06 July 2016
Latest AIM-PROGRESS survey on Responsible Sourcing in FMCG
AIM-PROGRESS members continue to demonstrate progress on responsible sourcing reveals the latest responsible sourcing survey by the initiative, now in its 5th edition. 27% of partlcipating companies report their programmes are ‘Mature’ or ‘Advanced’ in 2015, an 11% increase over 2014. To support this progress, members are resourcing programmes with increasing budgets and more employees, and report more senior-level oversight than in previous years. Most members have commitments or targets, and track input metrics such as the number of supplier assessments completed. More mature members also track impact KPIs.
In 2015, AIM-PROGRESS members were doing more to integrate responsible sourcing (RS) expectations into procurement processes: the number of members that have RS expectations as part of supplier authorization has increased by 16% to 32 companies. More mature programs are more likely to integrate RS expectations into buyer or supplier incentives.
Companies are conducting more supplier ethical audits and report higher rates of effective remediation in 2015. Over 17,700 audits were conducted in 2015, an increase of 26% compared to 2014. Members plan to conduct more audits in 2016. More suppliers required corrective action in 2015 as compared to the previous two years, but closure rates are higher in 2015, with 86% of suppliers closing their corrective action plans by the end of the year. Over 350,000 workers were impacted by corrective actions implemented in the workplace, which is slightly less than in the previous year, but may be due to a different reporting base .
01 July 2016
From AIM-PROGRESS to APSCA
From AIM-PROGRESS to APSCA
The new APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors) Executive Director has been appointed. We are pleased to report that longstanding AIM-PROGRESS member Rona Starr, formerly with McDonald's will officially take the position on August 1st 2016.
APSCA is an initiative launched in 2015 to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organisations performing independent social compliance audits. “The Association is aiming to bring a vital level of quality and credibility to the industry and this is the right time to drive this agenda forward." says Starr.
We are happy to see Rona in such an important role for our industry and looking forward to working closely in the future.
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13 April 2016
AIM-PROGRESS welcomes Bel Group to the membership
AIM-PROGRESS is pleased to announce that Bel Group has joined its membership. Bel is an international cheesemaker, based in France, specialised in processed and semi-processed cheeses, in particular single-serving portions. Bel serves 400 million consumers in 130 countries around the globe. Bel is also an actively engaged company with corporate responsibility going beyond the doorstep of its plants given that its business also impacts the environment and local communities. The engagement in AIM-PROGRESS is a logical step for a company with an established responsible sourcing programme.
07 April 2016
AIM-PROGRESS releases UNGPs training deck
The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs) have triggered a change in perspective on how companies need to address supply chain risks. It is no longer just about impact of business on stakeholders with a focus on labor rights or the environment, but impact on everyone in the supply chain, especially vulnerable people or “rights-holders”. This includes looking at issues such as land, property, water or privacy rights, and meaningful engagement with groups affected by the business activities.
Companies need to alter their approach to responsible sourcing and what they expect of their supply chain partners. To help its members become more knowledgeable in implementing the UNGPs, AIM-PROGRESS organised two face-to-face training workshops together with human rights consulting firm TwentyFifty in 2015, and is now releasing an interactive training deck for companies to use internally and with their suppliers.
The deck is available for AIM-PROGRESS members and can be downloaded from the member zone of the website, in the WS Human Rights section.
04 March 2016
AIM-PROGRESS collaborates with Sedex on responsible sourcing impact on workers
The mission of AIM-PROGRESS is to “positively impact people’s lives through our combined leadership of robust responsible sourcing practices throughout our supply chains”.
But how can this positive impact be measured? AIM-PROGRESS has launched a project, involving a number of companies under the leadership of Mars Inc., and with the support of Impactt Ltd, which has identified 13 key indicators relating to three key areas: 1) working conditions and rights; 2) job satisfaction; 3) quality of life.
AIM-PROGRESS has also teamed up with Sedex who are working on the same topic to avoid duplication and potential divergences. The proposed indicators are currently being reviewed and updated jointly. AIM-PROGRESS is now leading three pilot activities to answer the following questions: 1) How much of the data needed are we already capturing? One of the first sources being, of course, SMETA audits. 2) How much of the data can suppliers provide? 3) Are auditors able to provide the data?
The timeline for this project is to finalise the work during the second half of the year.
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