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Who Tanned The Leather For Your Designer Bag?

Who Tanned The Leather For Your Designer Bag? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
I also observed many young workers in the factories, all working without any protective equipment. The sector has an 11% child labour rate, but there is also a problem with young labourers on apprenticeships who should be aged 16 to 17, but often start at 15. Apprentices are allowed to work 30 hours over a six-day week, plus 6 hours maximum overtime across the week, but they are working far more in the tanneries.
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Two-thirds of global cocoa supply agree on actions to eliminate deforestation

Two-thirds of global cocoa supply agree on actions to eliminate deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Chocolate and cocoa industry agree to put in place verifiable monitoring systems for traceability from farm to the first purchase point for their own purchases of cocoa and will work with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to ensure an effective national framework for traceability for all traders in the supply chain
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An open letter on COP23 from Walmart and WWF

An open letter on COP23 from Walmart and WWF | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
That is why the world’s largest retailer has launched an ambitious new initiative, Project Gigaton, designed to encourage suppliers to reduce emissions by 1 gigaton (1 billion tons) by 2030. For context, that’s equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off U.S. roads for a year.
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How do you engage with your suppliers against carbon emissions and climate change? 

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Global Natural Fragrance Ingredients Procurement Market Intelligence Report 2017

Global Natural Fragrance Ingredients Procurement Market Intelligence Report 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global Natural Fragrance Ingredients Market, provides up-to-date information about market shifts and potential risks, as well as in-depth knowledge of products and services, which can help in planning and executing category management activities. It focuses on the cost-saving aspects of procurement and on providing insights that can lead to optimization of category spend.
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GE aims to reduce inventory, manage supply chain 'rigorously'

GE aims to reduce inventory, manage supply chain 'rigorously' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Some of the big takeaways from the update include GE's intention to reduce inventory, cut costs through "rigorous" supply chain management, and "revamping" the supply chain so that it is "aligned direct to CEO." The update also included a note regarding GE's plan to acquire companies to improve its own supply chain.
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ModusLink® Launches Supply Chain and e-Commerce Consultant Partner Program

ModusLink® Launches Supply Chain and e-Commerce Consultant Partner Program | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a trusted global business, ModusLink helps a range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to emerging and innovative brands, implement strategic solutions to manage and improve their end-to-end supply chain footprint. The company has 30 years of industry experience in procurement, material planning, postponement, fulfillment, order management, reverse logistics and repairs, and more. It seamlessly integrates supply chain outsourcing and e-commerce solutions with existing manufacturing operations, transportation partners, e-business systems and customer service programs, becoming a continuous extension of its clients’ global supply chains.
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Supply chain is not something you can manage on your own. It needs expertise and dedication. Have look at our work and see how we can help you improvement your supply chain management

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Big data untangles supply chain complexity

Big data untangles supply chain complexity | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain involves the movement of products and services from the supplier to the consumer with the aim of closing a sale and fulfilling the contract and agreement made between the two. The big data is also referred to as the supply chain analytics which helps not just a business to show signs of improvement now but it enables a business to get ready for the future.
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11 Ways the Denim Supply Chain Tackles Sustainability

11 Ways the Denim Supply Chain Tackles Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Garment and finishing company Firemount Textiles tackles sustainability across all areas of the manufacturing process. The company touts Eco Wash, an eco-responsibly wash that uses 12.5% less water and 67.5% less chemicals. The process combines laser and ozone technologies.
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Tech companies must help improve cobalt mining practices

Tech companies must help improve cobalt mining practices | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tech companies are still not doing enough to stop kids from working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to international human rights organization Amnesty International.

While tech giants including Apple, Samsung and Dell are making some progress, more needs to be done to stop children as young as 7 years old from working in "horrendous" and in some cases deadly conditions, the organization said in a report released Tuesday.
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Beauty Industry Leaders Partner with EcoVadis to Launch Responsible Beauty Initiative

Beauty Industry Leaders Partner with EcoVadis to Launch Responsible Beauty Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In an effort to accelerating improvement on ethical social and environmental performance throughout the beauty supply chain, Clarins, Coty, Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal and EcoVadis have launched the Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI). The initiative brings together the global beauty industry in a collaborative effort to strengthen sustainable practices, improve environmental footprint and social impacts and maximize shared value across its collective supply chain.
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Workers Sew a Nightmare into Zara’s Supply Chain

Workers Sew a Nightmare into Zara’s Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Zara has found itself mired in controversy before, from poaching designs from artists to accusations of animal cruelty within its supply chain. Allegations of slavery in factories providing the company clothing have also dogged Zara; one such case occurred in Brazil several years ago.
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 Business Continuity Builds Supply Chain Resilience

 Business Continuity Builds Supply Chain Resilience | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tech is not the only underused tool in the supply chain arsenal, though. The report highlights an increase in availability of insurance products against supply chain losses in the market. However, it showed that 51% organizations still do not insure against supply chain disruption at all. Too often, organizations are unaware of the innovative risk transfer solutions offered by insurance companies. These new insurance vehicles look at protection against named suppliers and supplies damage and non-damage events.
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Boeing plans to eliminate contractors to streamline supply chain

