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Migrant workers | Ethical Trading Initiative

Migrant workers | Ethical Trading Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"We are the people at the lowest level of society"

 

Romanians picking onions in Spalding; Indians building hotel complexes in Dubai; Chinese migrant workers making sandals in Schenzen factories; Mexicans toiling in Californian tomato fields: all are part of an estimated 95 million people worldwide who have travelled far from home to find work.

 

Many countries rely on migrant workers to help them plug their labour shortfalls, while migrants' remittances provide a vital source of finance and foreign exchange for households and governments in their countries of origin.

 

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To eliminate corruption, policy is just not enough - CPO Agenda

To eliminate corruption, policy is just not enough - CPO Agenda | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A quick Google of the term “procurement corruption” returned a staggering 11.2 million results and hardly a day goes past without a new scandal being exposed. And it’s not just bribery and corruption that can harm brand reputation: yet another fashion retailer has been hauled over the coals for unethical practices in their supply chain

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Procurement ethics seen key to profitable supply chain | BusinessWorld Online Edition

COMPANIES should not have to choose between earnings and ethics when dealing with procurement, as doing good can redound to a profitable and sustainable use of the supply chain, speakers at a forum yesterday said.
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- Campbell soups up green manufacturing with solar project

- Campbell soups up green manufacturing with solar project | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Campbell Soup Company reported that it intends to improve its manufacturing carbon footprint after sealing a deal with a solar energy specialist to construct a PV solar array at one of its facilities in California.
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Kraft has announced it is rolling out its sustainable cocoa procurement initiative in the Dominican Republic....

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IDH Launches Innovative Sustainable Working Conditions Program in China

IDH Launches Innovative Sustainable Working Conditions Program in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) launched  a new program for electronics factories in China. The program is intended to work with over 100 factories to support the development of innovative workforce management practices and to implement sustainability and better business performance.

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Apple wakes up to Chinese pollution concerns

Apple wakes up to Chinese pollution concerns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A Chinese-led campaign to clean up Apple's supply chain is finally gaining traction...
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FTSE 100 should focus more on supply chain issues | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

CIPS CEO David Noble calls for leading UK companies to disclose more information about their procurement and supply chain operations in financial reports and updates.
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Supply Chain Standards Bring Clarity, Focus for Companies

Supply Chain Standards Bring Clarity, Focus for Companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

It’s safe to say that the majority of supply chain professionals did not enter the field to become environmental decision makers. Yet more and more they are the lynchpin of sustainability strategies in leading companies. Still, the question arises – why would a company want to add environment to the existing safety, quality, reliability, and cost issues they already manage in their supply chains?

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The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Sustainable Supply Chain | Blog

The Pharmaceutical industry is making great strides in a pre-competitive collaboration to improve sustainability in its supply chain. Since inception of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) in 2006, membership has nearly doubled to 14 companies, a recognition that “Big Pharma” sees a business case in working together to develop a common set of environmental, social, and ethical supplier standards. Moving forward, in 2012, PSCI will strengthen its risk assessment tools with a shared audit program and a more formalized supplier capability building program.

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Firms try to paint their supply chains green

If there was a poster boy for sustainable procurement in New Zealand then global dairy giant Fonterra would surely be it.

The concept is gaining momentum almost daily within the company, says Spring Humphries, Fonterra's eco efficiency programme manager, mainly because of growing pressure for exporters worldwide to have a green supply chain.

Led by the likes of global retail giant Walmart, it's a movement many exporters are realising they need to follow to stay competitive, he says.

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National Cashew Day more than nuts | Human Rights Watch

National Cashew Day more than nuts | Human Rights Watch | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

You've heard of blood diamonds, but how about "blood cashews"?

 

(New York) - Vietnam is the world’s largest exporter of cashews. But in the south, where cashew production is common, some of that production occurs in so-called drug “treatment” centers. 

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An Alliance to Support DRC Conflict-Free | Blog

An Alliance to Support DRC Conflict-Free			 | Blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last week, the U.S. State Department announced the creation of a Public-Private Alliance (PPA) for Responsible Minerals Trade, with a goal of working with companies, civil society, and governments to support conflict-free mineral supply chain efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This is a significant step to overcome what has become a de facto embargo on trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold from the country and surrounding region, and to support mining and trade that contributes to the local economy without funding armed conflict in the eastern DRC.

