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Expose of labour abuse brews trouble for 'slave-free' Indian tea

Expose of labour abuse brews trouble for 'slave-free' Indian tea | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Report finds little difference in worker conditions on certified and non-certified farms in key tea producing regions.

The tea industry in India, the world's second-largest producer that employs 3.5 million workers, has faced accusations of abusive conditions before but this is one of the first studies into the certified schemes that lead to higher prices.

EcoVadis's insight:

This research raises big questions about the effectiveness of certification as a tool to solve labour issues in supply chains. Businesses should conduct due diligence of partners so as to increase transparency in their supply chains and dedicate resources to resolve existing slavery incidents.

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Beatings, Mutiny, Indifference in Taiwan's Seafood Industry

Beatings, Mutiny, Indifference in Taiwan's Seafood Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Conducted over the course of more than a year, our investigations show that Taiwan’s fishery supply chain is still tainted by human rights abuses, despite the law change in early 2017 to protect migrant fishers on Taiwanese vessels,” said Yi Chiao Lee, Global Investigation Lead for the report Misery at Sea.
EcoVadis's insight:

It's sad to see that despite law enforcement, we are still witnessing exploitation in the fishery supply chain. 

One of the difficulties for seafood buyers is the opaque nature of global supply chains, exacerbated by rampant corruption and bribery in countries where vast amounts of seafood are sourced.

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Germany 'ahead of UK in supply chain tech'

Germany 'ahead of UK in supply chain tech' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In a survey of 150 supply chain executives, split equally between the two countries, a quarter of German buyers claimed their companies’ supply chains were fully digitised compared to just 5% of UK companies.
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What are your views on the digitisation of the supply chain?

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The Benefits of Supply Chain Visibility Tools Are Clear for Pharmaceutical Companies 

The Benefits of Supply Chain Visibility Tools Are Clear for Pharmaceutical Companies  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Under everyday circumstances, making sure shipments arrive on time and intact for the individuals who rely on them — without spoilage or breakage — is paramount to pharmaceutical companies. And in cases where medicine is needed for humanitarian crises, the importance of supply chain efficiency is magnified. Avoiding disruption and reducing costs are two very compelling business reasons for pharmaceutical companies to invest in tools to improve visibility.
EcoVadis's insight:

The pharmaceutical industry is a huge global business with a complex supply chain that demands visibility and transparency. 

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3 Ways To Improve Efficiency Along Your Supply Chain

3 Ways To Improve Efficiency Along Your Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Increasing efficiency also can mean increasing transparency if your supply chain is lacking information in transportation or inventory control. By employing more hardware and software and treating every step as a collaboration, you’re going to see much more efficiency and more team members seeking even more new ways to improve processes.
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Here are the 3 ways to improve your supply chain efficiency. 

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Nike, H&M and Burberry join forces for sustainable fashion

Nike, H&M and Burberry join forces for sustainable fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Major global brands Nike, H&M, Burberry and Gap have signed up to an initiative that aims to improve the industry's record on sustainability after a study found less than one percent of clothing is recycled.
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Great step forward by Nike, H&M and Burberry! 

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Farmers Are the Linchpin to Food Companies' Sustainable Sourcing Goals

Farmers Are the Linchpin to Food Companies' Sustainable Sourcing Goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Recently, the company Tyson Foods made a commitment to improve the water, soil and fertilizer practices in its far-flung feed grain supply chain — impacting more than two million acres of corn production by 2020, or about half of its corn supply chain. The measures have strong potential to both improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Great step forward by Tyson Foods! What actions have you taken to mitigate your supply chain risks?

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Smart Packaging Brings Visibility into Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Smart Packaging Brings Visibility into Pharmaceutical Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Digital supply chains use “informed logistics” to monitor product quality and delivery with increased visibility, traceability and compliance. The information improves quality monitoring, because smart packaging can give details on how the medicines were handled, stored and shipped.
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The pharmaceutical industry also faces certain issues with regards to their supply chain.

