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OECD Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

OECD Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The OECD has developed a Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. This Guidance, developed through an intense multi-stakeholder process, supports a common understanding of due diligence and responsible supply chain management in the sector. 
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This guidance aims to help enterprises implement the due diligence recommendations contained in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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Hundreds of companies failing to pay minimum wage

Hundreds of companies failing to pay minimum wage | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The government has named 360 businesses which have failed to pay either the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW). Among them are well-known names like Debenhams, Subway, Lloyds Pharmacy and St Mirren Football Club.

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Companies in UK are failing to pay the minimum wage to their employees. Basic principles of human rights are being violated every day - are you giving the right treatment to your employees?

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METRO announces new initiatives Responsible Procurement Framework and Supplier Code of Conduct

These new initiatives will enable METRO to provide its customers with the responsible products they are looking for and to communicate its expectations and requirements to their suppliers to better meet the challenges in its supply chain.
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Great to see pharma leaders more involved in sustainable supply chain!

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Marché carbone européen : compromis a minima entre États membres de l’UE

Marché carbone européen : compromis a minima entre États membres de l’UE | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

La réforme du marché carbone a franchi une étape importante hier à Bruxelles. Les ministres européens de l’environnement ont adopté un texte de compromis après des négociations longues de plus d'un an et demi. Ce texte, décrié par l’Italie et la Pologne, permet toutefois d'avancer sur les mesures à prendre pour faire remonter le prix de la tonne de CO2 sur le marché.

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Cette réforme est considérée comme cruciale pour lutter contre le changement climatique - affaire à suivre !

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The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017

The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Joint Audit Cooperation held its sixth corporate and social responsibility forum bringing together with 133 representatives from large ICT companies, i.e. telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, organizations active in Corporate Social Responsibility issues (CSR), academia, auditing companies, International NGOs to further develop sustainable business practices.
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Great output form the forum!

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Supply Chain Strategies Special Report published in The Times - Raconteur

Supply Chain Strategies Special Report published in The Times - Raconteur | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"For the average company, the vast majority of its greenhouse gas emissions are in its supply chain - four times its direct emissions" says Dexter Galvin, head of supply chain programme at CDP.

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Read the 16-page supply chain report, which includes an interesting article on sustainable supply chain.

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Sustainability in the Beverage Industry 2025: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Toolkit for Future Planning

Sustainability in the Beverage Industry 2025: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Toolkit for Future Planning | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In an effort to provide informed future planning guidance, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has launched the Future Scenarios Toolkit. With this toolkit, companies have a clear and robust framework to analyze potential future scenarios regarding impacts (social, environmental, governmental, etc.) to their business, their supply chain, and their production, as well as successfully prepare to tackle those scenarios.
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New toolkit to enable companies to better identify and manage future risks.

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EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement

EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Climate Analytics has calculated that to stay within the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature limits of “well below” 2˚C and “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C,” the EU’s C02 emissions budget for coal in the power sector is around 6.5Gt by 2050. The EU will exceed its Paris Agreement-compatible coal emissions budget by 85% if its existing coal-fired power plants continue operating to their full lifespan.
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The report  by Climate Analytics sets out the first science-based analysis of when and where each of EU’s 300+ coal power plants would need to be phased out.

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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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Bacardi Limited Continues to Deliver Upon Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments

Bacardi Limited Continues to Deliver Upon Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
From the critical importance of quality ingredients and how we source our materials to the impact we leave on the world around us and the need to reduce alcohol-related harm, we actively strive to fulfill our broader responsibilities to society at large.
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Great to see Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, striving to improve their responsible commitments. 

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Corporate Procurement Officers Say Sustainability Now Key Criteria For Purchases

Corporate Procurement Officers Say Sustainability Now Key Criteria For Purchases | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Almost all procurement managers now look for sustainably-produced material in their purchases, according to a new survey – which comes as analysis of corporate deforestation commitments shows a dramatic rise in disclosure. Also, companies that hopped early onto the sustainability bandwagon say it’s paying off financially.

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Renewables: Europe on track to reach its 20% target by 2020

Europe as a whole is performing well in its deployment of renewables. In 2011, renewables generated 21.7% of the EU's electricity; three years later, this figure has reached 27.5%, and it is expected to climb to 50% by 2030. The EU's initial efforts in promoting the use of renewables facilitated this continued growth which resulted in lowered renewable costs: the prices of photovoltaic modules fell by 80% between the end of 2009 and the end of 2015. Renewables have now become cost-competitive, and sometimes even cheaper than fossil fuels.
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The European Union is working its way to become world's number one in renewables

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Electronic waste in Asia is piling up

Electronic waste in Asia is piling up | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A recent study issued by the United Nations University’s Sustainable Cycles programme (UNU) indicates that the amount of e-waste in Asia has risen by 63 percent in the last five years. In China, the generation of e-waste more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, with Hebei, Hunan, Guangdong and Jiangxi Provinces being the most prominent.
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Proper disposal is critical and requires support from all stakeholders - how are you dealing with e-waste?

