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How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nearly 450 companies around the world have committed to reducing or eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, including many in the beef industry. We set about investigating the financial costs and benefits of the uptake of sustainable and deforestation-free beef by ranchers, slaughterhouses, and retailers in Brazil.
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What are the difficulties you face in quantifying your sustainability's impact? 

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Between the major fashion brands that got on board to new high-tech developments, 2017 was the year sustainability went from being a buzzword to an industry-wide movement.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Risk in the supply chain: Declining yet still elevated

The Strategic Sourceror: Risk in the supply chain: Declining yet still elevated | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Effective risk management is therefore a must-have element for any modern procurement department. As today's sourcing organizations take on more duties and responsibilities, risk mitigation is one piece of the puzzle they can't forget about. This means coming to grips with a connected world that holds its share of unexpected events.
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How do you manage risks within your supply chain?

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Automakers pledge ethical minerals sourcing for electric cars

Automakers pledge ethical minerals sourcing for electric cars | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, a group of 10 leading passenger-car and truck manufacturers announced an initiative to jointly identify and address ethical, environmental, human and labor rights issues in raw materials sourcing.

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Are your raw materials coming from ethical and sustainable sourcing? 

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This robot miner explores areas too dangerous for humans

This robot miner explores areas too dangerous for humans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Robotic technology isn't just for machines, though. Wearables are starting to gain traction, such as a robotic exoskeleton. That market was only $68 million in 2014, but ABI Research estimates it could reach $1.8 billion in 2025. These suits, which often are used in the medical industry, can enhance lifting strength and reduce physical strain, thereby reducing wear and tear on the human body.
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Safety is an important part of the supply chain industry particularly when coming to mining and sourcing. This new technology can help reduce risk through the supply chain. What are your views? 

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5 Benchmark Practices: How to Prepare Logistics Force for Holiday Season

5 Benchmark Practices: How to Prepare Logistics Force for Holiday Season | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
No matter what service or product distribution it is, the growing diversity of supply chain and managing reverse logistics seems to be an on-going challenge. Logistics technology, shipping strategies, and effective planning have helped brands attain supply chain success and manage returns to keep customer service levels up.
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This holiday season can be a hard time for supply chain management. Are you prepared to handle the high demand?

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Change Your Shoes Calls for Transparency in Footwear Supply Chain 

Change Your Shoes Calls for Transparency in Footwear Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Change Your Shoes, a network of NGOs lobbying for sustainable improvements of social and environmental conditions in the worldwide shoe and leather industries, launched a petition urging shoe brands to instate a number of initiatives to help prevent human rights abuses within the supply chain.
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As all other manufacturing industries, the fashion industry has to take actions to grow more sustainable. Do you think they will be able to set up a completely sustainable supply chain

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Borealis joins Together for Sustainability to enhance sustainability in its supply chain

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces that it has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative to assess and improve sustainability practices in the global supply chain. The initiative supports and promotes the principles of the UN Global Compact and Responsible Care.
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Are you part of Together for Sustainability initiative? How do you assess and improve your sustainability practices?

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Woolworths overhauls farm supply chain operations

Woolworths overhauls farm supply chain operations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The supermarket giant said the two deals were made as part of Woolworths’ continuing review of its ethical sourcing practices after more than 2,000 warehouse workers in Victoria and NSW voted to strike, threatening to close warehouses in the crucial pre-Christmas trading period.
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10 Twitter accounts every supply chain leader should follow

10 Twitter accounts every supply chain leader should follow | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Whether it is breaking news of disruptions or industry events, the platform can help provide minute-by-minute updates on daily issues affecting supply chains. But it can also be a bit of a minefield for professionals just wading into the social media waters, with gifs and political rhetoric overtaking actionable information.
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And don't forget @ecovadis.

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That Ethical, Sustainable Chocolate You Love? It May Be A Fraud

That Ethical, Sustainable Chocolate You Love? It May Be A Fraud | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Most cocoa farms throughout the world are small family holdings of just a few acres and their output, high costs and intensive labor required often mean cocoa farmers straddle established poverty lines,” he explains. “The complex collection and distribution system as cocoa beans travel from origin to factory to consumer compounds the issue of fair farmer prices, who are often left with the smallest portion of a chocolate bar’s retail price.”
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World plagued by modern slavery

World plagued by modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nearly 71 percent of the 150 million children, who are victims of forced labor, are used in the agriculture sector while the rest are used in high slavery risk sectors such as fisheries, manufacturing, construction and mining. That’s indicative of the ineffectiveness of labor regulations worldwide. But who’s to blame? The founder of the Walk Free Foundation says: “We all have a role to play in changing this reality – business, government, civil society, every one of us.”  
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Is the fight against modern slavery a priority in your supply management? 

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Slavery in supply chains 

Slavery in supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
However, the way in which companies operate can increase the likelihood of slavery in the final product. If a brand gives its supplier a large order with a short turnaround time beyond the suppliers’ capacity, this could increase the risk of slavery as the supplier may subcontract work to factories that are not regulated by the same standards as the supplier.
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Are your requirements not encouraging your suppliers to resort from modern slavery

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Transparency the Key to the War on Food Waste for Retailers

Transparency the Key to the War on Food Waste for Retailers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
If all supermarkets were obligated to provide a report into their individual waste rates, it would encourage them to identify potential spikes across the supply chain – and take action as necessary. We’ve seen first-hand the fantastic results achieved by supermarkets which chose to publish their figures, and it would be great to see this rolled-out further across the industry.
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Is your supply chain management helping to reduce food waste? 

