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Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7

Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 50,000 workers from some of Vietnam's poorest towns and villages work up to 12 hours a day in the vast Samsung complex built amid farmland with one of Southeast Asia's cheapest labour markets.
And while Samsung insists it will not axe jobs in Vietnam this year because of the scandal, workers in the battery factory within the complex say the company has already started temporary lay-offs.

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No company would want to face this type of scandal and view it's share price hit particularly badly. How are you ensuring that your supply chain is clean?

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UN News - On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

UN News - On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Urging governments, businesses and civil society leaders to develop new technologies that have a lasting social impact in his message for the Day, the UN chief highlighted that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals specifically call for employing information and communication technology (ICT) to realize the overall vision of a life of dignity for all people. 
“These technologies provide smart solutions to address climate change, hunger, poverty and other global challenges,” the Secretary-General said. “They are key instruments for providing mobile health care and access to education, empowering women, improving efficiencies in industrial and agricultural production, and safeguarding the environment.”

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UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls us to harness the power of technology to create a better future for all. How are you addressing this in your business?

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ICT for sustainability: from the supply chain to the chip

The impact of ICT on carbon emissions including their manufacture, transport and disposal, is expected to grow from 2% of total emissions today to at least the 3% in 2020. The biggest contributor to the increase of ICT emissions is the proliferation of data centres. However, with proper focus and investments, ICT technologies will be able to eliminate more emissions than they will possibly create.
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Enterprises and society are seeking new ways to tackle the problem of carbon emissions; how are you dealing with that?

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Samsung Labor Scandal: Company Cheats Factory Workers! Learn the Truth

Samsung Labor Scandal: Company Cheats Factory Workers! Learn the Truth | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Samsung labor scandal has hit Malaysia factory where the workers have to work under poor conditions and paid as little as £268 a month [A$449]. A total of 2,000 workers spend up to 12 hours a day in the plant where Samsung microwaves are manufactured. Is the company cheating factory workers?
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Sad to see that workers fall prey to dishonest labor supply companies that say they can improve their overall condition.

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Apple is under fire for “excessive overtime” and illegal working conditions in another Chinese factory

Apple is under fire for “excessive overtime” and illegal working conditions in another Chinese factory | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Assembling devices for Apple has always been a cyclical, low-margin business, albeit one that was highly desirable when the Steve Jobs-led firm could do no wrong, and its revolutionary products were sure-fire hits. Now that the rest of the world is catching up to Apple on tablets and Google’s Android platform has surpassed the iPhone, there are dangerous new uncertainties for business models with barely any room for error.
Conditions at Apple’s other major manufacturer, Foxconn, have historically been poor, with underage children making products in the factories, and multiple suicides reported. Go get more robots, Apple. Humans don’t deserve this.
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Companies such as Apple are going through hard times for not having a proper monitoring of their supply chain; how are you ensuring that these type of investigations don't fall on your company?

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Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump

Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sept. 12, 2012, saw the unveiling of three radical new designs with world-changing potential: the iPhone 5 and the Dodd-Frank Act's rules on human rights.
Although the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is best known for regulating banks, Congress slipped in two novel sections that use informational regulation to deter U.S. companies from fueling war and corruption overseas. Section 1502 forces certain industries (including phone makers and retailers) to identify Congolese conflict minerals in their supply chain. Section 1504 forces oil, gas and mining firms to publicly report the payments they make to dodgy governments around the world.
Like the iPhone 5, both rules encountered early glitches, then fulfilled their innovative potential before being surpassed by improved versions.
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Can international transparency survive a period of national opacity?

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‘No room for greenwashing’: The reality of sustainability for the personal care industry

‘No room for greenwashing’: The reality of sustainability for the personal care industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
For ingredients suppliers, a strong sustainable profile now sits as one of the core demands that customers expect, alongside such long-time essential considerations as cost, service and quality. Sayner asserts that it is now a key metric by which companies are judged.
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Sustainability is no more an option, it is a must. How are you transiting towards a more sustainable business?

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Partech Ventures déniche une startup française dans un secteur négligé par les investisseurs — sa technologie concerne des millions de sociétés

Partech Ventures déniche une startup française dans un secteur négligé par les investisseurs — sa technologie concerne des millions de sociétés | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Installé à Paris, San Francisco et Berlin, le fonds de capital-croissance Partech Growth vient de réaliser son tout premier investissement en France. Il a engagé seul 30 millions d'euros dans EcoVadis. La problématique de la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE) a longtemps été désertée par les investisseurs, faute de réelles opportunités d'affaires. Mais, face à une concurrence limitée, Partech Growth a misé sur la conquête rapide d'un marché de plusieurs millions d'utilisateurs professionnels potentiels pour entrer au capital d'EcoVadis.

