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Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists

Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the technology giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of thousands of people in what is one of the world's poorest countries.
Now, Apple says it has stopped — for now — buying cobalt from artisanal mines.

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Supply Chain Transparency and Climate Mitigation in China 

Supply Chain Transparency and Climate Mitigation in China  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, is experiencing massive health costs due to pollution, with some 1.6 million premature deaths attributed to air pollution annually. China is also leading the way in clean energy investment globally and has committed to reducing its carbon intensity. Its latest Five Year Plan included targets to restrict coal use domestically and accelerate green supply chain efforts. While China’s laws to limit emissions have improved significantly in recent years, enforcement remains a challenge.
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Woolies reaffirms supply chain commitments

Woolies reaffirms supply chain commitments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Woolies has committed to implementating  of a pre-qualification programme for labour-hire providers to ensure that all labour providers who wish to operate in Woolworths’ direct fresh food supply chains comply with labour and human rights standards; and also provide access to an effective grievance mechanism to ensure that human rights violations are reported, investigated and remediated.
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DSF launches five new global indicators to report on sustainability in the dairy value chain

DSF launches five new global indicators to report on sustainability in the dairy value chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) has announced the launch of five further global indicators for public reporting of the industry’s progress under its 11 sustainability criteria.
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Garnier sets its sights on being the world number-one in natural beauty 

Garnier sets its sights on being the world number-one in natural beauty  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Garnier has also brought in a strict sustainable sourcing policy: “It’s vital for us that raw materials should be sourced in an ethical, responsible and planet-friendly way. That’s why we carefully select suppliers whose methods comply with our specifications.” A great illustration is Garnier’s Burkina Faso subsidiary, which supplies the brand with shea butter. Not only does the outfit provide a livelihood for 300 local women but it also sources ingredients as sustainably as possible, using highly efficient cookstoves to prepare the shea nuts. To prevent energy insecurity and deforestation, over 5,000 improved-efficiency cookstoves were distributed to replace traditional stoves. This has saved over 10,000 tonnes of firewood – the equivalent of 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
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We Are Still In and We're More Committed than Ever

We Are Still In and We're More Committed than Ever | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Joining Microsoft in Bonn were leaders from a wide array of industries. Mars, Incorporated, explained the economic reasoning behind their $1 billion sustainability pledge. Patagonia underlined the overwhelming business case for incorporating sustainability into their supply chain. Target and Walmart highlighted the importance of renewable energy procurement. And Fetzer Wines showcased their innovative carbon sequestration system -- a practice that earned them one of this year’s Momentum for Change awards from the UNFCC.
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Many big companies around the world are committing to climate change actions. This will inevitably bring change to the supply chain and procurement industries and so on the long-term. What are your views on those companies' actions? 

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Amazon touts success of recyclable packaging, some customers not convinced

Amazon touts success of recyclable packaging, some customers not convinced | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This "Amazon effect" has become a common term in the recycling industry in recent years, as the company's distinctive boxes can be spotted outside many buildings. Opinions differ on whether this has actually resulted in more cardboard packaging, or just diverted it from the back of retail stores to curbside carts, but it's clear that Amazon's role in the U.S. recycling stream is an increasingly large one. With the company's recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it will now play an even bigger role in the supply chain, for better or worse.
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Three Ways to Build a Stronger Supply Chain

Three Ways to Build a Stronger Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Those relationships also require an investment of time and effort. By strengthening your supplier relationships, you strengthen your entire supply chain. There are three ways to build a stronger supply chain: communicate clearly and frequently, be trustworthy, and implement tools that help you put the previous two components into place. Read on to learn how EDI outsourcing helps you accomplish all three of those tasks.
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THE PERSUASIVE POWER OF TRANSPARENCY

THE PERSUASIVE POWER OF TRANSPARENCY | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Since studies show that cost transparency significantly boosts buyers´ interest, shouldn’t retailers and service providers implement it? In fact, some retailers already do. Everlane, a San Francisco-based online clothing shop, discloses production variable costs as well as images and descriptions of the factories where products are made. Another example is Honest By, a Belgian fashion retailer whose website provides detailed supply chain information for each component of a garment, right down to the thread.
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Sustainability Surveying is crucial for your business and SRM.

