18 August 2015
New Business Integrity guidance released by AIM-PROGRESS
Business Integrity is one of the four pillars of Responsible Sourcing, as defined by AIM-PROGRESS. A dedicated work stream, under the leadership of Emeka Nwankpah, Kellogg's Director for Ethics & Compliance, is focussing on practical support to members to address bribery and corruption. So far the work stream has issued guidance on wording for the business integrity element in supplier codes, a training deck to use with suppliers (and internally) on how to address business integrity, and - as the latest deliverable - a BI SAQ and accompanying guidance document, developed jointly with Good Corporation. This will help enhance AIM-PROGRESS members' supplier SAQs. The next work item on the agenda of the work stream will be to address due diligence processes for BI assurance.
13 August 2015
CGF releases global palm oil sourcing guidelines
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has just published global Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines. This is an important step in helping the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as outlined in the CGF’s Deforestation Resolution. The guidelines are aiming to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably. The Guidelines were developed by CGF retailer and manufacturer members, with input from standard-setting organizations, NGOs and suppliers. They will serve as a ‘live’ tool for companies sourcing palm oil as the document will be updated as the landscape evolves.
AIM-PROGRESS recommends that members share these Guidelines within their organisations to ensure awareness and accelerate implementation where relevant.
22 June 2015
Responsible Sourcing through a Human Rights lens
On 22 June 2015 in Minneapolis (US) AIM-PROGRESS and Twentyfifty organised its second training course focusing on human rights in global supply chains. The workshop enabled participants to learn about the implications of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) for Business and what it specifically means for responsible sourcing; identify the key elements of a human rights program for the supply chain of their company (including policies, codes, impacts, due diligence, remediaton, grievance mechanisms); and articulate the main elements of a business case to colleagues. In addition, it helped to generate ideas for future AIM-PROGRESS deliverables which will focus on further developing member capabilities to integrate human rights in their supply chains.
15 May 2015
Over 330 participants at AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Shanghai
More than 330 participants attended the AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum hosted by Kimberly-Clark, Mars, MWV and Orkla on 15th May 2015 in Shanghai (China) 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 brands industry, to exchange views, to share learnings regarding responsible sourcing practices and to gain a better understanding of audit requirements based on common expectations from the AIM-PROGRESS members. Discussion topics included emplyoment and labor law in China, covering wages, hours and social insurance, anti-corruption and anti-bribery. The participants heard from audit companies on environmental assesments, occupational diseases and human trafficking.
16 April 2015
Responsible entrepreneurship - where do SMEs fit in?
The latest BSCI quarterly newsletter focuses on responsible entrepreneurship. Through BSCI, SMEs have huge potential to be drivers for improved working conditions. Whether small, medium- or even micro-enterprises, every participant has a crucial role in acting as responsible entrepreneurs. Over 80% of BSCI’s 1,500+ participants consist of SMEs which are therefore an important focus for BSCI. Read more here.
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