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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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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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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, 9:52 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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Used Coffee Proving Fertile Grounds for Sustainability · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Used Coffee Proving Fertile Grounds for Sustainability · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

Starbucks, Nestle and the University of Cincinnati are among the organizations turning spent coffee grounds into bioplastics, laundry detergents and biodiesel.

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Starbucks produces 400 million pounds of coffee a year - the waste produced can be brought back to life!

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New steps in sustainable procurement

New steps in sustainable procurement | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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Interesting analysis to associate procurement with the circular economy and natural step concepts

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Most businesses unaware of deforestation supply chain risks

Most businesses unaware of deforestation supply chain risks | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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...
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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

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Radical Transparency: Can Tech NGOs Improve Supply Chain Transparency?

Radical Transparency: Can Tech NGOs Improve Supply Chain Transparency? | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

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.

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Some inspiring tech NGOs here.

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Good Business: Rob Drake-Knight, Rapanui

Good Business: Rob Drake-Knight, Rapanui | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
Is it possible for a clothing manufacturer to integrate sustainability throughout its entire supply chain?
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And now for some rarely reported on, but position solutions!


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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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Excellent analysis and perspective.

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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.

The sup...
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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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Linking CSR performance with pay sends clear sustainability signal

Linking CSR performance with pay sends clear sustainability signal | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
New research shows corporate responsibility reporting is mainstream, but only 10% of world's largest companies explain link between pay and CR performance
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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

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Sustainable procurement functions in the face of recession

Sustainable procurement functions in the face of recession | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
How do you find savings in an already squeezed business – then get
non-financial functions on board to help you make them sustainable beyond
recession?
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Sustainable sourcing has vast potential to drive bottom line benefits. Procurement functions simply need to take ownership to apply their creative and innovative thinking. . .

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Supply Chain Sustainability Shift: Embedding sustainability into supply chain management | Corporate Citizenship

Supply Chain Sustainability Shift: Embedding sustainability into supply chain management | Corporate Citizenship | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

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.

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Excellent white paper on embedding sustainability into management systems and procurement processes.

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Unilever promises 100% ‘traceable’ palm oil within next 12 months

Unilever promises 100% ‘traceable’ palm oil within next 12 months | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it
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.

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Ambitious targets!

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Major palm oil companies accused of breaking ethical promises

Major palm oil companies accused of breaking ethical promises | Sustainable Procurement | Scoop.it

"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.


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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.


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