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Supply Chain Sustainability Continues to Gain Momentum

Supply Chain Sustainability Continues to Gain Momentum | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Companies today are reaching beyond their operational footprint into their supply chains for additional opportunities to manage risk, find efficiencies and protect reputation. Sustainable supply chain issues now extend well beyond the original focus on human rights and labor issues of the last decade, spanning topics as diverse as business continuity, ecosystem preservation, anti-corruption, materials traceability and product stewardship.

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This post from Karen Lutz, recaps the major 2012 trends and milestones in terms of sustainable procurement from ISO, the Global Compact, the DJSI, the GRI, to the CDP and other regulatory developments. As the author states,  all those initiatives are linked together in promoting supply chain transparency and due diligence requirements.


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EBN - Ken Manchen - Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2

EBN - Ken Manchen - Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Come January 2, 2013, the European Union will replace its original RoHS law with a new recast version known as RoHS 2. This new version will expand coverage to all electrical and electronic equipment, require special marking of finished goods and more compliance documentation, and increase penalties for non-compliance.

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This article from EBN summarizes the main changes under RoHS 2 and how the Directive will impact product declarations with CE marks, and increasingly cover other sectors.

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Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices

Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

72% of US companies say sustainability influences their purchasing decisions and is an important factor when selecting a service provider

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Sustainable purchasing is gaining momentum, including in the United States, often behind on sustainability issues when compared with Europe.

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Squeezing the sleazy

Squeezing the sleazy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

International efforts are bearing fruit. New laws have raised the cost of wrongdoing. Financial markets are punishing corrupt companies. Most encouraging, activists have growing clout not only in high-profile cases but at grassroots level, where the internet helps to highlight instances of “quiet” (low-level) corruption.

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The politics of corruption. Global anti-corruption efforts are growing in scope and clout.

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From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons

From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
'From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons' blog post by Francesca Rheannon.
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This interesting analysis from CSR Wire about the Tazreen tragedy highlights the failed control system and lack of supply chain monitoring (Walmart was not aware Tazreen was among its supplier base), combined with financial imperative (increased orders at year end) among the main causes that account for the tragic incidents.

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Levi's, GAP not keeping supply chains sustainable, reports show

Levi's, GAP not keeping supply chains sustainable, reports show | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Greenpeace International's investigation reveals dumping of industrial wastewater with a wide range of hazardous substances in two of China's most important textile manufacturing zones.
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The Textile sector has been the target of recent campaigns from the Third Sector to efficiently clean up and manage hazardous chemicals along the supply chain.

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Conflict-Free Gold Standard - World Gold Council

Conflict-Free Gold Standard - World Gold Council | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The World Gold Council has developed the Conflict-Free Gold Standard, an industry-led approach to combat the potential misuse of mined gold to fund armed conflict...
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Starting January 1, 2013, participating companies will required to publicly report against the standard via  a Conflict-Free Gold Report, published in annual reports or on their websites.

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UQAM | Salle de presse | Lancement du premier « Baromètre de l’approvisionnement responsable » au Québec par l’ECPAR en collaboration avec l’ESG UQAM

Le 12 décembre 2012 – Le Baromètre de l’approvisionnement responsable – édition Québec 2012 a été lancé hier par l’Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques
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Bravo to the new "Sustainable Procurement Benchmark" published by our Quebec friends, leveraging our HEC/EcoVadis data/methodology

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Updated Guide Helps Businesses Source Sustainable Wood and Paper Products - World Resources Institute

Updated Guide Helps Businesses Source Sustainable Wood and Paper Products - World Resources Institute | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
World Resources InstituteUpdated Guide Helps Businesses Source Sustainable Wood and Paper ProductsWorld Resources Institute.
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Companies can leverage the recently updated guide, "Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products," to develop policies and take actions to source sustainably.

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Supplying Sustainability: Real Leaders Must Look down the Chain

Supplying Sustainability: Real Leaders Must Look down the Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
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If you are serious about sustainability, you need to get serious with your supply chain. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, for instance, over 85 percent of a company’s total emissions are indirect – that is, from their supply chain. It is a win-win for suppliers and consumers. Forbes recently reported findings of a multi-year research study that examined the intersection of sustainability and supply chain management. It found that companies that engaged suppliers, at any tier, saw sustainability and financial returns improve, cutting operating costs by 46 percent.

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Chocolate giant sweetens supply chain with $400M investment

Chocolate giant sweetens supply chain with $400M investment | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world's largest chocolate company, Mondelēz International, yesterday announced plans to invest $400 million over the next 10 years to help suppliers enhance productivity and improve sustainability efforts. Cadbury's had already committed to invest $70 million in its sustainable supply chain programs between 2008 and 2018, and has already seen significant successes in Ghana where the company reports cocoa yields for farmers taking part in the program have increased 20 percent.

