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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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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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How to drive green supply chain transformation

How to drive green supply chain transformation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
L'Oréal, for example, has just made a commitment that its top 300 suppliers will have a carbon reduction target in place by 2020 - and has made clear it isn't afraid to deselect suppliers who don't perform.
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Great best practice example of pushing setting targets upstream into the supply chain to drive change!

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Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook

Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The UK is leading the way in the fight against modern slavery through the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Is the UK legislation the gold standard?
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Excellent overview of the latest supply chain anti-slavery legislation in 10+ countries

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The value of a systematic approach to supplier evaluation

The value of a systematic approach to supplier evaluation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A systematic approach to supplier evaluation has developed both awareness and competence in team members as well as increased the professionalism in supplier dialogue. Properly used, supplier evaluation and classification are some of the most important tools you have available as a procurement organization to focus on and develop business together with the right supplier.
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Really excellent, detailed explanation of best practices in supplier evaluations across diverse criteria. Of course, I'd love to see "Sustainability" be expanded to encompass "CSR Performance" - and have it weighted much more! (That's the trend we are seeing with our customers...)

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How Customer Requirements are Driving Sustainability into the Supply Chain

How Customer Requirements are Driving Sustainability into the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Rick Love, EH&S Manager for United Technologies Corp. describes the benefits of setting sustainability requirements for the company's top-tier suppliers.
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Great to see this positive, upside benefits driven motivation to bring sustainability standards to the supply chain at a huge multi-national like United Technologies.

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Levi Strauss uses waste nylon in sustainable jeans

Levi Strauss uses waste nylon in sustainable jeans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Levi Strauss & Co is partnering with Italian fibre company Aquafil to develop a collection using fibres made from regenerated nylon from waste materials such as fishing nets and spent carpets.  related to Apparel, Fibres & fabrics, Retail, Social & environmental responsibility, Levi Strauss,
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Great "circular economy" effort! How can we help find more suppliers like Aquafil who are focused on these innovations!

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10th Anniversary World Procurement Awards Shortlist

10th Anniversary World Procurement Awards Shortlist | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD
Barilla - Sustainable Farming
Etihad Airways - Abu Dhabi SME support with Khalifa Fund
GSK - Ebola Vaccines Project
GSK - Carbon Reduction
Mars, Incorprated - Vision for Change, Cocoa Sustainability
Nokia - From compliance to learning & engagement... 

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Congrats to GSK and Nokia on being selected on the shortlist for the Procurement Leaders "Corporate Social Responsibility" award!

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Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative

Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies must build internal capability and engage directly with workers

Companies should spend their time and money more wisely. They should build their internal capability and leadership - having hard conversations internally about what needs to change in their sourcing, purchasing and human resources practices. Short-term fixes may be tempting, but this kind of investment will pay off far more in the long-term.  

 And of course, the most effective form of due diligence is to engage directly with workers and their representatives. Because workers that can advocate for themselves and negotiate their own terms and conditions are not at risk of modern slavery.
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Agreed. The challenge for companies is finding the right indicators and tools to focus their efforts, as many large multinationals have 10,000, 50,000 or more suppliers. 

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New Tools Benchmark Corporate Efforts to Eliminate Modern Slavery | Sustainable Brands

New Tools Benchmark Corporate Efforts to Eliminate Modern Slavery | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Modern slavery has been a popular topic in corporate responsibility lately, and with good reason: Forced labor affects roughly 21 million people around the globe, and 71 percent of companies believe there is a likelihood of modern slavery occurring at some point within their supply chains. Several organizations have stepped up to help companies identify forced labor in their supply chains, assess their human rights performance, and to benchmark their performance within their industry sector; 3 new frameworks were released this week.
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wow, 3 new benchmarking initiatives in one week on human rights in the supply chain. Some big brands were studied, but not named in the anonymized rankings... Links provided to the pilot reports. This mirrors the interest we are seeing in assessment coverage of forced labor issues. Eager to see if these efforts converge.

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs | UN Global Compact

Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs | UN Global Compact | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainable supply chain practices are a practical pathway to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By implementing supply chain sustainability programmes, companies engage with both direct and sub-tier suppliers, mainstreaming values and actions and maximizing overall social, environmental and ethical impact. 

Join the UN Global Compact, in collaboration with the Global Sourcing Council, to learn how these efforts contribute to the SDGs, and to obtain practical guidance on how to achieve the objectives of the SDGs through sustainable supply chain practices.
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This is a great opportunity to bring a very positive perspective on the impact we can make with successful supply chain sustainability programs. EcoVadis will be attending, and encourage our community to participate as well!