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Integrated reporting in a disintegrating world

Integrated reporting in a disintegrating world | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
International Integrated Reporting Committee releases discussion paper advancing the business case for integration...
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Purchasers sought for green buying award | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

Sustainable City Awards seek contenders in the procurement category.
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10/25/2011: Hilton Moves to Top 10 on EPA’s Top 50 purchasers of Green Power

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on October 25th 2011 that Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide is one of the top 10 on the agency’s list of national green power purchasers. "

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Fairtrade International (FLO) / News / Latest News / Single View

Fairtrade International (FLO) / News / Latest News / Single View | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Fairtrade International is introducing a revised Fairtrade Standard for Cotton, including new Fairtrade Minimum Prices, effective as of 15 October 2011.

Fairtrade seed cotton sales began with a pilot project in 2005 in West Africa. Today more than 40 producer organizations worldwide (mainly in West Africa and India) produce Fairtrade certified cotton."

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Balfour Beatty uses sustainability to get more for less | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

"Peasland,  chairman of Balfour Beatty’s sustainability working group, highlighted the importance of the supply chain in achieving its sustainability targets for 2020. “It’s about engaging with our supply chain and procuring things sustainably. We want to grow sustainably,”

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Sustainable Sourcing: A failure in communication

Sustainable Sourcing: A failure in communication | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Many terms are being used to communicate sustainable sourcing, including environmentally friendly, responsibility, and profitability. There is a need for consistency across the company, it's supply chain, community, and standards across industry to ensure these terms do not lose meaning. 


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Perfumes and cosmetics facing the challenges of ethical sourcing

The second edition of the Round Table "Parfums et Cosmétiques Équitables" (Fair Trade perfumes and Cosmetics) gathered on October 6, 2011 at the Palais du Luxembourg several perfume and cosmetic brands involved in the implementation of ethical supply chains or at least sensitive to this issue. The event, which took place under the aegis of the perfume company Technico Flor and which was led by the Apidae agency, highlighted the challenges to overcome for an offer still in its infancy but which seems however to attract the interest of consumers increasingly.

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Procurement fraud on the rise in China

Incidents of procurement fraud in China have risen by 13 per cent, despite the overall fraud rate in the country falling, a study has found. 38 per cent said they would invest in training and whistleblower phone lines. However, the report concluded that this is unlikely to settle the issue: “These measures are not sufficient given that China had the second-highest level of fraud perpetrated by senior management (who are unlikely to be reported by their juniors).”

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Ford, Microsoft Push Supply Chains Toward Sustainability

Ford, Microsoft Push Supply Chains Toward Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ford says it will more than triple the number of suppliers that it surveys on their energy use and carbon emissions. Ford will survey 128 suppliers, representing 60% of its $65 billion in annual purchases. The companies supply vehicle production parts and components, information technology, and logistics services

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Five former employees from Gucci's Shenzhen store claim to have suffered severe abuse, including limits on bathroom use, denial of food and water, and unpaid overtime past midnight.
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Microsoft Tests Out Mandatory Supplier Sustainability Reporting

Microsoft Tests Out Mandatory Supplier Sustainability Reporting | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In the wake of a shareholder proxy action focused on transparency in its supply chain, Microsoft has just kicked off the first phase of a project that will help get its suppliers to start filing GRI-compliant sustainability reports.
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A Model Stakeholder Strategy from the Garment Industry - Harvard Business Review

A Model Stakeholder Strategy from the Garment Industry - Harvard Business Review | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Suppliers play far more than a supplementary role in our supply chain. We strive to build a long-time dedicated partnership and to share knowledge and experience with them. We don't see our relationship with the suppliers as a zero-sum game where we benefit from attempts to lower purchasing costs; rather we see it as a win-win game where both sides collaborate and share gains from higher quality, shorter lead times, and better consistency in delivering our products. With our cotton farmers in Xinjiang, we changed many of the unfair trade practices and now aim for more than just fair trade by promoting higher cotton yields and quality through assistance in cotton research, farming techniques, and access to micro-finance.

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