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Samsung Says China Suppliers Violated Overtime Regulations

Samsung Says China Suppliers Violated Overtime Regulations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of TVs and mobile phones, said an internal audit of suppliers in China found “inadequate practices” that include employees working more overtime than allowed by law.
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Growing recognition of CSR risk in supply chain - Procurement Leaders

Growing recognition of CSR risk in supply chain - Procurement Leaders | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Interesting study showing similar results to our bi-annual HEC/EcoVadis benchmark. The majority of global businesses are feeling the pressure of CSR risk, even though many are only currently doing just enough to get by, says recent research.

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Sustainable Packaging at Dell

Sustainable Packaging at Dell | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The attitude of many companies is changing when it comes to prioritizing “green” initiatives and focusing attention on sustainability in the supply chain.

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This article shows how sourcing materials responsibly for packaging can actually help cut costs.

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MEPs vote to make procurement rules more socially responsible

The European Parliament internal market committee has approved procurement reforms to ensure public authorities award contracts on the basis of the most advantageous economic, social and environmental criteria.
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glad to see that EU is making good steps towards integration of CSR criteria in procurement decisions. How long will it take to this tranlated into national laws?

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The Strategic Sourceror: Supply chain disclosure varies between companies

The Strategic Sourceror: Supply chain disclosure varies between companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

According to a new report from analyst firm Verdantix, some electronics companies headquartered in Asia take greater strides to report the environmental achievements in their supply chains than others.

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Supply chain transparency in reporting is on the rise, but still challenging and undefined for many companies. Electronics companies which oftern outsource large percentage of their production should absolutely be the front runners, but apparently they are not all on board.

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Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China

Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
After the hardships of workers in China’s electronics factories were exposed to a global audience, working conditions have changed.
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Labor reforms in China....


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Levi's latest to bow to pressure and detox its supply chain

Levi's latest to bow to pressure and detox its supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Levi's has become the latest brand leader to pledge to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020, following pressure from Greenpeace.
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With such major brands such as Levis now into the loop, it is expected that the Apparel Sector will be compelled to increase its scrutiny over supply chain management, while taking into account environmental impacts.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Labor unrest can disrupt entire supply chains

The Strategic Sourceror: Labor unrest can disrupt entire supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Strategic Sourceror: Labor unrest can disrupt entire supply chains, procurement, strategic sourcing, cost reduction and supply chain news by the Strategic Sourceror
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Offshoring to attractive overseas locations can have financial benefits but can also have costs, linked to social disruption and lack of  monitoring capabilities in the supply chain, as the article shows it.

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European Union Considers Implementing Conflict Minerals Regulation

European Union Considers Implementing Conflict Minerals Regulation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Union (EU) will begin discussions on whether to develop a conflict minerals-type regulation during a December 5, 2012 internal workshop. DG Trade is leading this effort and has request input from industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....
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As a ripple effect of the Conflict Minerals Act of 2009 passed in the U.S., possible regulations are likely to have significant impacts for European companies in terms of supply chain disclosure and accountability, due-diligence mechanisms.

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Businesses Increasingly Rationalize Supply Chain Sustainability

Businesses Increasingly Rationalize Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More companies are aggressively pursuing sustainability in their supply chains, according to Bruce Tompkins, the executive director of the Supply Chain Consortium.
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“Companies want to shape the future of sustainability,” Tompkins said recently in a podcast on the topic, “and it’s easier to stay ahead of the game than trying to catch up to regulations," says Bruce Tompkins, the executive director of the Supply Chain Consortium

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How Sustainability is Enabling True Supply Chain Management

How Sustainability is Enabling True Supply Chain Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Take an active interest in the processes of your suppliers and other partners. This practice shouldn’t be limited to your first tier: make sure you’re aware of your suppliers’ suppliers’ production methods, too.” –Procurement Strategy Council
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Excellent advice to CPOs: Look beyond the obvious, Expect the unexpected and Practic to be perfect

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Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain

Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A blaze that killed 112 workers in Bangladesh last month exposed a disconnect among retailers like Sears and Walmart, the monitoring system to protect workers and the factories filling the orders.
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Beyond the abominable tragedy, this article from the New York times also highlights key issues such as the opacity in sub-contracting networks, the lack of corrective actions and follow-ups once non-conformities are uncovered during audits, and of course the tragic lack of investment in what does not directly impact the bottom line...

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Wal-Mart Fires Supplier Unauthorized to Use Bangladesh Fa

Wal-Mart Fires Supplier Unauthorized to Use Bangladesh Fa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fired a supplier that made garments at a Bangladesh factory where more than 100 people died in a blaze on Nov. 24.
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Cisco creates resource to educate suppliers to conflict mineral reforms

Cisco creates resource to educate suppliers to conflict mineral reforms | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Cisco Supplier Conflict Minerals Resource page, created by Cisco and solution provider Foresite, provides a streamlined resource providing links, on-demand webcasts, and advisory notices for the key requirements associated with conflict minerals, in order to help the supply chain comply with rules on conflict mineral disclosure.

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