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What Kimberly-Clark learned from 5 years with Greenpeace

What Kimberly-Clark learned from 5 years with Greenpeace | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Kimberly-Clark looks back on the 5 years since it stopped viewing Greenpeace as the enemy and signed an innovative agreement with the NGO to address logging in the Boreal forest. Lessons learned included: 1. Common ground is within reach; 2. Transparency and trust are key; 3. Both parties’ reputations are on the line; 4. Know the customer; 5. Set the pace of change.

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Movies and YouTube hits spurring action on supply chain issues

Movies and YouTube hits spurring action on supply chain issues | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

YouTube hits such as Story of Stuff, WWF's Follow the Frog and Greenpeace's Killer KitKat and movies like Blood Diamond are helping to increase awareness of supply chain ethical issues. These videos use classic formulas of shock, intrigue and humour to increase engagement and share value. However ensuring viewers act on that awareness is a separate challenge, one increasingly well managed through single call to action campaigns and providing easy access to more information.

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Sustainable sugar: Coca-Cola and BP signed up but will it go mainstream?

Sustainable sugar: Coca-Cola and BP signed up but will it go mainstream? | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Bosucro, the sugar sustainability certification, faces some issues in its credibility and potential to drive change. Despite having major brands such as Coca Cola, Bacardi, Ferrero Group, BP and Shell as members, it is far from achieving its targets of 20% certified sugar by 2017. While big industry members can exert considerable pressure on suppliers, having to set the bar low to attract members limits Bonsucro's ambition. 

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The ethical supply chain conundrum

The ethical supply chain conundrum | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

How sure can consumers be of the ethical sourcing of products they buy? This article provides a summary of the key industries: automotive, food & bev, technology and fashion.

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Mary Lydon's curator insight, January 30, 2016 9:19 AM
System innovations are key to holistic sustainability.
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The commercial case strengthens for a sustainable supply strategy

The commercial case strengthens for a sustainable supply strategy | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Food and drink manufacturing businesses can identify critical ingredients using a new guide, Sustainable Sourcing – Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the UK is working with WRAP to develop a commodity risk assessment tool to b ready later this year. It is important for food & bev businesses to develop a map of the supply chain and understand the risks in their key ingredient, including security of supply and alternatives if that supply is disrupted.

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New guidelines to improve healthcare's 'horrendous' supply chain record

New guidelines to improve healthcare's 'horrendous' supply chain record | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

British Medical Association has released new guidance for GPs and commissioners, striving to protect workers' rights in medical supply chains. However, the guidance highlights the lack of progress since 2008 when the last guidelines were released, including shocking conditions in manufacture of products such as surgical instruments. There are calls for the NHS to incorporate a statement on ethical procurement into its constitution, and implement sustainable procurement approaches already established by private companies.

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'Milestone' as most Fortune 100 companies with public policies act to monitor supply chains for human rights abuses

The majority of Fortune 100 companies with publicly available policies have developed policies to address forced labour and human trafficking, research led by the American Bar Association has revealed. In relation to forced labour, 66 per cent have policies, according to the report. The majority of respondents with a commitment to supply chain monitoring (68 per cent) use both internal and external monitoring. Twenty one per cent use internal monitoring only, and 5 per cent use just external monitoring.

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The Purchasing Coach: Organisational culture, CSR strategies & ethics

The Purchasing Coach: Organisational culture, CSR strategies & ethics | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

To inspire leaders to support sustainable and responsible actions these actions needed to be linked to organisational survival. By considering the six aspects of the organisation's culture, changemakers can identify what has been overlooked in developing their strategy: stories, symbols, power structures, routines and rituals, control systems, and organisational structures.

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Four steps to start sustainable procurement

Four steps to start sustainable procurement | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

3 steps: review, to understand what the business is doing and look at current practices, supply chain and pricing; consolidate, by exploring the possibilities to streamline products, suppliers and deliveries; and communicate. It’s essential to let people know the plan, why it’s important and how they can help. Set goals and measure, update, recognise and reward. Remember to go slowly but surely, and to choose the right suppliers who share your commitment.

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Greening the Supply Chain

How can you tell if a piece of lumber, CFL light bulb or bamboo flooring is really "green?" And does "green" mean environmentally friendly, a lower carbon fo...
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Digging into definitions, ambiguity and classifications.

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UNEP Global State of Sustainable Public Procurement Webinar

The lead authors of a recent United Nations Environment Programme study of the Global State of Sustainable Public Procurement presented snapshot of the inter...
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Interesting to see how this compares to what's happening at a Victorian Local Government Level.

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Fair Trace Tool Makes Supply Chain Transparency Fashionable

Fair Trace Tool Makes Supply Chain Transparency Fashionable | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it
This new tool, a QR code on hang-tags, offers transparency throughout the garment's supply chain, including a glimpse of the artisans who actually made it and insight into the product's social impact.
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Agbogbloshie: the world's largest e-waste dump – in pictures

Agbogbloshie: the world's largest e-waste dump – in pictures | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Agbogbloshie is a former wetland in Ghana which is home to the world’s largest e-waste dumping site. Boys and young men smash devices to get to the metals, especially copper. Injuries, such as burns, untreated wounds, eye damage, lung and back problems, go hand in hand with chronic nausea, anorexia, debilitating headaches and respiratory problems. Most workers die from cancer in their 20s

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3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability

3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

A recent study by Ceres and Sustainalytics, Gaining Ground, indicates that some companies already understand this and are working to integrate sustainability into their business strategies. Far too many, however, are still at the starting gate. The report — which evaluates how well or poorly the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. are preparing to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century — examines 24 food and beverage companies ranging fromCampbell Soup Company to ConAgra Foods to PepsiCo.

