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A 5 Step Guide to Building a Business Case for Sustainable Procurement | Sustainable Supply Views

A 5 Step Guide to Building a Business Case for Sustainable Procurement | Sustainable Supply Views | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Are you looking to launch or scale a sustainable procurement program at your company, but don't know where to start? Check out our 5-step guide, with strategies and stories from companies forging a path towards this sustainable procurement transformation, as well as a growing number of surveys, studies and supporting research...

Let us know what you think in comments on the blog!

EcoVadis's insight:

Selling your boss, team or organization on a sustainable procurement initiative will mean rallying a variety of resources to enrich your business case. We tried to capture the main steps with this series of tips. Let us know what you think!

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Jean-Yves Broussy's curator insight, August 3, 11:22 PM

Selling your boss, team or organization on a sustainable procurement initiative will mean rallying a variety of resources to enrich your business case. We tried to capture the main steps with this series of tips. Let us know what you think!

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Tradeshift Partners With EcoVadis

Tradeshift Partners With EcoVadis | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Sustainability ratings moving toward an apps and collaboration model...

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Indirect Supply Chain B2B's curator insight, July 26, 1:26 PM

Supplier Sustainability Ratings...

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Conflict minerals – light at the end of the tunnel?

Conflict minerals – light at the end of the tunnel? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

According to the European Parliament, amending the regulation to apply to these downstream companies would expand the scope of the regulation from just 400 European importers, as originally proposed, to approximately 880,000 European companies....    


The draft EU regulation expands the focus to sourcing from any conflict-affected or high-risk area (not just countries) anywhere in the world. This broad geographic scope will lead to uncertainty for companies, and they may struggle to ensure that high risk areas are appropriately identified and that the EU member states, activists, and non-governmental organizations will be satisfied with the defined areas.

EcoVadis's insight:

In addition to potential 20x expansion to 880,000 companies, the draft EU regulation is also not specifying countries (as, for example, Dodd Frank does in the US). This will create even more urgent need for a scalable system for evaluating suppliers...

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UN Global Compact report Staying in the game: 15 trends impacting the global business landscape

UN Global Compact report Staying in the game: 15 trends impacting the global business landscape | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

12. HYPER-TRANSPARENCY:  Digital technology will continue to revolutionise communications. There will be even greater demand for hyper-transparency in business supply chains, at all levels. Social Media will escalate the pressure on business to disclose and
self-regulate. Hyper-transparency is a powerful force as wealth in the information age will be held in ‘intangible’ assets such as brands, patents and customer trust.

EcoVadis's insight:

Are you ready for Hyper-transparency in supply chains?

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VF Corp's Lee ReThink taps into sustainable supply chain

VF Corp's Lee ReThink taps into sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Jeans produced under VF Corp's Lee ReThink denim programme in China - which aims to improve sustainability at every stage of the supply chain - require around 1,100 less gallons of water to produce compared to a typical pair of Lee jeans.
EcoVadis's insight:

This is great work, to have sustainability programs that penetrate deeper into the supply chain: "We have an opportunity to change people's lives... Its not juts about the first tier supplier, its about the entire supply chain"


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Adam Foster's comment, August 22, 2:28 AM
Denim Dresses for Women https://www.shoppersfeed.com/womens-jeans-shop
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The EU’s Copycat Conflict Minerals Rule Adds Further Impetus To Supply Chain Stewardship Initiatives -Verdantix

When hard-pressed managers in sourcing, supply chain and sustainability run out of resources, they should turn to specialist suppliers like 3E Company, Actio, Assent Compliance and EcoVadis.

EcoVadis's insight:

This is an eye-opener for supply chains on new compliance trends. The new EU conflict minerals law may be even stricter than Dodd-Frank in the US (whose "undeterminable' clause expires in 2016, exposing potentially 1000 companies and $billions of spend to reporting requirements)...

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Schneider Electric Turns to Digital Monitoring in Global Supply Chain

Schneider Electric Turns to Digital Monitoring in Global Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Schneider Electric uses cloud-based software, other technology to keep tabs on shipments, capabilities the company says come in handy during a crisis

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And in addition, Schneider Electric also uses EcoVadis supplier sustainability ratings (cloud platform), which also integrates via API

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Frost Sullivan – Sustainability and Collaboration is the Way Forward to Address Changes in the Externalities of Business Environments

Frost Sullivan – Sustainability and Collaboration is the Way Forward to Address Changes in the Externalities of Business Environments | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Frost Sullivan recently concluded its 6th edition of the 'Green Manufacturing Excellence Awards (GMEA) ...
EcoVadis's insight:

Indeed, sustainability is the future of business today and moving forward in the right direction is key to long term growth. 

