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S.E.C. August Meeting on the Adoption of Conflict Minerals Rules

S.E.C. August Meeting on the Adoption of Conflict Minerals Rules | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Today, the S.E.C. announced  an Open Meeting would be held on August 22nd 2012 to discuss the potential adoption of rules regarding disclosure and reporting obligations with respect to the use of conflict minerals. EcoVadis is following extensively further developments on the reporting rules which were previously scheduled to be proposed by July 4 2012.

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Unilever's fast-moving revolution - CPO Agenda

Unilever's fast-moving revolution - CPO Agenda | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Interesting to see Unilever writing joint business plans with key suppliers, covering 3-5 years plan, on how to adress Sustainability challenges


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Supply Chain Risk Remains Key Focus for Manufacturers | Audit Profession News & Events

Supply Chain Risk Remains Key Focus for Manufacturers | Audit Profession News & Events | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Over a third of manufacturers in Europe are continuing to focus on the risk, reliability and flexibility in their supply chain – which remains one of their supply chain – which remains one of their biggest challenges – according to KPMG’s 2012 Global Manufacturing Outlook: Fostering Growth through Innovation.

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Toward Rio: New E-Learning Tool Guides Companies on Supply Chain Sustainability

Toward Rio: New E-Learning Tool Guides Companies on Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Today the UN Global Compact, in collaboration with BSR and Maplecroft, launched the UN Global Compact Quick Self-Assessment and Learning Tool, an online platform developed to help companies evaluate their approach to supply chain sustainability and identify areas for improvement.

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Foxconn's lessons: 3 supply-chain pitfalls to avoid

Foxconn's lessons: 3 supply-chain pitfalls to avoid | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

How can companies avoid missteps in the supply chain that can lead to snafus like the embarrassing exposure of dubious labor practices at Apple’s Chinese supplier factory, Foxconn? One way, says Taryn Sullivan, founder and CEO of Efficiency Exchange (EEx), is to show local factories why better, more sustainable practices can actually help their business, not just serve as a stepping stone to cut deals with multinational customers.

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Abuses still exist in Olympic supply chains

Abuses still exist in Olympic supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Workers making Olympic sportswear for London 2012 for top brands and high street names including adidas and Next are being paid poverty wages, forced to work excessive overtime and threatened with instant dismissal if they complain about working...according to the International Trade Union Confederation.

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BSR, Hilton Worldwide Launch Center to Help Business Make Sustainable Purchasing Decisions – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

BSR, Hilton Worldwide Launch Center to Help Business Make Sustainable Purchasing Decisions – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

An interesting new initiative by BSR and Hilton to promote research and information on Sustainable Procurement

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Opportunity Within the Dodd-Frank Act's Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

Opportunity Within the Dodd-Frank Act's Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Addressing the links between conflict minerals trade and human rights abuses “should also be seen as an opportunity to provide companies with critical information about their supply chains and to provide investors with more accurate information relating to their investments decisions.” The article has another good point about the requirements of Section 1502. If companies do not view a requirement such as Section 1502 as an opportunity to improve their supply chains, both the companies and their investors are “all worse-off.”

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The Bribery Act and procurement – are we taking it seriously? - Procurement Leaders

The Bribery Act and procurement – are we taking it seriously? - Procurement Leaders | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Today, the blog from Procurement Leaders provides a quick snapshot on measures put in place to comply with the UK Bribery Act since its introduction one year ago. Its main conclusion: little as been done to instill change internally through more robust due diligence procedures....

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Analysis: sustainable sourcing – Partners pour oil on troubled waters | Ethical Corporation

Analysis: sustainable sourcing – Partners pour oil on troubled waters | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A partnership between Nestlé, The Forest Trust and a leading palm oil supplier may have created a new model for more sustainability...

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Sustainability is not a stick to beat suppliers with

Sustainability is not a stick to beat suppliers with | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Educating suppliers about the benefits of being more sustainable and helping them improve are key to engaging them, according to senior buyers. Hywel James, head of procurement systems and policy at Centrica, told delegates at the Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit in London yesterday some of the firm’s suppliers were concerned about audits. “I got a lot of concern and lot of feedback about [the audits] because they felt it was going to be a stick to beat them with,” he said. He added the company, which owns British Gas, saw the process as more of a tool to enable collaboration, identifying where suppliers were in terms of sustainability and where they could improve.

