13 April 2017
SMETA 6.0 - new common benchmark for AIM-PROGRESS mutual recognition of audits
The long-awaited SMETA 6.0 audit protocol has now been published by Sedex. This will become the standard SMETA methodology as of 1st June 2017.
The updated protocol has received extensive input from AIM-PRORESS to reflect evolving member requirements for assurance from suppliers on important new topics, including:
- Universal Rights (Clause 0.A) – an introduction but not a replacement for a full Human rights assessment
- Responsible recruitment (under Regular Employment) – Making recruitment practices more transparent – including migrant, agency and other recruitment practices
- Measuring workplace impact – a set of common industry indicators to measure improvements in the workplace
- Land rights – related to legal land tenure and free, informed, prior consent
A number of areas have been strengthened:
- Business Ethics – allows NCs to be raised
- Living wage – additional questions to track the most commonly used living wage methodologies used
- Modern day slavery requirements – additional questions on Modern Day Slavery Act requirements
- Environment– additional questions on the monitoring of emissions and waste
- Root Cause– new checks to define root causes
- Transshipment– now included
- Fire Safety- strengthened requirements and checks around the area of fire safety
SMETA 6.0 wll become the new benchmark for AIM-PROGRESS mutual recognition of audits.
For more information on SMETA 6.0, along with all related documents - such as the best practice guidance, measurement criteria, audit report format and corrective action plan format - please consult the Sedex website.
29 March 2017
Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Trends 2017
Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report reached out to approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top sustainability trends and issues for 2017. This snapshot highlights some key findings from our community based in Europe.
Some key findings are:
- The impact of Brexit: Many stated Brexit will create unnecessary work and uncertainties and will have a negative impact on sustainability investment decisions.
- Sustainability is driving revenues:Just under 56% of executives polled stated that sustainability is driving revenue for their business.
- Sustainability as a source of competitive advantage:21% of our respondents indicated sustainability as a source of competitive advantage as the single most exciting opportunity for their organisation in 2017.
- A tightening of sustainability budgets:Just 25% of respondents stated their sustainability budgets will increase in 2017. This is a fall of 1% on last year’s findings. A further 35% stated their budgets won’t increase in 2017, a rise of 3% from 2016’s report.
Find out how the industry is evolving by reading the briefing today – click here
06 March 2017
New Grievance Mechanism training deck
AIM-PROGRESS is delighted to announce the publication of a training deck for grievance mechanisms - the latest deliverable by our Human Rights work stream under its new leadership - Sarah Smith of Kellogg.
The goal of this training deck is to provide guidance for implementing, operating, and maintaining an effective yet simple complaint system at the plant level for internal facilities. It can also be used as a resource to provide to suppliers as examples of best practices.
The deck is supposed to be a living document. If members have any additions or examples of grievance mechanisms that they know to work well, they are invited to share this for incorporation as reference.
The deck is available to AIM-PROGRESS members only.
13 February 2017
EcoVadis HEC Barometer - Sustainable Procurement integral to business
01 February 2017
AIM-PROGRESS presenting on impact at Responsible Business Summit in June
Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Summit on 7-8 June 2017 in London will focus on delivering social purpose and impact. AIM-PROGRESS Executive Director David Lawrence will be speaking about our worker impact measurement project, which we are driving together with Sedex and Impactt Ltd.
The summit agenda covers:
- The end of CSR and the dawn of the Social Purpose Era: Understanding how the landscape is changing, what opportunities that align commercial and financial goals with macro societal need presents and strides required for real, positive change to result
- Social purpose and Impact: Using the right data to mitigate risks, measure impact and progress, deliver trust and positive social transformation
- Building and communicating the underlying case: Understanding your stakeholders’ agendas and finding the shared goals to co-creating alliances and coalitions with impact front of mind.
Some confirmed speakers include:
· Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA,Dell
· Titus Sharpe, CEO,MVF Global
· Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo
· Blanca Juti, SVP, Heineken
· Kelly M. Semrau, SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson
· Adam Turner, Head of Global Data Management, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
· Médard Schoenmaeckers, Formerly Global Head of Communications,HSBC
· Jose Arguedas, Global Sustainability Director & Head of Corporate Responsibility, Global Fashion Group
· Matt Peacock, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone
· Truus Huisman, VP Sustainable Business and Communications Europe,Unilever
· Dr. Simon Lord, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby
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