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#4 Guides for a successful supply chain

#4 Guides for a successful supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Managing an international company, rather than a domestic one, isn’t without its hurdles. In particular, a global supply chain effects logistical difficulties that can cost businesses time and money, and consume at the financial gains made by sourcing or transporting internationally. 

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Interesting business tips for a successful supply chain.

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U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040

U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem. Together as part of the American Chemistry Council (ACC)’s Plastics Division, 15 leading resin manufacturers and an affiliated trade association have strengthened their commitments to capturing, recycling and recovering plastics.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by U.S. Plastic Producers! What actions have you taken in your supply chain with regards to plastic packaging?

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Paul Miller's curator insight, May 26, 10:38 PM
Everyone plays a part in reducing packaging waste. 
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Ikea's plan to rid its supply chain of coal

Ikea's plan to rid its supply chain of coal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ikea has a sustainability agenda, People & Planet Positive, which includes a commitment to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and to cascade that through its suppliers. While the commitment is well known within Ikea – and supported top down – it is not high on the agenda of all suppliers, he says. With the Chinese government also encouraging manufacturers to clean up their acts, it was a natural fit for Ikea to help its Chinese suppliers – of which there are over 300 – to use cleaner power and to aim to remove on-site coal-fired plants, he says.
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Ikea is creating case studies to help its suppliers in China cut their carbon footprint.

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Supply Chain Visibility a Key Challenge Throughout Food Industry

Supply Chain Visibility a Key Challenge Throughout Food Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The flow of quality information among all stakeholders throughout a company’s supply chain is critical to maintaining food safety and quality, meeting regulatory requirements, enabling company growth, and brand integrity.  The challenge comes when disparate data sources compromise your reporting accuracy. Multiple, unrelated sources of information almost always lead to a muddied view of your company’s performance in all of these areas.
EcoVadis's insight:

Customers are demanding food safety and transparency and they’re willing to pay for it.

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Primark Sheds Light on Supply Chain with Global Sourcing Map Tool 

Primark Sheds Light on Supply Chain with Global Sourcing Map Tool  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Primark, a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, has developed a new online tool that is helping usher in a new era of transparency for the retailer. The Global Sourcing Map allows consumers to access information about the 1071 factories and suppliers that make up the company’s supply chain.
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Great job Primark! 

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U.S. bans imports of slave-picked cotton from Turkmenistan

U.S. bans imports of slave-picked cotton from Turkmenistan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cotton grown in the former Soviet Republic has been documented by the U.S. Department of Labor as a product of slave labor run by Turkmen authorities.

The ban is "an important step towards ending one of the most egregious cases of state-orchestrated forced labor left in the world," said the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF).

EcoVadis's insight:

This is a strong move! Retailers and brands need to move quickly to identify and eliminate any form of slavery from their supply chains.

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Health Care Supply Chain Requires Regulatory Expertise And Execution

In the U.S. health care supply chain, before a medical device or drug can be shipped -- state and county licenses must be secured, FDA Quality Systems regulations must be complied with, and accreditations must be earned. The health care supply chain plays a key role in patient safety by ensuring the integrity of products from the time they are manufactured to the time they are delivered to a health care provider or patient.
EcoVadis's insight:

The health care supply chain is particularly complex, intense and dynamic. 

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Do you have slaves in your supply chain? 

Do you have slaves in your supply chain?  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ethical sourcing and supply chain management in the fashion industry has come under intense public scrutiny in recent years. As brands compete to produce high volumes of affordable clothing, with clothing ranges changing every season, it can be increasingly difficult for businesses to monitor their suppliers and prevent exploitation in complex multi-national supply chains.
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How are you mitigating risks of modern slavery within your supply chains?

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Why Innovation is Key to Food Waste Reduction in the Supply Chain

Why Innovation is Key to Food Waste Reduction in the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Improving visibility across the supply chain means knowing where food waste is generated. It puts organizations like yours in a position to identify possible causes and take preventative action.
This demands the capture of complex data from multiple sources – in real time – from the entire enterprise. Vital information that Quality Management and EHS Systems are designed to deliver.

