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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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FCA Fiat Chrystler Letter to Stakeholders

FCA Fiat Chrystler Letter to Stakeholders | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In the recently published sustainability report from FCA, the letter to stakeholders from the CEO and Chairman states:

"Results were also impacted by the interruption of supply following the Tianjin port explosion in August...."

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This letter from the Fiat-Chrystler CEO mentions supply chain interruption due to Tianjin explosion last year impacted results. A telling indicator of the visibility of supply risks to global businesses!

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Multinationals drop palm oil supplier as sustainability certifications start to bite

Multinationals drop palm oil supplier as sustainability certifications start to bite | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
However, the company also offered something of an olive branch to IOI Group, confirming it would work with IOI, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders to "address and remediate the proven complaints and to demonstrate its commitment to fundamentally and transparently change the way it drives sustainable palm oil development to meet the highest social and environmental standards".
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Very encouraged to see the commitment to help this supplier improve. Ideally we'd see them set some performance targets that go beyond just he compliance.

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A Letter from Jean Rogers, SASB’s CEO

A Letter from Jean Rogers, SASB’s CEO | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
We issued provisional standards for Infrastructure, marking the completion of a full set of provisional standards for 79 industries in 10 sectors.
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wow, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board covers 79 inidustries in 10 sectors! THe comment period is open for 90 days

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Are Environmental Responsibility and Profitability Mutually Exclusive? | Part 1: Sustainable Procurement | Building Design & Construction Magazine

Are Environmental Responsibility and Profitability Mutually Exclusive? | Part 1: Sustainable Procurement | Building Design & Construction Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Are Environmental Responsibility and Profitability Mutually Exclusive? | Part 1: Sustainable Procurement. The UK's Leading Building, Design and Construction Magazine & Source of Construction News
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A thorough 6-part series, focused on environmental aspects, but touching on broader impacts such as supply chain, fleet management.

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Tradeshift Enters Strategic Partnership With Baiwang to Accelerate Supply Chain Digitization in China | Business Wire

Tradeshift Enters Strategic Partnership With Baiwang to Accelerate Supply Chain Digitization in China | Business Wire | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The strategic partnership covers over 70% market share across the finance and insurance industries. Customers include the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, Ping An Group, and China Railways.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to hear about this alliance - this may help pave the way to bring more holisitic supplier management process, with this tight link to the commercial/financial transactions.

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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 30, 8:10 PM

Great to hear about this amazing alliance. Tradeshift combines EcoVadis’s supplier sustainability Scorecard ratings, risk, and performance management tools with all the other supplier management and procurement processes on it's platform.

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BASF's new strategy for a greener supply chain

BASF's new strategy for a greener supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Since BASF launched the Sustainable Solution Steering in 2011, the company has engaged more than 2,000 employees from marketing, sales, R&D and sustainability to assess the sustainability of products, evaluated its entire 60,000 product portfolio and identified 14,000 Accelerator solutions. Today, over 74 percent of BASF’s sales revenues are from products that meet basic sustainability standards in the marketplace (Performer level) and 23 percent of products make a substantial contribution to sustainability (Accelerator level).
EcoVadis's insight:

BASF, who is one of our clients, has been continuously perfecting its supply chain strategy and we congratulate them for their ongoing efforts to have a greener supply chain.

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Fairtrade Foundation and TfL announce five-year uniform partnership

Fairtrade Foundation and TfL announce five-year uniform partnership | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The five-year deal will make TfL the first UK company and public sector body to source cotton under Fairtrade’s new Cotton Sourcing Programme, which aims to deliver more market opportunities for cotton farmers to sell on Fairtrade terms.
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Great effort towards a more sustainable sourcing in the public sector and encouraging for cotton farmers to see their efforts rewarded fairly.

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Supply Chain Mapping is the First Step to New Trade Act Compliance

Supply Chain Mapping is the First Step to New Trade Act Compliance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
With the recent passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which bans the U.S. from accepting imports produced by slave or child workers, companies will have to start digging further down in their supply chain to investigate whether this forced labor exists.
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This Act will have an important impact on worldwide procurement. Companies will have to deeply investigate their Tiers 1,2&3 suppliers in their supply chain to look for associated risks.

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Uniting the aerospace industry en route to a sustainable future

Uniting the aerospace industry en route to a sustainable future | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
By bringing together representatives of most of the aerospace value chain, IAEG ensures that the right stakeholders are present to create voluntary consensus standards that drive consistency and efficiency across the entire industry. IAEG is focused on global laws and regulations affecting health and the environment, and engages in discussions to address the complexities of meeting these requirements and advancing innovative environmental solutions.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see leaders tackle environmental challenges in their industry as they share environmental expertise and experience among IAEG member companies, but also, by learning more from their stakeholders and counterparts.

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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.
EcoVadis's insight:

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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How Customer Requirements are Driving Sustainability into the Supply Chain

How Customer Requirements are Driving Sustainability into the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Rick Love, EH&S Manager for United Technologies Corp. describes the benefits of setting sustainability requirements for the company's top-tier suppliers.
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Great to see this positive, upside benefits driven motivation to bring sustainability standards to the supply chain at a huge multi-national like United Technologies.

