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Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons from Supply Chain 

Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons from Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Companyhas launched an enhanced version of its Partnership for a Cleaner Environment (PACE) program in an effort to reduce the environmental footprint of its supply chain. The program, which originally focused on water and energy conservation, has now grown to more than 40 suppliers in 40 countries and offers best practices for reducing waste, carbon dioxide and air emissions.
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Ford has set initiatives to ensure a sustainable supply chain. What have you put in place in your business?

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Study Identifies Best Practices for Supply Chain Transparency

“Consumers want to know where a product came from, all the way to the cashmere goat herd on the slopes of the Himalayas,” Mike Burnette, director of the Global Supply Chain Institute and a co-author of the study said. “A lack of ability to provide that kind of information in the face of safety or environmental violations can create a negative perception of the brand that may require immediate remediation and could take a brand years to recover from, if at all.”

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A new study outlines the best practices for leveraging transparency in supply chains for financial profit.

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HaydenK's curator insight, March 13, 11:54 PM

8. Transparency is important because it allows you to have visibility to all the activities taking place so it helps you better manage them and ultimately avoid troublesome situations.

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CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions

CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CDP new report reveals that global supply chain emissions fell by 434 million tonnes last year - more than France’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2014.
The emissions reduction, which led to £10bn in cost savings, was driven by the world’s seeking to exploit the opportunities presented by the low-carbon transition, CDP says.

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Business community is increasingly aware of the benefits of assessing indirect carbon emissions in the supply chain which include efficiency gains, savings to the bottom line and ultimately increased revenue. Are you following the same trend?

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Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017 

Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

With the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global battle against human trafficking and modern slavery.
An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation.
Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available.

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Read what experts think are the most important tools to tackle illegal trade in humans

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ICT for sustainability: from the supply chain to the chip

The impact of ICT on carbon emissions including their manufacture, transport and disposal, is expected to grow from 2% of total emissions today to at least the 3% in 2020. The biggest contributor to the increase of ICT emissions is the proliferation of data centres. However, with proper focus and investments, ICT technologies will be able to eliminate more emissions than they will possibly create.
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Enterprises and society are seeking new ways to tackle the problem of carbon emissions; how are you dealing with that?

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Getting to know the supply chain: Lessons from 2016’s special editions

Getting to know the supply chain: Lessons from 2016’s special editions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

And even if consumers don’t fully grasp the concepts or science around nutritional supplements , or with the supply chain and manufacturing processes of supplements, transparency is still in demand. “The concept to transparency on its face is appealing even though most people don’t understand what it means. I think they confuse it with claims like sustainability, or non GMO, or even organic,” Jeff Hilton, principal at branding agency BrandHive, told NutraIngredients-USA.

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Leading industry figures said that transparency could be the solution to many of the industry's distress. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety and transparency?

Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety and transparency? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Food safety experts say that whole chain traceability may be the key to faster, more concentrated and less costly recalls, improved food safety and increased transparency in the food and beverage industry. But due to a variety of challenges, others wonder if whole chain traceability is feasible.
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Companies that will be proactively addressing traceability in their supply chain will be the ones that are going to win in the marketplace

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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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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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Bertrand Maltaverne's curator insight, December 6, 2016 5:23 AM

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

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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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Tech Giants Look the Other Way on Rights Abuses Stemming From Cobalt Mining in Congo

Tech Giants Look the Other Way on Rights Abuses Stemming From Cobalt Mining in Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Democratic Republic of Congo is paying the price for being the world’s largest producer of raw cobalt, a vital ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, smartphones, laptops and other rechargeable devices. As Congolese search for the valuable mineral—cobalt is the most expensive part of lithium-ion batteries—they are suffering a surge in child labor, poverty, pollution and rare birth defects.
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Companies may want to get away from the problem existing in their supply chain but the problem is still there. Do you have your eyes wide open on the subject and are you reacting to that in your business? 

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Supply chain & droits humains

Supply chain & droits humains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
L’Organisation Internationale du Travail estime qu’1 emploi sur 5 dans le monde est aujourd’hui lié à une chaine d’approvisionnement. Selon la Confédération Syndicale Internationale (CSI), « dans l’économie réelle, 60% des échanges commerciaux sont dépendants des chaines d’approvisionnement des grandes entreprises mondiales ».
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Les conséquences pour les entreprises ne respectant pas les droits humains sont non seulement juridiques et judiciaires mais aussi économiques, financières et réputationnelles. Et vous, êtes-vous engagé envers la protection des droits humains dans votre chaine d’approvisionnement ?

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CDP to Score Companies’ Supply Chain Carbon Management 

CDP to Score Companies’ Supply Chain Carbon Management  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The CDP supplier engagement rating will score all companies that disclose to the 2016 CDP supply chain questionnaire. CDP supply chain members (purchasing organizations that request data from their suppliers via CDP) that themselves disclose to the supply chain or climate change questionnaire will also be evaluated on supplier engagement.
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CDP supply chain program will soon start rating companies on how well they manage carbon and climate change in the supply chain

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Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists

Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the technology giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of thousands of people in what is one of the world's poorest countries.
Now, Apple says it has stopped — for now — buying cobalt from artisanal mines.

