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Human Trafficking the Top Concern for United Kingdom Commercial Enterprises

Human Trafficking the Top Concern for United Kingdom Commercial Enterprises | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

U.K. investigators appear to be examining all areas of modern-day slavery – from working conditions within the country to a company’s international supply chain. Investigators have good reason to suspect this: Recent studies suggest that more than two-thirds of all businesses believe it is very likely modern slavery has or currently exists within their supply chain.  Now that companies have filed their first few rounds of statements required under the Act, investigators are expected to be conducting exhaustive checks in the coming weeks and months.

EcoVadis's insight:

Alarming figures from a recent study shows that modern slavery is omnipresent in the supply chain; is it present in yours too? How are you helping eradicating it?

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Tech Giants Look the Other Way on Rights Abuses Stemming From Cobalt Mining in Congo

Tech Giants Look the Other Way on Rights Abuses Stemming From Cobalt Mining in Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Democratic Republic of Congo is paying the price for being the world’s largest producer of raw cobalt, a vital ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, smartphones, laptops and other rechargeable devices. As Congolese search for the valuable mineral—cobalt is the most expensive part of lithium-ion batteries—they are suffering a surge in child labor, poverty, pollution and rare birth defects.
EcoVadis's insight:

Companies may want to get away from the problem existing in their supply chain but the problem is still there. Do you have your eyes wide open on the subject and are you reacting to that in your business? 

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EcoVadis, la garantie d’achats responsables !

EcoVadis, la garantie d’achats responsables ! | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
« La force d’EcoVadis est d’être l’interface entre de grands groupes et des PME du monde entier. Nous sommes une agence de notation en RSE mais aussi une plate-forme d’échange d’informations entre les directions des achats et les fournisseurs. Côté grandes entreprises, c’est un outil efficace pour impliquer les fournisseurs dans la démarche RSE et mieux gérer le risque. Et ce à un coût finalement peu élevé par rapport à un audit sur site. Côté fournisseurs, une évaluation annuelle est un gage d’amélioration continue. »
Richard Bourne, chargé des relations avec les entreprises sous évaluation chez EcoVadis.
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Notation EcoVadis: un regard externe sur ses performances RSE et celles de ses fournisseurs !

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Conflict Minerals Requirements and Government Contracts 

Conflict Minerals Requirements and Government Contracts  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
When it comes to conflict minerals and federal reporting requirements, suppliers and their customers are increasingly recognizing that the breadth and scope of their compliance efforts extend far beyond simply meeting the terms of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Much of the conflict minerals compliance focus has been on U.S. publicly traded companies in meeting the requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, thousands of more companies that are not subject to SEC rules are, in fact, facing possibly greater federal scrutiny related to the conflict minerals issue.
EcoVadis's insight:

Companies, even if they are not a publicly traded company, need to follow the same SEC rule for conflict minerals disclosure. Small or large companies that are providing services to the federal government need to source responsibly; are you engaging your company to follow those rules?

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Le droit à un environnement sain, un droit en devenir

Le droit à un environnement sain, un droit en devenir | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Comme les émissions de gaz à effet de serre responsables du changement climatique, la déforestation, la pollution de l’eau, de l’air ou des sols, ou encore la raréfaction des ressources, provoquées par l’activité des entreprises, peuvent en effet porter atteinte au droit des populations locales à disposer d’un environnement sain. Ce droit, dans lequel on peut inclure le droit à l'eau, à l'air pur, à la jouissance de paysages, aux bénéfices de la biodiversité – en somme à la vie dans des conditions environnementales saines – commence à être reconnu en tant que droit fondamental de la personne humaine.
EcoVadis's insight:

Les activités provoquées par les entreprises peuvent porter atteinte au droit des populations à disposer d’un environnement sain. Que faites-vous pour protéger votre environnement ?

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Les droits des travailleurs en danger

Les droits des travailleurs en danger | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Dans 68% des 141 pays scrutés par l’indice CSI (1), des travailleurs sont exclus du droit de grève. Dans 58%, certaines catégories de travailleurs sont exclues de la liberté syndicale. Et dans 57%, des travailleurs n’ont pas le droit de négocier collectivement pour obtenir de meilleures conditions de travail. Dans d’autres pays, comme en Colombie, en Indonésie et en Ukraine, les travailleurs subissent même de graves violences : menaces, enlèvements, agressions physiques, voire assassinats.
EcoVadis's insight:

La liberté syndicale et le droit de négociation collective sont des principes fondamentaux des droits de l’Homme et du travailleur. Est-ce que vos employés en sont dépourvus ?

