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Promoting decent work worldwide through sustainable supply chains - G7 Stakeholder Conference - OECD

Data and research on economy including economic outlooks, analysis and forecasts, country surveys, monetary and financial issues, public finance and fiscal policy and productivity., Sustainable supply chains can transform global trade and development by ensuring that businesses behave responsibly even in countries where social, environmental and human rights standards are weak or not adequately enforced. We have witnessed too often the disastrous consequences that can result if this is not done.
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Interesting comments by OECD Secretary General at the Berlin conference on Sustainable Supply Chain last month

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Green Procurement and Efficient Order Processing

Green Procurement and Efficient Order Processing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Becky Partida, research specialist, supply chain management at APQC. Consumers and governmental agencies alike have been pushing harder for organization...
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Procurement functions of companies pursuing sustainable supply practices outperform those who are not, by 10% to 30%! 

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Devoir de vigilance: quelles entreprises sont concernées par la loi et comment y répondre?

Devoir de vigilance: quelles entreprises sont concernées par la loi et comment y répondre? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

L'assemblé nationale française a adopté lundi 30 mars 2015 en première lecture une proposition de loi relative au devoir de vigilance des sociétés mères et des entreprises donneuses d’ordreQue signifie "devoir de vigilance"? Quelles entreprises sont concernées? Quelles problématiques ce plan doit-il couvrir?...

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"La France n’est pas le premier pays à tenter d’imposer aux entreprises un plan de vigilance destiné à responsabiliser leurs réseaux d’approvisionnement au-delà de leurs frontières"

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Exploding common myths about risk management (from IACCM blog)

Exploding common myths about risk management (from IACCM blog) | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
more than just time and cost. We need to identify and manage any uncertainties that could affect other objectives, including performance, safety, reputation, market share, competitive positioning, share price etc.
Not all risk is bad. Some, if they occur, would help us achieve our objectives. Negative risks are threats.  Positive risks are opportunities
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Fresh new view on approaching risk - very applicable to supply chain

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Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value

Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains finds that socially responsible supply chains contribute to local development, shrink carbon footprints and boost the company’s competitivenessSocially responsible products increase revenues by up to 20%, reduce supply chain costs by as much as 16% and boost brand value by up to 30%; they also shrink carbon footprints by as much as 22%Report identifies 31 socially responsible practices to help companies gain a “triple supply chain advantage”
EcoVadis's insight:

Congratulations to WEF for a very quantitative report, analysing profitabitly gains from Responsible Supply Chain. Confirming finding to EcoVadis / INSEAD Value Chain report of 2011

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Christel Rumgay's curator insight, March 31, 2015 6:48 AM

A triple win win win!

 

31 proven practices that reduce carbon footprint, reduce supply chain costs, increase revenues  and contribute to local development, including the health, welfare and working conditions of the communities in which they operate.


The Beyond Supply Chains - Empowering Supply Chains report is a must read for every corporation!


Laid out in and easy to read chart that lists the Supply chain practice, a description, the value proposition behind the triple advantage and the good practices for all 31 proven practices.


The report also details a blueprint, implementation, prioritization, and business case information.


A study that included more than 25 corporations in 7 different industries as well as several NGOs and more than 20 sustainability experts to test the value proposition behind each supply chain practice. 


Behaving in a socially responsible way can also deliver a competitive edge.


The business case is there for change.





Patrick Wallace's curator insight, March 31, 2015 8:29 AM

Increase Revenue.  Reduce Costs.  Build Greater Brand Value.

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Webinar: "Why sustainability matters to you as a contract manager"

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Reminder: Opportunity to learn about sustainability and contract management coming up on Thursday! - EcoVadis is teaming up with IACCM...

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Trends in Carbon Pricing and Costs: Corporate Readiness Is Outpacing Governments As COP21 Approaches | Sustainable Supply Views

Trends in Carbon Pricing and Costs: Corporate Readiness Is Outpacing Governments As COP21 Approaches | Sustainable Supply Views | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
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TWC Reduces Carbon Footprint by 38%

TWC Reduces Carbon Footprint by 38% | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
TWC said it reduced its carbon intensity by focusing on increased energy efficiency and improved waste and vehicle management, promoting sustainability within its supply chain, and building employee “Green Teams” around the country
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Is the Cable industry ready for collaboration on supply chain sustainability? 

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Welcome to the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School

Welcome to the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

This site is an online learning forum designed to help the construction sector assess and improve their knowledge of sustainability issues facing our industry.

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"Supply Chain School" launches in Australia. Self-assessment, focused on construction. 

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Vodafone Spain joins Eco Rating 2.0 system

Vodafone Spain joins Eco Rating 2.0 system | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see adoption growing for EcoRating 2.0! (EcoVadis provides company sustainability ratings, part of this effort)

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Major Companies of the Railway Industry Launch a New International Procurement Initiative to Drive Sustainability Throughout the Supply Chain

Major Companies of the Railway Industry Launch a New International Procurement Initiative to Drive Sustainability Throughout the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwired - March 4, 2015) - Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. Six companies in the railway industry - Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and SNCF - are launching Railsponsible on March 4th in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Railsponsible...
EcoVadis's insight:

Rail industry teams up to tackle supply chain sustainability with a single, universal EcoVadis scorecard - Bravo!