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Levi Strauss uses waste nylon in sustainable jeans

Levi Strauss uses waste nylon in sustainable jeans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Levi Strauss & Co is partnering with Italian fibre company Aquafil to develop a collection using fibres made from regenerated nylon from waste materials such as fishing nets and spent carpets.  related to Apparel, Fibres & fabrics, Retail, Social & environmental responsibility, Levi Strauss,
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Great "circular economy" effort! How can we help find more suppliers like Aquafil who are focused on these innovations!

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10th Anniversary World Procurement Awards Shortlist

10th Anniversary World Procurement Awards Shortlist | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD
Barilla - Sustainable Farming
Etihad Airways - Abu Dhabi SME support with Khalifa Fund
GSK - Ebola Vaccines Project
GSK - Carbon Reduction
Mars, Incorprated - Vision for Change, Cocoa Sustainability
Nokia - From compliance to learning & engagement... 

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Congrats to GSK and Nokia on being selected on the shortlist for the Procurement Leaders "Corporate Social Responsibility" award!

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Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative

Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies must build internal capability and engage directly with workers

Companies should spend their time and money more wisely. They should build their internal capability and leadership - having hard conversations internally about what needs to change in their sourcing, purchasing and human resources practices. Short-term fixes may be tempting, but this kind of investment will pay off far more in the long-term.  

 And of course, the most effective form of due diligence is to engage directly with workers and their representatives. Because workers that can advocate for themselves and negotiate their own terms and conditions are not at risk of modern slavery.
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Agreed. The challenge for companies is finding the right indicators and tools to focus their efforts, as many large multinationals have 10,000, 50,000 or more suppliers. 

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New Tools Benchmark Corporate Efforts to Eliminate Modern Slavery | Sustainable Brands

New Tools Benchmark Corporate Efforts to Eliminate Modern Slavery | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Modern slavery has been a popular topic in corporate responsibility lately, and with good reason: Forced labor affects roughly 21 million people around the globe, and 71 percent of companies believe there is a likelihood of modern slavery occurring at some point within their supply chains. Several organizations have stepped up to help companies identify forced labor in their supply chains, assess their human rights performance, and to benchmark their performance within their industry sector; 3 new frameworks were released this week.
EcoVadis's insight:

wow, 3 new benchmarking initiatives in one week on human rights in the supply chain. Some big brands were studied, but not named in the anonymized rankings... Links provided to the pilot reports. This mirrors the interest we are seeing in assessment coverage of forced labor issues. Eager to see if these efforts converge.

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs | UN Global Compact

Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs | UN Global Compact | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainable supply chain practices are a practical pathway to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By implementing supply chain sustainability programmes, companies engage with both direct and sub-tier suppliers, mainstreaming values and actions and maximizing overall social, environmental and ethical impact. 

Join the UN Global Compact, in collaboration with the Global Sourcing Council, to learn how these efforts contribute to the SDGs, and to obtain practical guidance on how to achieve the objectives of the SDGs through sustainable supply chain practices.
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This is a great opportunity to bring a very positive perspective on the impact we can make with successful supply chain sustainability programs. EcoVadis will be attending, and encourage our community to participate as well!

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The Modern Slavery Act: Why Inaction May Be Commercial Suicide | Sustainable Brands

The Modern Slavery Act: Why Inaction May Be Commercial Suicide | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Consumers want companies to be more forthcoming on the subject of slavery,” Swenson added. “They want answers to how much brands know about slavery within their businesses and what they are doing to combat it.”
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With growing pressure from consumers and governments, companies from around the world are bound to put in place policies and measures to identify and combat modern slavery in their supply chains. 

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Sustainable Value & Supply Chains Master's-Level Course

Sustainable Value & Supply Chains Master's-Level Course | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Interdisciplinary learning Focusing on teamwork and building stakeholder relations, the programme welcomes all functions and geographies involved in the value chain including supply chain management, procurement, sales and marketing, product development and sustainability specialists. Business suppliers, NGO partners, community leaders, and policy-makers will also benefit from attending and add valuable insights. Graduates will leave the programme with the personal motivation and confidence to drive change, influence colleagues and to work collaboratively.

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Just 2 weeks left to register for this Sustainable Value & Supply Chains Master's-Level Course!

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Strategic Supply Chain and Procurement Best Practices in Oil and Gas

Strategic Supply Chain and Procurement Best Practices in Oil and Gas | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Procurement and supply chain strategies are set to be in the forefront of critical issues plaguing oil and gas companies, especially with the current downward spiral of oil prices.
EcoVadis's insight:

A great insight on how oil and gas companies can improve their supply chain management! More and more companies are seeking to find best solutions to deliver better supply chain value; some by using methods such as supplier ratings, supply chain market intelligence and so on.

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A great insight on how oil and gas companies can improve their supply chain management! More and more companies are seeking to find best solutions to deliver better supply chain value; some by using methods such as supplier ratings, supply chain market intelligence and so on.

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