Boeing plans to eliminate contractors to streamline supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Boeing's resolve to streamline its supply chain is in line with the company's recent disapproval of the Rockwell-United Technologies merger, which Boeing said would limit competition among suppliers in its supply chain. Of course, Boeing said that because the company recently set up an in-house supplier (Boeing Avionics) to increase profit margins, which a Rockwell-United Technologies merger would pinch.
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Global supply chain risk falls for third straight quarter, despite political uncertainty 

"Although supply chain risk has fallen for three consecutive quarters, it remains close to its all-time high and businesses must prepare accordingly. In a period of prolonged supply chain risk, it's crucial that businesses have a network of alternative suppliers when disruption inevitably hits.
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Forests are key to resilient growth and climate justice

Forests are key to resilient growth and climate justice | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
If we are serious about accelerating our action to prevent dangerous climate change, delivering on the sustainable development goals and securing today’s supply chains for tomorrow’s generations, we need to see a step change in international action on forests and land use.
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Spot the Signs: 9 Ways To Identify Modern Slavery - Blog | Procurious

Spot the Signs: 9 Ways To Identify Modern Slavery - Blog | Procurious | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As procurement professionals worldwide move to stamp out modern slavery in their supply chains, the enormity of the challenge needs to be met with every available tool. Compliance with legislation, accreditation programs, policies and procedures are all very necessary, but so, too, is simply keeping your eyes and ears open when visiting suppliers on-site.
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Is your supply chain free from modern slavery?

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Telaria Leads on Supply Transparency Across the Video Advertising Ecosystem

Telaria Leads on Supply Transparency Across the Video Advertising Ecosystem | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Telaria has aggressively embraced ads.txt from both a technical innovation standpoint and a client-service perspective. Almost immediately after the initiative was announced, the platform incorporated a simple, self-service button into the dashboard that generates automatic code specific to the supply partner’s seat, which makes it easier for them to update their ads.txt file.
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How data can help build a sustainable supply chain

How data can help build a sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“We can identify potential risks in your supply chain based on the industry of your supplier, geographic location, how large they are, and whether they have a higher or lower propensity for forced labor. Those tools help them determine who to ask questions to,” Alster said. If a company is procuring clothing from supplier in region in China, for example, the buyer may need to ask more questions about forced labor than they would from a Vermont-based supplier. “We help identify where to dig deeper.”
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ScanTrust receives funding to add QR codes to supply chains

ScanTrust receives funding to add QR codes to supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Furthermore, ScanTrust's venture may be a future necessity for supply chains; as trust between company, supplier, distributor and buyer becomes increasingly important in today's economy for quality assurance and compensation purposes, technologies like QR codes will be more widely implemented. One similar example is blockchain — the tech fosters trust and transparency between company and supplier, which is why so many big companies are pioneering in the space and implementing it.
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Could Your Supply Chain be Cracking? Five Tell-Tail Sign for CEOs and CFOs

Could Your Supply Chain be Cracking? Five Tell-Tail Sign for CEOs and CFOs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Most CEOs are surprise to discover that what they thought was a well-functioning Supply Chain turned out to hide such a tremendous amount of problems.
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5 Key Tips to Achieving the Most Out of Your Supply Chain Analytics

5 Key Tips to Achieving the Most Out of Your Supply Chain Analytics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Some supply chain companies are leaning on the power of analytics to help streamline their processes and get ahead of their competitors. But many companies have struggled to embrace the relationship between using analytics and implementing changes that can improve business performance.
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Cobalt mining conditions cast shadow over electric transport dream

Cobalt mining conditions cast shadow over electric transport dream | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Working conditions are appalling, there is no safety equipment and people risk getting buried alive in hand-made mines,” Matt Dummlett, a researcher at Amnesty International, told DW. "I've seen children as young as seven working on the surface, collecting stones and facing brutality and intimidation during long days in the heat."
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How do you ensure that your sourcing practices are in line with human rights and the UK Modern Slavery act or the Dodd Frank Act?

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The supply chain is becoming part of luxury designers' branding strategies

The supply chain is becoming part of luxury designers' branding strategies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“The supply chain is critical to the transformation of the fashion and retail industry,” said Claudia Gorelick, business design lead at Fjord, a global design and innovation consultancy. “As digitization continues to affect the industry, designers must view the supply chain as an essential piece of strategy and brand-building — and adopt a collaborative, relationship-based mindset with suppliers and partners along the way.”
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How OpenChain can transform the supply chain

How OpenChain can transform the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
OpenChain is all about increasing open source compliance in the supply chain. This issue, which many people initially dismiss as a legal concern or a low priority, is actually tied to making sure that open source is as useful and frictionless as possible. In a nutshell, because open source is about the use of third-party code, compliance is the nexus where equality of access, safety of use, and reduction of risk can be found. OpenChain accomplishes this by building trust between organizations.
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Have a look and see how EcoVadis can help you bring change to your supply chain management. 

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Telaria Leads on Supply Transparency Across the Video Advertising Ecosystem

Telaria Leads on Supply Transparency Across the Video Advertising Ecosystem | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Rama Roberts, VP of Engineering, who was an early contributor to the industry initiative as part of his role on the Board of Directors at the IAB TechLab said, "Transparency has always been one of the cornerstones of our platform. We were happy to collaborate on this effort with the IAB TechLab, and were one of the first to roll out its support as a self-service feature to our publishers.”
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