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Regulating supply chain sustainability

Regulating supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
What would have been unthinkable only a few years ago is now the order of the day, says Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen...
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UNIDO and METRO Group extend their alliance for sustainable food supplies

UNIDO and METRO Group extend their alliance for sustainable food supplies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

METRO Group and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will ramp up their joint commitment to more efficient supply chains and better food supplies.

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Perspectives in Responsible Sourcing: Raising the Bar for Human Rights, Social and Environmental Due Diligence in Investments

On August 1, 2011, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) released its newly revised Environmental and Social Standards and Access to Information Policy. ... In addition, PS 2 requires the client to put in place and implement policies on the quality and management of worker accommodation and provision of basic services. Monitoring of third party employers and ensuring contracted workers have access to a grievance mechanism has also been incorporated into the updated PS 2. Moreover, the supply chain provision under Performance Standard 2 has been expanded to require monitoring of suppliers where “there is a high risk of significant safety issues” in addition to the previously stated risks or incidents of child and/or forced labor.

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Apple attacked over pollution in China - FT.com

Apple attacked over pollution in China - FT.com | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Chinese environmental groups have accused Apple suppliers in the country of systemic pollution, underscoring the pressures on one of the world’s biggest companies as opposition grows in China to environmental degradation as the cost of economic...
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Cleaning Up Brand Names' Supply Chains

“Raising awareness to these issues is fine and having companies make pledges like this are important,” according to Mr. Olson, but developing durable solutions are much more complex and require involvement of local governments and non-profit or non-governmental organizations. “It’s very much a development issue,” he said, “you have to be careful not to dictate certain kinds of environmental improvement at the expense of the communities that rely on this economic activity.”

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Sustainable Sourcing: How much should sustainability cost?

Sustainable Sourcing: How much should sustainability cost? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Two views have dominated a lot of the conversations I’ve had about sustainable sourcing recently. One is that it’s an investment rather than a cost – the potential impact on the topline, in some industries anyway, merits the effort and expense to adapt to more sustainable procurement policies. The other is that you only need to spend as much as it takes to avoid a scandal.

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‘Forced overtime’ claim in H&M mass fainting

Staff at the garment factory in Kampong Chnnang where more than 100 workers fainted on Tuesday morning while making knitwear for global brand H&M had been forced to work overtime of up to six hours a day for about two months prior to the incident, a representative of their union said yesterday.

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Zara Caught In 'Slave Labor' Scandal | greengopost.com

Zara Caught In 'Slave Labor' Scandal | greengopost.com | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
On Tuesday night, Zara, the Spanish-based, global clothing giant was implicated in a slave labor scandal, as reported on Brazilian television.
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Nike and Puma Commit to Eliminate Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals | 2Sustain

Earlier this summer, Greenpeace challenged major clothing brands, including Nike, Puma and Adidas, to eliminate the release of all hazardous chemicals across their supply chains.

 

I’m very pleased to report that within the past month or so, both Nike and Puma have announced significant commitments to “detox.”

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Nestlé to establish sustainable coffee factory in Vietnam

Nestlé to establish sustainable coffee factory in Vietnam | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food company Nestlé plans to source 30,000 tonnes of coffee from Vietnamese farmers once it has established a new factory in the country.

It aims to provide business to 16,000 local farmers once it has built a $270 million (£167 million) coffee-production facility in the Dong Nai region.

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Why UPS Takes Its Role as a Green Supply Chain Seriously

Why UPS Takes Its Role as a Green Supply Chain Seriously | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UPS's ninth annual sustainability report continues to dig deeper, providing data on a range of impacts. UPS CSO says the company is aware it's performance affects the sustainability of its customers' supply chains, and provides the data to help them better track their own Scope 3 footprint.