Sustainability Surveying is crucial for your business and SRM. | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Where the real challenge lies is in the actual engagement between buyer and suppliers during periods of surveying, assessment and evaluation. Suppliers could be receiving multiple surveys simultaneously, speak multiple languages or have difficulty understanding the language used in the surveys. Taking these elements into mind before surveying the sustainable competencies of a supplier are very important for the outcome of sustainability surveying.
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Supply chain indicators to watch this Black Friday

Supply chain indicators to watch this Black Friday | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
So what should supply chain managers be looking out for this season? First and foremost, make sure the right amount of inventory is available and avoid stock-outs. This has proven difficult for retailers in the past as they worked to balance inventory between storefronts and online. Last year, Walmart increased its online inventory by more than half in time for Black Friday. The goal was to increase online sales but also to ensure there was enough inventory. A few years ago, Target ran into problems with stock-outs and as a result has been improving its inventory management.
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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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Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines - Breitbart

Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines - Breitbart | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Children as young as seven were found scavenging for rocks containing cobalt by researchers in mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, the report said.
Amnesty said firms including Microsoft, Renault and Chinese tech group Huawei have taken “no action” into how the batteries used in their products could be linked to human rights abuses.

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How blockchain can transform the manufacturing industry 

"Manufacturers' supply chains are sophisticated, complex organizations with a number of nuances that can make transparency and accountability challenging -- especially when it comes to the logistics of building and shipping new equipment and service parts," Brooks said. "This is particularly true as manufacturers shift from a transactional, break-fix model of after sale service -- where a service part is replaced after it has already failed -- to a subscription-based model that focuses on maximizing product uptime."
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How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event

How to better prepare your supply chain for the next extreme event | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
When it comes to improving the resiliency of your supply chain, a good place to start is by looking at your own facilities. One of the factors to consider when selecting the location of a new distribution center, factory, or other supply chain facility is how vulnerable it is to natural disasters, such as flooding, high winds, earthquakes, fires, or tornadoes, recommends Carl Solly, vice president and chief engineer of the insurance company FM Global.
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Apple’s iPhone X assembled by illegal student labour

Apple’s iPhone X assembled by illegal student labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The six said they were among a group of 3,000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School sent in September to work at the local facility run by Taiwan-based Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn.
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India's changing supply chain 

India's changing supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In speaking to the Asia supply chain director for a multinational FMCG company, this view was confirmed. He projects that his company may close as many as half of the more than twenty distribution centers in the country. In addition to the cost savings, this executive pointed out the non-negligible decrease in inventory working capital by eliminating so many stock positions. There is also a significant simplification in the planning process for replenishing the distribution centers. He went further to explain that the small distributors that feed the deep trade channel in India are always cash-constrained, so having large, delayed deliveries would be unsustainable for these companies. This imposes a limit on how much distribution consolidation can occur.
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Blockchain and Supply Chain a Beautiful Amalgamation

Blockchain and Supply Chain a Beautiful Amalgamation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply Chain industry will be early adopters of Blockchain, because of Shared Digital Ledger Technology. This protocol enables proof and transfer of the ownership from one entity to another entity without intervention of third party for example Banks. The value transferred at each point in the chain is chronologically recorded which will be updated and validated with each transaction, resulting in a secure, permanently recorded exchange. You also will get better traceability of any product at that point of time.
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Ferrero Joins UN Effort To End Cocoa Deforestation

Ferrero Joins UN Effort To End Cocoa Deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The company said it has committed to the ‘Frameworks for Action’ set out at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn. The goal of the framework is to improve forest protection and restoration, sustainable cocoa production and farmer livelihoods.
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Great commitment against deforestation from our client Ferrero. The company shows that being sustainable does not only mean looking at environmental impacts but also at social ones lying within your supply chain. 

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Modern Slavery Act – Reforming The Referral System For Victims - Government, Public Sector - UK

Certain public authorities, including local authorities, councils, police and the National Crime Agency, are under a duty to notify the Home Office where they suspect a person is the victim of slavery or human trafficking. Employees who suspect modern slavery may be happening in their business or within their businesses supply chain, are also encouraged to make a referral.
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"Desperate" factory workers are hiding secret messages in Zara clothing tags

"Desperate" factory workers are hiding secret messages in Zara clothing tags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2015, Inditex faced fines of up to £5.29m from the Brazilian government for failing to deal with child labour and sweatshop conditions in its supply chain.
Inditex told Refinery 29 that it is working on a “hardship fund” for all the workers affected by the Bravo factory’s closure.

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Analytics self-enablement is key to drive digitization in the supply chain

Analytics self-enablement is key to drive digitization in the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Traditionally, supply chain organizations have depended on transactional software that largely prescribed the way of operating through preconfigured screens and processes implemented by external consultants and internal IT departments. But this traditional way of operating is falling short and cannot keep up with the speed and complexity of change in today’s business reality. Digital transformation is impacting business and supply chains at their core, and as such, it is essential that supply chain organizations take charge of their digital strategy and execution.    
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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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