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Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S

Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Louise Nicholls, M&S Head of Responsible Sourcing and Packaging: “The next big challenge we’ve got is that the world of labour rights is changing. It’s no longer about ethical trade which is a risk to business, but rather a risk to rights holders and we need to set up our business to understand what that looks like.
It’s about how well you understand those risks in the extended supply chain in what is a much more hyper-transparent world. We are now in a very different space and it’s much more open, to the point where you need to be talking about what you’re doing to address these issues, and how well you’re doing your due diligence.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Companies such as M&S are proactively finding solutions to fight modern slavery; how engaged are you towards eradicating it from your supply chain?

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GS1 US guideline helps pharmaceutical industry prepare for item-level traceability requirement

GS1 US has published a new release of the guideline, Applying GS1 Standards for DSCSA and Traceability (R1.2), to help the pharmaceutical industry prepare for Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) serialization and item-level traceability requirements in 2017 and 2023.
The new release builds upon version 1.1 of the guideline and takes advantage of new features in the GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Service (EPCIS) and Core Business Vocabulary (CBV), GS1 Standards that enable trading partners to share information about the physical movement and status of products as they travel throughout the supply chain – from business to business and ultimately to consumers.

EcoVadis's insight:

More and more regulations are being released to encourage companies in specific sector to be more transparent in their supply chain. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation 

EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Regulation, as agreed by the EU Institutions, is set to ensure sustainable sourcing for more than 95% of all EU imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which will be covered by due diligence provisions as of 1 January 2021.  
In the meantime, the Commission and Member States will work to make sure that the necessary structures are in place to ensure EU-wide implementation.

EcoVadis's insight:

Measures to provide support for importers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will be deployed. Are you ready to comply to this new regulation?

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DOL investigation reveals how retailers hide labor abuses within supply chains

DOL investigation reveals how retailers hide labor abuses within supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Between April and July of 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) uncovered wage violations at 85% of the 77 independent Southern California factories investigated, reported the Los Angeles Times last week. Ross Dress for Less, Forever 21 and T.J. Maxx were found to have close ties to the suppliers with the most offenses. Roughly $1.1 million in unpaid wages are owed workers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Non-profit human rights watchdogs have been particularly useful for uncovering violations lately. How are you ensuring that there is no labour abuse in your supply chain?

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Social responsibility is pushing supply chain to the next level

Social responsibility is pushing supply chain to the next level | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to a new study by management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, the emerging trend is to move from green to sustainable supply chain management. The company’s 5th Supply Chain Monitor found that European supply chains have already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit of carbon reduction initiatives since the previous 2010-11 study. In between there was even some kind of slow down for green initiatives, as all climate conferences prior to COP21 failed.
EcoVadis's insight:

BearingPoint recommends EcoVadis in their report:

"Joining sustainable supplier rating platforms such as EcoVadis (http://www.ecovadis.com/), to reduce the need to handle repeated requests." 

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Are Companies in Denial About the Growing Importance of ESG?

New research developed by Corporate Citizenship, in association with S&P Dow Jones Indices, reveals that long-term thinking is not the norm among many businesses:
-26% of all companies assessed had no relevant mentions of long term value
-ESG communication remains challenging - for the 74% of companies that did mention long-term value, many struggle to articulate the importance of ESG factors for long-term business success
-Key performance indicators (KPIs) are often missing, and when companies mention long term value creation they rarely link it to KPIs

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Are you also facing denial about the growing importance of ESG?

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Human Rights on the Pharma Risk Management Agenda

The results of the Human Rights Due Diligence Study by the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (BIICL) and the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, launched last month, showed that many of the companies surveyed from the pharmaceutical industry had conducted a human rights due diligence process or human rights impact assessment. In fact, Pharma was the second highest result by industry sector across the whole survey of 152 multi-national organizations.
EcoVadis's insight:

Pharmaceutical companies are quite ahead in their respect for Human Rights, how advanced is your company in the matter?

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Seafish revamps Responsible Fishing Scheme applications

Seafish revamps Responsible Fishing Scheme applications | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The RFS has been developed to try and raise standards in the catching sector, enabling those within the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to the responsible sourcing of seafood.
It is the only global standard that audits compliance on board fishing vessels, including safety and welfare criteria. UK retailers Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Wm Morrison Supermarkets have backed the scheme, along with the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association.

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More companies are engaging themselves to responsible sourcing of seafood, are you following this trend?

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The Paris Effect: How the Paris Agreement is Driving Climate Action

The Paris Effect: How the Paris Agreement is Driving Climate Action | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The adoption of the Paris Agreement delivered a signal to governments, businesses and the global public: All parties, from national governments to small businesses, must do their part to minimize the risks and impacts of climate change.

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Are you doing your part and engaging all your stakeholders to follow the trend? 

