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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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C&A steps up sustainability efforts with top-rated suppliers

C&A steps up sustainability efforts with top-rated suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Value retailer C&A says it has increased the number of top-rated suppliers it sources from and has grown its sustainable supply chain team, as it published its first global sustainability report and revealed progress towards its 2020 goals. related to Apparel, Manufacturing, Retail, Social & environmental responsibility, Sourcing, C&A,
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C&A has an Interesting supplier sustainability rating system on a scale from "A to E" (like grades), and great that they publish their coverage, and also % in A-B score range.

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Together, companies and supply chains can reduce carbon footprints

Together, companies and supply chains can reduce carbon footprints | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Working with the supply chain doesn’t just reduce carbon footprints; it also makes business sense. Reduce carbon emissions though optimization and greater efficiencies, and you’ll reduce costs, too.
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Some great examples here, from transport to printers, of how you can leverage the supply chain for huge improvements in sustainability footprint.

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Two UK tobacco companies 'cannot guarantee' their cigarettes were not made by children

Two UK tobacco companies 'cannot guarantee' their cigarettes were not made by children | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Human Rights Watch claims that tobacco companies should do more to eliminate child labour within they supply chain through meticulous investigation as well as adequate monitoring and external audit."

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The impact of child labour in operations and supply chain can be negative to businesses' reputation. This concern is a vital one when elaborating sustainability and CSR strategies. 

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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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Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2016 Supply Chain Top 25 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the findings at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference..."

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Congrats to the top 25 companies listed! Among them are EcoVadis customers:  Nestle, GSK, Schneider Electric, BASF, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola

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US Supply Chain Managers Take Note: Tariff Act and TFEA Enforcement Actions, Petitions Likely to Increase 

New enforcement actions: the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have issued detention orders (the first since 2000), holding up goods from import...
New petitions are being filed on goods alleged to be made with slave labor...
A new task force has been created in CBP to focus on enforcement of TEFA 

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Many thanks to Akin Gump for summarizing these updates. We are watching closely the potential impacts of TFEA on supply chains

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50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2016

50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The 50/50 lists are the result of intense debate, discussion and refinement among Spend Matters analysts and reflect our independent view of the sector.
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We are proud that EcoVadis has been featured on SpendMatters 50 To Watch list in 2016

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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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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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Les achats responsables chez HEINEKEN France

Les achats responsables chez HEINEKEN France | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Une source d’innovation pour les fournisseurs

HEINEKEN France entretient des relations solides et durables avec ses fournisseurs avec lesquels l’entreprise partage plus que des intérêts économiques. Les achats responsables permettent ainsi d’encourager l’innovation chez les fournisseurs et de mobiliser l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur pour améliorer les performances de chacun.
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Heineken France following their four layer process for sustainable procurement / responsible purchasing, and unlocking more value in the chain

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CHEP collects Coca-Cola sustainability award | SHD Logistics

CHEP collects Coca-Cola sustainability award | SHD Logistics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, has been named winner of Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) 2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Supplier Award for its continuous efforts to develop innovative and sustainable supply chains.
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Congrats to CHEP, as well as to Coca-Cola Enterprises whom they are a supplier, for this program and recognition for CSR excellence!

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Green Purchasing Next Step in Green Cleaning · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management News

As one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the professional cleaning industry, we have witnessed many of our large cleaning contract members adopting “green purchasing programs.” Over the years, numerous terms have been used to describe green purchasing. Among them are environmentally preferable purchasing, sustainable procurement, and socially responsible procurement.
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Another industry tackling sustainable supply chain!

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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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5 Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation, Challenge Others to Do the Same | Sustainable Brands

5 Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation, Challenge Others to Do the Same | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Coca-Cola Company, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IKEA and Unilever recently launched the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, a collaboration focused on promoting ethical recruitment and combating the exploitation of migrant workers in global supply chains across industries. The five founding companies have committed to the “Employer Pays Principle,” which states that no worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer.
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A wide variety of industry sectors in this initiative to end worker-paid recruitment practices that are a root cause of labor exploitation. Very different from an industry initiative, but in stead a cross-industry initiative. Will this be a trend for other issues going forward?