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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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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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The Strategic Sourceror: Manufacturers of consumer goods struggling with supply chain visibility

The Strategic Sourceror: Manufacturers of consumer goods struggling with supply chain visibility | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
the majority, or 54 percent, of companies said they didn't have any visibility into their supply chain
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Not only visibility, but insights into risks of those suppliers - that is a challenge of both persistence (where an outsouced supplier outreach helps) and expertise (such as CSR analysis)

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What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis

What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The act is more of a hindrance than a help for mature organizations that already vet and monitor their suppliers for forced labor. If any part of a company’s supply base is on this list of 400+ goods, the organization could face legal ramifications despite solid evidence that its supply chain is slavery-free. For businesses that have worked for decades to create their own comprehensive susta
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Nice editorial from our fearless leader on why private sector action is absolutely essential to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chain. Although the law is encouraging in spirit, we hope the enforcement mechanisms for it will be adjusted to enable companies with solid supplier due diligence programs to continue their work with their suppliers.

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Intuit Reports Progress on Sustainability Efforts – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Targeting its Indirect Impact: These efforts help to reduce emissions beyond those that Intuit is directly responsible for, such as creating a more sustainable supply chain and reducing employee travel. Intuit has reduced its physical supply chain footprint by 41 percent since 2009. This is due to online product growth as well as working with companies that provide concentrated data storage with flexibility, efficiency at a scale and a commitment to renewable electricity. In additional, all product packaging uses 100 percent recycled materials
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My guess is that their efforts in the supply chain produce far larger results than their direct operations - bravo for this work!

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Over 140’000 signatures for the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative

Over 140’000 signatures for the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The constitutional amendment proposed by the initiative is inspired by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, unanimously adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2011. It compels Swiss-based multinational companies to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence in all their business activities abroad. If a corporation does not fulfil its mandatory due diligence, it may be held to account for abuses committed abroad by entities under its control.

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Swiss Responsible Business Initiative acquires 140,000 signatures

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FCA Fiat Chrystler Letter to Stakeholders

FCA Fiat Chrystler Letter to Stakeholders | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In the recently published sustainability report from FCA, the letter to stakeholders from the CEO and Chairman states:

"Results were also impacted by the interruption of supply following the Tianjin port explosion in August...."

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This letter from the Fiat-Chrystler CEO mentions supply chain interruption due to Tianjin explosion last year impacted results. A telling indicator of the visibility of supply risks to global businesses!

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Multinationals drop palm oil supplier as sustainability certifications start to bite

Multinationals drop palm oil supplier as sustainability certifications start to bite | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
However, the company also offered something of an olive branch to IOI Group, confirming it would work with IOI, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders to "address and remediate the proven complaints and to demonstrate its commitment to fundamentally and transparently change the way it drives sustainable palm oil development to meet the highest social and environmental standards".
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Very encouraged to see the commitment to help this supplier improve. Ideally we'd see them set some performance targets that go beyond just he compliance.

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A Letter from Jean Rogers, SASB’s CEO

A Letter from Jean Rogers, SASB’s CEO | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
We issued provisional standards for Infrastructure, marking the completion of a full set of provisional standards for 79 industries in 10 sectors.
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wow, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board covers 79 inidustries in 10 sectors! THe comment period is open for 90 days

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Are Environmental Responsibility and Profitability Mutually Exclusive? | Part 1: Sustainable Procurement | Building Design & Construction Magazine

Are Environmental Responsibility and Profitability Mutually Exclusive? | Part 1: Sustainable Procurement | Building Design & Construction Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Are Environmental Responsibility and Profitability Mutually Exclusive? | Part 1: Sustainable Procurement. The UK's Leading Building, Design and Construction Magazine & Source of Construction News
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A thorough 6-part series, focused on environmental aspects, but touching on broader impacts such as supply chain, fleet management.

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Tradeshift Enters Strategic Partnership With Baiwang to Accelerate Supply Chain Digitization in China | Business Wire

Tradeshift Enters Strategic Partnership With Baiwang to Accelerate Supply Chain Digitization in China | Business Wire | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The strategic partnership covers over 70% market share across the finance and insurance industries. Customers include the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, Ping An Group, and China Railways.
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Great to hear about this alliance - this may help pave the way to bring more holisitic supplier management process, with this tight link to the commercial/financial transactions.

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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 30, 3:10 PM

Great to hear about this amazing alliance. Tradeshift combines EcoVadis’s supplier sustainability Scorecard ratings, risk, and performance management tools with all the other supplier management and procurement processes on it's platform.

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