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Kellogg’s Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Commitments

Kellogg’s Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Commitments | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
As a part of its 2020 sustainability commitments, Kellogg’s has pledged to responsibly source a number of its key ingredients, including corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, beet and cane sugar, cocoa, palm oil, fruits and vanilla, by 2020. This commitment expands the company’s efforts to work directly with agricultural suppliers, millers and farmers and improve the sustainability of their operations.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see sustainable supply commitments, and on a 2020 horizon from industry leaders. Would like to see mention of non-ag suppliers like transport, and indirect as well. Keep pushing the goals...

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Jean-Yves Broussy's curator insight, August 3, 11:21 PM

Great to see sustainable supply commitments, and on a 2020 horizon from industry leaders. Would like to see mention of non-ag suppliers like transport, and indirect as well. Keep pushing the goals...

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Toyota Material Handling évalué positivement par Ecovadis pour sa gestion du développement durable

Toyota Material Handling évalué positivement par Ecovadis pour sa gestion du développement durable | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) a été classé au niveau mondial, par EcoVadis parmi le top 2 % des fournisseurs pour sa transparence sur les sujets liés au développement durable.
EcoVadis's insight:

Congratulations to Toyota Material Handling Europe on the Gold rating on their EcoVadis Supplier CSR Scorecard!

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The Contagious Revolt By A Chinese Worker That Shook Up The Global Economy | Sustainable Supply Views

The Contagious Revolt By A Chinese Worker That Shook Up The Global Economy | Sustainable Supply Views | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
On May 17, 2010, instead of reporting to his workstation, Tan Zhiqing pressed on the emergency button and stopped the production line.
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A retrospective on the five-year anniversary of one worker's courageous act of protest in China that sparked a chain reaction...

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G-7 Leaders' Declaration: Strong emphasis on responsible supply chains

G-7 Leaders' Declaration: Strong emphasis on responsible supply chains | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
We welcome initiatives to promote the establishment of appropriate, impartial tools to help consumers and public procurers in our countries compare information on the validity and credibility of social and environmental product labels. One example is the use of relevant apps, which are already available in some countries.
EcoVadis's insight:

Hmm, I can think of one such "relevant app"... ;-)  The support and encouragement of voluntary due diligence means doing the right thing. The word 'compliance' does not appear. Doing the right thing often means going beyond compliance. (Check our blog soon for a post on this topic!)

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Sustainable businesses becoming a popular choice among investors

Sustainable businesses becoming a popular choice among investors | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Reports suggest that investors are increasingly looking at the impact of their investment portfolios on the wider world, and that they need not trade-off profit…
EcoVadis's insight:

The reports suggests that investors are increasingly looking at the wider impact of their investments while adopting a more long term view on returns.

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U.S. Representatives Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report - Supply Chain 24/7

U.S. Representatives Propose Supply Chain Law Following Slavery Report - Supply Chain 24/7 | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Chris Smith proposed legislation requiring public companies with global receipts of more than $100 million to disclose any measures to prevent human trafficking, slavery or child labor in their supply chains as part of their annual reports
EcoVadis's insight:

Its more than a trend: The USA is the next to follow the path of requiring due diligence in the supply chain, like the UK Modern Slavery Act, after France's 'devoir de vigilance' proposal in parliament, the brewing EU initiative, and a popular movement in Switzerland... 

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Will Human Rights Due Diligence Soon Become Mandatory for EU Corporations and their Supply Chains?

Will Human Rights Due Diligence Soon Become Mandatory for EU Corporations and their Supply Chains? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
The move looks like some kind of French revolution. Historically, French revolutions have always spread beyond its borders, and it seems that this regulatory initiative is following suit
EcoVadis's insight:

First France, then Switzerland, the EU, who's next -- UK? Also, it appears the scope of these due diligence laws are broader than Dodd Frank. It will be an interesting 2nd half of the year for many supply chains ...

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Bertrand Maltaverne's curator insight, July 20, 1:28 PM
More and more regulations making organization responsible for what happens in their supply chains.
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Sustainable Procurement Helping Companies Improve their Competitive Advantage | Justmeans

Sustainable Procurement Helping Companies Improve their Competitive Advantage | Justmeans | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

...industry leaders such as Nestle and Starbucks have recognized the importance of investing in sustainable procurement to reap long-term benefits....  Sustainable procurement is no longer just about choosing responsible suppliers, but it is more about engaging closely with them to drive innovations in design, production, packaging, labor, and transport.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see more stories of companies going beyond compliance in their responsible procurement programs. This trend is growing as programs become more mature.

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Indirect Supply Chain B2B's curator insight, July 26, 1:22 PM

Sustainable Procurement...

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Seven crucial lessons for green businesses from the UN Global Compact

Seven crucial lessons for green businesses from the UN Global Compact | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Nearly two thirds of participating companies have labour policies and procedures that also apply to their suppliers, enabling sustainability to be factored into potential supply contracts and commercial agreements.  