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Les conditions de travail, sujet majeur de la chaîne d'approvisionnement

Les conditions de travail, sujet majeur de la chaîne d'approvisionnement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Toutes les 15 secondes, dans le monde, un travailleur perd la vie à la suite d’un accident du travail ou d’une maladie professionnelle et 160 personnes sont victimes d’un accident lié au travail (1). Chaque année, les coûts directs et indirects des accidents du travail et des maladies professionnelles sont évalués à 2 800 milliards de dollars.
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Les manquements aux conditions de travail et de sécurité les plus élémentaires peuvent conduire à des drames physiques ou mentaux chez les travailleurs. Vos employés ont-ils les outils nécessaires et adaptés pour pouvoir travailler dans des conditions décentes ?

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Les minerais du conflit : un fléau à l’heure du tout numérique

Les minerais du conflit : un fléau à l’heure du tout numérique | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Des recherches menées par Amnesty International et Global Witness en 2015 ont ainsi révélé que seulement 20% des 100 entreprises sélectionnées au hasard vérifiaient et divulguaient de manière adéquate si leurs produits contiennent des minéraux provenant de la zone de conflit de la région des Grands Lacs, en vertu de l'article 1502 de la loi américaine Dodd Frank.
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« Esclavage, disparations forcées, meurtres, torture, viol, sont autant d’exemples de crimes générés autour de ce commerce », selon Amnesty International. On retrouve ces minerais dans de nombreux produits, notamment les appareils électroniques comme les smartphones. Suivez-vous les nouvelles réglementations et lignes directrices prises par plusieurs pays à travers le monde ?

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168 millions d’enfants au travail dans le monde

168 millions d’enfants au travail dans le monde | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dans les champs, dans les mines ou l’industrie, ce sont encore des millions d’enfants, 168 selon l’OIT, qui travaillent, dans des conditions souvent dangereuses, au lieu d’aller à l’école. Un fléau qui doit être combattu par les gouvernements, mais aussi les entreprises, qui peuvent être exposées via des chaînes d’approvisionnement de plus en plus complexes.

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Le travail des enfants regroupe l’ensemble des activités qui privent les enfants de leur enfance, de leur potentiel et de leur dignité, et nuisent à leur scolarité, santé, développement physique et mental. Etes-vous suffisamment préparé et équipé pour combattre cet injustice dans votre chaînes d’approvisionnement ?

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Railsponsible encourages responsible procurement

Railsponsible encourages responsible procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Railsponsible’s immediate ambition is to promote and reinforce the initiative and to welcome more members. The body is also striving to further simplify the assessment processes for suppliers and to make CSR one of the key selection criteria in the tendering phase.
The next Railsponsible initiative meeting will be held at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin. Most of Railsponsible’s member CPOs will gather for a discussion at the European Railway Industry Association (Unife) stand on September 21. During this event, the CPOs will present Railsponsible’s achievements over the past year and outline its strategy up to 2020. A ceremony to award CSR best-in-class suppliers will also be held.

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Since the launch of the Railsponsible initiative, more than 460 suppliers have been assessed by EcoVadis

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La RSE ou l’obligation de prévenir les risques de harcèlement moral 

La RSE ou l’obligation de prévenir les risques de harcèlement moral  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Il arrive que des salariés soient victimes de faits de harcèlement moral au sein d’une entreprise. La loi ainsi que les différentes décisions de la Cour de cassation démontrent une protection accrue des salariés contre toute atteinte à leur santé ou sécurité. La Cour de cassation pose une obligation générale de sécurité et de résultat. L’employeur est le premier responsable de la mise en œuvre de cette protection.
EcoVadis's insight:

En tant qu’employeur, vous devez assurer la sécurité de vos salariés sous peine d’engager votre responsabilité pénale.

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Supply chain & droits humains

Supply chain & droits humains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
L’Organisation Internationale du Travail estime qu’1 emploi sur 5 dans le monde est aujourd’hui lié à une chaine d’approvisionnement. Selon la Confédération Syndicale Internationale (CSI), « dans l’économie réelle, 60% des échanges commerciaux sont dépendants des chaines d’approvisionnement des grandes entreprises mondiales ».
EcoVadis's insight:

Les conséquences pour les entreprises ne respectant pas les droits humains sont non seulement juridiques et judiciaires mais aussi économiques, financières et réputationnelles. Et vous, êtes-vous engagé envers la protection des droits humains dans votre chaine d’approvisionnement ?