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Rail and the Paris Agreement: industry faces major challenges to become mode of choice

Rail and the Paris Agreement: industry faces major challenges to become mode of choice | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Sustainable transport is an important part of our common efforts to tackle climate change and build a cleaner, greener world,” said UN secretary general Mr Ban Ki Moon, in a statement read at the event by UIC director general Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. “The transport sector can play a vital role in achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. I count on the commitment of the global railway community to make transport more sustainable - and your gathering is especially timely coming within weeks of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”
EcoVadis's insight:

The railway industry continues to lead the way as a sustainable transport mode, but it must do more to meet its ambitious targets for reducing emissions and energy consumption.

Read EcoVadis' take-aways from the UIC Conference in Vienna.

 

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Despite benefits, managers slow to roll out sustainable supply chains

Despite benefits, managers slow to roll out sustainable supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
51% supply chain executives said they consider developing a "green" supply chain to be a current strategic priority, reports Industry Today. Although 36% said they intend to incorporate sustainability into operations, only 22% plan to act over the next 3 years.
EcoVadis's insight:

Consumers are 'punishing' companies that are not up to standards; are you working towards a greener and more sustainable supply chain in your business?

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 24, 2016 1:16 PM
"In addition to the increased communication and visibility benefits gained from pushing sustainability down the supply chain, customers are increasingly prizing green brands. 

Perhaps more importantly, though, lack of environmental or social controls on the supply chain could be considered a risk now as consumers punish companies that are not up to standards. So whether it's to meet rising standards or improve brand value, beginning the sustainability process now — even with small steps — can prove beneficial in the long run."
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Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While 84% of respondents from a sample survey of the group’s 14,000 construction industry members agreed that the UK should take leadership on modern slavery and human trafficking, 51% conceded a lack of knowledge about necessary measures to take if the issue was met in their organisation.
EcoVadis's insight:

There is a great need by all tiers of the supply chain to work together to turn awareness into action. Are you working your way in your supply chain to take action against modern slavery?

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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 24, 2016 12:56 PM
With so many desperate immigrants in the world modern day exploitation is possible or various forms of slave labor.
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First Global Sustainability Reporting Standards Set to Transform Business – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Today, GRI launched the world’s first global standards for sustainability reporting, giving companies a common language for disclosing non-financial information. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards will enable companies around the world to be more transparent about their impacts on the economy, the environment and society. They will also help organizations make better decisions and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
EcoVadis's insight:

These standards have been designed to guide sustainability reporting for any company, in any industry, for decades to come. Are you ready to take up this challenge and report on non-financial information?

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Mars Calls on Global Leaders to Take Bold Action on Climate Change, Accelerates Its Own Renewable Energy Efforts

Mars Calls on Global Leaders to Take Bold Action on Climate Change, Accelerates Its Own Renewable Energy Efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mars, Incorporated is urging the business community and global leaders at COP22 to take bold action to implement the targets agreed last year in Paris for tackling climate change. Mars combined this call to action with an announcement of plans for a wind farm in Mexico—its third major wind energy commitment in as many years.
Mars has an ambition to eliminate all fossil fuel use from its operations by 2040. Today the company is urging business and global leaders to do the same by setting ambitious goals that go beyond the national targets agreed at COP21.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see multi-nationals such as Mars calling on Global Leaders to take actions on climate change. How engaged are you towards the issue?

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How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change

How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Transforming an unsustainable global supply chain can seem daunting. As much as a single company may be committed to change, it’s almost impossible to do it alone. There is a need for peers and competitors to become colleagues and mentors to enable all. Collective action possesses a raw power that enables us to imagine a different reality. And once that happens we put solutions squarely within the realm of the possible and probable.

EcoVadis's insight:

Global companies are together pledging to end the use of ancient and endangered forests in their stylish creations. How are you engaging other companies in your industry to be responsibly engaged?

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Signature d'une nouvelle convention de partenariat entre la SNCF et l’ONCF pour le développement durable

Signature d'une nouvelle convention de partenariat entre la SNCF et l’ONCF pour le développement durable | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Un projet de mémorandum a été signé samedi 12 novembre à Marrakech pendant la COP 22, par le Directeur Général de l’ONCF Mohamed Rabie Khlie et le Secrétaire Général de la SNCF Stéphane Volant. Le partenariat reposera sur un travail collectif impliquant des spécialistes du ferroviaire, des universitaires, des chercheurs et des collaborateurs à tous les niveaux des deux entreprises. Les deux opérateurs ambitionnent d’inscrire ce partenariat dans la durée, au-delà de la COP 22.
EcoVadis's insight:

Nouvelle convention de partenariat vient d’être signé entre l’Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) et notre client la SNCF qui militent contre le changement climatique. 

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Première certification RSE pour un élu français 

Première certification RSE pour un élu français  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Cet excellent score, obtenu pour une première évaluation, démontre que, d’ores et déjà, le cabinet a bien appréhendé les enjeux clés de sa responsabilité sociétale», ajoute l’organisme indépendant, qui juge que «globalement, le cabinet sénatorial fonctionne avec une vraie éthique, transparente et responsable
EcoVadis's insight:

Le sénateur de l'Hérault Henri Cabanel a engagé son cabinet parlementaire dans une démarche d’évaluation de responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE) et certifié ISO 26000. Une première en France pour un élu.

