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Can China meet its 2017 air quality goals?

Can China meet its 2017 air quality goals? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

When China launched its five-year Air Pollution Action Plan in 2013 it was recognition that the country’s smog problem needed to be brought under control. As the plan enters its final year, official data indicates that long term progress is being made to improve air quality overall.
Yet the continued occurrence of major air pollution events shows that there’s still a long way to go.

EcoVadis's insight:

Despite the rapid progress, it will take some more time to meet the goals..

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Stakeholders Gathered to Discuss Promotion of Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain in China

Stakeholders Gathered to Discuss Promotion of Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
China is the world’s second largest importer and third largest consumer of palm oil. In the past two years, the average import volume of palm oil was around 6 million tons. The expected annual growth of demand for palm oil in China is 10%, meaning that by 2020 the demand for palm oil in China is expected to reach 12 million tons.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see a lot of effort being expended so as to integrate related enterprises to increase the procurement of sustainable palm oil and achieve sustainable development in China.

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How a little-noticed factory fire disrupted the global electronics supply

How a little-noticed factory fire disrupted the global electronics supply | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This item has been corrected. It was an industrial mishap barely noticed outside the arcane world of electronics supply chains. On Sept. 4, a fire engulfed a substantial portion of an SK Hynix production plant in Wuxi, China.
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Another example of how poor EHS practices can lead to major supply chain disruption and huge financial impacts on supply chain

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HP cracks down on forced labor from temps, students in China

HP cracks down on forced labor from temps, students in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

HP has given direction to its Chinese suppliers that the use of temporary and student workers should be limited and should not be forced.

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In the wake of Apple's widely publicized supply chain controversies, competitors are jumping in to roll out sustainable procurement strategy in their supply chain in China. As the articles puts it, the demographic reality in China compels factories facing surges in demand to often make an excessive use of temporary labor.

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Riley McCoy's comment, May 3, 2013 11:12 AM
Due to another failed plan of action by the chinese they are left with an aging population, smaller workforce, and not enough children or young people to care for there elderly parents. They should not have to resort to going to high school students and other underage workers to have to get there products mass produced.
zach Wilz's comment, May 3, 2013 2:53 PM
I dont think its fair that these kids are being overworked. I think that HP is doing the right thing by cracking down on these young kids working.
Zach Deaton's comment, May 6, 2013 11:04 AM
This could be a good thing if it's scaled back and kids are given jobs related to their study. It should be a optional "course."
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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."

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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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Huawei Socially Responsible Procurement

Huawei Socially Responsible Procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In the past 12 months we've seen more and more Asian companies launching Sustainable Procurement initiatives...this is cleary one of the (good) news of 2011 


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AppleInsider | Apple, Chinese environmental groups meet to discuss supplier pollution concerns

AppleInsider | Apple, Chinese environmental groups meet to discuss supplier pollution concerns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Apple recently met with five Chinese environmental protection groups to address concerns over domestic supplier pollution after reports had criticized the company for using loopholes in the system.

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Huawei steps up standard to be the Chinese electronics industry’s poster boy for sustainability

Huawei steps up standard to be the Chinese electronics industry’s poster boy for sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to consulting firm McKinsey & Co., many companies are integrating sustainability principles into their businesses to pursue goals that go far beyond managing their reputation. Examples include saving energy, reducing waste and maximising employee performance.
Huawei has operations in more than 170 countries, which has led it to embed sustainability requirements into its purchase strategies and business processes amid the rapid technological advances in its industry.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see that big Chinese companies such as Huawei are embedding sustainability requirements into their purchase strategies and business processes. Looking forward to see more companies following the step..

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Death toll at Chinese General Motors parts factory hits 69

Death toll at Chinese General Motors parts factory hits 69 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Blackened and burned bodies were piled onto the back of trucks after the blast in Kunshan, Jiansu province.
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Dramatic accident in china auto supplier, once more highlights risks associated to Tier2 suppliers

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Improving worker conditions in the global supply chain is good business

Improving worker conditions in the global supply chain is good business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Reports on Apple's China factory reveal an urgent need for global manufacturers to improve worker conditions. A new study says it makes financial, as well as moral, sense
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"Some of the labour-related investments that were modelled could cause profit margins to rise as much as 0.4% – a significant windfall in an industry where margins typically range between 1% and 2%. In some cases, this financial payback can occur in as little as four to 20 months."

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HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain

HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP issued new guidelines to its suppliers conducting operations in China that according to the company are the first for the information technology sector.
EcoVadis's insight:

Another example of toughened supplier requirements on social conformances. The real question is: why are those stricter compliance  mechanisms reactive only and not part of a medium term strategy?

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Big Question (Answered): "Can Online Petitions Change Foxconn Conditions?"

Big Question (Answered): "Can Online Petitions Change Foxconn Conditions?" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The pressure on Apple to adress CSR supply chain issues is mounting : The conditions of workers at Foxconn have been the subject of discussion for the past few years, but lately more and more people seem to be interested in how the workers at the tech manufacturing giant fare.

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Sustainable Sourcing: Time for Apple to give up some of its secrets? 

Chinese suppliers have posed something of a PR dilemma for Apple for some time now. On the one hand the business has found great value not only in its legendary secret supply chain tactics and close engagement with low-cost country sourcing. On the other, stories of the environmental transgressions among alleged Apple suppliers are harder to keep quiet....

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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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