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Articles in category: Sustainable Procurement
Supply chain innovation is a double edged sword for sustainability | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
When rethinking business operations innovation is often hailed as a way to improve sustainability but changes need to be carefully thought through.(Read Full Article)
With increased regulatory scrutiny, continuing cost pressures, active investors, and a vigilant public, businesses today must have a clear understanding of the risks inherent in external business relationships.(Read Full Article)
Every organisation has responsibilities to the society in which it operates. Responsibilities to its clients and non-clients.
These responsibilities including upholding the rule of law, observing the highest ethical standards and delighting the client.(Read Full Article)
This standard-setting work from Anglo American is now informing an industry-wide programme through a partnership with the Chamber of Mines. “Anglo were the first to start doing this, but what we found as we engaged with other mining companies like Anglo Gold Ashanti is that they were also starting something similar,” says Ramlochan.(Read Full Article)
Very few companies have an active strategy towards procuring in Africa. I wonder why, because Africa is one of the worlds largest and fastest growing marketplaces both when it comes to need and opportunity. Many procurement professionals are resisting the temptation.(Read Full Article)
The U.S. finalized a deal Thursday that commits five African countries to reducing trade barriers in a plan that also provides them with technical assistance to export mostly African agricultural products to American consumers.(Read Full Article)
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and that, with the evaluation process complete, an announcement of the preferred bidders was “imminent”.(Read Full Article)
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.
Central to the report were six main recommendations for sustainable procurement best practice:
- Lead by Example – provide clear direction for your buying team and suppliers through consistent leadership and policy-making on sustainable procurement.
- Set Clear Priorities – rationalise existing procurement guidelines into a single integrated procurement framework which “meets the test of policy salience and suitability”. Equally, filter and prioritise new procurement policies before considering implementation.
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)