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2013 Sustainable Procurement Benchmark

"Quantifying the benefits linked to Sustainable Procurement is often challenging but practices of leaders demonstrate that this is a key lever to widespread adoption."

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Benchmark shows sustainable sourcing trends over last 10 years!. Progress is being made in some areas, but now it is time to measure value creation!

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How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine | Supplier Relationships content from IndustryWeek

How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine | Supplier Relationships content from IndustryWeek | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
A manufacturer’s supply chain can deliver value that goes well beyond cost, quality and efficiency.

Via David McClintock
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Huge leverage, but how do you select which suppliers to work with on innovation? Hint: CSR/Sustainability performance is an powerful indicator...

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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 19, 6:34 AM

Huge leverage, but how do you select which suppliers to work with on innovation? Hint: CSR/Sustainability performance is an powerful indicator...

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Patagonia's Decentralized Approach to Sustainability

Patagonia recently dissolved its sustainability department. This is a development Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Affairs, is very proud of.


Via David McClintock
EcoVadis's insight:

Fascinating! What would the issues be to scale this 'decentralized sustainability' up to Global-500 sized companies? Consistency of metrics across business units?

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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 1, 5:46 AM

Fascinating! Can a 'decentralized sustainability' approach scale? (Seems like it should by nature...)

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Sustainability Starts with the Supply Chain | Supplier Relationships content from IndustryWeek

Sustainability Starts with the Supply Chain | Supplier Relationships content from IndustryWeek | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

IntereThe biggest challenge to supply chain sustainability is a widespread perception among suppliers that sustainability and business goals are at odds.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, November 4, 8:27 AM

Internal note: Interesting that this is from someone at UL, in their Supply chain practice.

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Increasing business resilience through supply chain risk mitigation at Centrica

Increasing business resilience through supply chain risk mitigation at Centrica | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
In 2011, UK energy company Centrica – which bought Bord Gáis Energy for €1.1bn earlier this year – introduced a responsible procurement programme that seeks to mitigate the potentially adverse impacts of social and environmental risks within its growing supply chain.
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I love that Centrica are emphasizing working with their suppliers toward CSR improvement - bravo David Wylie & team!

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The Bangladesh Accord factory audits finds more than 80,000 safety hazards

The Bangladesh Accord factory audits finds more than 80,000 safety hazards | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Alan Roberts: the next challenge is to finalise and implement corrective plans and ensure brands stay committed to protecting worker safety
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Child Labor Is Still Prevalent Around the World. Here's How to Eliminate It

Child Labor Is Still Prevalent Around the World. Here's How to Eliminate It | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Laws banning children from working are often counterproductive. A better approach is to give parents incentives to send their kids to school
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Despite 30% reduction since 2010, 10% of world children are still laborers..4% of them in forced, bond labor or prostitution.

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Colloque sur le Risque et la Conformité

Colloque sur le Risque et la Conformité | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Thomson Reuters vous convier à la deuxième édition de notre colloque sur le risque et la conformité. L’année dernière plus de 500 déléguées des institutions financières, entreprises françaises et institutions d’Etat ont fait de cette journée un succès.

Cette nouvelle édition vous permettra d’assister à des présentations, des tables rondes mais également de débattre avec des spécialites de renom en matière de risque et de conformité....

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Colloque sur le Risque et la Conformité EcoVadis fait partie des intervenants au colloque Thomson Reuters Accelus sur le risque et la conformité, le 18 Novembre à Paris.

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EU Disclosure: How Ready Are You to Report on Nonfinancial Information? | Blog

EU Disclosure: How Ready Are You to Report on Nonfinancial Information? | Blog | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

The EU’s regulatory push comes at a time when investors are putting more pressure on business to report metrics on their social and environmental performance, investments, and risks

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The EU’s PE-CONS 47/14, a new directive on mandatory disclosure of nonfinancial information, raises the bar on disclosure, emphasizes due diligence, and requires greater supply chain transparency.

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Nespresso Investing $550 Million to Achieve Carbon Neutrality, Responsible Supply Chain | Sustainable Brands

Nespresso Investing $550 Million to Achieve Carbon Neutrality, Responsible Supply Chain | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Nespresso has announced it will invest nearly $550 million USD over the next six years to implement a new sustainability strategy aimed at achieving carbon neutrality, as well as 100 percent responsibly sourced coffee and managed aluminum.
Dubbed “The Positive Cup”, Nespresso says the strategy is based on Nestlé’s approach to Creating Shared Value (CSV) and builds upon the steps it already has taken over the last five years to improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coff
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Coca-Cola Enterprises : Continuing our sustainability journey with suppliers

Coca-Cola Enterprises : Continuing our sustainability journey with suppliers | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Coca-Cola Enterprises - an EcoVadis customer - making great progess making their supply chain sustainable - Bravo!
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Reporting supply chain sustainability: a myriad of metrics

Reporting supply chain sustainability: a myriad of metrics | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

There are more than 2,500 different metics used to measure sustainability in supply chains, bringing both challenges and opportunities for business

EcoVadis's insight:

Not surprising knowing the complexity of supply chain topics as well as this is still a new, emerging field even amongst the biggest corporations.

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Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense

Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Sustainability is a priority for food and beverage companies, yet it’s a challenge to implement, according to a survey by Grant Thornton.

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 9, 11:46 AM

Clearly some see a business need for sustainability.

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Undercover BBC Expose Reveals Apple's 'Exhausted' Chinese Workers

Undercover BBC Expose Reveals Apple's 'Exhausted' Chinese Workers | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Apple has been accused of using Chinese suppliers who exhaust their workers, provide inadequate training and impose other harsh working conditions.

