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GSK: HOW DO YOU INCENTIVISE MORE BUSINESSES TO OPERATE MORE RESPONSIBLY? | The Great Business Debate

From my perspective, I believe there is no tension between being a responsible company and a successful one and that when responsible business is done well – that is when it is truly innovative, integrated and collaborative – it no longer needs to be incentivised. Instead responsible business is embraced as fundamental to the long-term success of both business and society. I have seen this happen at GSK and other companies and believe that it will increasingly become the norm.

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Insightful interview of GSK's Vice President of Government Affairs Jon Pender. Great to see so much engagement from one of our clients.

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Cybersurveillance : Risques et opportunités

Cybersurveillance : Risques et opportunités | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Le cadre légal et réglementaire se durcissant, les entreprises portant des activités critiques, OIV(1) en première ligne, sont désormais enjointes à mettre en place une véritable stratégie de cyberdéfense, se voulant à la fois homogène, cohérente et proportionnée aux risques identifiés. Parmi le panel de mesures organisationnelles et techniques à implémenter conformément aux objectifs fixés, la cybersurveillance, qui constitue l’une des clés de voûte du dispositif de lutte contre la cybercriminalité, est cependant susceptible de se heurter aux restrictions liées à la « privacy », préservation de la vie privée oblige. A l’échelle du territoire national et notamment de l’espace public, le simple dilemme, induit par la dualité « sécurité nationale » versus « libertés individuelles », « état d’urgence » opposé à « Etat de droit », peut devenir cas de conscience, au regard de finalités de traitement susceptibles d’être à géométrie variable.
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Les risques encourus peuvent souvent porter préjudice aux entreprises; comment gérez-vous la cybersurveillance au sein de votre entreprise ?

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SVI: Driving Sustainability in the Vanilla Supply Chain

SVI: Driving Sustainability in the Vanilla Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI) aims to improve vanilla bean farmers’ livelihoods and assure the long-term stable supply of high quality natural vanilla. This voluntary food, flavors and fragrances industries program liaises with vanilla exporters, producers, sector organizations and public authorities worldwide to progress issues of governance, traceability, labor rights and technical assistance to grower groups. 
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Great to see new initiatives such as the SVI which addresses social, environmental and economic issues throughout the supply chain.

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EU Reaches Deal Aimed at Sustainable Mineral, Metal Supply Chains 

Last week, the EU institutions reached an agreement on new legislation directed at ensuring that minerals and metals entering the 28-nation bloc are transparently and responsibly sourced and do not play a role in financing human rights abuses and conflict in high-risk areas.
The regulation establishes due diligence provisions for sustainable sourcing practices as of 1 January 2021, covering 95 percent of EU imports of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, commonly used in electronics, jewellery, packaging, cars, and construction.

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EU agrees to compulsory checks on conflict mineral imports; are you already doing that on your imports?

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Two tech companies win first Stop Slavery Award after workforce scrutiny

Two multi-national tech companies previously questioned over labour and workforce conditions have won a new global award for turning the spotlight onto their own supply chains to eradicate modern day slavery from their operations.
The inaugural Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award was conferred on U.S. technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors, the world's largest chip supplier to the automotive industry.
The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 10 companies employing thousands of people in sectors ranging from electronics to retail to mining and included Apple, Tesco and global seafood producer Thai Union.

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After being suspected of having doubtful labour conditions, these two companies bounced back and cleaned their supply chain. Have you ever experienced this kind of situation?

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Your Stakeholders Now Want to Understand Your Biggest Risks – and So Should You 

Your Stakeholders Now Want to Understand Your Biggest Risks – and So Should You  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In order to mitigate such risks, leading corporates and financial institutions globally have implemented policies and processes that drive their relationships with the companies from which they supply, in which they invest, with which they partner, etc. They want to reduce their blind spots and go into relationships with clients or counter-parties or suppliers with their eyes fully open.
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Transparency in supply chain drives an urgent need for the integration of sustainability into all aspects of business.

