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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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2013 Sustainable Procurement Benchmark

"Quantifying the benefits linked to Sustainable Procurement is often challenging but practices of leaders demonstrate that this is a key lever to widespread adoption."

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Benchmark shows sustainable sourcing trends over last 10 years!. Progress is being made in some areas, but now it is time to measure value creation!

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The EU’s Copycat Conflict Minerals Rule Adds Further Impetus To Supply Chain Stewardship Initiatives -Verdantix

When hard-pressed managers in sourcing, supply chain and sustainability run out of resources, they should turn to specialist suppliers like 3E Company, Actio, Assent Compliance and EcoVadis.

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This is an eye-opener for supply chains on new compliance trends. The new EU conflict minerals law may be even stricter than Dodd-Frank in the US (whose "undeterminable' clause expires in 2016, exposing potentially 1000 companies and $billions of spend to reporting requirements)...

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Schneider Electric Turns to Digital Monitoring in Global Supply Chain

Schneider Electric Turns to Digital Monitoring in Global Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Schneider Electric uses cloud-based software, other technology to keep tabs on shipments, capabilities the company says come in handy during a crisis

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And in addition, Schneider Electric also uses EcoVadis supplier sustainability ratings (cloud platform), which also integrates via API

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Frost Sullivan – Sustainability and Collaboration is the Way Forward to Address Changes in the Externalities of Business Environments

Frost Sullivan – Sustainability and Collaboration is the Way Forward to Address Changes in the Externalities of Business Environments | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Frost Sullivan recently concluded its 6th edition of the 'Green Manufacturing Excellence Awards (GMEA) ...
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Indeed, sustainability is the future of business today and moving forward in the right direction is key to long term growth. 

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Kellogg’s Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Commitments

Kellogg’s Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Commitments | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
As a part of its 2020 sustainability commitments, Kellogg’s has pledged to responsibly source a number of its key ingredients, including corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, beet and cane sugar, cocoa, palm oil, fruits and vanilla, by 2020. This commitment expands the company’s efforts to work directly with agricultural suppliers, millers and farmers and improve the sustainability of their operations.
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Great to see sustainable supply commitments, and on a 2020 horizon from industry leaders. Would like to see mention of non-ag suppliers like transport, and indirect as well. Keep pushing the goals...

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Toyota Material Handling évalué positivement par Ecovadis pour sa gestion du développement durable

Toyota Material Handling évalué positivement par Ecovadis pour sa gestion du développement durable | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) a été classé au niveau mondial, par EcoVadis parmi le top 2 % des fournisseurs pour sa transparence sur les sujets liés au développement durable.
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Congratulations to Toyota Material Handling Europe on the Gold rating on their EcoVadis Supplier CSR Scorecard!

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The Contagious Revolt By A Chinese Worker That Shook Up The Global Economy | Sustainable Supply Views

The Contagious Revolt By A Chinese Worker That Shook Up The Global Economy | Sustainable Supply Views | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
On May 17, 2010, instead of reporting to his workstation, Tan Zhiqing pressed on the emergency button and stopped the production line.
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A retrospective on the five-year anniversary of one worker's courageous act of protest in China that sparked a chain reaction...

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G-7 Leaders' Declaration: Strong emphasis on responsible supply chains

G-7 Leaders' Declaration: Strong emphasis on responsible supply chains | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
We welcome initiatives to promote the establishment of appropriate, impartial tools to help consumers and public procurers in our countries compare information on the validity and credibility of social and environmental product labels. One example is the use of relevant apps, which are already available in some countries.
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Hmm, I can think of one such "relevant app"... ;-)  The support and encouragement of voluntary due diligence means doing the right thing. The word 'compliance' does not appear. Doing the right thing often means going beyond compliance. (Check our blog soon for a post on this topic!)

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Sustainable businesses becoming a popular choice among investors

Sustainable businesses becoming a popular choice among investors | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Reports suggest that investors are increasingly looking at the impact of their investment portfolios on the wider world, and that they need not trade-off profit…
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The reports suggests that investors are increasingly looking at the wider impact of their investments while adopting a more long term view on returns.

