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Sustainability Best Practices Part 1 | Fair Trade & Social Programs | Transworld Business

Sustainability Best Practices Part 1 | Fair Trade & Social Programs | Transworld Business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
how companies are re-imagining the supply chain to integrate sustainability into every step
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"if Millenials have $1.4 trillion in annual spending by 2020 it will be roughly one-third of all retail spending.” Millenial buying habits that skew toward favoring sustainable business practices can’t be ignored if a company wants to stay in business over the next decade."

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Tyler Blackburn's curator insight, May 6, 2016 12:53 PM
This article does a great job of using real world companies as examples of what 'true' sustainability practices mean.

Where more energy efficient lighting, and recycling are all key activities in keeping our planet healthy while doing business, we also need to re-imagine the current business model.

Not only from paying workers fair wages, but souring materials from secondary sources, using those who are involved in the area, and tackling a social issue at the same time.
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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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Samsung admits to using tin linked to child labor, deforestation; Apple mum on sourcing

Samsung admits to using tin linked to child labor, deforestation; Apple mum on sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mobile device giant Samsung has admitted to using tin sourced from a controversial mining operation on the Indonesian island of Bangka, where unregulated mining kills 150 miners a year and causes substantial environmental damage, reports The Guardian and Mongabay-Indonesia....

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With ever increasing scrutiny of supply chain from NGOs, third sector and advocacy organizations, it is now crucial for large corporations to proactively develop CSR risks management strategy in worldwide supply chains.

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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.

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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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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).

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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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H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public

H&M Makes Their Suppliers List Public | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Fast-fashion mecca H&M has made public almost all of the company's global suppliers. While the company boasts the move as a step towards transparency, it also seems to be a marketing initiative aimed to build the company's brand."

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H&M disclosure of around 95% of its order volume for all brands across 23 countries is a gigantic step forward in terms of textile supply chain accountability and represents a unique move toward supply chain 2.0. The list can be found on the H&M website.

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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

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'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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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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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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Häagen-Dazs, General Mills Promote Sustainable Vanilla Farming in Madagascar | Sustainable Brands

Häagen-Dazs, General Mills Promote Sustainable Vanilla Farming in Madagascar | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Häagen-Dazs has partnered with General Mills to invest $125,000 dollars over two years in Madagascar’s Sava region to encourage sustainable agriculture in one of the world’s most important vanilla production centers.
EcoVadis's insight:

Of particular interest is General Mills' global sustainable sourcing model focusing on sustainable vanilla sourcing. We look forward to seeing how General Mills measures the impact of its supplier capacity building and the related lasting effects on the quality of supply chain management.

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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.
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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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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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Realising the benefits of sustainable procurement

Realising the benefits of sustainable procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Gary Waylett, CEO, Eclipse Group, outlines the role of excellent procurement practices not only to ensure adherence to sustainable procurement practices but also to deliver transparency
EcoVadis's insight:

This reflexion from Gary Waylett builds the case for the adoption of a sustainable procurement strategy. Shifting to green management practices in the supply chain proves to be an acid test to assess the robustness and transparency of existing processes in place. It is a driver for employee motivation, brand positioning ...

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way

Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global gold authority and industry body the World Gold Council (WGC) is pleased with the industry’s reception of its Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS), which has been welcomed by various stakeholders – including WGC member companies...
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We know the Conflict-free Gold Standard was released by the World Gold Council in October 2012. Of interest here is the current development of third party audit schemes and external-assurance services to ensure conformance with the standards in 2013.

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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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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.

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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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Only half of British businesses vet suppliers for UK Bribery Act compliance

Only half of British businesses vet suppliers for UK Bribery Act compliance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services team at Ernst & Young has today (Tuesday) released research revealing that nearly half (48%) of British firms are failing to vet their suppliers for compliance with the UK Bribery Act, ...

EcoVadis's insight:

According to this recent E&Y study, less than half of firms sampled carry out third- party due diligence in their supply chain. Is it because of a lack of  available ready-to-use solutions, lack of pressure from legal/compliance departments about potential sanctions and liabilities?  The absence of a proactive approach from U.K. companies can also be explained by the lack of prosecution cases so far.

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New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability

New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP research suggests that companies moving beyond mandatory reporting are also reducing emissions more and saving money – but suppliers aren't keeping up
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The new CDP supply chain report 2012 shows that transparency is somehow linked to CO2 emission reduction, which seems straightforward. However, much remains to be done as only a third of surveyed suppliers have clear reduction targets and first and foremost supplier engagement towards great transparency is key as more than 60% of suppliers never responded to the survey.

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Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception

Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Updated sourcing guidelines released this week by Wal-Mart have received a tepid reception at best, with industry watchers warning they are sceptical as to whether the new rules will be fully enforced.
EcoVadis's insight:

Despite doubts raised over Walmart's actual enforcement of sustainable procurement strategy, it recently stated a zero tolerance policy for any unauthorised subcontracting of its merchandise starting from 1 March 2013.  After the Tazreen incident, will Walmart indeed implement stricter rules and how is it possible for a company of Walmart size and scope of operations?  Here is an other related article from the Huffington Post.

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Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses - The Nation

Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses - The Nation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Green procurement ideas inspire Thai businesses The Nation Demand for green products is on the rise, making it essential for Thai business operators to adopt green procurement practices into their operations.
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Interesting to see how business federations, global associations can move the sustainable procurement agenda forward, as shown from the Thai local branch of the WBCSD.

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