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Reporting supply chain sustainability: a myriad of metrics

Reporting supply chain sustainability: a myriad of metrics | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

As corporate reporting shifts focus from operations to supply chains, what are the key metrics to report? GRI provides a framework, however few of the metrics are mandatory and reporting thus far is inconsistent. However, the ability to report the key aspects based on context is critical to ensure relevance and focus. We need a concise set of standardised metrics and to allow for different results to be compared, based on science-based targets and existing work on environmental limits and social foundations. 

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Consumer behaviour and sustainability - what you need to know

Consumer behaviour and sustainability - what you need to know | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

10 things on what value consumers place on the sustainability of the products they buy: 1. Consumers value certification; 2. Ethics are important, but not the only criteria; 3. Tell emotive stories - but they have to be authentic; 4. Brands should do the work, so that consumers don’t have to; 5. Product category matters; 6. Packaging is not the full story; 7. Consumer expectations vary from country to country; 8. Education is not enough; 9. Sustainability should be a must, not a maybe; 10. There is a conundrum between price and value

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Why Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Management Should Have no Future

Why Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Management Should Have no Future | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

The study of sustainable supply chain management has moved from fringe to mainstream over the last two decades, but must continue to become embedded in normal SCM research and cease to be a specialty. This paper identifies five areas of remaining issues that research should focus on: the need to eliminate harm rather than be less unsustainable; the weight of financial considerations at the expense of other stakeholder views; focusing on known methods and not seeing innovative new approaches; empirical research overlooking radical advancements; and measuring real supply chain impacts.

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How A 'Bunch Of Commies' Are Forcing The Fortune 500 To Stop Destroying Rain Forests, Overfishing, And Burning Fossil Fuels

How A 'Bunch Of Commies' Are Forcing The Fortune 500 To Stop Destroying Rain Forests, Overfishing, And Burning Fossil Fuels | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Where once Greenpeace lobbied government to change policies, they have been far more effective in targeting major global companies such as Unilever, P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Mattel, Nike, McDonalds, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Nestle. They use 'market-based campaigning' - pick an area of concern, identify on-the ground producers who are contributing, follow the supply chain to a multinational corp with a widely known consumer product, suggest they address the issue, and when they do not, launch a multipronged media campaign with beloved animals and climb a building or two. Their catchy social media marketing can destroy years of work building a brand.

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Do the right thing

Do the right thing | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Implementing sustainable procurement should always start with the idea of benefits for businesses. Cost reduction, innovative products and services, better compliance and improved brand reputation are among the incentives of becoming more sustainable. Sustainable procurement is about extracting the best from a contract throughout its lifespan. This includes defining a policy and achieving board sign-off, developing a strategy that aligns with corporate strategy, a clear assessment of impact in categories, embedding into procurement cycle, engaging suppliers, establishing KPIs, and training people.

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VP global strategic sourcing at CAE summarises the steps toward sustainable procurement

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Supply chains should incorporate remanufacturing, says research

Procurement professionals should look to incorporate remanufacturing into the supply chain to boost sustainability credentials, research by a non-profit organisation has found. The APICS Foundation said remanufacturing – the process of restoring used products to a like-new condition – can develop the skills of those managing the supply chain and provide “considerable career advancement potential”.

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How to grow a green supply chain

How to grow a green supply chain | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Be resourceful - change your design to use less toxic or recycled materials, cut packaging (Lego, GM, Ford). Enable collaboration with peers and suppliers - promote your own green objectives, create a supplier code of conduct, monitor performance, cross-industry initiatives. Make use of the tools available - inventory management to reduce waste

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Simple ideas and examples for a more sustainable supply chain

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Growing a sustainable and reliable supply chain in Asia for long-term profitability

At SCM Logistics & Manufacturing World 2013, Jody Leslie. Director, Supply Chain and Quality Assurance, Malaysia & Singapore, McDonald's shared on Growing a ...
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We're starting to see more advances in Asian markets where sustainability (and also resilience) are concerned.

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UNEP Launches Sustainable Government Procurement Program ...

UNEP Launches Sustainable Government Procurement Program ... | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it
The United Nations Environment Program has started a global initiative to help governments redirect public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits.The program is first to get ...
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A broader framework has been long overdue, great to see leadership on this from the UNEP.

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The 10 primary principles of sustainable procurement

The 10 primary principles of sustainable procurement | Green Supply Chain | Scoop.it

Shaun McCarthy shares his key principles in negotiating the content of an ISO standard for sustainable purchasing: Using procurement to deliver sustainable outcomes; Focus on impacts material to the procurer; ‘Sustainable supply’ not ‘sustainable supplier’; Not one-size-fits-all; Manage demand; Embedding sustainability into current procurement practice; Tier one is not the only one; Encourage innovation; Develop a competitive, sustainable supply chain; Full and fair opportunity

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