In today’s world, tackling climate change and growing a profitable business must be compatible. Successful companies already understand this; they save money, cut risks and create new business opportunities by measuring and managing their greenhouse gas emissions. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides the foundation for sustainable climate strategies (...).
Environmentalists have launched a global campaign against Mattel Inc. , the world's largest toy company, as part of a decade-long effort to force multinational corporations to purge their operations of any links to rain forest destruction. The ultimate target of the Greenpeace campaign is not Mattel, with $5.9 billion in annual sales, but a supplier to Mattel's Indonesian and Chinese packaging printers: Asia Pulp & Paper. APP, one of the world's largest producers of wood products, has leveled vast swaths of rain forest over the last two decades.
Today, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced new Terms of Engagement for its global supply chain that the company says will go beyond mere “do no harm” compliance to actually improve the lives of workers in factories around the world. Under the new approach, LS&Co. will require contract factories to support programs for their workers that align with UN Millennium Development goals.
Buying local within your supply chain is a viable CSR strategy. Emerging research demonstrates that local, independently owned businesses generate more than three times the return to our local economy than do national chain stores.
A recent publication by the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, concludes that figures on CO2 emissions based on the Kyoto Protocol do not relay the true distribution of carbon emissions between North and South.
New research from the Network for Business Sustainability confirms: It’s time for executives and procurement professionals to rethink their current supply chain strategy and adopt a more proactive and responsible approach.
According to popular research, supply chain risk is a very hot topic in corporate board room discussions. Thus, it is often practical to consider risk categories as a starting point for an initial value assessment of a supply chain. Besides supply risk, regulatory compliance is one of the greatest areas of supply chain concern. “Increased market and business leadership pressure to account for supply chain risk has put intense pressure on vendor management offices to have deep visibility into the supply chain and a broad set of risk mitigation plans. Most companies, overwhelmed with this task, only track supplier health indicators that are easy to collect and plug into standard risk assessments. This approach inadequately separates the suppliers that may be in trouble from those that are truly at risk.” –Procurement Strategy Council
The researchers found that two factors lead to socially responsible practices: supply chain complexity and product visibility. As product visibility increased, so did the use of social practices. Firms engage in responsible practices to protect high-profile brands. Also, as the number of companies in the supply chain increased, so did the use of supplier labour practices, codes of conduct and social audits
Following the resolution which was adopted in November on CSR in International Trade, the EU has released a new study in Sustainable Supply Chains: Responsible Supply Chain Management : Potential success factors and challenges for addressing prevailing human rights and other CSR issues in Supply Chains of EU-based companies.
The majority of companies are not interested in evaluating suppliers for the sake of evaluation, but rather they are looking to drive improvements, reduce risks and push towards innovation in the supply chain. We would like to share 5 best practices based on our expertise and experience in assessing sustainable supply chain excellence.
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