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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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Analysis: Sustainable supply chain in the Middle East

Analysis: Sustainable supply chain in the Middle East | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global Research institute APMG-International announced last month that the UAE alone is using 225 per cent more energy than Europe. “With international arrivals to the Middle East expected to reach 68.5 million by 2020, carbon footprint management is key in generating projects that create an effective presence within the UAE to ensure ecological, economic and social success,” said Alan Harpham, chairman of APMG-International.

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Beyond the Brand: Leaders in Supply-Chain Environmental Sustainability

Beyond the Brand: Leaders in Supply-Chain Environmental Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies ignore the magnitude of their supply-chain environmental impacts—and the environmental and financial risks and opportunities that they represent—at their own peril, writes James Salo.
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Sustainable Supply Chain in Action: McGraw-Hill | The Networked Economy

Sustainable Supply Chain in Action: McGraw-Hill | The Networked Economy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Through partnership with its suppliers, McGraw-Hill has begun sourcing products made from environmentally-friendly materials. It has shifted more than half its vehicle fleet to alternative fuels. It has also employed a comprehensive reclamation and recycling program for many of the products it uses. In addition, McGraw-Hill has established a scorecard that measures suppliers against key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) criteria, including Diversity, Environment, Health and Safety, Ethics, and Corporate Citizenship.

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12 learnings from Ethical Corporation's sustainable supply chain conference 2012

Insights from Ethical Corporation's Toby Webb on the 12 takeawayd from the 2012 Sustainable Supply Chain Conference where EcoVadis was in attendence.

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Disney breaks ties with paper makers over Indonesian rainforest concerns

Disney breaks ties with paper makers over Indonesian rainforest concerns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One more hit to APP in Indonesia : Publisher pledges to use alternative sources as activist rejoices that 'The Jungle Book will no longer be destroying the jungle'...

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Mars calls for collaboration to secure cocoa sustainability | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

Mars calls for collaboration to secure cocoa sustainability | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mars has called for the chocolate industry to collaborate to provide the ‘billions of dollars of investment’ needed to ensure sustainability and create positive impacts for farmers.
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Disney Pledges To Eliminate Rainforest-Sourced Paper

Disney Pledges To Eliminate Rainforest-Sourced Paper | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The policy applies across the giant company's operations and, ultimately, its 3,700 licensees and suppliers.
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Wal-Mart's Green Performance Reviews Could Change Retail for Good- Bloomberg

Wal-Mart's Green Performance Reviews Could Change Retail for Good- Bloomberg | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Good to see Wal-Mart understanding that giving incentives to purchasing managers is critical to Sustainable Supply Chain adoption.

Wal-Mart's Green Performance Reviews Could Change Retail for Good...

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Procurement gets a mandate for sustainability

Procurement gets a mandate for sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"A centralised department overseeing purchasing ensures that we can generate real value for the business, society and the planet..."  Guardian News and Media explains how it has started rolling out its sustainable procurement strategy. An example is the introduction of sustainability targets in the tender process.

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Workers Crash Walmart Forum On Food Supply Ethics

Workers Crash Walmart Forum On Food Supply Ethics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Representatives from the world's largest private employer and other Fortune 500 companies joined worker advocates, trade groups and government officials in a closed-door forum last Wednesday to discuss labor standards in the food supply...

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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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Conflict-free tags help revive Congo minerals trade

Conflict-free tags help revive Congo minerals trade | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The tag scheme now being applied by Congolese authorities with foreign help provides a conflict free certification that can allow mining activity to go ahead without fear of sanction. "It's really great, better than great," said artisanal miner Roberto Maisha, who works the cooperative-operated Kalimbi mine near the small town of Nyabibwe in South Kivu - accessible along winding dirt roads that snake up into the cloud-covered hills. Photo credit: mm-j , creative commons

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Forced labour in India - Where slavery persists in all but name

Forced labour in India - Where slavery persists in all but name | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
BONDAGE, says Harsh Mander, a prominent Indian social activist, “is endemic. It is an essential factor of labour relations across India.” On October 31st Mr...
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Nike invests in sustainable supply chain technology

Nike invests in sustainable supply chain technology | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nike Inc. on Tuesday said it has made a minority investment in LLamasoft Inc., a Michigan software company that makes supply chain and transportation design software."Innovation and sustainability are core to Nike Inc.'s operations and this new partnership with LLamasoft represents unique opportunities in both of these areas," Hans Van Alebeek, Nike’s vice president of global operations and technology.

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The Power of Partnerships in Addressing Supply Chain Sustainability

The Power of Partnerships in Addressing Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The field of supplier sustainability is developing fast. Sustainability in the supply chain is increasingly seen among high-level executives as essential to delivering long-term profitability and has found its place on the agenda of the purchasing and supply professionals on par with monetary cost, value, and speed. Moreover, companies continue to rely on outsourcing their activities to ever more remote companies and suppliers, particularly in the emerging markets.

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Transparency in UK Company Supply Chains (Eradication of Slavery)

Transparency in UK Company Supply Chains (Eradication of Slavery) | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Interesting to see US legislations being now copied in Europe..It used to be the opposite!

"A Bill to require large companies in the UK to make annual statements of measures taken by them to eradicate slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and the worst forms of child labour (as set out in Article 3 of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 182) from their supply chains will have its second reading in the house of commons on Friday 19 October. This is a UK equivalent of the California Transparency Act, requiring all companies beyond a certain size to disclose their efforts to ensure a slavery-free supply chain.

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Menlo Worldwide Logistics Tracking Supply Chain Sustainability

Menlo Worldwide Logistics Tracking Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has a new program called CarbonNet, which allows it to capture, , calculate and manage emissions activity across the value supply chain.

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Microsoft educates suppliers on conflict minerals | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

Microsoft educates suppliers on conflict minerals | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Microsoft is educating its hardware suppliers in Africa to identify the ore refineries they use to develop a conflict mineral–free supply chain. The electronics firm is teaching vendors to identify the refineries they source minerals from to prevent conflict minerals entering the supply chain.

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Johnson & Johnson Report: 54% of Hospitals Say Green Attributes Important in Purchasing

Johnson & Johnson Report: 54% of Hospitals Say Green Attributes Important in Purchasing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More than one-third (35 percent) of hospitals surveyed switched suppliers to gain access to sustainable health-care products, according to a new report by Johnson & Johnson that finds hospitals are placing greater emphasis on “green” products used...
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Building sustainable supply chains

Building sustainable supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A good article on trends in Sustainable Supply Chains : Companies must focus on transparency and values to get their supply chain management back on track, argues Jeremy Prepscius...

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