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How Levi's includes worker well-being in supply chain management

How Levi's includes worker well-being in supply chain management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The challenge of bringing the company's worker well-being efforts to scale remains.
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Levi's promotes worker well-being in five core areas: economic empowerment, good health and family well-being, equality and acceptance, educational and professional development, and access to a safe and healthy environment.

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Where small suppliers fit into a sustainable supply chain

Where small suppliers fit into a sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Smaller companies can make your supply chain stronger, especially for companies entering new markets with smaller economies.
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A more diverse supplier base can help a company weather business interruptions, and smaller firms are often able to be more flexible and respond quickly to ad hoc or specialized requests.

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Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way

Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global gold authority and industry body the World Gold Council (WGC) is pleased with the industry’s reception of its Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS), which has been welcomed by various stakeholders – including WGC member companies...
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We know the Conflict-free Gold Standard was released by the World Gold Council in October 2012. Of interest here is the current development of third party audit schemes and external-assurance services to ensure conformance with the standards in 2013.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing

The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing, procurement, strategic sourcing, cost reduction and supply chain news by the Strategic Sourceror
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An interesting first move from Dukin' Donuts towards sustainable procurement...

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Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh

Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The international Dutch chain of fashion retailer C&A has launched an in-depth fire safety audit at all its suppliers in Bangladesh after the country's worst-ever industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions.

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In response to the Tazreen tragedy, international buyers such as C&A are now reinforcing their supply health and safety audit standards...

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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe

WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations
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Nazir, however, noted that the EUTR was still only dealing with the legality of products and not whether the products was produced in a sustainable manner.
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The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) since March 3rd imposes responsibilities to develop a risk management system for E.U. traders' who place timber and timber products on the EU market.  The Regulation is legally binding on all 27 EU Member States.

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Häagen-Dazs, General Mills Promote Sustainable Vanilla Farming in Madagascar | Sustainable Brands

Häagen-Dazs, General Mills Promote Sustainable Vanilla Farming in Madagascar | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Häagen-Dazs has partnered with General Mills to invest $125,000 dollars over two years in Madagascar’s Sava region to encourage sustainable agriculture in one of the world’s most important vanilla production centers.
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Of particular interest is General Mills' global sustainable sourcing model focusing on sustainable vanilla sourcing. We look forward to seeing how General Mills measures the impact of its supplier capacity building and the related lasting effects on the quality of supply chain management.

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HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain

HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP issued new guidelines to its suppliers conducting operations in China that according to the company are the first for the information technology sector.
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Another example of toughened supplier requirements on social conformances. The real question is: why are those stricter compliance  mechanisms reactive only and not part of a medium term strategy?

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Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo

Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tech giant Apple has come a long way on conflict minerals. In 2010, they were one of the worst consumer electronics companies in their response to this serious problem, and Enough Project, Campus Progress, and A Thousand Sisters protested the opening of their store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. But Apple has started to turn the corner on conflict minerals with some substantial steps.


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Apple recently joined the Public Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade.  With such large players entering the game,  conflict minerals due diligence is gaining momentum. Of particular interest is Apple's transparency effort and policy to require its supplier to source from certified smelters. Ongoing monitoring is recommended!

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Realising the benefits of sustainable procurement

Realising the benefits of sustainable procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Gary Waylett, CEO, Eclipse Group, outlines the role of excellent procurement practices not only to ensure adherence to sustainable procurement practices but also to deliver transparency
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This reflexion from Gary Waylett builds the case for the adoption of a sustainable procurement strategy. Shifting to green management practices in the supply chain proves to be an acid test to assess the robustness and transparency of existing processes in place. It is a driver for employee motivation, brand positioning ...

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Wal-Mart Toughens Fire Safety Rules for Suppliers

Wal-Mart Toughens Fire Safety Rules for Suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Facing criticism for selling garments made at a Bangladesh factory where 112 workers died in a fire last November, Wal-Mart Stores told its worldwide suppliers Tuesday that it was adopting tougher rules on fire safety at its contractors and would have “zero tolerance” for suppliers that used unauthorized subcontractors.

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As shown from this New York Times article, Walmart has subsequently thoughen its ethical sourcing standards  after the November 2012 tragedy at Tazreen factory.

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A Roadmap to Perform Supply Chain-Focused Materiality Assessments

A Roadmap to Perform Supply Chain-Focused Materiality Assessments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Note:  this is the final part of three-part series exploring “materiality” and  the intersection of supply chain management, sustainability and  corporate social responsibility.
EcoVadis's insight:

Excellent post series and insight from Dave Meyer.

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Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead

Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"[Going] green has become a critical necessity for multi-national corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars hanging in the balance. At this scale, greening operations is all about supply chain. Where things are sourced, where they go, and how they get there — all of these questions come into play, and more often than not need to be rethought entirely. Exactly how big and global is this trend?"

EcoVadis's insight:

Cost savings and increased profits...derived from sustainable procurement for large multinational corporations such as General Motors, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, build the case for greening the supply chain...

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Important developments in conflict minerals regulation - iTSCi

Important developments in conflict minerals regulation - iTSCi | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In recent days, activity proposing regulation of conflict minerals trade in both the EU and Canada has been launched. Firstly, the EU has begun a consultation period running up to 26 June 2013 on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas....

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An interesting release from iTSCi which sums up important ongoing legislations underway in the U.E. and in Canada...