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Three-quarters of US consumers would shun companies caught in supplier scandals | Supply Management

Three-quarters of US consumers would shun companies caught in supplier scandals | Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Three-quarters of US consumers would shun companies caught in supplier scandals
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Proxima has released a survey proving that "consumers are not drawing a distinction between company and supplier.' Take charge and manage supplier risk better. Read more http://www.ecovadis.com/website/l-en/buyer-solutions.EcoVadis-4.aspx


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EMC Delivers Annual Sustainability Report, "Redefine the Future"

EMC Delivers Annual Sustainability Report, "Redefine the Future" | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
SMaRT Library – In 2014, EMC launched the Supply Chain Sustainability Management and Resource Training (SMaRT) library, which provides training modules, case studies, and other resources to help suppliers address social and environmental responsibility issues.
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Kudos to EMC - enabling suppliers to learn and improve practices (rather than just pass/fail) - Geat work!

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Using Sustainability to expand the value you and your team add to your business

Using Sustainability to expand the value you and your team add to your business | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
To deliver sustainable innovation requires progress along the x- Axis to bring in new innovation to functional working practices. 
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If you are a supplier or provide services to a large multinational who is trying to innovate, here are a few great examples of questions their procurement team will be asking themselves - and you - when seeking to innovate in sustainability. 

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McGill embraces sustainable procurement : McGill Reporter

McGill embraces sustainable procurement : McGill Reporter | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
McGill embraces sustainable procurement
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Bravo #McGill on engaging your students in sustainable procurement. This has a great overview of product compliance. The EcoVadis rating focuses on evaluating the CSR management systems and practices of companies, which would be a natural next project idea for future student teams: tackle this next phase of sustainable procurement - shall we collaborate...?

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Facebook hosts Levi's, Walmart to hack sustainability growth

Facebook hosts Levi's, Walmart to hack sustainability growth | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
"If you have 15 percent turnover every month, you have huge costs," Franzese explained.
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Indeed, the bigger picture of the ' footprint' is one that looks at supply chain. A large lever here is industry collaboration.

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FIFA and Bribery in Qatar: It’s Time to Approach Corruption and Human Rights Together

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FIFA and Bribery in Qatar: It’s Time to Approach Corruption and Human Rights Together<br/>		<br/>		| Blog<br/>	 | BSR | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
The FIFA bribery investigation has exposed issues in the 2022 World Cup development in Qatar beyond just corruption—and highlights the opportunity for companies to make more progress by addressing corruption and human rights challenges at the same time.
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US firms often have a silo view of Sustainable Supply Chain, with disconnected initiatives tackling "environmental sustainability", "human rights", "compliance". This not only leads to process inefficiencies (suppliers being assessed using different tools by different stakeholders)...but more importantly this does not tackle all the connections between CSR risks. This example is a very interesting one

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Web Tool Targets Slavery, Child Labor in Supply Chain

Web Tool Targets Slavery, Child Labor in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
“What we’re trying to get away from is the 1990s when people would just show up with a clipboard and pencil and ask questions,” Mr. Dillon said. “There are opportunities to apply technology and data to make those processes better and more efficient.”
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The more one can quantify CSR issues by looking at reliable indicators, the more efficient procurement decisions can be, and the more they can focus on adding strategic value.

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Bombardier Transportation Announces Winners of its 2015 Supplier Sustainability Awards

Bombardier Transportation Announces Winners of its 2015 Supplier Sustainability Awards | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

The award recognises suppliers’ accomplishments in the field of sustainable development and their commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).   


Bombardier Transportation suppliers are nominated for the Supplier Sustainability Award for their ongoing commitment to CR and assessed according to the standards set out by the recently founded rail sustainability procurement initiative Railsponsible. The evaluation focuses on both the achieved score and proactive initiatives that add value to Bombardier Transportation’s business..."

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Bravo to Bombardier Transportation for recognizing suppliers great sustainability performance!

