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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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Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements

Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Nestlé, SAB Miller and UPS are among the 25 companies that have increased their revenue as much a...
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The paths of Cost Leader and Differentiator end the same: Holistic. The 'decision matrices' are also insightful.

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Dawn Meats awarded McDonald's Europe 'Sustainability Supply Award'

Dawn Meats awarded McDonald's Europe 'Sustainability Supply Award' | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
outstanding leadership and demonstrable results
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Great to see suppliers being rewarded for great CSR performance!

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CWT Takes Industry Lead in Responsible Business - Carlson Wagonlit Travel

CWT Takes Industry Lead in Responsible Business - Carlson Wagonlit Travel | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
News release
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Congrats to Carlson Wagonlit on great CSR performance!

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Global Benefits of Sustainable Procurement | American Sustainable Business Council

Global Benefits of Sustainable Procurement | American Sustainable Business Council | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
visibility and communication are key to helping to end rampant “greenwashing,"
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Combat greenwashing with 1) Measure systems not symptoms 2) Independent validation & analysis; 3) Fed/state law enforcement.

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Visibility and communication are key to end rampant greenwashing 

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How Walmart's green label aims to drive supplier 'race to the top'

How Walmart's green label aims to drive supplier 'race to the top' | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
The retailer is making some of its in-house supply-chain sustainability metrics public with a new program to highlight top-performing companies.
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Love the spirit of this, but can consumers understand it?

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Is sustainability affordable?

Is sustainability affordable? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Top corporations like Nestle, Nokia, Societe Generale and L'Oreal are embedding sustainability principles into the way they do business. They have moved beyond simple codes of conduct with steps th...
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Tim Cummins of IACCM on EcoVadis Sustainable Supply Chain Summit: You Can't Afford NOT to Get it Right

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G7 to prioritize sustainable supply chain

G7 to prioritize sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

2015 begins Germany's G7 leadership with a full agenda.

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In the top 3 priorties are "Supply Chain Standards" - the focus is intensifying for Procurement orgs...

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Wal-Mart: Abuses outlined by L.A. Times 'have no place in our supply chain'

Wal-Mart: Abuses outlined by L.A. Times 'have no place in our supply chain' | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart issued the following statement describing its plans to help improve living conditions for Mexican farmworkers. The giant retailer said it was acting in response to a Los Angeles Times series, "Product of Mexico," published in December:
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Wal-Mart did 10,000 audits in 2014(!). Are audits working? (Nike found their suppliers 'yo-yo'ed in and out of compliance audits, so moved to a performance approach)

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McDonald’s and the Challenges of a Modern Supply Chain (HBR article)

McDonald’s and the Challenges of a Modern Supply Chain (HBR article) | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Transparency is a long game; reputational problems don’t mend fast

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Despite "paradoxical consequences", transparency is not optional

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Taking The Stage With Sustainable Procurement In 2015

Taking The Stage With Sustainable Procurement In 2015 | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Some challenges and inspiration for tackling a new year of sustainable procurement in 2015

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Eastman Chemical Company to Join Together for Sustainability | 3BL Media

Eastman Chemical Company to Join Together for Sustainability | 3BL Media | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Via David McClintock
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Eastman Chemical first US Company to Join Together for Sustainability... this is great news!

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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 26, 2014 4:32 AM

Congrats! Eastman Chemical the first US company to join Together for Sustainability sustainable supply chain initiative...

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How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine | Supplier Relationships content from IndustryWeek

How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine | Supplier Relationships content from IndustryWeek | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
A manufacturer’s supply chain can deliver value that goes well beyond cost, quality and efficiency.

Via David McClintock
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Huge leverage, but how do you select which suppliers to work with on innovation? Hint: CSR/Sustainability performance is an powerful indicator...

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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 19, 2014 6:34 AM

Huge leverage, but how do you select which suppliers to work with on innovation? Hint: CSR/Sustainability performance is an powerful indicator...

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Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value

Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains finds that socially responsible supply chains contribute to local development, shrink carbon footprints and boost the company’s competitivenessSocially responsible products increase revenues by up to 20%, reduce supply chain costs by as much as 16% and boost brand value by up to 30%; they also shrink carbon footprints by as much as 22%Report identifies 31 socially responsible practices to help companies gain a “triple supply chain advantage”
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Congratulations to WEF for a very quantitative report, analysing profitabitly gains from Responsible Supply Chain. Confirming finding to EcoVadis / INSEAD Value Chain report of 2011

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Event Registration

Webinar: "Why sustainability matters to you as a contract manager"

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Reminder: Opportunity to learn about sustainability and contract management coming up on Thursday! - EcoVadis is teaming up with IACCM...

