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After a Disaster, Have Factories in Bangladesh Gotten Any Safer?

After a Disaster, Have Factories in Bangladesh Gotten Any Safer? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Not really. New research from New York University shows reform has been slow and incomplete.
EcoVadis's insight:

Rather than "passing the audits" companies need to focus on assessing and building "Management Systems" of factories which will foster continuous improvements and address the root causes of the environmental and social problems

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Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh

Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The international Dutch chain of fashion retailer C&A has launched an in-depth fire safety audit at all its suppliers in Bangladesh after the country's worst-ever industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions.

EcoVadis's insight:

In response to the Tazreen tragedy, international buyers such as C&A are now reinforcing their supply health and safety audit standards...

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Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain

Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A blaze that killed 112 workers in Bangladesh last month exposed a disconnect among retailers like Sears and Walmart, the monitoring system to protect workers and the factories filling the orders.
EcoVadis's insight:

Beyond the abominable tragedy, this article from the New York times also highlights key issues such as the opacity in sub-contracting networks, the lack of corrective actions and follow-ups once non-conformities are uncovered during audits, and of course the tragic lack of investment in what does not directly impact the bottom line...

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Study finds Audits in global supply chains for multinational corporations fail to detect serious abuses

Study finds Audits in global supply chains for multinational corporations fail to detect serious abuses | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The inspection and auditing system for global supply chains is ‘working’ for corporations, but failing workers in developing countries and the planet
Exclusive interviews reveal that labour abuses, poor working conditions and environmental degradation within global supply chains remain widespread
EcoVadis's insight:

Audits have been under fire for a while now, but this study goes so far as to say it's a 'system' that is doing more harm than good, and preventing real progress.

Read it and make your own judgement...

There may still be effective use - when combined with other types of assessments and evaluations, and with rigorous oversight.

(This is the subject of an upcoming blog series - keep an eye peeled for it on blogspot.ecovadis.com)

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Apple says child labour found at suppliers [China]

Apple says child labour found at suppliers [China] | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Apple found 11 facilities across its supply chain using child labour last year, the iPhone maker said in its annual “Supplier Responsibility” report. The California-based company…said it had uncovered 106 “active cases” of children being employed by its suppliers over the course of 2012…None of those individuals is still employed by the suppliers, after Apple worked with its partners to help them spot fake identification documents or falsified records."

EcoVadis's insight:

Since Apple joined the Fair Labor Association in January 2012, we can praise the company efforts towards more transparent supply chain accomplished so far.

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DrewClark's comment, February 5, 2013 9:40 PM
Is Apple really going to begin manufacturing in the United States?

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