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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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M&S to shake-up clothing supply chain with new centre

M&S to shake-up clothing supply chain with new centre | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The move forms part of M&S’s strategy to create a “single-tier” clothing and homeware distribution network, where products from suppliers go directly to warehouses and then straight to stores, which means the retailer only moves products once.

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This is a great move, bravo M&S!

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Newsweek Names L’Oréal, Unilever, CVS 2017's Top Corporate Sustainability Performers

Newsweek Names L’Oréal, Unilever, CVS 2017's Top Corporate Sustainability Performers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“We’re honored to be recognized by Newsweek for our sustainability practices, as these touch every aspect of our business,” said Danielle Azoulay, Assistant VP of CSR & Sustainability at L’Oréal USA. “Sustainability drives our research and innovation in exciting ways and reinforces our commitment to our employees and the communities in which we operate. We’re continuously pushing ourselves to innovate, produce and develop more sustainably while also helping to empower our customers to make more sustainable choices.”

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Congratulations to our client L’Oréal who came out on top, ranking as the top-performing global company and best performing personal products company!

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Carlsberg's zero-carbon mission to become the 'best beer for the world' 

Carlsberg's zero-carbon mission to become the 'best beer for the world'  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Not only is Carlsberg one of over 300 companies to have signed up to Science-Based Targets, the methodology developed by CDP, WRI, WWF and the UN Global Compact to help companies align their emissions reduction plans with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming below 2C.
Carlsberg signed up to RE100 platform, which is organised by the Climate Group. Such collaboration will be crucial if Carlsberg is to meet its even more ambitious goal of reducing CO2 emissions through its entire supply chain, what it calls its “beer in hand” footprint, by 30% by 2030, against a testing 2015 baseline.

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This is very inspiring! How are you committing yourself to achieve zero-carbon emissions in your business and in your supply chain?

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Really clever headline, and it's good news as well.
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Cargill takes rare step of cutting business with Guatemalan palm oil supplier

Cargill takes rare step of cutting business with Guatemalan palm oil supplier | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Palm oil comes from the fruit of certain palm trees, and Southeast Asia — particularly Malaysia and Indonesia — account for at least 80 percent of world supply. Cargill owns palm oil plantations in Indonesia, but as a palm oil refiner, manufacturer and trader, it buys from other plantations worldwide. Central America has become a significant source of palm oil over the past 25 years or so, and Guatemala is the region’s top palm oil exporter.
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How do you ensure that your palm oil comes from sustainable sourcing?

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Sustainability pledges are no longer a luxury for Big Food

Sustainability pledges are no longer a luxury for Big Food | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Swiss company's sustainability efforts also have included children and working with farmers. One initiative aims to reduce child labor, improve the quality of the cocoa beans grown and adopt better agricultural practices. Another measure focuses on coffee farmers to ensure the sustainability of its supply chain.
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How are you going to achieve your sustainability pledges during the upcoming year? 

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Comment: Communication and collaboration key to tackling supply chain slavery

Comment: Communication and collaboration key to tackling supply chain slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The practice of slavery is, in theory, confined to the history books. Yet it still exists in the modern world, in a more clandestine form, throughout the supply chains of many businesses whose products we buy and use every day. The most recent Zara incident where alleged unpaid workers in Turkey were stitching pleas for help into clothes further ignites the need for more effective mechanisms to address labour conditions and regulate the landscape. The good news is that earlier this month, the International Development Secretary announced that the UK government will spend £40 million on tackling modern slavery in supply chains, with retail giants like Ikea, Tesco, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer taking part in the research.
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What measures have you put in place to eradicate slavery from your supply chain

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Unleashing action on the Sustainable Development Goals

Unleashing action on the Sustainable Development Goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tim Mohin, chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent standards organization, addressed the growing expectation on the business community: "When the revenues of large companies exceed the GDP of many countries, and supply chains stretch around the world, the private sector plays a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals."
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How have you integrated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to your supply chain management? 