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BNP Paribas and PUMA launch innovative financing program for suppliers to reward social and environmental standards - BNP Paribas

“The program launched with PUMA highlights the growing importance of sustainability matters across industries and demonstrates BNP Paribas’ ability to implement such innovative financing solutions. It is also a testimony of PUMA’s strong innovation capacity as a leading-mover in the industry.
EcoVadis's insight:

Bravo to Puma for connecting supplier sustainability performance with direct incentives (better financing)!

This is a follow up to the program Puma announced with International Finance corp (IFC) in April. This is very similar to a program Levi Strauss announced in Nov 2014.

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SDGs Becoming More Prominent in Sustainability Reporting, But Challenges Remain

SDGs Becoming More Prominent in Sustainability Reporting, But Challenges Remain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and consultants Radley Yeldar released the 2016 edition of “Reporting matters,” which found that the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines are still the most widely used among WBCSD members, with 80 percent of reporters using the G4 guidelines, and that nearly a third are communicating on the SDGs. Ten companies are using the SDG Compass to take action on the Global Goals.

EcoVadis's insight:

The more sustainable companies are, the more successful they will be. How successful is your company?

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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals to Eradicate Human Trafficking and Forced Labor: New Global Organization Alliance 8.7 Launched | Justmeans

Alliance 8.7 was launched on September 21 during the UN General Assembly in support of meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7, to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”. It aims to coordinate diverse stakeholder support and diverse resources to shape solutions for achieving SDG 8.7.
EcoVadis's insight:

Human rights abuses continue to proliferate in all regions of the world and more countries are enforcing criminal penalties for human trafficking. Global companies have started to publicly show their commitment to end these abuses; are you following the movement?

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European Commission - Paris Agreement to enter into force as EU agrees ratification

62 parties, accounting for almost 52 % of global emissions have ratified the Paris Agreement. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 parties, representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified. The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
The EU, which played a decisive role inin building the coalition of ambition making the adoption of the Paris Agreement possible last December, is a global leader on climate action. The European Commission has already brought forward the legislative proposals to deliver on the EU's commitment to reduce emissions in the European Union by at least 40% by 2030.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great news! The international agreement to combat man-made climate change will take effect as from next month; less than a year after negotiators from more than 190 countries reached a final deal.

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Supply Chain Cyber Security: No Longer Someone Else’s Problem

Supply Chain Cyber Security: No Longer Someone Else’s Problem | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Often, enterprises expose themselves to cyber and IT risk during the sourcing and supplier selection process when they fail to conduct proper due diligence on a prospective supplier and that supplier happens to be compromised. Other times, business units or users will insist that the buyer selects a particular supplier, service, or part – either because they have already designed the product and it is now mission-critical, or the supplier is the sole source of the commodity and there is no other option. One can envision other, more nefarious ways in which malware or a “bugged” component ends up in an enterprise’s supply chain.
EcoVadis's insight:

For most Chief Procurement Officers, cyber/IT security is something outside of their scope of work. Do you have the necessary resources and are you enough prepared to fight existing or potential cyber attacks in your supply chain?

Also read EcoVadis' Whitepaper on Cyber Security Risks

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WWF Scorecard shows which companies kept their promises to consumers on palm oil

WWF Scorecard shows which companies kept their promises to consumers on palm oil | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Scorecard shows that both large and small companies can easily source certified sustainable palm oil. However, due to their buying power, large users of palm oil are crucial to the transformation of the wider industry.  A handful of these large users evaluated in the Scorecard – Unilever, Ferrero, FrieslandCampina, Reckitt Benckiser, Colgate-Palmolive, and ConAgra Foods – are showing their peers exactly how they too should be driving industry change by sourcing significant volumes of certified sustainable palm oil from any of the RSPO approved supply chains. 
EcoVadis's insight:

Companies are ensuring that they source certified sustainable palm oil while organisations such as WWF are monitoring the commitments and actions of these companies. Are you following this trend and driving the change in your supply chain?

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Salaire décent vs salaire minimum : le grand écart

Salaire décent vs salaire minimum : le grand écart | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Au Bangladesh ou au Cambodge le salaire minimum versé aux travailleurs du secteur textile est 3 à 5 fois moins important que le salaire vital qui permettrait de couvrir leurs besoins fondamentaux (se loger, se nourrir, éduquer leurs enfants, mais aussi épargner) selon l’Asia Floor Wage (voir infographie).

