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Sustainability Guidance for the Furniture Sector

Sustainability Guidance for the Furniture Sector | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"As demand for furniture and wood products increases, driven by growing wealth in emerging economies, among others, ensuring that the wood used by the furniture industry is obtained from sustainable sources is more important than ever.(...)

PEFC's new publication, Certified Wood Solutions for the Furniture Sector, has been produced with these considerations in mind."

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Nike Unveils Its Materials Sustainability Index

Nike Unveils Its Materials Sustainability Index | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nike unveils its Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), which is the result of eight years research into the environmental sustainability of the materials it uses. To conduct research, the company has teamed up with software startup Earthster.

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Spotlight on IKEA: Commitments and Challenges of Responsible Procurement... | ISEAL Alliance

Spotlight on IKEA: Commitments and Challenges of Responsible Procurement... | ISEAL Alliance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

2011 was deemed the International Year of Forests by the United Nations, and it was also a big year for IKEA, whose sales continued to grow despite an overall slump in the home furnishings sector globally.

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Integrated reporting in a disintegrating world

Integrated reporting in a disintegrating world | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
International Integrated Reporting Committee releases discussion paper advancing the business case for integration...
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Purchasers sought for green buying award | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

Sustainable City Awards seek contenders in the procurement category.
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10/25/2011: Hilton Moves to Top 10 on EPA’s Top 50 purchasers of Green Power

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on October 25th 2011 that Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide is one of the top 10 on the agency’s list of national green power purchasers. "

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Fairtrade International (FLO) / News / Latest News / Single View

Fairtrade International (FLO) / News / Latest News / Single View | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Fairtrade International is introducing a revised Fairtrade Standard for Cotton, including new Fairtrade Minimum Prices, effective as of 15 October 2011.

Fairtrade seed cotton sales began with a pilot project in 2005 in West Africa. Today more than 40 producer organizations worldwide (mainly in West Africa and India) produce Fairtrade certified cotton."

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Balfour Beatty uses sustainability to get more for less | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

"Peasland,  chairman of Balfour Beatty’s sustainability working group, highlighted the importance of the supply chain in achieving its sustainability targets for 2020. “It’s about engaging with our supply chain and procuring things sustainably. We want to grow sustainably,”

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Sustainable Sourcing: A failure in communication

Sustainable Sourcing: A failure in communication | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Many terms are being used to communicate sustainable sourcing, including environmentally friendly, responsibility, and profitability. There is a need for consistency across the company, it's supply chain, community, and standards across industry to ensure these terms do not lose meaning. 


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Perfumes and cosmetics facing the challenges of ethical sourcing

The second edition of the Round Table "Parfums et Cosmétiques Équitables" (Fair Trade perfumes and Cosmetics) gathered on October 6, 2011 at the Palais du Luxembourg several perfume and cosmetic brands involved in the implementation of ethical supply chains or at least sensitive to this issue. The event, which took place under the aegis of the perfume company Technico Flor and which was led by the Apidae agency, highlighted the challenges to overcome for an offer still in its infancy but which seems however to attract the interest of consumers increasingly.

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Procurement fraud on the rise in China

Incidents of procurement fraud in China have risen by 13 per cent, despite the overall fraud rate in the country falling, a study has found. 38 per cent said they would invest in training and whistleblower phone lines. However, the report concluded that this is unlikely to settle the issue: “These measures are not sufficient given that China had the second-highest level of fraud perpetrated by senior management (who are unlikely to be reported by their juniors).”