EcoVadis's insight:

Supply chain visibility is key challenge throughout the food industry.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 28, 11:33 AM
A nice slide deck in here with examples of specific European companies that have taken steps to reduce food waste.
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Accelerating supply chain development 

Accelerating supply chain development  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
There is simply no time to waste when it comes to bringing the supply chain online and up to date. Manufacturers who fail to respond to this risk being left behind as competitors strive to remain one step ahead of this revolution. This has been stressed in a recent study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) on the rise of Industry 4.0[1]. The study revealed that a third of companies surveyed have already started to digitise their supply chains, and 72% of respondents expect to do so in the next five years
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What actions have you taken with regards to the digitisation of your supply chain?

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Is slavery present in your supply chain? 

Is slavery present in your supply chain?  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The nub of the problem for modern companies is the length of their supply chain. According to Anti-Slavery International: ‘Many of the products we buy and use every day were made by people in slavery. There is evidence of slavery in different stages of supply chains from the production of raw materials, for example cocoa, cotton, or fishing, to manufacturing every-day goods such as mobile phones or garments. Because of the complexity of supply chains, it is rarely possible to be certain that a product has or has not been produced using slavery’.
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What actions have you taken in order to ensure your supply chain is free from slavery?

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Supply chain challenges in the FMCG market

Supply chain challenges in the FMCG market | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Disruption to a supply chain at any stage can have huge repercussions, costing businesses millions of dollars, meaning supply chain management demands a seamless relationship between supplier, manufacture and consumer. At the final stage of any supply chain is one of the most crucial factors; a satisfied customer.
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Here are some of the challenges in the FMCG market.

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Achieving Supply Chain Excellence in the Chemical Industry

Achieving Supply Chain Excellence in the Chemical Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Growing global competition, increased expectations for quality from customers, and the complexities of creating final chemical products all put pressure on chemical companies to ensure that supply chain management is robust, dynamic, and effective.
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Improved supply chain operations help chemical companies respond to customer demands and provide better customer service.

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DHL Supply Chain Introduces End-to-end Supply Chain Visibility Platform

DHL Supply Chain Introduces End-to-end Supply Chain Visibility Platform | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The new globally standardized platform is a key component of DHL Supply Chain's digitalization strategy, enabling customers with end-to-end supply chain visibility. Piloting of MySupplyChain began in early 2018, and the new platform is currently serving nearly 500 users across more than 30 customer accounts. DHL Supply Chain plans to continuously evolve MySupplyChain, including further technology integrations, customer personalization capabilities and more.   

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With MySupplyChain users will no longer have to access and interpret disparate systems to navigate their supply chain demands and analytics. 

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Greenpeace is right to hold our feet to the fire on deforestation, says Unilever chief

Greenpeace is right to hold our feet to the fire on deforestation, says Unilever chief | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Unilever, meanwhile, has been leading by example, committing in its Sustainable Palm Oil policy to 100% traceability for all crude palm oil and derivatives.In February, the company became the first to disclose the suppliers and mills that it sources from, mapping out over 1,400 mills and 300 direct suppliers. Using WRI’s Palm Risk tool it identified that 42 mills are located in areas of high deforestation risk.

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Great job Unilever for ensuring greater transparency in your supply chain.

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Thousands of companies to take action under Australia's anti-slavery law

Thousands of companies to take action under Australia's anti-slavery law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Australian government said it would introduce its Modern Slavery Act to parliament by mid-2018, and outlined on Thursday its requirements which will compel large companies to publish an annual public statement on their actions to address slavery.
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More than 3,000 businesses in Australia would be forced to disclose how they tackle the threat of modern slavery.

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Kiwi SMB integrates blockchain to verify supply chain

Kiwi SMB integrates blockchain to verify supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Their technology partner is UK-based firm Provenance, a blockchain provider that provides product transparency and traceability to enhance food security. The blockchain verifies our business and supplier profiles for greater supply chain integrity and substantiates our claims with data gathered from across the supply chain,” Ho says.The system demonstrates our social and environmental impact at every point in the chain and reduces risk by proving the authenticity of our goods.

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Global depletion of food source and the rising concerns of food authenticity were major reasons to integrate blockchain to verify supply chain.

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