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Articles in category: Sustainable Procurement
A study of 430 companies conducted by the Italian sustainable procurement organisation Acquisti & Sostenibilità found two thirds of firms define the factors of sustainability across the supply chain. According to the Sustainable Supply Chain Review 2014 , which analysed sustainability reports from businesses in 40 countries worldwide between January and August 2014, 44 per cent of companies provided training for staff in supply chain sustainability.(Read Full Article)
SMA Solar Technology South Africa, the market leader for solar inverters will be officially launching their multimillion rand manufacturing facility in Cape Town on Friday, 12 December.
The facility includes a production line and quality test centre for Sunny Central inverters, warehousing as well as the African branch of the renowned SMA Solar Academy training centre.(Read Full Article)
The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”.
The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Treasury and appears to be the precursor to bidding processes that should extend government’s IPP procurement reach beyond renewable energy.
However, a similar RFP was released in August 2013, which failed to yield any procurement processes.(Read Full Article)
Sustainability in the restaurant world typically concerned how takeout and delivery options might cause recycling issues at home for consumers. However these days sustainability increasingly encompasses the food actually featured in establishment's menu just as much as it concerns what eco-friendly material the menus might be printed on.
Forward-thinking restaurant operators are more frequently utilizing marketing strategies that incorporate health, safety and environmental concerns.(Read Full Article)
From January 2015, a single online sustainability community will bring together existing supplier networks with the Tesco Producer Network, which serves fresh food producers and the Tesco Knowledge Hub, which serves branded manufacturing and processing suppliers.(Read Full Article)
Despite the virtues of the global economy, production has now outstripped planetary boundaries and the environment is now contending with mass-scale pollution. Decades of effort focused on sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives have struggled to make a difference. One area that could have a significant impact on our sustainability is how we think about “goods” and what constitutes a modern supply chain.(Read Full Article)
The 2014 mid-term elections in the US have proven that sustainability is indeed a national issue, one that demands attention not just from business executives, including CPOs, but by political candidates and elected officials.(Read Full Article)
The New York Times reports that ads mentioning the elements of sustainability – energy conservation, efforts on climate change, and environmental-protection strategy – have surged to record levels in the election cycle, which concludes with voting across the country Tuesday, 4 November 2014.
Much confusion has followed an announcement on Monday afternoon by Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom of an “agreement on strategic partnership in nuclear energy” signed between the Russian and South African governments.
It seems though that the agreement is merely a framework agreement that may or may not lead to the procurement of the reactors from Rosatom. The agreement provides for the two countries to work together to develop a local nuclear industry.
A study conducted by AT Kearney, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and CIPS found leading teams generate almost £1 million in financial benefits per procurement employee each year. Building the ...(Read Full Article)
What do companies like Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Wilmar International and Mars have in common? They’ve all made public commitments to implement a zero-deforestation policy throughout their supply chains. With several of these announcements happening over the last few months, it’s clear that major corporations are recognizing what’s good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line.
When done right and systematically, sustainability and zero-deforestation policies lead to improved brand image and build stronger business relationships with other organizations and customers.(Read Full Article)
Seeing the blanket coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow gives me a sharp reminder that the London 2012 Olympics are becoming history.
However, the lessons of history can provide us with clues to the future. There is no doubt that the ODA, under the combined leadership of Sir David Higgins and Sir John Armitt set unprecedented levels of sustainability for the Olympic Park and other permanent venues. Through rigorous management of the supply chain these were achieved, leaving a legacy of great sustainable buildings and infrastructure. But during the Games, energy consumption was not well managed, the energy plan ...(Read Full Article)
Procurement can be a force for good in the world. That was the central message of the CIPS Pan African Conference, held in Lusaka, Zambia last week. The continent faces huge challenges around development and poverty, but procurement offers a way out. By choosing to buy from local suppliers, governments and businesses have the power to generate jobs and incomes.(Read Full Article)
Safety, security and sustainability are the top concern for travel managers worldwide, ahead of procurement and technology. This year’s AirPlus International Global Travel Management Study found that data security is the top priority for 68 per cent of respondents; while 66 per cent placed a high emphasis on both traveller safety and traveller comfort.
