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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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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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Apple to name-and-shame suppliers of ‘conflict minerals’ - FT.com

Apple to name-and-shame suppliers of ‘conflict minerals’ - FT.com | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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
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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?

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Food, apparel vendors go sustainable - The Strategic Sourceror (blog)

Food, apparel vendors go sustainable - The Strategic Sourceror (blog) | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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...
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Sustainable Supply Chain to Drive Financial and Economic Growth: Middle East Context

Sustainable Supply Chain to Drive Financial and Economic Growth: Middle East Context | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

"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."

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Want a sustainable supply chain? Then don’t think about your supply chain

Want a sustainable supply chain? Then don’t think about your supply chain | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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.

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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."


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Incorporating sustainability into supply chain management: A look inside Intel's approach

Incorporating sustainability into supply chain management: A look inside Intel's approach | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Excellent initiative! Intel encouraging suppliers to leverage CSR reporting to improve performance.

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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...

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Intel manufacturing world's first 'conflict free' processors

Intel manufacturing world's first 'conflict free' processors | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Intel has announced that it is manufacturing the world's first microprocessors with validated 'conflict-free' minerals. - edie news centre
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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.

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Story of the Day Index - Coca-Cola criticised over sugar supplier

Story of the Day Index - Coca-Cola criticised over sugar supplier | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

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’.


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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

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, January 3, 6:52 PM

Scrutiny of food and beverage supply chains has been increasing since OXFAM's publication of its last report, Nothing Sweet about it.

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Addressing mental health in the supply chain: are companies doing enough?

Addressing mental health in the supply chain: are companies doing enough? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.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
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...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.

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DNA results confirm supply chain integrity for MSC certified sustainable seafood

Results of the latest round of independent DNA testing on MSC labelled products show over 99% were correctly labelled. 

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Eco-labeling gone right. Congrats to MSC on ensuring high quality and driving sustainability!

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Vertical or Horizontal? Measuring Sustainability & Supply Chain Implications | Sustainable Brands

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...
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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.

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