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How Cisco Is Using Its Unique Capabilities to Drive Breakthroughs in Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Brands

How Cisco Is Using Its Unique Capabilities to Drive Breakthroughs in Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
we’re focusing major efforts in three key areas:

Driving respect for human rights throughout the supply chain
Reducing carbon impacts of manufacturing and logistics practices
Building on circular-economy initiatives, including enhancing product design and increasing take back
A key enabler of our progress has been the digitization efforts we are driving across our supply chain.
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More evidence from Cisco of quantifying and "digitizing" sustainability, can improve impact and progress in supply chains!

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State of Responsible Business: 'Good progress, lots of room for improvement' | Ethical Corporation

State of Responsible Business: 'Good progress, lots of room for improvement' | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The main lesson that can be taken from this year’s State of Responsible Business report is that the value of incorporating responsible business practice and sustainability into all sides of the business is increasingly recognised, accepted, and acted upon. Those first two points – recognition and acceptance of the business case for sustainability – shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise...

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Great to see quite positive progress in terms of sustainability and CSR in businesses, at least as a start. Hoping that refined strategy and increasing concern add up in the near future. 

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Starbucks Issues First-Ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond, Aimed at Driving Social Impacts in Supply Chain | Sustainable Brands

Starbucks Issues First-Ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond, Aimed at Driving Social Impacts in Supply Chain | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Starbucks is differentiating this sustainability bond, which will be used to fund projects with social impact, from “green bonds,”
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This brings welcome visibility to the full scope and definition of sustainability as encompassing social, ethical as well as environmental factors. 

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Nielsen Global Responsibility Report – Measuring What Matters

Nielsen Global Responsibility Report – Measuring What Matters | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Measurement. It’s the core of our business and the key asset that we provide to our clients—measuring consumer behaviors so that our clients can make thoughtful decisions and improve their business performance." 

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Great example of incorporating sustainability into the business process as part of the company strategy towards CSR. 

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The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR

The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting | Blog | BSR | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
It’s not the number alone that matters; it’s the combination of the quantitative number and the accompanying qualitative narrative that provides the full picture.
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Great concept of "apples with oranges" comparison applied in sustainability reporting! 

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Learn from Apple, DuPont and Heineken in May’s SCRI | Innovation Forum

Learn from Apple, DuPont and Heineken in May’s SCRI | Innovation Forum | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

What are the need-to-know highlights for supply chains this month? Here are our top-ten insights

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Great to see two EcoVadis customers, DuPont and HEINEKEN in this need-to-know highlights for supply chains. 

Find out more through this case study describing Heineken's process to ensure ongoing compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct. 

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An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover

An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen caught up with L'Oreal's chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt to uncover how a company with 78,000 employees, a worldwide manufacturing base and annual sales of over $28.5 billion goes about implementing a sustainable transformation at every level of the corporate ladder.
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Glad to read this great article on EcoVadis customer L'Oréal, speaking about its inspiring sustainability challenges and ambitious targets. 

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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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Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016

Bitterness within the sweet 'green Apple' | Environment | DW.COM | 28.04.2016 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Suppliers in China have not been included in the Click Clean report," Dowdall said. "Apple still has to work on its supply chain's carbon footprint and renewable energy there."
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Good work, more to do... As with any supply chain, but important to acknowledge progress from, say, 5 yrs ago.

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Sustainability Best Practices Part 1 | Fair Trade & Social Programs | Transworld Business

Sustainability Best Practices Part 1 | Fair Trade & Social Programs | Transworld Business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
how companies are re-imagining the supply chain to integrate sustainability into every step
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"if Millenials have $1.4 trillion in annual spending by 2020 it will be roughly one-third of all retail spending.” Millenial buying habits that skew toward favoring sustainable business practices can’t be ignored if a company wants to stay in business over the next decade."

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This article does a great job of using real world companies as examples of what 'true' sustainability practices mean.

Where more energy efficient lighting, and recycling are all key activities in keeping our planet healthy while doing business, we also need to re-imagine the current business model.

Not only from paying workers fair wages, but souring materials from secondary sources, using those who are involved in the area, and tackling a social issue at the same time.
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ADM's online tracking tool aims to create complete transparency

ADM's online tracking tool aims to create complete transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Archer Daniels Midland announced its online Sustainability Progress Tracker tool on Earth Day, which features the company’s goals, plans, and reports as to its progress in realizing its Commitment to No-Deforestation initiative.
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Although ADM is not a grower of crops, as a major purchaser, the company wants to create sustainable, traceable ag supply chains that protect high carbon stock forests, natural ecosystems and peatlands, and the rights of the workers in the supply chain.

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