AirPlus asked respondents about a number of 'micro-trends' with regard to their impact on the travel industry.(Read Full Article)
Reports from US-listed firms covering their use of conflict minerals in electronic products “fall short of the mark”, according to a campaign group.
Under US law companies, which report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), had until a deadline of today to file reports with the SEC covering efforts to source responsibly if products contained tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.
Global Witness said firms had published “minimal” information on efforts to discover the source of minerals, many had not explained how they assess suppliers, and others “have not shown the steps they have taken to identify and mitigate the ...(Read Full Article)
A toolkit has been produced to share best procurement practice and encourage the use of local supply chains in the green energy sector.
The Institute for Sustainability’s Local Procurement and Supply Chain Toolkit contains practical steps for both public and private sector buyers to “apply best practice in their organisations and guidance on how to make it easier for local suppliers to work with them”.
The toolkit also includes advice for SMEs covering the investment plans and procurement methods adopted by large organisations and how to identify the most appropriate target customers.(Read Full Article)
Sustainability will move up the business agenda as the economy grows, according to a poll of buyers. However, members of the SM Jury were divided on firms’ motives for embracing the strategy, with some saying it was due to better cash flow and others saying sustainability had a contribution to make the bottom line in and of itself.
In response to the question, “Will businesses be placing more emphasis on sustainability as the economy returns to growth?”, 10 jury members voted “yes” and two “no”.(Read Full Article)
BSR recently launched “Transitioning to Low-Carbon Fuel: A Business Guide for Sustainable Trucking in North America.”
According to Edward Cameron, director, partnership and research, the report is designed to help fleet operators and their value chain partners comply with new and future regulations.
“Value chain partners include energy producers, vehicle manufacturers, retailers that place shipments, and investors,” he says. “All want to develop impactful yet practical strategies that will accelerate the transition to low-carbon fuels, improve the sustainability impacts of all fuels, and advance dialogue and understanding about our shared challenges.”
This guide addresses five key challenges that have hindered ...(Read Full Article)
Many business executives talk a good deal about sustainability and CSR, but for some, talk is about all they do. Sure, there are plenty of CSR and sustainability initiatives, and some firms have even named people as their chief sustainability officers. And, of course, most public companies highlight them in annual reports to shareholders. Still, with a few notable exceptions, activity in some organizations is something shy of aggressive. That can even apply to procurement.
In Procurement Leaders’ 2014 Trend Report, a slide on procurement intentions showed that CSR ranked ninth out of 12 in a listing of planned activities ...(Read Full Article)
Regarding the incorporation of CSR and sustainability data in sourcing award decisions, it would appear that there is not yet a center-led approach inside the majority of companies in terms of establishing standards. When asked the “weight of sustainability criteria” in supplier/product evaluations, 62 percent of participants reported that CSR needs to be taken into account but each buyer defines the weight they assign.(Read Full Article)
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister announced that further renewable-energy projects would be added to the list of 17 preferred projects selected in November, following the third bid window under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).(Read Full Article)
Sustainability within supply chains has been an important issue for some time, as more and more companies include corporate social responsibility in their business model. The Sedex Global conference on responsible sourcing in London on Wednesday highlighted the need for transparency and collaboration if businesses are to successfully reach their sustainability goals.(Read Full Article)
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said something to a shareholder that you very rarely hear: take a hike. I’m paraphrasing, but only slightly.
At the company’s latest shareholder meeting, a think tank, NCPPR, pushed Apple to stop pursuing environmental initiatives like investing in renewable energy. Cook went on a tirade — or at least what passes for one from the very cool and collected CEO. He made it clear that he makes choices for reasons beyond just the profit motive.(Read Full Article)
Are managers particularly concerned about the impacts of climate change on their businesses? If we believe the results of a recent MIT Sloan and BCG survey, the answer is no. But it may not be that dire.
First the sobering survey results: Only 27% of respondents agreed strongly that climate change is a risk to their business — which is frightening when you think about what that says about companies’ level of readiness for the significant changes that are upon us already (extreme weather, disruptions to operations and supply chains, and the changing expectations of customers and employees). Additionally, only 11 ...(Read Full Article)
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins said on Tuesday.(Read Full Article)