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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!
Interesting analysis to associate procurement with the circularr 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"
These days, a company with good sales is one that also buys well. To operate efficiently, companies now rely more and more on suppliers of materials and components, as well as outside expertise.
Excellent video on strategic positioning of responsible sourcing.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will deliver a brand new mentoring program designed to help small businesses tackle supply chain issues better.RBS Mo...
Excellent example of supplier capacity building program. Not entirely clear of how in-depth sustainability topics will be.
New research shows there’s a surprising gap between the brand messages that suppliers offer to customers and what their customers really want to know. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
In essence: While social responsibility & sustainability are top B2B brand differnciators for customers... the actual buyers’ perceptions of B2B brand strength remain on effective supply chain management and specialist market knowledge.
This is a clear indication of the low maturity of sustainable sourcing. As companies better integrate CSR topics into their purchasing decisions and realize the syncronization with increased quality, reduced costs, better effieicncy - this gap will be bridged. The opportunities are there.
Fair Trade clothing from Patagonia is soon coming to a retail store near you.
Patragonia leading the way yet again. Curious to see how sourcing Fair Trade will have influcnce the triple bottom line.
Patagonia is starting to focus on fair trade along with its norm, environment. Add them to the list of good-guys.
The Sustainability Consortium is creating a tool to help companies assess supply-chain hot spots around the world.
Fascinating. Extrodinary potential in tools such as this one. Reminds me of a quote said earlier this year by John Elkington @(volansjohn): "Hyper connectivity is allowing us be more aware of the issues at hand. Doesn't mean things are getting worse faster." #EV2013
a very good summary article on Supply Chain Risk, from Mattel to Foxxcon to Nasa
This item has been corrected. It was an industrial mishap barely noticed outside the arcane world of electronics supply chains. On Sept. 4, a fire engulfed a substantial portion of an SK Hynix production plant in Wuxi, China.
Another example of how poor EHS practices can lead to major supply chain disruption and huge financial impacts on supply chain
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.
Turning data into action is at the heart of what EcoVadis supports Global 500s to accomplish.
The food and consumer goods industry has never been under more scrutiny and that we need a revolution in transparency and traceability in order to bring trust to higher levels than before."
Consumers want to now where their food comes from... and certainly how sustainable it is.
Another case of investors speaking up (with $1.4 trillion) for actions to be taken on supply chain sustainability.
Earlier this year Waitrose published a list of 12 commitments that set out a basis for the chain’s ethical and sustainable future. The ‘Waitrose Way’ p...
Good they're going after the basics (energy + waste), even more exciting they're taking on local sourcing initiatives.
To protect against reputational damage and the effects of climate change, do companies need to implement sustainable business practices throughout their supply chain?
Can never have enough pieces of evidence on the business case. Another good one made here.
Good examples from Unilever, Mc Donalds, Sainsbury's and Telefonica
Investors are using their financial clout to ask big corporations to do more to tackle environmental and social risks, writes Will Martindale
Interesting pressure from shareholders on food sustainable supply chains