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Why a sustainable supply chain is good business | Accenture Outlook

Why a sustainable supply chain is good business | Accenture Outlook | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
By working with their suppliers to systematically monitor, measure and communicate the benefits of cleaner and more socially responsible business, leading companies are starting to turn supply chain sustainability into a driver of competitive...

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One of the most important part of a sustainable business

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Optimise your outsourcing to achieve green goals

Optimise your outsourcing to achieve green goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Jonathan Tapp, Head of Sustainability Services at Capgemini outlines three simple steps to utilise outsourcing in order to achieve your green objectives

EcoVadis's insight:

'Green outsourcing' can be a way to optmize resource allocation, thus contributing to energy savings. It can also involve green supplier selection, while looking at more sustainable options. Tangible benefits of adopting such an approach include a better knowledge of supplier data, which allows for a refinement of business risk assessment in the supply chain, and improve supplier relationship. Ultimately, it is necessary in order to fulfill stakeholders' need for increased CSR disclosure and transparency, according to Jonathan Tapp, Head of Sustainability Services at Capgemini.

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EBN - Michael Kirschner - In Supply Chain, Environmental, Social Responsibility Heats Up

EBN - Michael Kirschner - In Supply Chain, Environmental, Social Responsibility Heats Up | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
With ever-expanding demands for better environmental and social performance in many sectors of the industry, electronics manufacturers should take a more active approach to compliance and rule setting.
EcoVadis's insight:

An insightful overview of the numerous regulatory compliance requirements and other voluntary standards to be developed or released in 2013.  A common feature is that all of them related to profound changes in product lifecycle analysis and management.

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Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule

Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A report from the Responsible Sourcing Network finds that leading companies in the information and communications industry have undertaken initiatives to ensure that their supply chains are free of conflict minerals, but few other industry sectors have done so.

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This article from Social Funds highlights discrepancies between sectors in implementing due diligence mechanims on conflict minerals. While ICT companies are frontrunners, laggards include companies from the Automotive, Aerospace & Defence & jewelry. RSN January 2013 report can be found here.

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Only half of British businesses vet suppliers for UK Bribery Act compliance

Only half of British businesses vet suppliers for UK Bribery Act compliance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services team at Ernst & Young has today (Tuesday) released research revealing that nearly half (48%) of British firms are failing to vet their suppliers for compliance with the UK Bribery Act, ...

EcoVadis's insight:

According to this recent E&Y study, less than half of firms sampled carry out third- party due diligence in their supply chain. Is it because of a lack of  available ready-to-use solutions, lack of pressure from legal/compliance departments about potential sanctions and liabilities?  The absence of a proactive approach from U.K. companies can also be explained by the lack of prosecution cases so far.

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New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability

New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP research suggests that companies moving beyond mandatory reporting are also reducing emissions more and saving money – but suppliers aren't keeping up
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The new CDP supply chain report 2012 shows that transparency is somehow linked to CO2 emission reduction, which seems straightforward. However, much remains to be done as only a third of surveyed suppliers have clear reduction targets and first and foremost supplier engagement towards great transparency is key as more than 60% of suppliers never responded to the survey.

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Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception

Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Updated sourcing guidelines released this week by Wal-Mart have received a tepid reception at best, with industry watchers warning they are sceptical as to whether the new rules will be fully enforced.
EcoVadis's insight:

Despite doubts raised over Walmart's actual enforcement of sustainable procurement strategy, it recently stated a zero tolerance policy for any unauthorised subcontracting of its merchandise starting from 1 March 2013.  After the Tazreen incident, will Walmart indeed implement stricter rules and how is it possible for a company of Walmart size and scope of operations?  Here is an other related article from the Huffington Post.

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Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses - The Nation

Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses - The Nation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses The Nation Demand for green products is on the rise, making it essential for Thai business operators to adopt green procurement practices into their operations.
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Interesting to see how business federations, global associations can move the sustainable procurement agenda forward, as shown from the Thai local branch of the WBCSD.

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H&M and WWF Develop Global Water Strategy

H&M and WWF Develop Global Water Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

WWF and H&M have entered into a three-year partnership to develop a global water strategy that will be implemented across the fashion retailer’s 48 national markets and 750 direct suppliers.
During 2012, WWF and H&M performed a comprehensive evaluation of all H&M's efforts and challenges in connection with water ...

EcoVadis's insight:

This partnership on water management also shows pervasive engagement and collaboration within the  supply chain is a sine qua non condition for the successful roll out of a global CSR strategy ....

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Apple says child labour found at suppliers [China]

Apple says child labour found at suppliers [China] | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Apple found 11 facilities across its supply chain using child labour last year, the iPhone maker said in its annual “Supplier Responsibility” report. The California-based company…said it had uncovered 106 “active cases” of children being employed by its suppliers over the course of 2012…None of those individuals is still employed by the suppliers, after Apple worked with its partners to help them spot fake identification documents or falsified records."

EcoVadis's insight:

Since Apple joined the Fair Labor Association in January 2012, we can praise the company efforts towards more transparent supply chain accomplished so far.

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DrewClark's comment, February 5, 2013 9:40 PM
Is Apple really going to begin manufacturing in the United States?
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Learning From Experience: Nine Steps to Supply Chain Sustainability

Learning From Experience: Nine Steps to Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainability leaders from GlaxoSmithKline, Tesco, B&Q and HSBC identify 9 steps towards a more sustainable supply chain.
Last month I had the privilege ...
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Excellent series of posts and discussions around Sustainable Procurement by Conrad Young.

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