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The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017

The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Joint Audit Cooperation held its sixth corporate and social responsibility forum bringing together with 133 representatives from large ICT companies, i.e. telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, organizations active in Corporate Social Responsibility issues (CSR), academia, auditing companies, International NGOs to further develop sustainable business practices.
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Erasing modern slavery is a slow process, but it catches on in Australia  

Erasing modern slavery is a slow process, but it catches on in Australia   | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
It is proposing that in Australia there be penalties for failure to report supply chain information with the publication of the names of companies, businesses, organisations and government bodies that do not comply with the supply chain reporting requirements. The committee suggests an “opt-in” system where smaller businesses can report their supply chain investigations.
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IoT, data and connectivity for sustainability – looking ahead

IoT, data and connectivity for sustainability – looking ahead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
It can’t be denied that sustainability has gained far more attention in recent years, certainly on the mentioned level of ecology, natural resources, the natural ecosystem, climate, pollution, energy consumption and the overall natural environment in which we have that privilege to work and live.
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Top 10 brands with the best green supply chains

Top 10 brands with the best green supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A green supply chain is conducive to environmental protection. As core enterprises with strong corporate social responsibility tend to select suppliers with remarkable green performance, more suppliers will be forced to meet environment protection rules to promote green production modes.
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From Apple to Puma, what do you think of this new ranking? 

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Unison adds weight to calls for transparency in Schuh's supply chain

Unison adds weight to calls for transparency in Schuh's supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Working conditions in the garment industry are often hidden from us because most brands keep their supply chains secret. This needs to change. We all want Schuh to provide fair pay and good working conditions for workers in Livingston but this should also apply to those across the world who make the products they sell.”
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General Mills Signs on to World Cocoa Foundation's Joint Frameworks for Action to Combat Deforestation

General Mills Signs on to World Cocoa Foundation's Joint Frameworks for Action to Combat Deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Deforestation is a significant challenge, but by aligning and working together, we can help put a stop to it and positively impact climate change by rehabilitating the land,” said John Church, Chief Supply Chain Officer for General Mills. “We also recognize there are systemic labor issues in the cocoa supply chain, and we understand it will take industry-wide collaboration to make improvements. Having the national and local governments, who are key to addressing the issues, at the table from the beginning is key.”
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Could blockchain revolutionise the energy supply chain? 

Could blockchain revolutionise the energy supply chain?  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In some of the world's more dynamic industries, like the oil and gas sector, companies face huge challenges on a minute-to-minute basis. Intraday fluctuations in supply and demand, paired with geopolitical changes accompanied by regulatory complexities, and the overriding need for a management system that tracks purchases and services in a volatile market, are industry-wide issues facing oil and gas producers.
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'Singles' Day' shopping sprees create more than 160K metric tons of packaging waste

'Singles' Day' shopping sprees create more than 160K metric tons of packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The spike in online purchases comes at a critical time for the industry. Under usual circumstances, a massive increase in the use of cardboard and plastic could be seen as a positive for domestic recyclers, as Chinese manufacturers would be looking to the U.S. to supply material for packaging. 
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Redefining Modern Procurement

Redefining Modern Procurement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At that time, procurement, or more commonly known then as purchasing, was a tactical unit in the business, responsible for processing purchase orders and identifying ways to cut costs.  Their primary focus often was to make sure the shop floor had the inventory it needed, or that the front office had its closets stocked with reams of paper and toner ribbons for dot-matrix printers. Procurement was purchasing, and not much else. Sure, it dabbled in forecasting and inventory management, and might even help plan out where the next warehouse or shipment would go, but in-depth focus of functions such as strategic sourcing, diversity spending and risk modeling were all but unheard of.
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Tomoe Dairy Processing strengthens supply chain with always-on solution

Tomoe Dairy Processing strengthens supply chain with always-on solution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Since its foundation, Tomoe Dairy Processing, Japan, has been delivering safe and secure milk and dairy products to schools, homes and workplaces under strict hygiene control. Freshness is essential to the chilled products Tomoe manufactures and sells. That’s why it initiated a variety of procedures to provide the original taste of high-quality raw milk. Ninety percent of products are shipped on the day the order is received. The infrastructure of Tomoe’s ICT system, which supports a short lead time and a stable supply line, is the Stratus ftServer from Stratus Technologies, Maynard, Mass.
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Robotic Solutions in the Supply Chain | RoboticsTomorrow

Robotic Solutions in the Supply Chain  | RoboticsTomorrow | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
However, we believe that robots, far from replacing their human counterparts, will actually help provide a solution to one of the biggest challenges facing the logistics industry today – a lack of labour availability. It’s not easy for companies around the world to find enough high-quality employees to move goods from suppliers to customers.
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3 Steps to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability

3 Steps to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain advancements have kept a similar pace, from data-driven transportation management systems, intelligent routing software and software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management systems to embedded software enabling driver safety advancements, autonomous trucks and platooning. Similar progress has been made in packing material innovation with molded fiber printing that removes the need for additional packaging or labeled wrapping and micro-fibrillated cellulose, which gives paper products the strength and characteristics of plastic without the lasting side effects.
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Enough Project's New Conflict Minerals Rankings Spotlight World’s Top Consumer Electronics Companies and Jewelry Retailers

Enough Project's New Conflict Minerals Rankings Spotlight World’s Top Consumer Electronics Companies and Jewelry Retailers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apple, Alphabet (Google), HP, Microsoft, and Intel are leading the way, while Walmart, Sears, and Neiman Marcus are ranked worst, in the Enough Project’s 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings, published today. The new rankings report examines 20 of the world’s largest consumer electronics and jewelry retail companies on their efforts to support a conflict-free minerals trade and ensure their products aren’t linked to a range of abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Learn about conflict minerals. How do you think you can fight against it? 