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Transparency in supply chain drives an urgent need for the integration of sustainability into all aspects of business.

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Major UK hotels Hilton, Shiva join fight against modern slavery

Major UK hotels Hilton, Shiva join fight against modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major hotel groups, including the Hilton and Shiva Hotels, will pledge to examine their supply chains for forced labour, train staff how to spot and report signs of trafficking, and raise awareness of the issue among hotel guests.
From goods made by forced labour to hotels being used to sexually exploit trafficking victims, many hoteliers are on the frontline of the fight against slavery, said campaign head Meenal Sachdev from the Shiva Foundation, an anti-trafficking group funded by Shiva Hotels.

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The hospitality industry is working hard to end modern slavery. How engaged are you in your industry towards this issue? 

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Starting at the source: Sustainability in supply chains | McKinsey & Company

Starting at the source: Sustainability in supply chains | McKinsey & Company | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
By working closely with their suppliers, consumer companies can lessen their environmental and social impact and position themselves for strong growth.
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Great article from McKinsey highlighting the giant opportunity in for sustainability improvements lies in... The Supply chain!

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Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour

Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.
The report, The great palm oil scandal: Labour abuses behind big brand names, investigates palm oil plantations in Indonesia run by the world’s biggest palm oil grower, Singapore-based agri-business Wilmar, tracing palm oil to nine global firms: AFAMSA, ADM, Colgate-Palmolive, Elevance, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.

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Despite efforts made by international companies to eradicate human rights abuses from their supply chain, in-depth external investigations could prove the contrary. Are you facing similar issues in your supply chain?

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Child labour is part of most of what we buy today: what can we do?

Child labour is part of most of what we buy today: what can we do? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Child labour is not something any business wants in its supply chain. Yet with an estimated 168 million children in some form of labour globally, 98 million of them working in agriculture and 12 million in manufacturing and industry, it is an uncomfortable reality of globalised commodities that businesses cannot afford to avoid.
The US Department of Labor’s latest annual report on goods made with child labour makes for sobering reading. According to the report, child labour is still present in many of the world’s largest global commodities, from gold, coffee, tobacco and bananas to sugarcane, cotton and rubber.

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More than one in five children in Africa are employed against their will in quarries, farms and mines. How are you ensuring that there is no child labour used in your supply chain?

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Mars Calls on Global Leaders to Take Bold Action on Climate Change, Accelerates Its Own Renewable Energy Efforts

Mars Calls on Global Leaders to Take Bold Action on Climate Change, Accelerates Its Own Renewable Energy Efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mars, Incorporated is urging the business community and global leaders at COP22 to take bold action to implement the targets agreed last year in Paris for tackling climate change. Mars combined this call to action with an announcement of plans for a wind farm in Mexico—its third major wind energy commitment in as many years.
Mars has an ambition to eliminate all fossil fuel use from its operations by 2040. Today the company is urging business and global leaders to do the same by setting ambitious goals that go beyond the national targets agreed at COP21.

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Great to see multi-nationals such as Mars calling on Global Leaders to take actions on climate change. How engaged are you towards the issue?

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How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change

How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Transforming an unsustainable global supply chain can seem daunting. As much as a single company may be committed to change, it’s almost impossible to do it alone. There is a need for peers and competitors to become colleagues and mentors to enable all. Collective action possesses a raw power that enables us to imagine a different reality. And once that happens we put solutions squarely within the realm of the possible and probable.

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Global companies are together pledging to end the use of ancient and endangered forests in their stylish creations. How are you engaging other companies in your industry to be responsibly engaged?

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Signature d'une nouvelle convention de partenariat entre la SNCF et l’ONCF pour le développement durable

Signature d'une nouvelle convention de partenariat entre la SNCF et l’ONCF pour le développement durable | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Un projet de mémorandum a été signé samedi 12 novembre à Marrakech pendant la COP 22, par le Directeur Général de l’ONCF Mohamed Rabie Khlie et le Secrétaire Général de la SNCF Stéphane Volant. Le partenariat reposera sur un travail collectif impliquant des spécialistes du ferroviaire, des universitaires, des chercheurs et des collaborateurs à tous les niveaux des deux entreprises. Les deux opérateurs ambitionnent d’inscrire ce partenariat dans la durée, au-delà de la COP 22.
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Nouvelle convention de partenariat vient d’être signé entre l’Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) et notre client la SNCF qui militent contre le changement climatique. 