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Apple 'terminated relationships' with 18 suppliers due to sustainability code violations

Apple 'terminated relationships' with 18 suppliers due to sustainability code violations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
there was 85 per cent compliance with its prevention of involuntary labour policy, 95 per cent compliance with prevention of underage labour and 92 per cent compliance with its working hours policy
EcoVadis's insight:

Would love also to see "XX suppliers were rewarded for great performance". We need to see success stories too!

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Four Ways to Secure Sustainable Sourcing Networks | 3BL Media

Four Ways to Secure Sustainable Sourcing Networks | 3BL Media | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
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Great summary - key issue: How to identify those 'engaged' suppliers to work most closely?

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Tigers and Flies: Progress in China's Anti-Corruption Campaign | Sustainable Supply Views

Tigers and Flies: Progress in China's Anti-Corruption Campaign | Sustainable Supply Views | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
the EcoVadis analyst team that examines the this corruption topic in China
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New White Paper: The EcoVadis analyst team that examines corruption in China

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Devoir de vigilance : devons-nous vraiment avoir peur ?

Devoir de vigilance : devons-nous vraiment avoir peur ? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Non seulement la France ne perdra pas en compétitivité, mais en plus, elle pourrait s'affirmer comme fer de lance d'une mondialisation responsable
EcoVadis's insight:

Opportunity knocks...? On the heels of a study from EcoVadis showing French businesses is ahead of the BRICs and many of the OECD pack on sustainability, now the "Devoir de Vigilance" law. How will French businesses respond?

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For Unilever's CMO, Global Growth and Social Responsibility Are Now Inseparable Goals

For Unilever's CMO, Global Growth and Social Responsibility Are Now Inseparable Goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Weed combined Unilever's marketing, social responsibility and communications teams into one department where social good forms the backbone of marketing efforts.
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Great effort by Unilever - what about product management, development, and R&D? Another big challenge is to create and maintain awareness within product teams for deeper issues such as sustainability in the supply chain...

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RSE : Comment se situent les entreprises françaises au niveau mondial?

RSE : Comment se situent les entreprises françaises au niveau mondial? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

EcoVadis a travaillé avec la Médiation Inter-entreprises sur une étude exclusive, visant à comparer la performance relative des entreprises françaises, PME comprises, par rapport aux autres pays de l’OCDE et aux BRICS.

EcoVadis's insight:

Quelles sont les thèmes les plus fortes? Les pointes d’amélioration....?

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Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements

Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nestlé, SAB Miller and UPS are among the 25 companies that have increased their revenue as much a...
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The paths of Cost Leader and Differentiator end the same: Holistic. The 'decision matrices' are also insightful.

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Dawn Meats awarded McDonald's Europe 'Sustainability Supply Award'

Dawn Meats awarded McDonald's Europe 'Sustainability Supply Award' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
outstanding leadership and demonstrable results
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Great to see suppliers being rewarded for great CSR performance!

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CWT Takes Industry Lead in Responsible Business - Carlson Wagonlit Travel

CWT Takes Industry Lead in Responsible Business - Carlson Wagonlit Travel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
News release
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Congrats to Carlson Wagonlit on great CSR performance!

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Global Benefits of Sustainable Procurement | American Sustainable Business Council

Global Benefits of Sustainable Procurement | American Sustainable Business Council | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
visibility and communication are key to helping to end rampant “greenwashing,"
EcoVadis's insight:

Combat greenwashing with 1) Measure systems not symptoms 2) Independent validation & analysis; 3) Fed/state law enforcement.

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Courtney Morgan's curator insight, March 10, 2015 11:04 AM

Visibility and communication are key to end rampant greenwashing 

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How Walmart's green label aims to drive supplier 'race to the top'

How Walmart's green label aims to drive supplier 'race to the top' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The retailer is making some of its in-house supply-chain sustainability metrics public with a new program to highlight top-performing companies.
EcoVadis's insight:

Love the spirit of this, but can consumers understand it?

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Is sustainability affordable?

Is sustainability affordable? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Top corporations like Nestle, Nokia, Societe Generale and L'Oreal are embedding sustainability principles into the way they do business. They have moved beyond simple codes of conduct with steps th...
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Tim Cummins of IACCM on EcoVadis Sustainable Supply Chain Summit: You Can't Afford NOT to Get it Right

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G7 to prioritize sustainable supply chain

G7 to prioritize sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

2015 begins Germany's G7 leadership with a full agenda.

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In the top 3 priorties are "Supply Chain Standards" - the focus is intensifying for Procurement orgs...

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Wal-Mart: Abuses outlined by L.A. Times 'have no place in our supply chain'

Wal-Mart: Abuses outlined by L.A. Times 'have no place in our supply chain' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart issued the following statement describing its plans to help improve living conditions for Mexican farmworkers. The giant retailer said it was acting in response to a Los Angeles Times series, "Product of Mexico," published in December:
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Wal-Mart did 10,000 audits in 2014(!). Are audits working? (Nike found their suppliers 'yo-yo'ed in and out of compliance audits, so moved to a performance approach)

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