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Australian government launches formal enquiry into establishing a UK style modern slavery legislation

‘The appalling practice of modern slavery is a scourge that regrettably continues to affect millions of people around the world, including in Australia,’ Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee Chair, Mr Chris Crewther MP, said. The inquiry ‘seeks to build on this work to explore what further changes could be made to strengthen Australia’s efforts to combat modern slavery.

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Great to see other countries following the same trend!

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La France peut devenir un modèle d’économie durable et responsable

La France peut devenir un modèle d’économie durable et responsable | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Le toilettage sanitaire des produits, l’origine contrôlée des matières, la certification sérieuse des fournisseurs éloignés et dispersés– que permet Ecovadis, réussite française en la matière – et un dialogue sérieux avec des parties prenantes critiques qui questionnent les directions, sont les vrais moyens de crédibiliser la chaîne de valeur, dans laquelle investissent nos meilleures entreprises.

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De plus en plus d'entreprises en France s'engagent dans la RSE - le faites-vous également ?

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How 5 international giants are pursuing sustainability goals in 2017

How 5 international giants are pursuing sustainability goals in 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As 2017 gets underway, five multinationals based in Singapore – Rolls-Royce, Royal DSM, Henkel, BASF, and Panasonic – share how they are making sure they walk the sustainability talk in the year ahead.

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For a number of international giants, sustainability is a key part of their business.

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Why Apple and Intel don’t want to see the conflict minerals rule rolled back

Why Apple and Intel don’t want to see the conflict minerals rule rolled back | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Companies say the conflict minerals law has created an expectation both inside their corporate headquarters and among consumers that their products will be “conflict-free.”
They do not want to back away from that now. But they worry their efforts will be undermined without the law to support them.

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While some companies are willing to take a public stand against cutting the law, others are more hesitant.

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EU’s International Trade Committee Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation

EU’s International Trade Committee Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

On 24 January 2017, the European’s Parliamentary International Trade Committee (INTA) voted overwhelmingly to support the EU’s conflict minerals proposal.The Regulation sets up a Union system for supply chain due diligence for importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The Regulation, if finalized, is expected to become enforceable on 1 January 2021.

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Great to see so such involvement from the EU - looking forward for the regulation to be finalised. 

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Devoir de vigilance : la loi définitivement adoptée

Devoir de vigilance : la loi définitivement adoptée | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

150 à 200 entreprises sont concernées selon Bercy. Il s'agit de sociétés ayant plus de 5 000 salariés et dont le siège est situé en France, ou bien 10 000 salariés et un siège à l'étranger.
Concrètement, elles seront obligées de définir, de mettre en œuvre et de publier un "plan de vigilance" à compter du 1er janvier 2018.

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Un premier pas vers le respect des droits humains par les multinationales

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Levi’s dreams big to lead change in the fashion industry

Levi’s dreams big to lead change in the fashion industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

By 2025, the world’s oldest jeans brand plans to manufacture all of its products from recycled cotton. It would be the first company to do so.
So in just eight years, the family-run US$4.5 billion firm will stop using cotton sourced from cotton fields to make its famous 501s, relying instead on old clothes from people’s closets.

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Great to see leaders in the industry striving to use sustainable approaches in their business.

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HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change

HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP was one of only 29 global companies out of more than 3,300 assessed by CDP to earn a position on the inaugural supplier engagement leader board, which highlights the leading practices of companies working directly with their suppliers to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain in the past reporting year.
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Congrats to HP for leading the way in reducing GHG emissions and actively engaging its suppliers to commit to clean energy

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UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive

UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and BSR, a climate sustainability consultancy, the logistics provider has so far pledged to drive one billion miles on alternative fuel by 2017, plant 15 million trees across the globe worldwide by 2020 and reduce carbon intensity 20% by the end of 2020. 
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UPS has set ambitious goals on its path to sustainability, and the company is moving aggressively to meet them..

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Trump may suspend rules on African ‘conflict minerals,’ say human rights advocates

Trump may suspend rules on African ‘conflict minerals,’ say human rights advocates | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mr. Trump is considering an already drafted executive order to suspend the minerals rule for two years, which would loosen the rules on the trade of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from Congo, according to media reports in the United States.
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The conflict mineral law is an important way of stopping horrific human rights abuses in Africa - what will the future be if this law is suspended?

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How is Telstra leading the way on electronics recycling? | FM Magazine

How is Telstra leading the way on electronics recycling? | FM Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Telstra has a unique opportunity to lead the way in stewarding retired electronics, and providing solutions to e-waste, launching a refreshed and renewed commitment to address the growing problem of e-waste in a more holistic and coordinated manner.

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Great to see Tesla encouraging electronics recycling throughout its supply chain.

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Why green bonds are reaching record highs

Why green bonds are reaching record highs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Apple issued the largest green bond by a U.S. technology company, Poland issued the world’s first sovereign green bond and total green bond issuances grew to a record high.
According to a recent report by Moody's Investors Service, the rise of green bonds issuances in 2016 is projected to carry over into 2017 as well. The report projects that green bond issuances will increase to over $200 billion in 2017 from $93.4 billion in 2016 if green bonds grow at their 2016 rate.

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Apple and Toyota have issued green bonds to finance energy efficiency projects, green buildings and electric-powered cars. Looking forward to see more corporate issuers this year..

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