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Walmart Names Names: Its List of 240+ Banned Factories in Bangladesh

Walmart Names Names: Its List of 240+ Banned Factories in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
After announcing it will not join an industry-wide accord on factory safety in Bangladesh, the world's biggest retailer announced its own safety initiatives - and a list of factories banned from its supply chain...
EcoVadis's insight:

After H&M first move to disclose its factory list, following the Tazreen incident, Walmart is now releasing the list of factories it considered as unsafe and makes it available for all stakeholders.

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EcoVadis's comment, June 1, 2013 8:27 PM
Our experience at EcoVadis, shows that yes, it is possible to have such impact. However, our general approach would rather focus on prior engagement (not blacklisting). For example, we offer our clients to set Corrective Action Plans with their suppliers. This said, regarding the Rana Plaza incident, yes, filtering and disengagement should have remained a priority.
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Optimise your outsourcing to achieve green goals

Optimise your outsourcing to achieve green goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Jonathan Tapp, Head of Sustainability Services at Capgemini outlines three simple steps to utilise outsourcing in order to achieve your green objectives

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'Green outsourcing' can be a way to optmize resource allocation, thus contributing to energy savings. It can also involve green supplier selection, while looking at more sustainable options. Tangible benefits of adopting such an approach include a better knowledge of supplier data, which allows for a refinement of business risk assessment in the supply chain, and improve supplier relationship. Ultimately, it is necessary in order to fulfill stakeholders' need for increased CSR disclosure and transparency, according to Jonathan Tapp, Head of Sustainability Services at Capgemini.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Supply chain disclosure varies between companies

The Strategic Sourceror: Supply chain disclosure varies between companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

According to a new report from analyst firm Verdantix, some electronics companies headquartered in Asia take greater strides to report the environmental achievements in their supply chains than others.

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Supply chain transparency in reporting is on the rise, but still challenging and undefined for many companies. Electronics companies which oftern outsource large percentage of their production should absolutely be the front runners, but apparently they are not all on board.

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H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public

H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Fast-fashion mecca H&M has made public almost all of the company's global suppliers. While the company boasts the move as a step towards transparency, it also seems to be a marketing initiative aimed to build the company's brand."

EcoVadis's insight:

H&M disclosure of around 95% of its order volume for all brands across 23 countries is a gigantic step forward in terms of textile supply chain accountability and represents a unique move toward supply chain 2.0. The list can be found on the H&M website.

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New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability

New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP research suggests that companies moving beyond mandatory reporting are also reducing emissions more and saving money – but suppliers aren't keeping up
EcoVadis's insight:

The new CDP supply chain report 2012 shows that transparency is somehow linked to CO2 emission reduction, which seems straightforward. However, much remains to be done as only a third of surveyed suppliers have clear reduction targets and first and foremost supplier engagement towards great transparency is key as more than 60% of suppliers never responded to the survey.

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