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MEPs vote to make procurement rules more socially responsible

The European Parliament internal market committee has approved procurement reforms to ensure public authorities award contracts on the basis of the most advantageous economic, social and environmental criteria.
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glad to see that EU is making good steps towards integration of CSR criteria in procurement decisions. How long will it take to this tranlated into national laws?

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Henkel and BASF’s Industry Partnership with Solidaridad Demonstrate Manufacturer Commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil

Henkel and BASF’s Industry Partnership with Solidaridad Demonstrate Manufacturer Commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“We believe that we can only find solutions for sustainable, certified palm oil products by working together to preserve the forests and improve the living conditions of the people in the farming areas,” according to Jan-Peter Sander of BASF Personal Care Europe.
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Great to see two of our clients, Henkel and BASF, working together to promote sustainable palm oil production; and at the same time helping reduce destroyed endangered species habitats and having less human rights abuses in their supply chain.

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How These 50 Companies Are Changing the World

How These 50 Companies Are Changing the World | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Fortune Change the World 2016 list is our look at 50 companies that do well by doing good.
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Congrats - and thanks - to our clients who are changing the world for the better: GSK, Nestle, Schneider Electric, Johnson and Johnson, Heineken, and more to be announced soon...

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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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Surveys reveal growing consumer demand for food supply chain ethics

Surveys reveal growing consumer demand for food supply chain ethics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

92% of shoppers stated that food companies should concentrate efforts on securing the future sustainability of food..The view that Government should be held accountable for the long-term sustainability of food production was held by 85% of the survey's circa 1,000 respondents.

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Great to see more and more customers urging companies and governments to take actions to ensure sustainable food production for future generations.

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7 Steps Leading Corporations are Implementing to Achieve Resilient Supply Chains

7 Steps Leading Corporations are Implementing to Achieve Resilient Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The report reveals information from interviews conducted with 70 companies across different regions, sectors, and business models. Despite the vast differences between these companies and how they conduct business, several common themes emerged, highlighting how they have embedded sustainable practices throughout their supply chains. Some of the major themes include shared commitment, collaboration, and the use of technology as a “transparency enabler.”
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Interesting report from UNGC & EY which urges chief executives to set supply chain sustainability as a top corporate priority and to better engage suppliers beyond Tier 1

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Where Business and Sustainability Meet in the Pulp and Paper Industry

Where Business and Sustainability Meet in the Pulp and Paper Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tracing a supply chain can be complicated. We started doing chain-of-custody auditing and certification in 1990 — creating the strong link between the forest source and the products we all consume. At first this was considered impossible.
Since then, certification programs, including chain of custody certification, have become accepted as an important part of our industry — reinforcing accountability and responsibility. Recognized, high quality third-party certification programs are not a panacea, but they can help ensure that forests are managed in a responsible, sustainable, and transparent manner.  

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Paige Goff, VP, Sustainability and Business Communications at Domtar, and Richard Z. Donovan, Senior VP and VP of Forestry, Rainforest Alliance discuss how sustainability plays a role in pulp and paper products.
 
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Huawei focusing on supply chain green credentials

Huawei focusing on supply chain green credentials | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Business growth is not our only goal, as we are equally committed to fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities and pursuing sustainable development. We hope to join hands with our partners to build a harmonious business environment and for a Better Connected World,” said Kevin Tao, chairman of Huawei’s Corporate Sustainability Development (CSD) Committee.
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Great to see that Huawei is strengthening its supply chain by continuing the supplier energy conservation and emissions programs to build a greener global supply chain

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SABMiller: Developing Supply Chains That Foster Security, Development of the African Workforce | Sustainable Brands

SABMiller: Developing Supply Chains That Foster Security, Development of the African Workforce | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Growing SABMiller’s African footprint, however, requires us to re-assess how we unlock the continent’s economic potential, whilst protecting its human and natural capital. We need to explore how we build and develop new supply chains, make responsible sourcing decisions and collaborate to ensure that our suppliers meet our license-to-trade requirements.
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Good to see SABMiller incorporating sustainable development within the African Procurement, something which not many organisations have been able to do.. 