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Ford, Microsoft Push Supply Chains Toward Sustainability

Ford, Microsoft Push Supply Chains Toward Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ford says it will more than triple the number of suppliers that it surveys on their energy use and carbon emissions. Ford will survey 128 suppliers, representing 60% of its $65 billion in annual purchases. The companies supply vehicle production parts and components, information technology, and logistics services

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Five former employees from Gucci's Shenzhen store claim to have suffered severe abuse, including limits on bathroom use, denial of food and water, and unpaid overtime past midnight.
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Covalence EthicalQuote » Levi’s Launches Sustainable-Cotton Jeans

Covalence EthicalQuote » Levi’s Launches Sustainable-Cotton Jeans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As one of the largest denim producers in the world, Levi Strauss & Co. wanted to make a difference in people’s lives that extended beyond fashion. As part of this strategy, the company is releasing 2 million pairs of jeans made with sustainably grown cotton
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Hasbro Sets Stringent Requirements for Sustainable Paper Procurement | 2Sustain

Hasbro Sets Stringent Requirements for Sustainable Paper Procurement | 2Sustain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, toy and game maker Hasbro, Inc. directed its suppliers to stop using paper sourced from unsustainably managed forests.

Now, the company has unveiled a comprehensive policy intended to ensure that all procurement decisions align with the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and support sustainable forest management.

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Migrant workers | Ethical Trading Initiative

Migrant workers | Ethical Trading Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"We are the people at the lowest level of society"

 

Romanians picking onions in Spalding; Indians building hotel complexes in Dubai; Chinese migrant workers making sandals in Schenzen factories; Mexicans toiling in Californian tomato fields: all are part of an estimated 95 million people worldwide who have travelled far from home to find work.

 

Many countries rely on migrant workers to help them plug their labour shortfalls, while migrants' remittances provide a vital source of finance and foreign exchange for households and governments in their countries of origin.

 

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To eliminate corruption, policy is just not enough - CPO Agenda

To eliminate corruption, policy is just not enough - CPO Agenda | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A quick Google of the term “procurement corruption” returned a staggering 11.2 million results and hardly a day goes past without a new scandal being exposed. And it’s not just bribery and corruption that can harm brand reputation: yet another fashion retailer has been hauled over the coals for unethical practices in their supply chain

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Procurement ethics seen key to profitable supply chain | BusinessWorld Online Edition

COMPANIES should not have to choose between earnings and ethics when dealing with procurement, as doing good can redound to a profitable and sustainable use of the supply chain, speakers at a forum yesterday said.
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- Campbell soups up green manufacturing with solar project

- Campbell soups up green manufacturing with solar project | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Campbell Soup Company reported that it intends to improve its manufacturing carbon footprint after sealing a deal with a solar energy specialist to construct a PV solar array at one of its facilities in California.
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Purcon - Supply Chain, Purchasing & Procurement Recruitment - Building Great Teams - News Archive

Kraft has announced it is rolling out its sustainable cocoa procurement initiative in the Dominican Republic....

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IDH Launches Innovative Sustainable Working Conditions Program in China

IDH Launches Innovative Sustainable Working Conditions Program in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) launched  a new program for electronics factories in China. The program is intended to work with over 100 factories to support the development of innovative workforce management practices and to implement sustainability and better business performance.

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Apple wakes up to Chinese pollution concerns

Apple wakes up to Chinese pollution concerns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A Chinese-led campaign to clean up Apple's supply chain is finally gaining traction...
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FTSE 100 should focus more on supply chain issues | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

CIPS CEO David Noble calls for leading UK companies to disclose more information about their procurement and supply chain operations in financial reports and updates.
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Supply Chain Standards Bring Clarity, Focus for Companies

Supply Chain Standards Bring Clarity, Focus for Companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

It’s safe to say that the majority of supply chain professionals did not enter the field to become environmental decision makers. Yet more and more they are the lynchpin of sustainability strategies in leading companies. Still, the question arises – why would a company want to add environment to the existing safety, quality, reliability, and cost issues they already manage in their supply chains?

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The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Sustainable Supply Chain | Blog

The Pharmaceutical industry is making great strides in a pre-competitive collaboration to improve sustainability in its supply chain. Since inception of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) in 2006, membership has nearly doubled to 14 companies, a recognition that “Big Pharma” sees a business case in working together to develop a common set of environmental, social, and ethical supplier standards. Moving forward, in 2012, PSCI will strengthen its risk assessment tools with a shared audit program and a more formalized supplier capability building program.

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