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Pourquoi la grande distribution a intérêt à lutter contre le gaspillage 

Pourquoi la grande distribution a intérêt à lutter contre le gaspillage  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Dix millions de tonnes de nourriture sont perdues et gaspillées chaque année, en France, selon l’étude “Perte et gaspillages alimentaires : état des lieux et leur gestion par étape de la chaîne alimentaire” publié en mai 2016 par l’ADEME. Sur toutes les étapes, la consommation est la phase où l’on constate le plus de pertes (33%), la distribution représentant quant à elle 14% de ce grand gâchis. Les enseignes de la grande distribution multiplient les actions pour limiter la benne.
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Et vous, que faites-vous pour éviter le gaspillage alimentaire ?

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Why Beef Sustainability Matters 

Why Beef Sustainability Matters  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The retail market will drive that need, as consumers increasingly pressure corporations to verify their supply chains are sustainable. McDonald’s, for example, announced in 2014 its commitment to begin sourcing at least some of its beef from verifiable sustainable production chains by 2016. The company didn’t set specific goals at the time because sustainable production was not well-defined, as well as any measurable indicators of environmental, economic and social sustainability across beef production sectors.
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Companies such as McDonald's are quickly aiming for sourcing of sustainable beef across their supply chain; sustainability verification could become a cost of doing business in the future for them. How are you responsibly sourcing your products?

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Donald Trump And The "Made In America" Supply Chain

Donald Trump And The "Made In America" Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect.  On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, threatening to impose punitive tariffs on goods imported from Mexico.  Similarly, Mr. Trump threatened to levy punitive duties on goods made in China. Carrier and Ford have already responded by promising to keep more production in the U.S.
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If you are a global manufacturer, how are you responding to this?

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20 % de bio dans les cantines : la mesure fait l'unanimité 

20 % de bio dans les cantines : la mesure fait l'unanimité  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

40 % de produits durables (de saison, de qualité et issus de circuits courts) dont 20 % de produits bio. Ce sont les seuils que devront respecter les restaurants collectifs publics en 2020. L'amendement, déclaré irrecevable le mois dernier par le Sénat, est intégré depuis le 23 novembre à la loi Égalité et Citoyenneté.
L'amendement adopté le 23 novembre impose 40 % de produits durables, dont 20 % de bio, à partir de 2020 dans les restaurants collectifs publics.
Porté à l'Assemblée Nationale le 23 novembre par Brigitte Alain, députée écologiste de Dordogne, il a été adopté à l'unanimité. Les grandes entreprises sont également concernées et devront insérer un axe « alimentation durable » dans leur politique de responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE).

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La nouvelle loi a finalement été adoptée à l'unanimité, le 23 novembre à l'Assemblée Nationale.

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Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery

Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has challenged Australian business leaders to wipe slavery out of their supply chains and backed calls for tougher rules in this country.
Mr Forrest has joined forces with faith groups calling for new legislation to outlaw modern slavery and forced labour, which is on the rise.
Writing on behalf of 18 national faith leaders has called on the federal government for an act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like conditions.
"As faith leaders united against modern slavery, we express our concerns about the welfare and human rights of thousands of migrant workers who are either at risk of or are experiencing forced labour in Australia," the letter says. 

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Business leaders in Australia are challenged to wipe slavery out of their supply chains; what trends are you observing in your country?