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A look into the future of reporting standards

A look into the future of reporting standards | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Eric Hespenheide: The sustainable development agenda has gathered pace with global commitments to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate change agreement. Over the past decade, we have also seen a dramatic increase in the number of companies measuring their sustainability performance.
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A new modular structure is replacing the G4 Guidelines, which will allow the standards to be kept more up-to-date and aligned with international instruments in the future. 

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Schneider Electric Launches Network to Help Companies Discover, Vet Energy Prospects | Sustainable Brands

Schneider Electric Launches Network to Help Companies Discover, Vet Energy Prospects | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Schneider Electric launched a collaborative online platform to help commercial and industrial companies find the right tools and financial vehicles to meet their sustainability goals. Designed to simplify and accelerate the buying process, the New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network™ allows end users to quickly identify and vet renewable energy, cleantech and energy-efficiency prospects.

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Great to see our client Schneider Electric working on these type of online collaborative tools and helping engage suppliers to meet sustainability goals.

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Beauty companies and the struggle to source child labour-free mica

Beauty companies and the struggle to source child labour-free mica | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than a decade after cosmetics suppliers were alerted to its existence, child labour remains prevalent in mica mining in the two states of Jharkand and Bihar, responsible for around 25% of the world’s production. Up to 20,000 children are estimated to work in the mines, around 90% of which are illegal, according to a recent report by NGOs Terre des Hommes and SOMO.

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Great to see two of our clients, L'Oréal and Merck, taking actions and making commitments to help eradicate child labour in mica mines and from their supply chain.

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Costa Cruises Publishes Latest Policy Document | True Viral News

Costa Cruises Publishes Latest Policy Document | True Viral News | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The document sets out Costa’s path to sustainable growth, the main projects carried out and the key goals reached on the route to complete integration of sustainability aspects into its business model, its blueprint for the future.
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Costa Cruises does not only aim to reduce its energy consumption, waste on board and carbon footprint, but it is also working on sustainable nutrition and transparency of the supply chain.

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Place innovation at the core of supply chain management, says Mars

Place innovation at the core of supply chain management, says Mars | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Mars and Danone announced their intentions to invest €50m each into the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming Scheme aimed at increasing the productivity of smallholder farmers to prioritise key crops including cocoa, sugar and palm oil across 40 projects worldwide.
The partnership reflects an increasing willingness from global food and beverage firms to drive positive change in sustainable sourcing, with both Nestle and Mondelez recently displaying strong commitments to supply chain transparency.

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Big multinational Mars is placing innovation at the heart of their supply chain through R&D, investment and training; it's only a matter of time before others follow the lead

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Sustainable Rubber briefing: Michelin zero-deforestation pledge raises hopes for responsible sourcing | Ethical Corporation

Sustainable Rubber briefing: Michelin zero-deforestation pledge raises hopes for responsible sourcing | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The tyre maker – the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber – announced this summer that it has begun tracing its entire rubber supply chain, the first big company to make such a commitment.
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Great to see our client Michelin committing to eliminate rubber from deforested areas from its supply chain

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Cherie Blair and Miriam González: why companies must act on slavery law

Cherie Blair and Miriam González: why companies must act on slavery law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally – an estimated 12,000 of them in the UK – generating illegal profits of $150bn (£114bn). However unwittingly, British consumers and businesses are sustaining this cruel exploitation, with slavery likely to exist in the overseas supply chains of most large UK companies.
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Prime Minister, Theresa May, has established a government task force (with £33m in funding) which, together with the independent anti-slavery commissioner she appointed, is tasked with suppressing on what she described as “the greatest human rights issue of our time”.

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Movement Toward Sustainable Cotton Spearheaded by Global Brands and NGOs

Movement Toward Sustainable Cotton Spearheaded by Global Brands and NGOs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Cotton is responsible for 2.6% of the global water footprint for consumer goods, and the cotton industry is responsible for the use of 10% of agricultural chemicals used worldwide. Demand for sustainable and fair trade cotton has increased as environmental and human rights issues throughout the supply chain have become more visible.
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Great to see that International companies are working to improve the living conditions of cotton farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Adding Value, Sustainability to the Supply Chain by Recycling the Unrecyclable | Sustainable Brands

Adding Value, Sustainability to the Supply Chain by Recycling the Unrecyclable | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Henkel is changing the trajectory of its industrial waste materials from conventional, linear disposal towards a circular solution, providing consumers a new recycling option for industrial materials typically considered non-recyclable.