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Lasting Effects of Supply Chain Mismanagement

Lasting Effects of Supply Chain Mismanagement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Any organization that is focused on sustainability in its supply chain knows that protecting the workforce is a key pillar of that practice. Injuries and deaths are already tragic on their own, but they can also have a lasting impact on business.
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Supply chain management is crucial in achieving the corporate sustainability goals. What measures have you put in place to ensure a fluid and sustainable supply chain management?

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The Strategic Sourceror: Sustainability in the supply chain: Multiple advantages

The Strategic Sourceror: Sustainability in the supply chain: Multiple advantages | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The concept of sustainable sourcing isn't entirely new, but it is an idea on the rise. In recent years, consumers have become clear about the kinds of companies they want to do business with. Shoppers are interested in buying from organizations that are committed to doing good in the world, rather than just making products or offering services. This demand has given a boost to sustainability in general and green supply chains in particular. If a business is connected to questionable practices through its sourcing choices, it's hard for leaders to present the company as conscientious or positive.
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The next big thing in pharmacy supply chain: Blockchain

The next big thing in pharmacy supply chain: Blockchain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“With an estimated global annual loss of $200 billion due to counterfeit drugs, pharmaceutical supply chain integrity may be one of the most relevant and demanding use-cases for blockchain,” Mehta said. “A blockchain-based system could ensure a chain-of-custody log, tracking each step of the supply chain at the individual drug or product level.”
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Supply chain management in the pharmaceutical industry can be a very complex task. How do you manage? 

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UK cotton supply chain sewn back together

UK cotton supply chain sewn back together | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
After a £6m investment, textile manufacturer English Fine Cottons has started spinning cotton imported from the sunny fields of southern California to here in Greater Manchester, producing yarn that's being used across the region in a newly reopened supply chain.

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In your opinion, what are the advantages of this locally made cotton? 

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4 Supply Chain Predictions For 2018

4 Supply Chain Predictions For 2018 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Throughout all of 2017, there were numerous front-page incidents ranging from slavery and forced labor, to harassment, worker safety and the environment. “In 2018, supply chain leaders will invest to go deeper into their value chains, working to ensure that they have strong transparency and connectivity with their secondary and tertiary suppliers, if not beyond. This includes everything from the impact on the environment, to how global organizations and their suppliers treat employees,” said Thaler.

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What are your plans for 2018? Take a look at Pierre-François Thaler's, EcoVadis' CEO, Supply Chain Predictions for 2018. 

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Organic food is a big risk for the supply chain

Organic food is a big risk for the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The supply chain is vital in making all this work, and it’s not easy. Organic products’ impact on supply chains varies drastically by category, said Robinson Fresh’s  Castagnetto. He pointed out that in may cases large farming operations have integrated organic growing into their conventional product mixes.
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Why voluntary climate risk disclosure is going mainstream

Why voluntary climate risk disclosure is going mainstream | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
What will it take for major corporations to take climate risks seriously, making sustainability reporting a routine part of financial filings? The G20's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), a global push by investors and companies to include information about these exposures in mainstream reports to regulators, is helping companies make that transition on a five-year implementation timeline.

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Supply chain is vulnerable to disruption from climate change - how are you measuring (and reporting) the risks?

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7 Procurement Trends To Watch Out For In 2018 - Blog | Procurious

7 Procurement Trends To Watch Out For In 2018 - Blog | Procurious | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Robots, self-driving vehicles, electric trucks, blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and new mobile-enabled categories are all poised to explode onto the scene in one form or another.

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Procurious has well identified all the hot topics the procurement world is excited (and concerned!) about in the year!

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NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance

NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Based on publicly available data from the Chinese government, IPE’s database and map provide real-time data and historical trends in air pollution emissions and wastewater discharge for nearly 15,000 major industrial facilities in China and access to environmental supervision records for over half a million more.
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Strikes, storms and fires disrupted supply chains in 2017

Strikes, storms and fires disrupted supply chains in 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In the end, supply chain risk is not just about hurricanes and wildfires. It can also stem from human factors, like ineffective quality assurance processes, faulty building inspections or labor disputes. A market crash could knock the ground out from under a resilience plan any day.
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What have you learn from the disrupted supply chains in 2017? 