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The EU may move towards mandatory business & human rights regulation

The EU may move towards mandatory business & human rights regulation | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it


If a subsidiary commits wrongful acts, including corruption, health impairment or environmental or human rights harm, it will be very difficult to extend liability to the mother company, and even more if operating abroad and/or through anonymous companies, in which case it is quasi impossible, not to mention suppliers.

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Is "Piercing the corporate veil" with a direct liability link to the group necessary if the requirement of due diligence, perhaps through standards set by industry associations and recognized by states, be enough -- especially as it can be applied to the subsidiary operating companies in all major EU countries?

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12 Risks That Can Disrupt Modern Supply Chains

12 Risks That Can Disrupt Modern Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Modern supply chains are characterized by close integration of suppliers with purchasing organizations, where suppliers are viewed as strategic partners who enable clients to add scale and capabilities, become more efficient and drive innovation. Therefore, it is not a surprise that supplier risk management is getting increased attention from the CPO’s office.

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Take into consideration the impact your supplier is making on your supply chain and consider evaluating them. 

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G7 leaders pledge to 'promote safe and sustainable supply chains' | Supply Management

G7 leaders pledge to 'promote safe and sustainable supply chains' | Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

“Unsafe and poor working conditions lead to significant social and economic losses and are linked to environmental damage,” said the statement. “Given our prominent share in the globalisation process, G7 countries have an important role to play in promoting labour rights, decent working conditions and environmental protection in global supply chains.” 

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An inspiring article on the G7 pledging to promote sustainable supply chains. Let's translate this into action! 

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Webinar Registration: How Heineken is going beyond compliance to drive Responsible Sourcing

Webinar Registration: How Heineken is going beyond compliance to drive Responsible Sourcing | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

EcoVadis is pleased to co-host a free webinar featuring Heineken CPO David Spacey, covering a case study of Heineken's sustainable procurement initiative, "How Heineken Is Going Beyond Supplier Compliance to Drive Innovation Through Responsible Sourcing". Join us on June 17, 10:00 am EDT / 3:00 pm BST / 4:00 pm CEST

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Join us to learn more about what Heineken is doing in regards to sustainable procurement! 

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The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR): When Legal Does Not Equal Sustainable

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR): When Legal Does Not Equal Sustainable | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Is EUTR enough to have sustainable wood products? Insights from the EcoVadis analyst team.

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Consumers Priorities Driving Major Supply Chain Changes

Consumers Priorities Driving Major Supply Chain Changes | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
All of these companies want to be viewed as companies who care. Why? In my opinion it’s because it makes customers feel better about their purchasing decisions. I’m not suggesting that’s the only reason.
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I think we're still in the phase where it's better for those large companies who do make the effort, to go ahead and broadcast these efforts and accomplishments - as long as they are 'real' and substantiated - like scoring suppliers wholistically, not just looking at product content. Yes, it serves their interest (e.g. to build their brand) but it also sets an example and puts pressure on their industry peers to do the same.

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Consumers Driving Product Certification

Consumers Driving Product Certification | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
ISO 20400
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Great to see Australia embracing Sustainability in public procurement decisions. Would be great to see this expanded beyond product certification to include the sustainability of the suppliers and service providers themselves - e.g. to incorporate ratings of the CSR management system.

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Sustainable Procurement Journey special by in-procurement.com

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Check out the special on Sustainable Procurement Journey on page 25

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California enforces Transparency in Supply Chains Act | Lexology

California enforces Transparency in Supply Chains Act | Lexology | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
The law applies to any company doing business in California, having annual worldwide gross receipts in excess of $100 million, and identifying itself as manufacturers or retailers
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In procurement for a business in California? Don't panic.

EcoVadis CSR Supplier Scorecards & ratings system address exactly these compliance issues in an easy-to-use/integrate way (along with all the other CSR criteria our ratings cover, including similar laws in Europe and around the globe). Also, in addition to our Enterprise solution for up to "XXL" sized supply chains, we have an offer called "Corporate" for small- to mid-sized companies. sales@ecovadis.com


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