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EarthWater to Be One of the First Adopters of the New Transparency Service by Amazon.com

EarthWater to Be One of the First Adopters of the New Transparency Service by Amazon.com | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
EarthWater will be one of the first Amazon Exclusives companies to join the Transparency service developed by Amazon, which allows consumers to learn Origins, Authenticity, and other Product Information by scanning the prominently displayed code right on our products.
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What do you think of Amazon's transparency service? How do you ensure transparency across your supply chain? 

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Why Is Supply Chain Visibility So Important?

Why Is Supply Chain Visibility So Important? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain visibility helps everyone. From your warehouse to your pickers, packers and shippers to your customers, knowing what’s ahead can help you all plan your days and weeks as efficiently as possible. Transparency and data have transformed third-party logistics services and will continue to help push big changes in the years to come.
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How do you ensure your supply chain visibility? 

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Building with recycled materials could reduce carbon footprint

Building with recycled materials could reduce carbon footprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Despite falling short of goals, progress is being made — and architecture firms aren't the only ones working toward a more sustainable future. Earlier this year, engineering firm Arup suggested turning organic waste into construction materials to help reduce the 534 million tons of waste the construction industry produces and 60 million tons of food disposed of each year. Proposed substitutions include skyscrapers from mushrooms, carpets from bananas and bricks from rice.
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How to you asses carbon emission through your construction supply chain? 

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DHL Supply Chain places order for 10 Tesla Semi trucks

DHL Supply Chain places order for 10 Tesla Semi trucks | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
DHL Supply Chain also plans to evaluate the trucks’ impact on drivers’ quality of life and job satisfaction. DHL Supply Chain’s 2017 talent gap research report highlights a supply chain talent gap that has the potential to spiral into a talent crisis.
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Like DHL, do you consider the impact of transportation within your supply chain? 

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Thriving in the omnichannel world: Three steps 3PLs can follow to overcome disruption

The rise of omnichannel retailing has disrupted the market from every angle; causing retailers to rethink their supply chain and logistics processes as they keep up with customer demand. Nowhere has this change been felt more sharply than with third party logistic companies (3PLs). Amazon had 3PLs scratching their heads after taking its logistics operation in-house to service demand, while Alibaba partnered with the United States Postal Service to ensure its customers receive  goods as priority mail. What’s more, there are now many personalised on-demand delivery services to consider; from UberRUSH, NOW Courier, and GoJek who are all becoming increasingly popular due to the flexibility they offer.
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RJC expands into the silver supply chain

RJC expands into the silver supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The expansion of the RJC into the silver supply chain comes after years working with leading companies in the precious metal supply chains, addressing issues found in the diamond, gold and platinum group metals supply chain.
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How do you keep track of your silver supply chain? 

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Blockchain and IoT to Uncover serious Issues in Supply Chains

Blockchain and IoT to Uncover serious Issues in Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Human rights abuses, non-compliance with regulations, and fraudulent products take headlines when failures in supply chain management are revealed. While notions of transparency, fair trade, and sustainability are gaining importance in customers’ purchasing decisions, most businesses must deal with complex and non-integrated supply chain networks.
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How Procurement Can Impact Global Warming

How Procurement Can Impact Global Warming | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainability strategies, like most corporate initiatives, must be integrated and closely coordinated with business strategies, according to Beroe. Executive leadership should drive the commitment toward sustainability, provide support and oversee the initiatives for better results. The key to the sustainability initiatives lies with the supply management professionals who implements the initiatives. Business managers can facilitate the cross-functional coordination in sustainability initiatives to achieve greater results.
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Procurement has a huge impact on global warming warming. Each activity related to your supply chain has an impact on the climate. How do you measure the impacts of your procurement and supply chain activities? 

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Competition law fears deterring collaboration to improve food supply chain sustainability

Competition law fears deterring collaboration to improve food supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Research conducted by the Fairtrade Foundation revealed cooperation between companies could benefit consumer choice and value, by improving quality, security of supply as well as bringing social and environmental advantages to the producers and farmers who grow the food we eat.
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Guest repost: Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Irish Businesses: Ireland’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017 – 2020

Guest repost: Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Irish Businesses: Ireland’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017 – 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Earlier this year France introduced a ‘Duty of Vigilance Law’ legally obliging large companies based in France, or with subsidiaries in France, to establish mechanisms to prevent human rights violations and environmental impacts throughout their chain of production, including for their subsidiaries and companies under their control.  The Modern Slavery Act in the UK is another example of binding obligations imposed on companies to ensure modern slavery is not present in their supply chains. The Netherlands have taken steps to introduce a requirement to carry out due diligence in supply changes to rule out the present of child labour practices.
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Are you aware of all the laws and regulations applying to your supply chain activities? 

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From diamonds to sustainability, CIBJO demonstrates leading role in global jewelry trade

Responsible sourcing, CSR, ethical business methods and sustainability have become increasingly relevant for all industries in recent years, not just the jewelry trade, and CIBJO can quite rightly claim the credit for having the perception to understand this well before the rest of the trade.
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Like electronics, the jewelry industry is getting more and more concerned about its sourcing methods. Those industries are taking actions to make their supply chain sustainable by pledging towards ethical sourcing. Is your business following the trend?

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Meat industry blamed for largest-ever 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The report urges Tyson and other firms to use their clout in the supply chain to ensure that grain producers such as Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland employ practices that reduce pollution flowing into waterways. These practices include not leaving soil uncovered by crops and being more efficient with fertilizers so plants are not doused in too many chemicals.
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Companies dealing with the fishing industry have to be more careful about their supply chain impact on the environment. How do you think they will be able to do so? 

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