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Congresswoman Maloney Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Fight Human Trafficking in Supply Chains (USA)

Congresswoman Maloney Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Fight Human Trafficking in Supply Chains (USA) | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

“Human trafficking is the slavery of the 21st century. It is estimated that nearly 12.3 million people are working in some form of forced labor worldwide. We have seen a global shift in trafficking in weapons and drugs to trafficking in children and humans. Drugs and guns can be used only once, but the human body can be used over and over again. We must use every tool available to help men, women, and children around the world who are enslaved,” said Maloney.

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Companies should combine financial and sustainability reporting | Supply Management

Companies should combine financial and sustainability reporting | Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Companies need to change the way they report their performance to cater for increasingly globalised supply chains, a report claims. The organisation also said the new system would have a positive impact on supply chains. It will increase transparency, which will in turn boost trust and engagement throughout the supply chain. Closer ties between finance and sustainability should also improve risk management.

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Why are H&M clothing stitchers fainting in Cambodia?

Why are H&M clothing stitchers fainting in Cambodia? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Poor ventiliation? Malnutrition? Or a bizarre "psychological phenomnenon" that only affects Cambodian factory workers?

All have been blamed for a rash of mass faintings in two different garment factories that supply H&M stores with cheap and chic clothing.

Last week, 200 garment workers keeled over inside a provincial Cambodian factory, according to Radio Free Asia. Days before, nearly 100 passed out. At an entirely different factory in the capital, Phnom Penh, another 40 fainted, reports the Phnom Penh Post.

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China appeals raw materials WTO case | EurActiv

China appeals raw materials WTO case | EurActiv | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
China has appealed a World Trade Organisation ruling against its export
policies on raw materials, the Ministry of Commerce said, in a move which
could have implications for its rare earth exports.
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Sustainable Packaging's New Definition Emphasizes Lifecycle Impacts

Sustainable Packaging's New Definition Emphasizes Lifecycle Impacts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
 The Sustainable Packaging Coalition puts a bigger emphasis on a package's lifecycle impacts with its updated definition of sustainable packaging.
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PepsiCo to launch global ethical-farming standards

Director of sustainable development says firm is aiming to put economic value on environmental and social impacts of supply chain...
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TV company takes millions from Malaysian government to make documentaries for BBC

TV company takes millions from Malaysian government to make documentaries for BBC | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The BBC has launched an investigation into how it broadcast to millions of people around the world programmes made by a company that had received millions of pounds in payments from the government of Malaysia.
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How She Leads: Gap Inc.'s Kindley Walsh Lawlor

How She Leads: Gap Inc.'s Kindley Walsh Lawlor | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

At the "cut-sew level" of the supply chain, we focus most heavily on human rights. We have a 700-point code that we check in all of our factories, which includes social and environmental criteria. The data have also shown us another area where we have the opportunity to make a big impact is the water that comes out of the textile laundries.

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Disclosure Requirements on Slavery and Human Trafficking

Rachelle Jackson discusses the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) and what companies need to know about disclosing their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
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Weeding out worker exploitation

Weeding out worker exploitation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Can you be sure that your sourcing does not exploit workers in your supply chain? More vigilance will not only protect those involved, but also benefit your organisation’s brand.

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Dolce & Gabbana in dock over 'killer jeans'

Dolce & Gabbana in dock over 'killer jeans' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Campaign calls for fashion houses to stop using sandblasting, a technique for producing denim with artificially worn look...
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New Standards in Sustainable Procurement

New Standards in Sustainable Procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Most organisations have the potential to use their spending power to influence more sustainable behaviour - but few do. This article looks into resistance to innovation, and the need for a common set of standards to work from and significant behaviour change to consider wider aspects of procurement, innovation and assurance.


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Pharma Companies Face a Supply Chain Sustainability Opportunity

Pharma Companies Face a Supply Chain Sustainability Opportunity | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

While pharmaceutical companies are serious about sustainability, they have to date focused on internal operations. There is opportunity for a company to take the lead by extending their goals to cover supply chain sustainability.


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