 Despite this, a large proportion of companies need to develop their sustainable sourcing practices, through collaboration, in order to mitigate sustainability risk they may be exposed to in their supply chain, the UN warned.

EcoVadis's insight:

UN GC update is encouraging. 2/3 of UNCG participants have policies that impact supplier contracts, but still UNGC is only 2% of global economy...

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Facebook hosts Levi's, Walmart to hack sustainability growth

Facebook hosts Levi's, Walmart to hack sustainability growth | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
"If you have 15 percent turnover every month, you have huge costs," Franzese explained.
EcoVadis's insight:

Indeed, the bigger picture of the ' footprint' is one that looks at supply chain. A large lever here is industry collaboration.

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FIFA and Bribery in Qatar: It’s Time to Approach Corruption and Human Rights Together

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FIFA and Bribery in Qatar: It’s Time to Approach Corruption and Human Rights Together<br/>		<br/>		| Blog<br/>	 | BSR | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
The FIFA bribery investigation has exposed issues in the 2022 World Cup development in Qatar beyond just corruption—and highlights the opportunity for companies to make more progress by addressing corruption and human rights challenges at the same time.
EcoVadis's insight:

US firms often have a silo view of Sustainable Supply Chain, with disconnected initiatives tackling "environmental sustainability", "human rights", "compliance". This not only leads to process inefficiencies (suppliers being assessed using different tools by different stakeholders)...but more importantly this does not tackle all the connections between CSR risks. This example is a very interesting one

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Web Tool Targets Slavery, Child Labor in Supply Chain

Web Tool Targets Slavery, Child Labor in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
“What we’re trying to get away from is the 1990s when people would just show up with a clipboard and pencil and ask questions,” Mr. Dillon said. “There are opportunities to apply technology and data to make those processes better and more efficient.”
EcoVadis's insight:

The more one can quantify CSR issues by looking at reliable indicators, the more efficient procurement decisions can be, and the more they can focus on adding strategic value.

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Bombardier Transportation Announces Winners of its 2015 Supplier Sustainability Awards

Bombardier Transportation Announces Winners of its 2015 Supplier Sustainability Awards | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

The award recognises suppliers’ accomplishments in the field of sustainable development and their commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).   


Bombardier Transportation suppliers are nominated for the Supplier Sustainability Award for their ongoing commitment to CR and assessed according to the standards set out by the recently founded rail sustainability procurement initiative Railsponsible. The evaluation focuses on both the achieved score and proactive initiatives that add value to Bombardier Transportation’s business..."

EcoVadis's insight:

Bravo to Bombardier Transportation for recognizing suppliers great sustainability performance!

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The EU may move towards mandatory business & human rights regulation

The EU may move towards mandatory business & human rights regulation | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it


If a subsidiary commits wrongful acts, including corruption, health impairment or environmental or human rights harm, it will be very difficult to extend liability to the mother company, and even more if operating abroad and/or through anonymous companies, in which case it is quasi impossible, not to mention suppliers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Is "Piercing the corporate veil" with a direct liability link to the group necessary if the requirement of due diligence, perhaps through standards set by industry associations and recognized by states, be enough -- especially as it can be applied to the subsidiary operating companies in all major EU countries?

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12 Risks That Can Disrupt Modern Supply Chains

12 Risks That Can Disrupt Modern Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Modern supply chains are characterized by close integration of suppliers with purchasing organizations, where suppliers are viewed as strategic partners who enable clients to add scale and capabilities, become more efficient and drive innovation. Therefore, it is not a surprise that supplier risk management is getting increased attention from the CPO’s office.

EcoVadis's insight:

Take into consideration the impact your supplier is making on your supply chain and consider evaluating them. 

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G7 leaders pledge to 'promote safe and sustainable supply chains' | Supply Management

G7 leaders pledge to 'promote safe and sustainable supply chains' | Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

“Unsafe and poor working conditions lead to significant social and economic losses and are linked to environmental damage,” said the statement. “Given our prominent share in the globalisation process, G7 countries have an important role to play in promoting labour rights, decent working conditions and environmental protection in global supply chains.” 

EcoVadis's insight:

An inspiring article on the G7 pledging to promote sustainable supply chains. Let's translate this into action! 

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Webinar Registration: How Heineken is going beyond compliance to drive Responsible Sourcing

Webinar Registration: How Heineken is going beyond compliance to drive Responsible Sourcing | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

EcoVadis is pleased to co-host a free webinar featuring Heineken CPO David Spacey, covering a case study of Heineken's sustainable procurement initiative, "How Heineken Is Going Beyond Supplier Compliance to Drive Innovation Through Responsible Sourcing". Join us on June 17, 10:00 am EDT / 3:00 pm BST / 4:00 pm CEST

EcoVadis's insight:

Join us to learn more about what Heineken is doing in regards to sustainable procurement! 

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Join us to learn more about what Heineken is doing in regards to sustainable procurement!