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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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Supply Chain News: Ford Details Approach to Supplier Engagement and Sustainability

Supply Chain News: Ford Details Approach to Supplier Engagement and Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a recent issue of ISM's Inside Supply Management, Jonathan Newton, global lead - supply chain sustainability for Ford Motor Company, shared some insights into the way Ford is engaging suppliers generally and specifically in terms of sustainability.

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This article from Supply Chain Digest details Ford's supply chain engagement measures at tier 1 level. This includes capacity building, a formalized engagement program and industry collaboration. It would be interesting to know further which specific mechanisms the company has in place to assess its suppliers, how many audits are carried out, what is Ford's global CSR risk management approach...

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HP News - HP Releases List of Supply Chain Smelters

HP News - HP Releases List of Supply Chain Smelters | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

HP published a list of the 195 smelters that have been identified within its supply chain. This move underscores HP’s leadership toward achieving a conflict-free supply chain by encouraging suppliers to become conflict-free smelter (CFS) certified and urging the entire industry to move toward greater utilization of conflict-free smelters and refiners.

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Some outstanding transparency efforts from a major OEM towards increased supply chain disclosure....


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The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing

The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing, procurement, strategic sourcing, cost reduction and supply chain news by the Strategic Sourceror
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An interesting first move from Dukin' Donuts towards sustainable procurement...

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Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule

Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A report from the Responsible Sourcing Network finds that leading companies in the information and communications industry have undertaken initiatives to ensure that their supply chains are free of conflict minerals, but few other industry sectors have done so.

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This article from Social Funds highlights discrepancies between sectors in implementing due diligence mechanims on conflict minerals. While ICT companies are frontrunners, laggards include companies from the Automotive, Aerospace & Defence & jewelry. RSN January 2013 report can be found here.

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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...
EcoVadis's insight:

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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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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IHS Survey Reveals More than One-Third of Companies Completely Unprepared for US Conflict-Minerals Rules | IHS Online Pressroom

IHS Survey Reveals More than One-Third of Companies Completely Unprepared for US Conflict-Minerals Rules | IHS Online Pressroom | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

With time running out until U.S. component manufacturers are legally required to disclose their usage of conflict minerals to the federal government, many companies are woefully unprepared for the new regulations, with more than one-third of firms indicating they haven’t even commenced compliance planning, according to a survey from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).

EcoVadis's insight:

Complying with the requiements of Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act implies a range of profound organizational changes with respect to supply chain management. As the survey shows, many companies feel ill-prepared to adopt internal measures  to cope with the reporting requirements by by May 2014...

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EBN - Michael Kirschner - In Supply Chain, Environmental, Social Responsibility Heats Up

EBN - Michael Kirschner - In Supply Chain, Environmental, Social Responsibility Heats Up | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
With ever-expanding demands for better environmental and social performance in many sectors of the industry, electronics manufacturers should take a more active approach to compliance and rule setting.
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An insightful overview of the numerous regulatory compliance requirements and other voluntary standards to be developed or released in 2013.  A common feature is that all of them related to profound changes in product lifecycle analysis and management.

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Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo

Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tech giant Apple has come a long way on conflict minerals. In 2010, they were one of the worst consumer electronics companies in their response to this serious problem, and Enough Project, Campus Progress, and A Thousand Sisters protested the opening of their store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. But Apple has started to turn the corner on conflict minerals with some substantial steps.


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Apple recently joined the Public Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade.  With such large players entering the game,  conflict minerals due diligence is gaining momentum. Of particular interest is Apple's transparency effort and policy to require its supplier to source from certified smelters. Ongoing monitoring is recommended!

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