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Apple said it continues to improve conditions for workers and stop child labour - how are you fighting this issue?

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P&G launches world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic

P&G launches world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
P&G says its move to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic in its production is part of an effort to establish a “unique supply chain” that will rely on thousands of volunteers and hundreds of non-government organisations to collect plastic waste from beaches. 
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It is one of a series of high-profile moves by global manufacturers to use plastic in a more sustainable way. How are you dealing with plastics in your supply chain?

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80% of Companies Don’t Know If Their Products Contain Conflict Minerals

Only about 1% of the companies were able to declare that their products were conflict-free beyond a reasonable doubt. Of the rest, 19% declared that they had no reason to believe their products contained DRC conflict minerals. The remaining 80% admitted that they were unable to determine their raw materials’ country of origin.
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Disturbing stats show how companies are not monitoring their supply chain; are you?

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State Department signals interest in how tech companies address abuses in cobalt supply chain

State Department signals interest in how tech companies address abuses in cobalt supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The attention from State comes as industry groups have recently launched two initiatives aimed at curbing child labor and other dangerous practices in their cobalt supply chains. Cobalt is essential for the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles. Sixty percent of the world’s supply of cobalt comes from Congo, which has a long history of loose regulation of mines.
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Great to see that the U.S. government is taking an increased interest in how American technology companies plan to address human rights abuses

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ANALYSIS: DRC uncertainty could fuel tighter cobalt regulations - African Business Magazine

ANALYSIS: DRC uncertainty could fuel tighter cobalt regulations - African Business Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is likely to fuel stricter regulations on the supply chains of cobalt from the country. The precious mineral is used in the manufacturing of phones, electric cars and laptops. International regulators have recently called for further scrutiny into the supply chain of DRC-sourced cobalt, and this demand is likely to grow louder due to the worsening political situation in the country.

EcoVadis's insight:

While big companies such as Apple are pushing their due diligence across their supply chains, many others still find this as a daunting process. How are you dealing with that in your supply chain?

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Human rights and business - the first final statement from the Danish NCP and the trend towards increased accountability

Danish corporations which operate internationally should note that the Danish NCP now has demonstrated that it can take an active role in overseeing Danish corporations’ compliance with the OECD Guidelines. To avoid the risk of becoming involved in proceedings before the National Contact Point (NCP), Danish multinationals must familiarise themselves with the OECD Guidelines and incorporate the principles into their own activities as well as activities in their supply chain.

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Danish corporations are facing a stricter regime, demanding them to act responsibly in their supply chain

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The Morning Risk Report: Waking Up to Supply Chain Slavery

The Morning Risk Report: Waking Up to Supply Chain Slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Compliance officers at CNH Industrial, a multinational manufacturer of equipment and vehicles, were shocked to find a complaint on a hotline from a worker in Eastern Europe who said they had been pressured to participate in the local cotton harvest on company time. The reaction at the company was “Wait a minute–how could we have forced labor in our supply chain?” said Gwendolyn Lee Hassan, managing counsel of global compliance and ethics at the company. CNH then set about an overhaul of its supply chain risk management and compliance.
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Are you waiting for a complaint to start acting? How are you ensuring that there is no modern slavery in your supply chain?  

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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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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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Social responsibility is pushing supply chain to the next level

Social responsibility is pushing supply chain to the next level | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to a new study by management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, the emerging trend is to move from green to sustainable supply chain management. The company’s 5th Supply Chain Monitor found that European supply chains have already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit of carbon reduction initiatives since the previous 2010-11 study. In between there was even some kind of slow down for green initiatives, as all climate conferences prior to COP21 failed.
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"Joining sustainable supplier rating platforms such as EcoVadis (http://www.ecovadis.com/), to reduce the need to handle repeated requests." 

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Supply Chain Cyber Security: No Longer Someone Else’s Problem

Supply Chain Cyber Security: No Longer Someone Else’s Problem | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Often, enterprises expose themselves to cyber and IT risk during the sourcing and supplier selection process when they fail to conduct proper due diligence on a prospective supplier and that supplier happens to be compromised. Other times, business units or users will insist that the buyer selects a particular supplier, service, or part – either because they have already designed the product and it is now mission-critical, or the supplier is the sole source of the commodity and there is no other option. One can envision other, more nefarious ways in which malware or a “bugged” component ends up in an enterprise’s supply chain.
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For most Chief Procurement Officers, cyber/IT security is something outside of their scope of work. Do you have the necessary resources and are you enough prepared to fight existing or potential cyber attacks in your supply chain?

Also read EcoVadis' Whitepaper on Cyber Security Risks

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How to root out slavery in your supply chain

How to root out slavery in your supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to the International Labor Organisation, nearly 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, and even in the UK an estimated 13,000 people are in modern slavery. Despite calls for and some attempts at ‘reshoring’ of manufacturing, supply chains are getting ever more complex, which makes it harder to spot problems
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Companies getting caught procuring from unreliable suppliers can cause explosive reputational damage. Are you ensuring that you are not profiting on the backs of abused workers?

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