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UK firms 'at an advantage' with new international sustainable procurement standard

UK firms 'at an advantage' with new international sustainable procurement standard | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
British companies are likely to be at an advantage compared to overseas rivals when it comes to adopting a new international sustainable procurement standard, one of the prime movers behind its development has said. - Read more...
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A new international sustainable procurement standard will promote more responsible purchasing! Particularly for international companies. 
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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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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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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.
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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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Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead

Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"[Going] green has become a critical necessity for multi-national corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars hanging in the balance. At this scale, greening operations is all about supply chain. Where things are sourced, where they go, and how they get there — all of these questions come into play, and more often than not need to be rethought entirely. Exactly how big and global is this trend?"

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Cost savings and increased profits...derived from sustainable procurement for large multinational corporations such as General Motors, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, build the case for greening the supply chain...

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Be Bold: It’s Time for Inspiration and Innovation in Sustainable Procurement | Blog

Be Bold: It’s Time for Inspiration and Innovation in Sustainable Procurement | Blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world.
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Earlier this year EcoVadis attended this BSR workshop on Reshaping Corporate Approaches to Sustainable Sourcing. This article summarized the rssults of conversations between multiple companies - including Disney, Maersk, Novo Nordisk, Pentland, Sanofi, Sodexo, and Tesco - and you cna also download the complete notes from the workshop.

Sustainable Sourcing   Please find the notes here!
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Alis Sindbjerg Hemmingsen's comment, June 21, 2013 2:07 AM
Notes? Where can they be found?
EcoVadis's comment, June 21, 2013 9:06 AM
Dear Alis, here you will find the notes: http://www.bsr.org/pdfs/BSR_Reshaping_Corporate_Approaches_to_Sustainable_Sourcing_Workshop_2013.pdf
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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 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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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 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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Sustainable Packaging at Dell

Sustainable Packaging at Dell | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The attitude of many companies is changing when it comes to prioritizing “green” initiatives and focusing attention on sustainability in the supply chain.

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This article shows how sourcing materials responsibly for packaging can actually help cut costs.

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