEMA report. 

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Community relationships are the key to a sustainable future (not a marriage of convenience) - David Picton's blog

Community relationships are the key to a sustainable future (not a marriage of convenience) - David Picton's blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Despite many different definitions for sustainability and corporate responsibility, one thread remains the same: businesses that fail to form transparent, meaningful relationships that build public trust are businesses without competitive futures.
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Good reads about what lies behind building relationships with the community as part of sustainability or CSR strategies... 

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5 Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation, Challenge Others to Do the Same | Sustainable Brands

5 Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation, Challenge Others to Do the Same | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Coca-Cola Company, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IKEA and Unilever recently launched the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, a collaboration focused on promoting ethical recruitment and combating the exploitation of migrant workers in global supply chains across industries. The five founding companies have committed to the “Employer Pays Principle,” which states that no worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer.
EcoVadis's insight:

A wide variety of industry sectors in this initiative to end worker-paid recruitment practices that are a root cause of labor exploitation. Very different from an industry initiative, but in stead a cross-industry initiative. Will this be a trend for other issues going forward?

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How Cisco Is Using Its Unique Capabilities to Drive Breakthroughs in Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Brands

How Cisco Is Using Its Unique Capabilities to Drive Breakthroughs in Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
we’re focusing major efforts in three key areas:

Driving respect for human rights throughout the supply chain
Reducing carbon impacts of manufacturing and logistics practices
Building on circular-economy initiatives, including enhancing product design and increasing take back
A key enabler of our progress has been the digitization efforts we are driving across our supply chain.
EcoVadis's insight:

More evidence from Cisco of quantifying and "digitizing" sustainability, can improve impact and progress in supply chains!

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State of Responsible Business: 'Good progress, lots of room for improvement' | Ethical Corporation

State of Responsible Business: 'Good progress, lots of room for improvement' | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The main lesson that can be taken from this year’s State of Responsible Business report is that the value of incorporating responsible business practice and sustainability into all sides of the business is increasingly recognised, accepted, and acted upon. Those first two points – recognition and acceptance of the business case for sustainability – shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise...

EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see quite positive progress in terms of sustainability and CSR in businesses, at least as a start. Hoping that refined strategy and increasing concern add up in the near future. 

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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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