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Trends in Carbon Pricing and Costs: Corporate Readiness Is Outpacing Governments As COP21 Approaches | Sustainable Supply Views

Trends in Carbon Pricing and Costs: Corporate Readiness Is Outpacing Governments As COP21 Approaches | Sustainable Supply Views | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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TWC Reduces Carbon Footprint by 38%

TWC Reduces Carbon Footprint by 38% | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
TWC said it reduced its carbon intensity by focusing on increased energy efficiency and improved waste and vehicle management, promoting sustainability within its supply chain, and building employee “Green Teams” around the country
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Is the Cable industry ready for collaboration on supply chain sustainability? 

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Welcome to the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School

Welcome to the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

This site is an online learning forum designed to help the construction sector assess and improve their knowledge of sustainability issues facing our industry.

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"Supply Chain School" launches in Australia. Self-assessment, focused on construction. 

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Vodafone Spain joins Eco Rating 2.0 system

Vodafone Spain joins Eco Rating 2.0 system | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Great to see adoption growing for EcoRating 2.0! (EcoVadis provides company sustainability ratings, part of this effort)

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Major Companies of the Railway Industry Launch a New International Procurement Initiative to Drive Sustainability Throughout the Supply Chain

Major Companies of the Railway Industry Launch a New International Procurement Initiative to Drive Sustainability Throughout the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwired - March 4, 2015) - Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. Six companies in the railway industry - Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and SNCF - are launching Railsponsible on March 4th in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Railsponsible...
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Rail industry teams up to tackle supply chain sustainability with a single, universal EcoVadis scorecard - Bravo!

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Apple 'terminated relationships' with 18 suppliers due to sustainability code violations

Apple 'terminated relationships' with 18 suppliers due to sustainability code violations | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
there was 85 per cent compliance with its prevention of involuntary labour policy, 95 per cent compliance with prevention of underage labour and 92 per cent compliance with its working hours policy
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Would love also to see "XX suppliers were rewarded for great performance". We need to see success stories too!

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Four Ways to Secure Sustainable Sourcing Networks | 3BL Media

Four Ways to Secure Sustainable Sourcing Networks | 3BL Media | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Great summary - key issue: How to identify those 'engaged' suppliers to work most closely?

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Assessing and managing risk: interview with IBM's Louis R. Ferretti – DC Velocity

Assessing and managing risk: interview with IBM's Louis R. Ferretti – DC Velocity | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Five years ago, IBM went in search of a tool to help it better assess the vulnerabilities of its vast global pool of suppliers. When the company couldn't find what it needed, Lou Ferretti and his team built their own.
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Impressive, IBM build their own supplier risk tool- bravo! Now, how to integrate ESG/CSR risk into it...?

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Benchmarking Insights: Sustainable Supply Chain

Benchmarking Insights: Sustainable Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Behind the positive messages that corporations and procurement teams produce about action to improve the sustainability of supply chains, what measures are they taking and how heavily are they investing?
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Congratulations to our customers at Deutsche Telekom for taking the lead in A&S Sustainable Supply Chain Review 2014.

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Undercover BBC Expose Reveals Apple's 'Exhausted' Chinese Workers

Undercover BBC Expose Reveals Apple's 'Exhausted' Chinese Workers | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Apple has been accused of using Chinese suppliers who exhaust their workers, provide inadequate training and impose other harsh working conditions.

A BBC Panorama report into a Pegatron factory in Shanghai, one of Apple's major suppliers, said wor...
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What stands about this article about the BBC report is its coverage  in one single article of social controversies far upstream in the supply chain -from the fabless company,  the manufacturer (Pegatron) to the Indonesian mine - raw materials)....


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@PCHInternational explains how new values in sustainability & worker relations lead to better business [Partner content]

@PCHInternational explains how new values in sustainability & worker relations lead to better business [Partner content] | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
As part of a larger series on sustainability, PSFK will be exploring this topic through the lens of the initiatives of PCH, specifically its manufacturing in China as detailed in its recently released sustainability report

Via David McClintock
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PCH added a new tool to help labor/workforce transparency "Little Bird Mutual-Aid Hotline". Also added 'MicroBenefits' as a partner, and measured the results (>$1.3M in savings!) - bravo!

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PCH added a new tool to help labor/workforce transparency "Little Bird Mutual-Aid Hotline". Also added 'MicroBenefits' as a partner, and measured the results (>$1.3M in savings!) - bravo!