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While companies are increasingly realizing the benefits of sustainable procurement, many procurement leaders say their companies still need to do more to support the purchasing of goods and services that don't harm the environment, society, or the economy.
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EcoVadis' Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2017 mentioned in the article. 

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75% of businesses find sustainability challenging | Engerati - Energy Management

75% of businesses find sustainability challenging | Engerati - Energy Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Only 7% of professionals surveyed as part of the research for the report said that “sustaining the business model” is their organisation’s primary motivation for engaging in sustainability. The report shows that the three main reasons for organisations engaging in sustainability are to improve reputation, address client expectations and transform their business, but many face challenges such as finance, lack of management support and clear strategic or operational alignment. In fact, 75% of professionals indicate that sustainable procurement is proving to be a significant ongoing challenge.
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A recent research shows that businesses cannot rely only on "business as usual approach" and that it is not too late for them to turn their back on "sustainability trade-offs" towards a new age of innovation of sustainability challenges.

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Small is beautiful as Rio 2016 gives suppliers a sustainable leg-up

Small is beautiful as Rio 2016 gives suppliers a sustainable leg-up | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In partnership with the Rio 2016 organising committee and with input from some of Brazil’s largest companies, the CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Procurement) has prepared a handbook to help Brazilian companies of all sizes implement sustainable procurement practices. That will serve to raise standards in the Brazilian supply chain and increase the competitiveness of the country’s small and medium companies.  

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Great to see that Rio 2016 has inspired small businesses and as rightly mentioned in this article "the Games will soon be over, but companies have learnt that they cannot separate purchasing from sustainability"

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UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

He also said that environmental concerns must be addressed in a much more integrated and horizontal way as they are inextricably connected to economic considerations, to social development, to human rights...

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Supply chain sustainability is a giant lever for changing those 'old habits'!

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Coca-Cola Enterprises : Sustainable sourcing

Coca-Cola Enterprises : Sustainable sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

We will work with our suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and water impacts across our value chain. Working with our suppliers and The Coca-Cola Company, we will sustainably source 100% of our key agricultural ingredients by 2020.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises sustainable sourcing includes EcoVadis evaluation to help evaluate their suppliers' progress on corporate responsibility and sustainability. 

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Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success- Blog - Procurious

Burritos and ice cream – the contrasting fortunes of two organisations and the difference between supply chain failure and success. Burritos and ice cream. Who doesn’t love them? Carne asada and guacamole. Chocolate and cherries. The combinations are endless, and so are the places that offer these tasty treats. So what can a burrito chain … Continue reading Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success →
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Great lesson to be derived from this instance: Sustainable procurement plays a signficant role in the supply chain and CSR effort. 

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Hilton Worldwide Reinforces Its Commitment To Responsibly Source Seafood In Collaboration With World Wildlife Fund

Hilton Worldwide Reinforces Its Commitment To Responsibly Source Seafood In Collaboration With World Wildlife Fund | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Hilton’s sustainable seafood goals will comprise the global ban of procurement of endangered species as identified by WWF, and the transition of its seafood purchasing to sustainable and responsible sources. By 2022, Hilton will source at least 25 percent of its total global seafood volume
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Great to see that Hilton is leading the way with its new seafood goals!

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First International Standard for sustainable procurement nears publication 

First International Standard for sustainable procurement nears publication  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new standard in development, ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, will provide guidelines for organizations wanting to integrate sustainability into their procurement processes. It has just reached a second Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, meaning interested parties can once more submit feedback on the draft before final publication in 2017.

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The long awaited ISO 20400 is nearing finalization. It will complement ISO 26000 (Guidance on Social Responsibility) by enabling organisations to contribute to sustainable development by minimizing their impact on the environment and handling human rights issues.

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Companies Increasingly Dedicating Sustainability Resources to Supply Chain Functions

Companies Increasingly Dedicating Sustainability Resources to Supply Chain Functions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2014, the number of companies dedicating sustainability resources to supply chain efforts grew 10%, according to GreenBiz research. In 2015, that number jumped to 26%, showing significant growth in the last two years."

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More and more companies are seeing the importance of having a strong procurement and involving more resources and fundings in the team. These figures will only increase in the forthcoming years...

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NEWS ADVISORY: 2016 Awards for Sustainable Purchasing | SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

NEWS ADVISORY: 2016 Awards for Sustainable Purchasing | SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) will recognize thirty-four organizations and seven individuals who have leveraged institutional purchasing power to advance the long term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet.
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Congrats to all award winners! Great recognition for adopting sustainable purchasing strategies. Among them, EcoVadis & TfS: winner of the '2016 Market Transformation Award'

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Sustainable Council calls for a 'shift' to increase transparency requirements

Sustainable Council calls for a 'shift' to increase transparency requirements | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The American Sustainable Business Council is calling for transparency in cosmetics labelling and a reform of the sector’s legislation at a time when Congress is meeting to discuss investment in clean energy.
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Going beyond testing procedures and opting for 'supplier compliance' (sustainable procurement) will definitely count. 

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EcoVadis: Calling All Brands - Arrow Value Recovery Blog

EcoVadis: Calling All Brands - Arrow Value Recovery Blog | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
one EcoVadis gold organization says that holding this ranking from EcoVadis helps the company reduce the number of audits from its customers. Essentially, he said, his customers are willing to take EcoVadis’ word that his company’s operations are among the most highly ranked, and that saves his organization enormous amounts of work
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Ma Yingying, a researcher at the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), said that the only thing that motivates the Chinese to change is pressure from their customers – namely those big brands with big buying power. Her plea was simple and direct: please pressure your suppliers to do better. 

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