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EcoVadis reçois des fonds d'investissement d'une valeure de 30 millions d'euros de la société Partech. En savoir plus ici.

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ANALYSIS: DRC uncertainty could fuel tighter cobalt regulations - African Business Magazine

ANALYSIS: DRC uncertainty could fuel tighter cobalt regulations - African Business Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is likely to fuel stricter regulations on the supply chains of cobalt from the country. The precious mineral is used in the manufacturing of phones, electric cars and laptops. International regulators have recently called for further scrutiny into the supply chain of DRC-sourced cobalt, and this demand is likely to grow louder due to the worsening political situation in the country.

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While big companies such as Apple are pushing their due diligence across their supply chains, many others still find this as a daunting process. How are you dealing with that in your supply chain?

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Getting to know the supply chain: Lessons from 2016’s special editions

Getting to know the supply chain: Lessons from 2016’s special editions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

And even if consumers don’t fully grasp the concepts or science around nutritional supplements , or with the supply chain and manufacturing processes of supplements, transparency is still in demand. “The concept to transparency on its face is appealing even though most people don’t understand what it means. I think they confuse it with claims like sustainability, or non GMO, or even organic,” Jeff Hilton, principal at branding agency BrandHive, told NutraIngredients-USA.

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Leading industry figures said that transparency could be the solution to many of the industry's distress. How transparent are you in your supply chain?

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Human rights and business - the first final statement from the Danish NCP and the trend towards increased accountability

Danish corporations which operate internationally should note that the Danish NCP now has demonstrated that it can take an active role in overseeing Danish corporations’ compliance with the OECD Guidelines. To avoid the risk of becoming involved in proceedings before the National Contact Point (NCP), Danish multinationals must familiarise themselves with the OECD Guidelines and incorporate the principles into their own activities as well as activities in their supply chain.

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Danish corporations are facing a stricter regime, demanding them to act responsibly in their supply chain

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Kimberly-Clark Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Kimberly-Clark Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Kimberly-Clark today announced it earned a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
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Congratulations to Kimberly-Clark for such a great achievement!

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Sustainability reporting in stock exchanges 'comes of age'

Sustainability reporting in stock exchanges 'comes of age' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As many as 21 stock exchanges across the world could introduce sustainability reporting standards in the coming months. They would join the 17 exchanges that currently recommend listed companies to report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues — going a step further by providing model guidance to participating companies.
These exchanges have pledged to list their guidance on the Sustainability Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative. It's a peer-to-peer platform that invites global exchanges to promote ESG disclosure among listed companies and among each other. SSE includes over 60 exchanges — representing more than 70 percent of listed equity markets — and more than 30,000 companies with a market capitalization over $55 trillion.

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New guidelines will be introduced next year and more and more stock exchanges are viewing sustainability reporting as necessary and inevitable.

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Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International

Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Conditions in the mines are rarely safe, and Amnesty International reports that most miners work without essential protective gear, such as gloves, work clothes, or face masks to protect their skin and lungs from disease. The organization says at least 80 miners died in the DRC between September 2014 and December 2015, and many more become ill from working in the poor conditions.
To make matters worse, many of the miners Amnesty International interviewed were children who said they worked for 12 hours a day to earn a mere dollar or two. UNICEF says that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in the DRC in 2014, and that the majority of them were mining cobalt.

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Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. Are you sure that your mobile phone is free from conflict minerals?

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ICT Can Have a Huge Impact in Reducing Carbon Emissions 

ICT Can Have a Huge Impact in Reducing Carbon Emissions  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Information and communications technology, or ICT, can potentially save 1.5 GT of CO2e in the year 2030. That’s fully 2.7 times greater than the full carbon emissions of the UK in 2012, and 37% of the EU’s 2012 emissions. Of course, we know that all those server farms and cell towers use a lot of energy themselves, but according to the report, the ICT emissions overhead is only about 5.3%.

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Can ICT help in reducing carbon emissions, share your thoughts.

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The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot

The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tracing the origins of the graphite in a phone, for example, requires finding out where the ­phonemaker obtains batteries, where the battery makers acquire the portion of batteries known as anodes, and where the anode producers get their graphite. Moreover, because there are multiple suppliers at each step and various types of graphite, it is difficult to know where any given batch of the mineral ends up.
Several companies declined to disclose the origin of their graphite. For example, Tesla, perhaps the best-known electric-car maker, uses Panasonic batteries. Tesla said those batteries have never included graphite from the Chinese company BTR, but it declined to identify its graphite source.

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Air pollution drifts across the ocean and raises ozone levels in the western part of the U.S. How safe are we all with regards to this issue?

