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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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BSR Connect | Unlocking the Value of Sustainable Procurement

Events<br/>			BSR Connect | Unlocking the Value of Sustainable Procurement | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
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EcoVadis will be at this BSR Connect event in Copenhagen next week (contact us http://bit.ly/1qqMl4v if you'd like to meet up)

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Visit EcoVadis, exhibitor at Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement Conference, Birmingham UK, Sept 18

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Come visit us! This is a great opportunity to learn how you can leverage EcoVadis' powerful system and CSR Scorecards to manage your supply chain sustainability; Meet Pierre-Francois Thaler (Co-founder and Co-President) and Andrew King, UK Business Development.

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Come visit us! This is a great opportunity to learn how you can leverage EcoVadis' powerful system and CSR Scorecards to manage your supply chain sustainability; Meet Pierre-Francois Thaler (Co-founder and Co-President) and Andrew King, UK Business Development.

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How to green the Feds' supply chains? First, think ink

How to green the Feds' supply chains? First, think ink | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

More federal agencies are taking sustainability into play with supply chain decisions.

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"We are encouraging our vendors to get more specific because the better they get at sustainability, the more they can save, not just by eliminating waste but by better management of their overall business," Ela said.

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Hyatt Unveils 2020 Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Brands

Hyatt Unveils 2020 Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report and hot on the heels of a new commitment to sustainable seafood, Hyatt Hotels has unveiled a set of 2020 environmental goals, “designed to strengthen Hyatt’s collective ability to collaborate, inspire and further its commitment to environmental stewardship.”
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Why collaboration improves supply chain sustainability and the ways you can do it

Why collaboration improves supply chain sustainability and the ways you can do it | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

As collaboration takes root within supply chains, we see that instead of traditional buyer-supplier relationships focused purely on optimising financial transaction, a ‘new spirit of partnership’ is developing often based on mutual financial and environmental goals.

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We strive on a daily basis to enhance this collaborative supplier-buyer effort as outlined in this article the rewards of doing so are immense.

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Walmart and General Mills join forces to harvest more sustainable crops

Walmart and General Mills join forces to harvest more sustainable crops | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
General Mills chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch has revealed how his company is working with Walmart to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture down the supply chain. - edie news centre
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New Supply Chain Management Initiative Gets First Member | PYMNTS.com

New Supply Chain Management Initiative Gets First Member | PYMNTS.com | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
The International Maine Purchasing Association (IMPA) launched a responsible supply chain management initiative called the IMPA Act in 2013. Last week,
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Although a much smaller initiative than Clean Cargo, it is focused specifically on supply chain. Would be interested in any feedback or insight.

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Kellogg requires its supply chain to cut their carbon emissions

Kellogg requires its supply chain to cut their carbon emissions | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Kellogg has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint, move to sustainable sourcing, and push its supply chain to reduce carbon emissions.


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Is the tide turning in the US?

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MANAGED GREEN's curator insight, August 17, 9:56 AM

Big companies have seen the light and are asking their partners to follow their lead.  Want to become a leader not a follower, call us to engage at 714.512.5820 where we put #Green in your bottom line.

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4 tips for business to ensure ethical, slavery-free supply chains

4 tips for business to ensure ethical, slavery-free supply chains | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Alongside moral issues of unscrupulous supply chains, the reputational damage to a company can be difficult to shake. Here's how to prevent contracting with a criminal
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It's all about due diligence.

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Manufacturers, experts agree: Supply chain sustainability is good business

Learn how and why major manufacturers are adopting supply chain sustainability initiatives as part of their business plans
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Supply chain sustainability continues to ripen and mature.

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CSR, Supply Chain Disruptions & Responsible Sourcing: Recapping #GenMillsSusty with General Mills

CSR, Supply Chain Disruptions & Responsible Sourcing: Recapping #GenMillsSusty with General Mills | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
'CSR, Supply Chain Disruptions & Responsible Sourcing: Recapping #GenMillsSusty with General Mills' blog post by Aman Singh.
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Why aren't more tech companies tracking conflict minerals?

Why aren't more tech companies tracking conflict minerals? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Few electronics brands are harnessing the latest efforts to clean up supply chains. Here's why, and what your company can do.
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ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry

ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
New partnership will address industrial relations, wages, capacity building for social partners and skills development in global supply chains of the garment industry.
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Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense

Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Sustainability is a priority for food and beverage companies, yet it’s a challenge to implement, according to a survey by Grant Thornton.
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Interesting that suppliers were least likely (only 4%) to say  "sustainability is a fad that will disappear in a few years" - compared to 7% of retailers and 25% of wholesalers!

Caveat: this survey is limited to food companies, and only environmental issues (not all of CSR).

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Supply Chain Sustainability Pays

Supply Chain Sustainability Pays | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Having analyzed the data from the 2014 CSCO survey since 2011, cost reduction has jumped the most by far, and is now the second leading justification for sustainability.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 4, 9:43 AM

Wow.  Cost Savings is increasingly the big motivator for folks to get into the sustainability mode.

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Ethical Supply Chains May Become Competitive Advantage

Ethical Supply Chains May Become Competitive Advantage | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Despite possible higher costs of having more ethical supply chains, it ultimately pays off for companies, as such efforts can improve reputation among consumers and produce greater loyalty from employees.

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Businesses should not only make their products more ethical, but should also be proactive in informing the consumer of that fact in their marketing and advertising campaigns.

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The path to supply chain transparency

The path to supply chain transparency | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Supply chain transparency is critical for managing rising levels of risk in an environment where corporate supply chain practices are attracting…
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Transparency becomes the vital process of managing risks by accessing, learning from, and acting on supply chain information. The challenge is how to map it - technology plays a central and critical role.

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Working toward a sustainable global supply chain

Working toward a sustainable global supply chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Sustainability in the supply chain affects business resilience, reputation and relationships across business segments.
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The Case for Future-Proofing Supply Chains With Sustainable Procurement

The Case for Future-Proofing Supply Chains With Sustainable Procurement | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Introduction Sustainable sourcing is turning out as the most important function of supply chain management.
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Walmart's Supply Chain Sustainability Lessons - Supply Chain Minded

Walmart's Supply Chain Sustainability Lessons - Supply Chain Minded | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Walmart is by far the leading retail brand in the US, with a brand value of $131.88 billion in 2014. It has been a leading retailer since Sam Walton opened his first store back in 1962. Walmart's success is in great part due to ...
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Death toll at Chinese General Motors parts factory hits 69

Death toll at Chinese General Motors parts factory hits 69 | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Blackened and burned bodies were piled onto the back of trucks after the blast in Kunshan, Jiansu province.
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Dramatic accident in china auto supplier, once more highlights risks associated to Tier2 suppliers

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Best of Sustainable Supply :: AboutMcDonalds.com

Best of Sustainable Supply :: AboutMcDonalds.com | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

This year, we are delighted to honor 36 suppliers and 51 projects that represent real innovation toward a more sustainable supply chain. 

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A solid communications piece with excellent case studies on partnership with suppliers on sustainability initiatives.

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Production halted at Samsung China supplier amid child labor probe

Production halted at Samsung China supplier amid child labor probe | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
CHASHAN China (Reuters) - Production has been indefinitely halted at a Chinese supplier to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd after the factory was suspected of using child workers. Samsung,
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Sustainability KPIs Trending Upward · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

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Apple cuts conflict minerals and puts its supplier cards on the table

Apple cuts conflict minerals and puts its supplier cards on the table | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Good to see Greenpeace reverting views on Apple

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No Planeta B's curator insight, March 11, 4:37 PM

Greener Apple coming to you soon...