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GMO ingredient database promises full supply chain traceability

GMO ingredient database promises full supply chain traceability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food Chain ID Europe is developing “the most comprehensive” database of supply chain information aimed at tracing and identifying GMO ingredients.
Using cloud-based software food industry professionals can share and track the source of their ingredients against an expanding database.
Currently containing information on over 43,000 different ingredients with 500 registered GMO risks, the ‘inSYTE’ database aims to “provide compliance to industry regulations on product traceability and supply chain monitoring” according to the company’s website.

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Development of a new database to trace GMO ingredients in food products

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Supplier Management: Grow Strategic Partnerships and Drive Value Across the Supply Chain | FoodSafetyTech

Supplier Management: Grow Strategic Partnerships and Drive Value Across the Supply Chain | FoodSafetyTech | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to a report by Kroll and The Economist Intelligence Unit, 17% of companies experienced some type of vendor, supplier or procurement fraud in 2015. While fraud is one of the more extreme examples of supplier management complications, the manufacturer-supplier relationship is notoriously fickle and can result in serious issues if attention and care is not reciprocal from the beginning.
EcoVadis's insight:

It is important to have great communication and foster positive supplier relations so as to avoid any associated risk. How are you engaging your suppliers?

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Ranking of 200 Brands Finds Check-the-Box Reporting Insufficient to Protect Both Miners and Investors from Conflict Minerals Risk

While leading brands proactively monitor and mitigate risk, laggards provide little evidence of good faith efforts. Berkshire Hathaway faulted suppliers for weak reporting and declined to identify smelters. In contrast, Microsoft exercised leverage with its suppliers to enforce conflict-free policies and apply pressure on smelters to perform due diligence. ExxonMobil prohibited suppliers from sourcing from the DRC region, contributing to a devastating embargo that prevents the development of a legitimate minerals trade and worsens the humanitarian crisis in the DRC. In contrast, Apple helped improve risk monitoring between mines and smelters; Phillips increased its demand for conflict-free tin sourced from within the DRC; and Boeing and GE supported research on child labor in the region. Intel continued its public campaign to support conflict-free mining in the DRC.
EcoVadis's insight:

Are you enforcing conflict-free policies and measures in your supply chain? 

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Les initiatives territoriales des acteurs publics en faveur de la RSE - Eau dans la ville

Les initiatives territoriales des acteurs publics en faveur de la RSE - Eau dans la ville | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Le Comité 21 a été appuyé par le Commissariat Général au Développement Durable (CGDD) pour réaliser un recensement et une analyse sur « Les initiatives territoriales des acteurs publics en faveur de la Responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE) ». Quels sont les dispositifs mis en œuvre dans chaque région ? Quelles politiques publiques régionales en faveur de la RSE ? Quels sont les acteurs publics en région, porteurs d’initiatives en faveur de la RSE ? Les leviers, les freins ? Quelles recommandations ?
EcoVadis's insight:

Nouvelle étude sur la RSE qui a pour objectif d'identifier les principaux dispositifs mis en œuvre par les régions françaises pour développer la RSE dans les entreprises ; déterminer les caractéristiques d’une politique publique régionale de la RSE, mais aussi les leviers pour y parvenir. 

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GM Recognized as World Leader for Climate Change Action

GM Recognized as World Leader for Climate Change Action | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP, a global nonprofit committed to sustainable economies, has named General Motors a global leader for its actions and strategies to address climate change. GM is now on the global Climate A List – a spot held by just 9 percent of the thousands of companies participating in CDP’s climate change program.

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Congrats GM for this great achievement!

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British retailers exploit Syrian refugee children, investigation says

British retailers exploit Syrian refugee children, investigation says | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Syrian refugee children have been working in factories making clothes for British high street retailer Marks & Spencer and online store ASOS, an investigation by BBC Panorama found.
The investigation, to be broadcast Monday evening, found Syrian refugees as young as 15 working long hours for little pay, making and ironing clothes in Turkey, to be shipped off to Britain.

EcoVadis's insight:

Famous international brands are 'unconsciously' exploiting children to make the garments. They now feel an urge to clean up their supply chain. Are you exposed to this kind of threat in your business and are you prepared to face related consequences?

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Sustainability Arrives in Asia

Sustainability Arrives in Asia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The common perception in Asia is that investors don’t care whether companies are socially and environmentally responsible—emerging markets, after all, offer high-risk, high-reward opportunities that are tough enough to realize without having to meet other goals. Of the $21 trillion worldwide, Asia is thought to manage less than 5% with an eye toward sustainability.

THAT IS CHANGING in demonstrable ways, according to new analysis from Morgan Stanley, which examines how investors are making distinctions.

EcoVadis's insight:

Asian companies are making more green and sustainable efforts in their supply chain. 

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