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This is where your smartphone battery begins

This is where your smartphone battery begins | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Post traced this cobalt pipeline and, for the first time, showed how cobalt mined in these harsh conditions ends up in popular consumer products. It moves from small-scale Congolese mines to a single Chinese company — Congo DongFang International Mining, part of one of the world’s biggest cobalt producers, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt — that for years has supplied some of the world’s largest battery makers. They, in turn, have produced the batteries found inside products such as Apple’s iPhones — a finding that calls into question corporate assertions that they are capable of monitoring their supply chains for human rights abuses or child labor.
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Scary to see how locals are paying the price for multinationals greediness. 

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Développement de la RSE, droits de l’homme et entreprises : la Plateforme RSE publie ses propositions.

Développement de la RSE, droits de l’homme et entreprises : la Plateforme RSE publie ses propositions. | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
La Commission européenne, dans une communication du 25 octobre 2011, a invité les États-membres à établir un « plan national pour le développement de la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises » et un « plan national pour l’application des principes des Nations unies pour les droits de l’homme et les entreprises ». Instance de concertation multi parties prenants, la Plateforme RSE a adopté ses propositions pour ces deux plans nationaux et les a adressées au Premier ministre.
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A lire dans cet article les dix thématiques phare pour le développement de la RSE en France

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100,000 Work-Related Cancer Deaths Each Year, Industry Still Fighting EU On Employee Protection 

100,000 Work-Related Cancer Deaths Each Year, Industry Still Fighting EU On Employee Protection  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has revealed intense lobbying against improved workplace-related cancer protection, despite advancing cancer research and treatments.
In the EU alone, over 100,000 people a year die due to insufficient protection against cancer-causing substances in the workplace, making the industries’ fight against stricter EU regulation of these carcinogens a severe threat to public health.

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European Parliament is now starting discussions on amending the Commission proposal for better working conditions.

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Trash Talk: GM Has Record Year for Landfill-Free Operations

Trash Talk: GM Has Record Year for Landfill-Free Operations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
General Motors achieved a record number of landfill-free facilities in 2016, exceeding its commitment four years early. The company now operates 152 global facilities that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. These 52 non-manufacturing sites and 100 manufacturing sites contribute to GM’s top and bottom lines by driving efficiencies, generating revenue and saving money.
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Congratulations General Motors for such a great achievement!

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U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal'

U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than 300 U.S. companies, including 72 with annual revenues exceeding $100 million, have sent an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him not to abandon the Paris climate agreement. The letter calls for Mr. Trump and other American leaders to support three broad actions: 1) Continuation of low-carbon policies; 2) Investment in the low-carbon economy at home and abroad; and 3) Continued U.S. participation in the Paris agreement.

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Great to see such a call from unified businesses!

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Sustainability Firm EcoVadis Receives More Than $30 Million in Venture Funding

EcoVadis, a French technology firm that ranks companies for environmental responsibility, ethical treatment of workers and other practices, has received more than $30 million in venture funding, as the business of vetting corporate supply chains continues to grow rapidly.
Companies spend billions of dollars annually to ensure their suppliers aren’t using slave labor, polluting natural resources or engaging in political corruption. They often turn to third parties to investigate far-flung contractors and confirm to investors and consumers that they are behaving ethically.

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EcoVadis receives 30M funding from Partech Ventures. Read out more here.

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Telenor initiates anti-corruption training after audit 

Telenor initiates anti-corruption training after audit  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Telenor launched a series of training programmes in Myanmar to strengthen anti-corruption efforts throughout its supply chain.
The move comes after an internal audit by Telenor Group uncovered three cases of breaches of internal guidelines. The company, which reported two of the cases in April, said all three incidents are being handled internally or are under investigation by the local governments.

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Great to see one of our clients continuously fighting corruption in its supply chain.

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New EU air pollution directive reinforces international commitments 

New EU air pollution directive reinforces international commitments  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In the wake of a supportive European Parliament vote in November 2016, the EU Council of environment ministers has also approved and formally adopted a new Directive to reduce air pollution.
Now, publication of the Directive, which was agreed on 8 December, is expected imminently within the Official Journal of the European Union. Importantly, the directive aligns EU rules with international commitments (following the revision of the Gothenburg Protocol in 2012.

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This new directive will set ceilings for each country of the maximum emissions allowed yearly

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Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety and transparency?

Could whole chain traceability be the answer to food safety and transparency? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Food safety experts say that whole chain traceability may be the key to faster, more concentrated and less costly recalls, improved food safety and increased transparency in the food and beverage industry. But due to a variety of challenges, others wonder if whole chain traceability is feasible.
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Companies that will be proactively addressing traceability in their supply chain will be the ones that are going to win in the marketplace

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