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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.
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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Rescooped by Ricard Lloria from Sustainable Procurement ontoSupply chain News and trends
"Quantifying the benefits linked to Sustainable Procurement is often challenging but practices of leaders demonstrate that this is a key lever to widespread adoption."
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!
Good to see Greenpeace reverting views on Apple
Intel has announced that it is manufacturing the world's first microprocessors with validated 'conflict-free' minerals. - edie news centre
While the SEC filing deadlines on Conflict Minerals (May 31, 2014) approaches, sector leaders like Intel are already announcing the marketing of some conflict free products. We look forward to Intel's upcoming reporting on conflict minerals due diligence.
See also: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/inside-ces/inside-intels-confict-minerals-program
Guarani Indians in Brazil have urged Coca-Cola to stop buying sugar from US food giant Bunge, which has been implicated in a land-grabbing scandal. A recent Oxfam report revealed that Coca-Cola is sourcing sugar from Bunge – which in turn buys sugar cane from land stolen from the Guarani to produce biofuels ‘tainted with Indian blood’.
Scrutiny of food and beverage supply chains has been increasing since OXFAM's publication of its last report, Nothing Sweet about it. Read more: http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2013-11-08/coca-cola-company-declares-zero-tolerance-land-grabs-supply-chain
Scrutiny of food and beverage supply chains has been increasing since OXFAM's publication of its last report, Nothing Sweet about it.
Wellbeing of workers low down in supply chains is poorly monitored by business or auditors, and this can lead to suicide, writes Rich McEachran
...support networks for farmers had been scaled down in recent years. As a result, farmers' mental wellbeing was being affected, they weren't coping with the financial pressures of rural poverty and some were deciding to take their own lives.
Results of the latest round of independent DNA testing on MSC labelled products show over 99% were correctly labelled.
Eco-labeling gone right. Congrats to MSC on ensuring high quality and driving sustainability!
I’ve been thinking about different approaches to measuring sustainability for some time now (for the purpose of this discussion, I’m concerned mostly with quantifying carbon emissions, though the discussion can be generalized beyond...
It could be argues that in procurement organizations and functions, the horizontal approach (organization-centric) links individuals to their supplier sustainability performance... not a wide range of individual products. But certainly aligning both would be the ideal.
Starbucks, Nestle and the University of Cincinnati are among the organizations turning spent coffee grounds into bioplastics, laundry detergents and biodiesel.
Starbucks produces 400 million pounds of coffee a year - the waste produced can be brought back to life!
Interesting analysis to associate procurement with the circular economy and natural step concepts
CDP’s latest data from its forests program reveals that the business community remains largely unaware of the deforestation risks in their own supply ch...
Quite a statement. Let's make this happen. “We can meet even the most optimistic estimates of future demand for palm and soy and beef, without chopping down another tree." - Unilever CEO, Paul Polman
Corporations are increasingly using their supply chain power to protect natural resources and ensure fair working conditions. In our role as stakeholder engagement specialists, we recognize how corporations can leverage their supply chain power to achieve systemic solutions to social and environmental challenge.
Some inspiring tech NGOs here.
Is it possible for a clothing manufacturer to integrate sustainability throughout its entire supply chain?
And now for some rarely reported on, but position solutions!
The $7m initiative is aimed to stabilize supply chains by investing in coffee farmers, who are exposed to the risk of leaf rust epidemic in Latin America, which is the highest incidence in 40 years.
"The initiative is a blueprint for agricultural supply chain sustainability"
Few electronics brands are harnessing the latest efforts to clean up supply chains. Here's why, and what your company can do.
Apple is extending its supply chain clean up beyond Chinese factories and into African mines, using name-and-shame tactics to cut the amount of “conflict minerals” that end up in its iPhones and iPads. As it touts fresh improvements to working
Apple's next transparency move after it decide to release the list of its strategic suppliers back in 2012. Will those initiative increased in the electronics sector while the S.E.C. filing deadline (May 31, 2014) approaches?
Food, apparel vendors go sustainable The Strategic Sourceror (blog) Industry insiders can be tough in their criticisms of firms' sourcing and procurement practices, but consumers themselves are considerably more demanding in their expectations when...
"Part of the boom in sustainability and green technology is due to consumers’ access to information and their ability to visually see problems in a matter of seconds. However, research shows that organizations can enhance their performance by improving the sustainability of their supply chains."
Excellent analysis and perspective.
Paradoxically, the best way to make your supply chain sustainable is not to focus on your supply chain, says Gareth Kane. Here he explains why.The sup...
Taking innovation in sustainable supply chain to a new level will require a shift in the way companies (suppliers) do business. As Gareth says, "The really big shifts in global supply chains are coming from disruptive business models."
Excellent initiative! Intel encouraging suppliers to leverage CSR reporting to improve performance.
New research shows corporate responsibility reporting is mainstream, but only 10% of world's largest companies explain link between pay and CR performance
Measuring value in the supply chain is the next wave, indeed. See HEC/EcoVadis 6th Edition Sustainable Procurement Benchmark: http://www.ecovadis.com/website/l-en/webinars-whitepapers.EcoVadis-13.aspx
How do you find savings in an already squeezed business – then getnon-financial functions on board to help you make them sustainable beyondrecession?
Sustainable sourcing has vast potential to drive bottom line benefits. Procurement functions simply need to take ownership to apply their creative and innovative thinking. . .
In this paper, Corporate Citizenship sets out key challenges that companies face as they begin to integrate sustainability aspects in their procurement practices and how companies are responding.
Excellent white paper on embedding sustainability into management systems and procurement processes.
Consumer goods giant Unilever has pledged to make sure that all of the palm oil it buys will be from “traceable sources” by the end of 2014.While the ...
"Since its founding the RSPO has adopted good standards, but too many member companies are not delivering on these paper promises," said Norman Jiwan, director of human rights group Transformasi Untuk Keadilan Indonesia.
Respinsible Palm oil has been a hot topic with major industry movement to support the transition, but as well all know change in any context can be slow to take hold.
"Bangladesh’s official wage board proposed a 77 percent rise in the minimum wage for garment workers last week after a string of fatal factory accidents this year thrust poor pay and conditions into the international spotlight."
Rock-bottom wages and trade deals with Western countries have helped make Bangladesh the world’s second-largest apparel exporter after China, with 60 percent of its clothes going to Europe and 23 percent to the United States.