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Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory

Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UK retail giant Tesco has stopped taking clothing from one of its supplier factories in Bangladesh after a structural survey of the site revealed serious safety issues.
EcoVadis's insight:

An expected response from Tesco: withdrawal.  This is of course more cost effective than capacity building or supplier training , but what about the social consequences for already impoverished economies?

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HP Expands Cartridge Recycling Options, Receives FSC Certification for Everyday Paper Line | Sustainable Brands

HP Expands Cartridge Recycling Options, Receives FSC Certification for Everyday Paper Line | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The HP Everyday Paper line in North America is now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which makes the company one of the region’s first major office paper providers to offer a complete portfolio of paper that is entirely FSC...
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An interesting move from HP in line with its global sustainable purchasing commitment.

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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 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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Wal-Mart Toughens Fire Safety Rules for Suppliers

Wal-Mart Toughens Fire Safety Rules for Suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Facing criticism for selling garments made at a Bangladesh factory where 112 workers died in a fire last November, Wal-Mart Stores told its worldwide suppliers Tuesday that it was adopting tougher rules on fire safety at its contractors and would have “zero tolerance” for suppliers that used unauthorized subcontractors.

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As shown from this New York Times article, Walmart has subsequently thoughen its ethical sourcing standards  after the November 2012 tragedy at Tazreen factory.

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Bangladesh Tragedy Reinforces Need for Corporate Action to Ensure Health and Safety in Supply Chains

Bangladesh Tragedy Reinforces Need for Corporate Action to Ensure Health and Safety in Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Today, on International Workers’ Day, an international celebration of the labour movement, the UN Global Compact is urging companies to step up efforts and engage in the fight to improve occupational health and safety standards.

EcoVadis's insight:

An interesting move from the United Global Compact to focus on down-to-earth CSR issues and advocate for the adoption of better health safety standards in the supply chain. This is a little reactive after major incidents such as the one at the Tazreen factory fire and Rana Plaza factory collapse that led to a 800+ death toll (not 400 as mentioned), but welcome.

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McDonald's Increases Sustainability in Supply Chain

McDonald's Increases Sustainability in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
McDonald's USA, McDonald's Canada, And Their Franchisees to invest Over $6.5M In Agricultural Technical Assistance Program
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Certified coffee sourcing has become mainstream as shown by the Rainforest Alliance (http://rainforest-alliance.org/newsroom/news/sustainable-coffee-grows), but what about other food raw materials?

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EcoVadis's comment, April 26, 2013 1:01 PM
Certified coffee sourcing has become mainstream as shown by the Rainforest Alliance (http://rainforest-alliance.org/newsroom/news/sustainable-coffee-grows), but what about other food raw materials?
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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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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

EcoVadis's insight:

'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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