Ce grand écart est observable dans de nombreux pays, en Asie mais aussi en Afrique ou en Europe de l’Est. Et aboutit à des situations dramatiques. En 2011, plus de 2 400 ouvriers se sont ainsi évanouis d’épuisement dans des usines textile au Cambodge. En cause, "un salaire si faible qu’il ne leur permet pas de se nourrir correctement et des rythmes de travail infernaux", estime le collectif Éthique sur l’étiquette.
EcoVadis's insight:

Le salaire décent ou salaire vital doit permettre de couvrir les besoins vitaux d’un travailleur et de sa famille. Refuser un tel salaire revient à violer les droits humains. Assurez-vous, qu’un tel salaire soit effectivement payé aux travailleurs de votre filière d’approvisionnement ?

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Conflict Minerals Filings and the Automotive Industry

Based on discussions held at the briefing, it was apparent that regardless of any potential conflict minerals regulatory (Dodd-Frank 1502) changes, the need for supply chain transparency is not going away. However, this desire for improved corporate social responsibility will not come without challenges. As new regulations emerge around the globe – including conflict minerals reporting in the European Union, and consumer and investor demands grow louder, the temptation increases for some within the vast supply chain to hide or manipulate information. So, compliance work is quickly becoming a part of comprehensive ethical sourcing programs.
EcoVadis's insight:

Supply chain transparency is progressing at a rapid pace same as government regulations; are you ensuring transparency in your supply chain?

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Huawei steps up standard to be the Chinese electronics industry’s poster boy for sustainability

Huawei steps up standard to be the Chinese electronics industry’s poster boy for sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to consulting firm McKinsey & Co., many companies are integrating sustainability principles into their businesses to pursue goals that go far beyond managing their reputation. Examples include saving energy, reducing waste and maximising employee performance.
Huawei has operations in more than 170 countries, which has led it to embed sustainability requirements into its purchase strategies and business processes amid the rapid technological advances in its industry.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see that big Chinese companies such as Huawei are embedding sustainability requirements into their purchase strategies and business processes. Looking forward to see more companies following the step..

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Zurich Revealed As Most Sustainable Global City

Zurich Revealed As Most Sustainable Global City | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Zurich leads the world for sustainability – alongside other European cities such as Stockholm, Vienna and London – according to the Sustainable Cities Index from Arcadis, the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets.
The index was compiled for Arcadis by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and explores the three pillars of sustainability – social (people), environmental (planet) and economic (profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s leading cities. The overall index is informed through an analysis of 32 different indicators and is broken down into an overall index and three sub-indices across each pillar.

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Interesting report showing that European cities lead the way on urban sustainability

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Le travail forcé, un esclavage moderne dans les chaînes d’approvisionnement

Le travail forcé, un esclavage moderne dans les chaînes d’approvisionnement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
90% des victimes sont exploitées par des particuliers ou des entreprises privées, tandis que 10% sont contraintes de travailler par l’État, par des groupes militaires rebelles ou en prison dans des conditions qui contreviennent aux normes fondamentales de l’OIT.
EcoVadis's insight:

De nouvelles lois commencent à voir le jour pour obliger les entreprises à gérer le risque d’esclavage moderne dans leur chaîne d’approvisionnement. Que faites vous pour gérer ce problème au sein de votre entreprise ?

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The 'ignored’ commodity: Confectioners face tough choice on sugar sustainability

The 'ignored’ commodity: Confectioners face tough choice on sugar sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

..sugar sustainability is below the radar in confectionery as NGOs have not taken as strong a stance as with other commodities, choosing instead to focus on the sugar health debate.
“I don’t think the confectionery industry has grasped this yet,” said Usher, Bonsucro Chief Executive. “It’s the largest agricultural commodity that no-one cares about. It’s ignored and that’s something we are trying to put right.”

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Great to see companies such as Ferrero, Mars, Nestlé and Mondelez actively engaged to source sustainably from developing countries.

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The necessity of sustainable supply chains

The necessity of sustainable supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainable operations are no longer nice to have, but a necessity for doing business and avoiding social and legal backlash. Sustainability is increasingly top of mind for consumers, and they will likely take their business elsewhere if a brand is found to be in violation of their ethical standards. In addition to increased social consciousness, the regulatory consequences that noncompliant businesses face are immense.
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Pierre-François Thaler - EcoVadis' Co-CEO - talks to Supply Chain Digital on the importance of making supply chain operations safer and more sustainable

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