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Sustainable palm oil deserves a seat at this year's holiday table

Sustainable palm oil deserves a seat at this year's holiday table | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Many pressing issues — from deforestation to poor working conditions — continue to plague the industry. Companies have repeatedly been called upon to improve their business practices and strengthen their own supply chains. While these issues are problematic and must be addressed, a reality remains often unnoticed: Sustainable palm oil is on the rise and there is so much more we can do to make it the norm for suppliers and purchasers. With the holiday season upon us — and since palm oil is likely to be a key ingredient on the shelves of stores or home pantries — here’s what you need to know about palm oil and the efforts in progress to make it sustainable.
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How do you ensure that the palm oil from your supply chain comes from sustainable sourcing

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Five Unanswered Questions About Supply Chain Sustainability

Five Unanswered Questions About Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Reduction of carbon emissions is one thing, but it’s not a permanent solution to the issue of climate change or air pollution. A permanent solution needs to come in the form of a zero-emissions supply chain run entirely by renewable energy. If it sounds impossible, it’s only because it’s never been done before.
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Do you think a fully sustainable supply chain is an achievable goal? 

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Top 5 Benefits of Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management or (SCM) is the management of all supply chain activities to control the flow of goods from one point to another and to maximize the customer value and sustain a competitive advantage. Supply chain management involves sourcing the raw materials and stocking the finish goods till they are dispatched to the desired customers.
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Where policy is waning, corporate sustainability goals are soaring

Where policy is waning, corporate sustainability goals are soaring | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Voluntary corporate accountability is on the rise. 2017 saw significant new commitments across the board for counting and reducing carbon and increasing recyclability of packaging materials from a diverse group of brand owners. Exceptional programs include Mars pledged of $1 billion to fight climate change and Walmart launched Project Gigaton to remove a gigaton of carbon from its supply chain. I hope that in 2018 companies will develop commitments to use recycled material and help create end markets for all the material that is now recyclable. Target’s new goals include creating more demand for recycled packaging by creating three new end markets for recycled materials by 2020.
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Corporate Sustainability goals are gaining importance due to climate change. What have you planned for 2018? 

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Santa, Slavery and your Smartphone: Smartphone Supply Chain 

Santa, Slavery and your Smartphone: Smartphone Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UNICEF estimates that approximately 40,000 children are working in the artisanal mines of DRC, and a report by Sky News, found children as young as four burying their hands in the mud in the desperate search for the mineral. These children are beaten if they cannot work fast enough. For this torturous work, the children earn a total of 8p a day. Some are made to work up to 24 hours in a single working ‘shift’ but despite this, the children do not earn enough to buy food for themselves and can go days without a meal. The female miners, some as young as ten, are constantly at risk of rape from the ‘foremen’.
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How do you tackle slavery and children rights abuse within your electronic supply chain? 

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Risk Based Approach to Supply Chain Management

Risk Based Approach to Supply Chain Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Executives and supply chain managers are often overwhelmed with the ever increasing scope and complexity of supply chain growth. Even for companies with vast financial resources, end-to-end supply chain management has become too complex and expensive for managing every link in the chain. Therefore, companies tend to focus on what they perceive as the greatest risk, or they manage what the budget can sustain. Unfortunately, neither of these strategies work very well, because neither applies a risk based process approach.
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Change Your Shoes: Report Explores Better Practices in Footwear Industry

Change Your Shoes: Report Explores Better Practices in Footwear Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The practices outlined within the report are assessed according to their impact on five key areas of human rights violations in the shoe industry: improving working conditions, occupational health and safety, freedom of association, environmental issues and transparency and traceability across the whole supply chain.
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This report gives interesting insights on how shoe brands are dealing with sustainability and human rights within their supply chain. How are you managing it in your supply chain? 

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Sustainable sourcing is more cost-effective than you think

Sustainable sourcing is more cost-effective than you think | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A supplier’s sustainability plans are an important part of its financial and operational performance. Just as a supplier might have a key performance indicator (KPI) related to their support of supplier diversity, they might also have several KPIs centered on sustainability.
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How are you experiencing the advantages of sustainable sourcing?

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