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A new tool to assess the environmental and social impact of our products

A new tool to assess the environmental and social impact of our products | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
To measure these impacts, improve each one of our products and share these components with our consumers in a transparent manner, our teams have been developing since 2014 a tool which will make it possible to evaluate the environmental and social performance of its products and which will incorporate social criteria for the first time, in addition to environmental indicators.
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Have you heard about the Responsible Beauty Initiative  bringing together the global beauty industry to strengthen sustainable practices, improve environmental footprint and social impacts and maximize shared value across its collective supply chain.

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Cargo Reliability Makes Supply Chain Management Work

Cargo Reliability Makes Supply Chain Management Work | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Although a few days delay or a cancelled sailing is critical to an auto or other manufacturing company needing a certain part or raw material in order to get their own products to market, it has no effect on how carriers rate 'reliability;” a voyage that never begins can neither be late nor on-time, but the effect on supply chains is clear: that carrier is far less reliable. 
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Post Dubai Air Show- Industry Euphoria and Supply Chain Challenges

Post Dubai Air Show- Industry Euphoria and Supply Chain Challenges | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
From a supply chain ecosystem perspective, both manufacturers continue to pressure major suppliers for price concessions, with multi-year assurances of volume as the bargaining chip. But, as this blog and industry-focused media continue to observe, the supplier base is consolidating with increased M&A activity, the latest being United Technologies large-scale acquisition of Rockwell Collins that umbrellas many Tier One component products.
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J.B. Hunt, Walmart order Tesla Semi truck hours after release

J.B. Hunt, Walmart order Tesla Semi truck hours after release | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The drive to create a more sustainable supply chain is kicking into full gear, buoyed by increasingly lower energy costs and improved energy storage technologies. By transitioning to electric vehicles, companies including UPS, J.B. Hunt and Walmart can reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions at once for a dual benefit.
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Environmental NGOs take Norway to court over Arctic drilling licenses and link with climate change

Environmental NGOs take Norway to court over Arctic drilling licenses and link with climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
From 14 to 23 November 2017, a Norwegian court will hear a case brought by Greenpeace Nordic and Nature and Youth against the Norwegian government over the granting of Arctic oil exploration licenses to 13 oil companies. The environmental NGOs argue that a 2015 oil licensing round allowing new drilling in the Barents Sea in the Arctic violates the Norwegian constitution and the Paris Agreement.
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AI and Data Science: Accelerating supply chain industry

AI and Data Science: Accelerating supply chain industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain is perhaps the most data-rich environment in the businesses of today. The chain supports an open flow of data from a diverse set of sources. By the same virtue, supply chain verticals stands to gain a lot by deploying automation. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, a variety of tasks can be escalated with limited scope for human error. For instance, AI can effortlessly blend in data from disparate systems, spread across the supply chain verticals, explore any missing data points or bugs and escalate processes.
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Logistically Minded: Supply chains at capacity post-hurricanes

Logistically Minded: Supply chains at capacity post-hurricanes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nearly every indicator measured by the PMI grew in October, which is not necessarily a good sign. Sure, it means orders and production are up, but it also represents supply chains are operating at full capacity which increases costs as well. In fact, the three indicators that contracted in October — inventories, customers' inventories and supplier deliveries — support this argument. The comb
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It is time to recognize the limits of certification in agriculture

It is time to recognize the limits of certification in agriculture | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The world is seeing a new sense of urgency with regard to key social and environmental issues. There are an increasing number of companies committing to eliminate the worst forms of environmental impact or human rights violations from their supply chains. Many of them have also adopted broader sustainability commitments, but there is growing recognition that sustainability is a long-term journey and that they need to first focus on eliminating the worst practices embedded in their products, such as deforestation, child labor, or modern slavery.
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Palm oil smallholder farmers receive funding boost

Palm oil smallholder farmers receive funding boost | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Smallholder farmers are responsible for around 40 percent of the world’s palm oil but can often struggle with gaining market access. Much more work needs to be done to improve their working practices, management and conditions.
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Pipeline Foods breaks ground on North Dakota grain terminal

Pipeline Foods breaks ground on North Dakota grain terminal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Pipeline Foods said it is targeting $300 million to $500 million over the next three to five years to build out its sustainable supply chain. The company is actively buying all classes of organic grains, pulses and oilseeds.
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Why Supply Chain Cost-Cutting Isn’t Impacting the Bottom Line

Why Supply Chain Cost-Cutting Isn’t Impacting the Bottom Line | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In fact, only 33% of operations executives strongly agree that they see the results of their supply chain cost reduction initiatives in the P&L statement.
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Three Logistics Lessons Black Friday Can Teach Manufacturers And The Supply Chain

Three Logistics Lessons Black Friday Can Teach Manufacturers And The Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
All entities within your supply chain should communicate their goals, expectations and performance measures to ensure that everyone is in alignment. This helps each partner understand what they need to focus their attention on and holds them accountable if there is a supply chain disruption. If you do experience a crisis, all parties within the supply chain can make a unified attempt to address any hiccups.
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Visible Supply Chains Mean Predictable Cash Flow

Visible Supply Chains Mean Predictable Cash Flow | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
But today, supply chain visibility goes beyond being able to decipher where a shipment is at any point in time. David Cahn, director of product marketing at supply chain management firm Elemica, said the definition of “visibility” now expands beyond order tracking and into areas like payments tracking, supplier management and even visibility into the future via predictive data analytics.
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