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Lenzing ranked number one globally for sustainable wood sourcing by Canadian environmental organization Canopy Planet Society 

The Lenzing Group was rated number one globally with respect to the procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. This was the conclusion of the latest global ranking compiled by the Canadian non-profit environmental organization Canopy Planet Society, who cooperates with 68 leading retail brands in the textile industry worldwide and is a driver in evaluating sustainable sourcing processes. Lenzing has been focusing on optimizing the sourcing of the renewable raw material wood for more than 20 years in accordance with the principle of sustainability. Close to 100 percent of the wood and pulp used by the Lenzing Group is already certified by FSC® or PEFC™ or is controlled in line with these standards.

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Congrats to Lenzing for this achievement! Great to see more and more companies leading the way to sustainable sourcing.

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Is your T-shirt clean of slavery? Science may soon be able to tell

An estimated 46 million people are living as slaves, according the 2016 Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation, which said Uzbekistan - the world's fifth-largest cotton exporter - Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were forcing people to work in the annual cotton harvest.
Over 264 brands have signed up to a global pledge set up by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), run by the California-based charity As You Sow, vowing not to use Uzbek cotton until the government stops using forced child and adult labor.
"I think many consumers would be appalled to contemplate the notion that their garment they're wearing could be the product of human trafficking," Hayward said.

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There are rising concerns about the global cotton industry using child and forced labor in harvesting and during the production process. Do you face similar issues in your supply chain?

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How to Comply With New Human Rights Rules

How to Comply With New Human Rights Rules | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Many companies are lagging in their efforts to achieve compliance with a spate of new laws and regulations worldwide for reporting on the used of forced labor within their supply chains, according to a report by Deloitte.
Driving the sluggishness in some measure is a lack of guidance from regulators and governments on how to comply — far different from the scenario when the SEC’s rules on conflict minerals, written to satisfy a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, took effect in 2011.

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How are you dealing with these new laws and regulations aimed at identifying cases of human trafficking within your supply chain?

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Ferrero, prosecutors investigate Kinder egg child labor allegations

Italian confectionery group Ferrero said on Wednesday it has launched an investigation into allegations that Romanian children as young as six were making toys for its Kinder chocolate eggs.
The statement came after British newspaper, The Sun, reported this week that impoverished families in Romania were working long hours for little pay to make the toys at home.

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Despite the fact that Ferrero's code of conduct banned child labor and all suppliers were subject to regular independent inspections, there may still be loopholes. How are you protecting your supply chain from these type of allegations?

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Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S

Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Louise Nicholls, M&S Head of Responsible Sourcing and Packaging: “The next big challenge we’ve got is that the world of labour rights is changing. It’s no longer about ethical trade which is a risk to business, but rather a risk to rights holders and we need to set up our business to understand what that looks like.
It’s about how well you understand those risks in the extended supply chain in what is a much more hyper-transparent world. We are now in a very different space and it’s much more open, to the point where you need to be talking about what you’re doing to address these issues, and how well you’re doing your due diligence.”

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Companies such as M&S are proactively finding solutions to fight modern slavery; how engaged are you towards eradicating it from your supply chain?

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GS1 US guideline helps pharmaceutical industry prepare for item-level traceability requirement

GS1 US has published a new release of the guideline, Applying GS1 Standards for DSCSA and Traceability (R1.2), to help the pharmaceutical industry prepare for Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) serialization and item-level traceability requirements in 2017 and 2023.
The new release builds upon version 1.1 of the guideline and takes advantage of new features in the GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Service (EPCIS) and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV), GS1 Standards that enable trading partners to share information about the physical movement and status of products as they travel throughout the supply chain – from business to business and ultimately to consumers.

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More and more regulations are being released to encourage companies in specific sector to be more transparent in their supply chain. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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Bertrand Maltaverne's curator insight, November 25, 8:05 AM

More and more regulations are being released to encourage companies in specific sector to be more transparent in their supply chain. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation 

EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Regulation, as agreed by the EU Institutions, is set to ensure sustainable sourcing for more than 95% of all EU imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which will be covered by due diligence provisions as of 1 January 2021.  
In the meantime, the Commission and Member States will work to make sure that the necessary structures are in place to ensure EU-wide implementation.

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Measures to provide support for importers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will be deployed. Are you ready to comply to this new regulation?

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