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Bacardi Limited Continues to Deliver Upon Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments

Bacardi Limited Continues to Deliver Upon Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
From the critical importance of quality ingredients and how we source our materials to the impact we leave on the world around us and the need to reduce alcohol-related harm, we actively strive to fulfill our broader responsibilities to society at large.
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Great to see Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, striving to improve their responsible commitments. 

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Community relationships are the key to a sustainable future (not a marriage of convenience) - David Picton's blog

Community relationships are the key to a sustainable future (not a marriage of convenience) - David Picton's blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Despite many different definitions for sustainability and corporate responsibility, one thread remains the same: businesses that fail to form transparent, meaningful relationships that build public trust are businesses without competitive futures.
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Good reads about what lies behind building relationships with the community as part of sustainability or CSR strategies... 

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Coca-Cola Enterprises : Sustainable sourcing

Coca-Cola Enterprises : Sustainable sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

We will work with our suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and water impacts across our value chain. Working with our suppliers and The Coca-Cola Company, we will sustainably source 100% of our key agricultural ingredients by 2020.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises sustainable sourcing includes EcoVadis evaluation to help evaluate their suppliers' progress on corporate responsibility and sustainability. 

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Sustainable Council calls for a 'shift' to increase transparency requirements

Sustainable Council calls for a 'shift' to increase transparency requirements | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The American Sustainable Business Council is calling for transparency in cosmetics labelling and a reform of the sector’s legislation at a time when Congress is meeting to discuss investment in clean energy.
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Going beyond testing procedures and opting for 'supplier compliance' (sustainable procurement) will definitely count. 

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Supply Chain News: Ford Details Approach to Supplier Engagement and Sustainability

Supply Chain News: Ford Details Approach to Supplier Engagement and Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a recent issue of ISM's Inside Supply Management, Jonathan Newton, global lead - supply chain sustainability for Ford Motor Company, shared some insights into the way Ford is engaging suppliers generally and specifically in terms of sustainability.

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This article from Supply Chain Digest details Ford's supply chain engagement measures at tier 1 level. This includes capacity building, a formalized engagement program and industry collaboration. It would be interesting to know further which specific mechanisms the company has in place to assess its suppliers, how many audits are carried out, what is Ford's global CSR risk management approach...

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Recognize the Risk in Your Supply Chain - Sustainable Plant

Recognize the Risk in Your Supply Chain - Sustainable Plant | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
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This article from Sustainable Plant offers a comprehensive view on practices that help mitigate complex CSR risk in the supply chain.

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Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses - The Nation

Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses - The Nation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses The Nation Demand for green products is on the rise, making it essential for Thai business operators to adopt green procurement practices into their operations.
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Interesting to see how business federations, global associations can move the sustainable procurement agenda forward, as shown from the Thai local branch of the WBCSD.

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From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons

From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
'From Triangle to Tazreen: A Century of Lessons' blog post by Francesca Rheannon.
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This interesting analysis from CSR Wire about the Tazreen tragedy highlights the failed control system and lack of supply chain monitoring (Walmart was not aware Tazreen was among its supplier base), combined with financial imperative (increased orders at year end) among the main causes that account for the tragic incidents.

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Buying a better future – Procurement’s sustainability leaders recognised- Blog - Procurious

Buying a better future – Procurement’s sustainability leaders recognised- Blog - Procurious | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Once seen as a ‘niche’ part of the profession, sustainable purchasing is fast moving into the mainstream. The misbelief that sustainable solutions cost more is quickly giving way as businesses recognise that competitive advantage lies in developing innovative, sustainable supply chains..." 

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Nice recap of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) recognition to responsible purchasing... 

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Nielsen Global Responsibility Report – Measuring What Matters

Nielsen Global Responsibility Report – Measuring What Matters | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Measurement. It’s the core of our business and the key asset that we provide to our clients—measuring consumer behaviors so that our clients can make thoughtful decisions and improve their business performance." 

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Great example of incorporating sustainability into the business process as part of the company strategy towards CSR. 

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An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover

An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen caught up with L'Oreal's chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt to uncover how a company with 78,000 employees, a worldwide manufacturing base and annual sales of over $28.5 billion goes about implementing a sustainable transformation at every level of the corporate ladder.
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Glad to read this great article on EcoVadis customer L'Oréal, speaking about its inspiring sustainability challenges and ambitious targets. 

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EcoVadis: Calling All Brands - Arrow Value Recovery Blog

EcoVadis: Calling All Brands - Arrow Value Recovery Blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
one EcoVadis gold organization says that holding this ranking from EcoVadis helps the company reduce the number of audits from its customers. Essentially, he said, his customers are willing to take EcoVadis’ word that his company’s operations are among the most highly ranked, and that saves his organization enormous amounts of work
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Ma Yingying, a researcher at the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), said that the only thing that motivates the Chinese to change is pressure from their customers – namely those big brands with big buying power. Her plea was simple and direct: please pressure your suppliers to do better. 

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An impressionist’s approach to change

An impressionist’s approach to change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
French rail company SNCF spends more than $16 billion annually buying trains, energy and equipment.
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Glad to see our longtime customer SNCF (French Railways) and Olivier Menuet featured in this Washington Post article

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Optimise your outsourcing to achieve green goals

Optimise your outsourcing to achieve green goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Jonathan Tapp, Head of Sustainability Services at Capgemini outlines three simple steps to utilise outsourcing in order to achieve your green objectives

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'Green outsourcing' can be a way to optmize resource allocation, thus contributing to energy savings. It can also involve green supplier selection, while looking at more sustainable options. Tangible benefits of adopting such an approach include a better knowledge of supplier data, which allows for a refinement of business risk assessment in the supply chain, and improve supplier relationship. Ultimately, it is necessary in order to fulfill stakeholders' need for increased CSR disclosure and transparency, according to Jonathan Tapp, Head of Sustainability Services at Capgemini.

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H&M and WWF Develop Global Water Strategy

H&M and WWF Develop Global Water Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

WWF and H&M have entered into a three-year partnership to develop a global water strategy that will be implemented across the fashion retailer’s 48 national markets and 750 direct suppliers.
During 2012, WWF and H&M performed a comprehensive evaluation of all H&M's efforts and challenges in connection with water ...

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This partnership on water management also shows pervasive engagement and collaboration within the  supply chain is a sine qua non condition for the successful roll out of a global CSR strategy ....

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