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Great to see our client Henkel undertaking such an extensive recycling initiative

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China, India Among 25 Economies Posing ‘Extreme’ Supply Chain Risks | CFO innovation ASIA

Modern slavery constitutes a ‘high’ or ‘extreme risk’ in 115 countries. The research concludes that Asian and African commodity producers and manufacturing countries pose the greatest challenge to companies navigating new legislation on supply chain disclosure, such as the UK Modern Slavery Act.
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Interesting research which analyses the breadth of national legislation; the quality of law enforcement; and reported evidence of trafficking, forced labour, servitude and slavery.

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Procurement research shows suppliers are next frontier for innovation

Procurement research shows suppliers are next frontier for innovation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Times have changed and our research shows that today’s procurement professionals actually consider themselves to be innovators. They also see (and like the fact) that the businesses they work within are innovative and that their role is increasingly pivotal to this. Most procurement people are, at the very least, involved in a broad range of business innovations — and some are actually leading it.
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Interesting research on the opinions of 100 UK procurement professionals on innovative practices in their supply chain

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Responsabilité sociétale (RSE) : qu’apporte-t-elle réellement à votre entreprise ?

Responsabilité sociétale (RSE) : qu’apporte-t-elle réellement à votre entreprise ? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Chaque entreprise engage en effet à chaque instant de son activité une identité, des valeurs et des priorités qui pourraient sans beaucoup d’efforts être structurés et valorisés dans le cadre d’une politique RSE.

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Au fil des années, la responsabilité du chef d’entreprise est désormais de fédérer ses salariés, clients et fournisseurs autour de valeurs communes.

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Understand 21st century supply chains 

Understand 21st century supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As the cost of renewable energy plummets and consumers demand social responsibility from their favorite brands, sustainability is becoming cost-efficient. Emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things, are catalyzing corporations to rethink supply chain strategies.
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Great read to understand the conditions and trajectory of the emerging economies that are about to leap into the consumer class

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Tiffany & Co. Details Progress, Opportunities in Quest for Sustainable Luxury | Sustainable Brands

Tiffany & Co. Details Progress, Opportunities in Quest for Sustainable Luxury | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report highlights Tiffany’s efforts to responsibly source its diamonds and metals; the jeweler says it has implemented a strategy that gives it a strong chain of custody, direct oversight of its internal manufacturing and a voice for improving global standards and conditions.

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Great to see efforts being put Tiffany to deal with environmental and social issues

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Supply chains tracking CO2 emissions will be required by law

Supply chains tracking CO2 emissions will be required by law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Almost all the companies in the Agrifood business, considered in the CDP study on supply chain in 2015, are focused on reporting the emissions related to their direct activities (scope 1-2) however just a few are considering the emission associated with the supply chain (scope 3) where the emissions volumes are bigger.

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The latest legislative decrees in Italy promote sustainable agro-food supply chain: Carbon footprint, direct financial facilitation for the sustainable supply chains on the guarantee costs of the procurement and incentives offered to companies that have voluntary certifications such as traceability of the supply chain. Great to see so much effort from public bodies for cleaner sourcing!

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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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J&J Shifts Focus to Material Impacts for People, Places, Practices in New 2020 Goals | Sustainable Brands

J&J Shifts Focus to Material Impacts for People, Places, Practices in New 2020 Goals | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world’s sixth-largest consumer health company, has released the results from their latest set of five-year goals and announced a new set for 2020. J&J’s Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals represent a shift in how the company measures impact, increasing focus on material impacts as opposed to incremental reductions and year-over-year improvements.
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Great to see that our client J&J will be ensuring that their suppliers are covering at least 80% of spend in Sustainable Procurement before enrolling them!

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