19 November 2014
Responsible Sourcing Forum in Frankfurt, Germany
More than 250 suppliers attended AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum hosted by Nestlé on 17th November 2014 in Frankfurt (Germany) to promote responsible sourcing standards in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chain. The forum provided an opportunity for suppliers to engage with business leaders from the brand industry, to exchange views, to share learnings regarding responsible sourcing practice and to gain a better understanding of audit requirements based upon common expectations from the AIM-PROGRESS members. The moderated panel discussions included topics such as approaching the major non-compliances faced by German companies, and different management systems that are available for suppliers to engage in responsible sourcing.
A summary of the presentations from the event is available to download from the Frankfurt Responsible Sourcing Forum Webpage.
18 November 2014
AIM-PROGRESS welcomes two new members
We are pleased to announce that Cargill and Verallia are the latest addition to the growing number of AIM-PROGRESS members. Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products worldwide, and is a supplier to many AIM-PROGRESS member companies. Verallia is a leading global supplier of glass containers for the food and beverage industry, providing innovative, customized and eco-friendly packaging solutions worldwide. This now brings AIM-PROGRESS membership to 39 FMCG sector companies.
06 November 2014
AIM-PROGRESS membership meeting in NYC
Colgate-Palmolive hosted the November membership meeting of AIM-PROGRESS in New York City on 3-4 November which gathered 50 participants from 30 companies to further develop member capabilities in responsible sourcing, to progress the ambitious strategy to "positively impact people's lives" and to engage with relevant stakeholders. Colgate kicked off the meeting with a presentation by Lori MIchelin,Vice-President Gobal Sustainabiliy & EOHS on their ambitious sustainability program which comprises some challenging targets.
Oxfam America encouraged the branded goods sector to drive responsible sourcing throughout their supply chains to reach corporate sustainability targets. Their Behind the Brands Campaign has triggered noteworthy improvements to companies' efforts in this field, and they will continue their dialogue with brands.
The Sustainable Food Laboratory shared their work on how to measure performance improvement with smallholders and encouraged food companies to contribute to establishing a measurement framework aimed at identifying what impact responsible sourcing programs actually have on the ground.
Discussions focused on how companies are now extending their responsible sourcing requirements for suppliers from simple legal compliance to encompassing internationally recognised principles, such as the UN guiding principles on business and human rights, or stakeholder and societal expectations, such as protection of land rights for indigenous peoples. The bar on CSR engagement by leading branded goods companies is moving upwards; if AIM-PROGRESS members want to remain in a position to mutually recognise each others' social and ethical audits, this trend needs to be followed by a collective effort to do the same. At the same time companies need to continue their focus on closing out non-compliances to the law at supplier level. A recently released top-tips document, as well as a workshop held during the meeing, provide(d) helpful practical advice to members.
The question was debated on what members can do together to drive continuous improvement and effect positive impact on the ground at tier 2 and 3 supplier level through their responsible sourcing programs. One of the main interest areas to emerge from the discussion was how to carry out supply chain mapping to "origins" of major commonly sourced commodities.
The meeting also reviewed progress made and future plans by the work streams of the organisation: business integrity, mutual recognition, supplier capability building and environment.
The 2015 meetings will be hosted by PepsiCo, General Mills and Givaudan, alternating between Europe and the US.
05 November 2014
Responsible Sourcing Forum in Nairobi
On 5 November 2014, The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo and SAB Miller hosted an AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Nairobi to promote responsible sourcing standards in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chains. More than 100 suppliers attended the forum to learn from speakers representing AIM-PROGRESS member brands as well as service providers and organisations working to improve responsible sourcing standards in global supply chains.
Materials and presentations from the event are available to download from the Nairobi Responsible Sourcing Forum webpage.
29 October 2014
New internal member release: guidance on how to drive compliance
Assuring supplier compliance with the law and companies' responsible sourcing requirements is often a diffcult task for members of AIM-PROGRESS. Carrying out audits may give a picture of the situation and identify shortcomings but it will not address root causes of non-compliance, nor will it help suppliers on the right path. AIM-PROGRESS members can now benefit from a collection of best practice guidance to address the wider picture of non-compliance, put together by the Mutual Recognition work stream. The "top tips" have been arranged to reflect the maturity path towards responsible sourcing - from program launch to full scale implementation. The document is only available to AIM-PROGRESS members and can be found on the member zone of our website: www.aim-progress.com.
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