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RESPECT Survey Sheds Light on Purchasing Habits | Fair Labor Association

RESPECT Survey Sheds Light on Purchasing Habits | Fair Labor Association | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The RESPECT Project is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by FLA, which encourages buyers and suppliers to engage in more responsible purchasing practices. In support of this project, FLA conducted an online survey among 25 buyers and 30 suppliers from various sectors throughout Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Bulgaria...

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Global brands hit by claims of textile pollution

Global brands hit by claims of textile pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Some 48 apparel brands and retailers including H&M, Nike, Wal-Mart, Levi's, Adidas, Gap and Marks & Spencer have been accused of purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.
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Packaging should be sustainable throughout the supply chain | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

'Sustainable packaging' is no longer a viable term unless all stages of the supply chain have been considered, a PwC report has concluded.
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Mars Chocolate to Purchase Nearly 90,000 Metric Tons of Certified Cocoa in 2012 | News | Mars

Mars Chocolate to Purchase Nearly 90,000 Metric Tons of Certified Cocoa in 2012 | News | Mars | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
MOUNT OLIVE, NJ (May 31, 2012) – Mars Chocolate, one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers, announced that it has made significant progress in just three years towards fulfilling its 2009 pledge to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020.
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Eliminating child labour from the supply chain

Eliminating child labour from the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
To coincide with this year's World Day Against Child Labour, Carmel Giblin explores the key causes of child labour and how brands and their suppliers can work together eliminate it...
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Intel Plans Conflict-Free Tantalum Microprocessors

Intel Plans Conflict-Free Tantalum Microprocessors | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Intel has set the goal of manufacturing the world’s first microprocessor validated as conflict free for gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum by the end of 2013.

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U.S. Companies Must Raise The Bar On Supply Chain Conditions

U.S. Companies Must Raise The Bar On Supply Chain Conditions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In the modern economy, supply chains stretch across the globe, creating both efficiencies and risks. Severe weather spurred by climate change, human rights abuses, worker health and safety, or environmental degradation – any of these can trigger disruption and financial losses for corporations and their investors. A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In this environment, companies must shift from mere “supply chain management” to corporate supply chain improvements. But the data show there is still a long way to go.

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Conflict-Free Smelter Program Reaches Smelter Milestones

Conflict-Free Smelter Program Reaches Smelter Milestones | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

GeSI the EICC announced new progress of the Conflict Free Smelter (CFS) Program, i.e. compliant smelters in the DRC...

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Hilton launches centre for sustainable procurement

Hilton launches centre for sustainable procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The hotel chain is collaborating with sustainability group BSR to provide a resource for best practice and information for all buyers on purchasing sustainably. The centre will develop research on topics such as how to give managers incentives to adopt sustainability. It will also work on developing metrics around total cost of ownership and provide guidelines, webinars and web content for companies to share among purchasers.
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How Sustainability Can Help Strengthen Your Global Supply Chain

How Sustainability Can Help Strengthen Your Global Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

This blog entry  from 'Network for Business Sustainability' provides some advice on how to improve sustainability practices, which can eventually enhance competitivenes.  It refers to an academic study on empirical evidence published last year.

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Safeway Named Most Sustainable Seafood Grocer by Greenpeace USA for Second Consecutive Year

Safeway Named Most Sustainable Seafood Grocer by Greenpeace USA for Second Consecutive Year | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

For the second year in a row, Greenpeace USA has ranked Safeway number one in the U.S. on its grocery sustainability scorecard, which rates the Top 20 national grocery retailers on the sustainability of their seafood practices....

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NIKE, Inc. - NIKE, Inc. Introduces New Targets Elevating Sustainable Innovation Within Business Strategy

NIKE, Inc. - NIKE, Inc. Introduces New Targets Elevating Sustainable Innovation Within Business Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Within its New Manufacturing Index, Nike has developed a Sourcing & Manufacturing Sustainability Index (SMSI). The index ranks contract factory performance on on environmental (e.g. water, energy and carbon, and waste) and social metrics (e.g. health and safety, and labor management) . The SMSI is now being applied in the company's global supply chain.

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Apple agrees to joint China pollution audit - China.org.cn

Apple agrees to joint China pollution audit - China.org.cn | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Apple Inc. has agreed to a jointly monitored audit of pollution controls at one of its supplier's factories in China, a move considered by environmental activists as a breakthrough in their efforts to persuade Apple to address environmental issues.

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Socially Responsible Supply Chain Compliance | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Socially Responsible Supply Chain Compliance | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

What do laws on Wall Street financial reform, child labor, human trafficking, wildlife protection, jobs promotion, and food and product safety all have in common?...

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