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These Four Brands Are Fighting Forced Labor in Their Supply Chains

These Four Brands Are Fighting Forced Labor in Their Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

KnowTheChain launched a ranking of 20 large apparel and footwear companies on their efforts to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking from their supply chains, finding that only a small group of companies seriously addresses exploitation. Most companies have systems in place to monitor and react to forced labor and human trafficking, but few companies address systemic causes.
The four highest-performing companies (Adidas, Gap, H&M and Lululemon) achieve scores above 60/100.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see big brands such as Adidas, Gap, H&M etc fighting against forced labour in their supply chain

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Walmart Names Names: Its List of 240+ Banned Factories in Bangladesh

Walmart Names Names: Its List of 240+ Banned Factories in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
After announcing it will not join an industry-wide accord on factory safety in Bangladesh, the world's biggest retailer announced its own safety initiatives - and a list of factories banned from its supply chain...
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After H&M first move to disclose its factory list, following the Tazreen incident, Walmart is now releasing the list of factories it considered as unsafe and makes it available for all stakeholders.

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EcoVadis's comment, June 1, 2013 8:27 PM
Our experience at EcoVadis, shows that yes, it is possible to have such impact. However, our general approach would rather focus on prior engagement (not blacklisting). For example, we offer our clients to set Corrective Action Plans with their suppliers. This said, regarding the Rana Plaza incident, yes, filtering and disengagement should have remained a priority.
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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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How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change

How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Transforming an unsustainable global supply chain can seem daunting. As much as a single company may be committed to change, it’s almost impossible to do it alone. There is a need for peers and competitors to become colleagues and mentors to enable all. Collective action possesses a raw power that enables us to imagine a different reality. And once that happens we put solutions squarely within the realm of the possible and probable.

EcoVadis's insight:

Global companies are together pledging to end the use of ancient and endangered forests in their stylish creations. How are you engaging other companies in your industry to be responsibly engaged?

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H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public

H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Fast-fashion mecca H&M has made public almost all of the company's global suppliers. While the company boasts the move as a step towards transparency, it also seems to be a marketing initiative aimed to build the company's brand."

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H&M disclosure of around 95% of its order volume for all brands across 23 countries is a gigantic step forward in terms of textile supply chain accountability and represents a unique move toward supply chain 2.0. The list can be found on the H&M website.

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