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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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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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."

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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The Strategic Sourceror: Levi's built worker well-being and sustainability into supply chain

The Strategic Sourceror: Levi's built worker well-being and sustainability into supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Straus and Co. has used the trend toward sustainability and listening to the voice of its workers to improve supply chain management, according to GreenBiz.com. Levi's new approach involves improving worker well-being by ensuring they have opportunities for economic empowerment, good health, family security, equality, access to education and a safe working environment.

EcoVadis's insight:

News about Levi Strauss & Co.'s recent move towards supplier capacity building and engagement.

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Tim Kitchin's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:23 PM

Good to see economic empowerment figuring in here as we strive for greener GROWTH !

EcoVadis's comment, April 29, 2013 12:49 AM
Thanks for your comment. Indeed, "greener" growth also implies better social and economic conditions in global supply chains, not only environmental impacts as such. Let's hope for better economic and fair retribution for workers as well!
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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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