A BBC Panorama report into a Pegatron factory in Shanghai, one of Apple's major suppliers, said wor...
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What stands about this article about the BBC report is its coverage  in one single article of social controversies far upstream in the supply chain -from the fabless company,  the manufacturer (Pegatron) to the Indonesian mine - raw materials)....


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@PCHInternational explains how new values in sustainability & worker relations lead to better business [Partner content]

@PCHInternational explains how new values in sustainability & worker relations lead to better business [Partner content] | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
As part of a larger series on sustainability, PSFK will be exploring this topic through the lens of the initiatives of PCH, specifically its manufacturing in China as detailed in its recently released sustainability report

Via David McClintock
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PCH added a new tool to help labor/workforce transparency "Little Bird Mutual-Aid Hotline". Also added 'MicroBenefits' as a partner, and measured the results (>$1.3M in savings!) - bravo!

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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 1, 5:37 AM

PCH added a new tool to help labor/workforce transparency "Little Bird Mutual-Aid Hotline". Also added 'MicroBenefits' as a partner, and measured the results (>$1.3M in savings!) - bravo!

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Supply Chain Sustainability is here to stay… but is it sustainable?

Supply Chain Sustainability is here to stay… but is it sustainable? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

In keeping a constant eye on the latest supply chain news, trends and best practices, it is impossible to miss the plethora of headlines in recent weeks addressing the topic of supply chain sustainability.

EcoVadis's insight:

"Measuring sustainability compliance is complex" We agree, but the EcoVadis approach to analyzing and rating suppliers sustainability management systems with 360° checks on stakeholder inputs is not something a supplier can easily "slip by". We believe in the reliability of our ratings to drive accountability and continuous improvement throughout the supply chain.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, September 9, 9:31 AM

"Measuring sustainability compliance is complex" We agree, but the EcoVadis approach to analyzing and rating suppliers sustainability management systems with 360° checks on stakeholder inputs is not something a supplier can easily "slip by". We believe in the reliability of our ratings to drive accountability and continuous improvement throughout the supply chain.

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DJSI/RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2014

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Via David McClintock
EcoVadis's insight:

Great stats on improvement in reporting. Quick poll: Are you targeting DJSI listing this year? Is there another higher priority for you in terms of CSR/Sustainability reporting/listing/recognition? What it?

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EcoVadis's curator insight, September 26, 8:40 AM

Great stats on improvement in reporting. Quick poll: Are you targeting DJSI listing this year? Is there another higher priority for you in terms of CSR/Sustainability reporting/listing/recognition? What it?

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Only 3% of Largest Global Firms Report Basic Sustainability Metrics

Only 3% of Largest Global Firms Report Basic Sustainability Metrics | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Only 3 percent of the world’s largest listed companies report on all basic sustainability metrics, according to a study by investment advisory and research firm Corporate Knights Capital.
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This is quite different from the 80% reported by KPMG in 2013...

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5 top-of-mind matters for supply chain risk management

5 top-of-mind matters for supply chain risk management | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
InsideCounsel recently spoke with Kenneth Resnick, president of ATRQ Global, an ethics and compliance consulting firm and former vice president and general counsel for GE Oil & Gas about supply chain risk and how to manage it.
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Nice to see a chief legal counsel aware of these issues!

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'We suck. We really do,' Labor secretary says about minimum wage | WashingtonExaminer.com

'We suck. We really do,' Labor secretary says about minimum wage | WashingtonExaminer.com | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Labor Secretary Tom Perez isn't mincing words when it comes to describing the U.S. federal minimum wage.
“I mean, we suck ... We really do,” Perez said of the $7.25 minimum hourly wage, one of the lowest among developed nations.
Perez's remarks, delivered at a Bloomberg News event and reported by the publication, were delivered in response to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's comment Monday at a Chamber of Commerce event that he was “tired of hearing about the minimum wage.”
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UK firms must act to ensure supply chains are slavery free | Supply Management

UK firms must act to ensure supply chains are slavery free | Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Latest procurement and supply chain news, opinion, analysis, practical advice and tips from Supply Management, official publication of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).
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U.S. to Create National Plan on Responsible Business Practices | Inter Press Service

U.S. to Create National Plan on Responsible Business Practices | Inter Press Service | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
EcoVadis's insight:

Glad to see Obama endorsing a plan for Responsible Business Practices. This follows a trend we see in Europe for giving Corporates more responsibilities over global sustainability practices (including corruption or human rights)

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DJSI 2014 Indices published

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Great stats on improvement in reporting. Quick poll: Are you targeting DJSI listing this year? Is there another higher priority for you in terms of CSR/Sustainability reporting/listing/recognition?

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Hershey’s Announces Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

Hershey’s Announces Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY), in its commitment to source 100% sustainable palm oil, takes assistance from an environmental group.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great that they have a code of conduct, and also it goes beyond environmental to include fair labor/business practices. But not much said in this article about the means and tools Hershey's will use to assess or help suppliers improve their CSR performance...

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David McClintock's curator insight, September 29, 3:59 AM

Great that they have a code of conduct, and also it goes beyond environmental to include fair labor/business practices. But not much said in this article about the means and tools Hershey's will use to assess or help suppliers improve their CSR performance...

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Reporting supply chain sustainability: a myriad of metrics

Reporting supply chain sustainability: a myriad of metrics | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
There are more than 2,500 different metics used to measure sustainability in supply chains, bringing both challenges and opportunities for business
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New study found that 2500 KPI's are available for sustainable supply chain ! Luckily EcoVadis is making this a bit simpler by transforming those category specific metrics in simple 1-100 scores to be used by purchasing managers.

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ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry

ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
New partnership will address industrial relations, wages, capacity building for social partners and skills development in global supply chains of the garment industry.
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