1. Articles in category: Sustainable Procurement

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    1. Did we just buy R111bn worth of nuclear reactors from Russia?

      Explore moneyweb.co.za (Sep 25 2014)

      Did we just buy R111bn worth of nuclear reactors from Russia?

      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.

       

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      Mentions:   Toyota   Africa   Russia

    2. Procurement delivers seven times return on investment, says CIPS

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Sep 16 2014)

      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 ...

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      Mentions:   Institute for Supply Management   CIPS   David Noble

    3. Sustainable Supply Chains - 3 Ways To Reduce Procurement Risks

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Aug 29 2014)

      Sustainable Supply Chains - 3 Ways To Reduce Procurement Risks

      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.

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      Mentions:   Unilever   Asia

    4. On sustainability what you contract for is what you get

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 8 2014)

      On sustainability what you contract for is what you get

      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 ...

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      Mentions:   London

    5. Procurement's role in Africa's rise

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 5 2014)

      Procurement's role in Africa's rise

      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.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    6. Safety, security and sustainability top concern for travel managers

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jun 17 2014)

      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.

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    7. Reporting on conflict minerals 'falls short of the mark'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jun 3 2014)

      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 ...

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    8. New toolkit to boost local supply chains

      Explore supplymanagement.com (May 22 2014)

      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.

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    9. Firms will focus more on sustainability - but is it just 'lip service'?

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Apr 30 2014)

      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”.

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      Mentions:   NHS

    10. BSR Launches Sustainable Trucking Guide for Supply Chain Managers

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Apr 29 2014)

      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 ...

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    11. Your CSR efforts are good branding. Tell marketing

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Apr 28 2014)

      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 ...

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    12. CSR Initiatives in Procurement: Factoring Sustainability into Sourcing Awards and Total Cost Models

      Explore Spend Matters (Apr 23 2014)

      CSR Initiatives in Procurement: Factoring Sustainability into Sourcing Awards and Total Cost Models

      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.

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      Mentions:   Fcpa   A.T. Kearney

    13. Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Apr 14 2014)

      Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      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).

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    14. What is the future of sustainable procurement?

      Explore Home - Supply Business (Apr 11 2014)

      What is the future of sustainable procurement?

      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.

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      Mentions:   London

    15. More CEOs Should Tell Anti-Environment Shareholders to Buzz Off

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 11 2014)

      More CEOs Should Tell Anti-Environment Shareholders to Buzz Off

      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.

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      Mentions:   Apple   Walmart   Tim Cook

    16. How Much Do Companies Really Worry About Climate Change?

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 4 2014)

      How Much Do Companies Really Worry About Climate Change?

      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 ...

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      Mentions:   Nike   Coca-Cola   Thailand

    17. Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate

      Explore Polity.org.za (Mar 4 2014)

      Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate

      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.

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      Mentions:   London   South Africa   Johannesburg

    18. N Cape to shine as SA’s renewable energy hub

      Explore SA News (Feb 21 2014)

      Pretoria - The Northern Cape is ready to become South Africa’s renewable energy hub through the construction of large solar and wind power stations, Premier Sylvia Lucas said on Friday.

      Speaking during the State of the Province Address, the premier said the Provincial Renewable Energy Strategy had been developed to unlock existing potential and to position the province to attract both local and foreign investment.

      “In terms of the strategy, we [will become] a net producer of renewable energy to the rest of the country by 2020.

      “The planned solar corridor stretching between ZF Mgcawu and the Pixley ka Seme ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Jacob Zuma

    19. Majority of suppliers identify climate change as risk

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jan 29 2014)

      More than 70 per cent of suppliers believe there is a current or future risk related to climate change that has the potential to impact their business.

      However, “regulatory uncertainty” is making businesses cautious about investing in reducing emissions.

      Research from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture on supply chain sustainability found 90 per cent of companies that identified it as a current or future risk cited regulatory uncertainty as a barrier to investment.

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      Mentions:   CIPS

    20. Pressure On Renewable Energy?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jan 16 2014)

      Once again for procurement professionals the question comes back to cost versus quality, with the added factor of pressure to be seen to be sustainable.

      A growing number of governments have thrown money at renewable energy options in the past few years to win votes and encourage business to invest into sustainable energy, most typically through incentives like subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Germany

    21. McDonald’s to buy sustainable beef by 2016

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jan 8 2014)

      Fast-food chain McDonald’s has committed to sourcing “verified sustainable” beef by 2016 to improve environmental practices in the way beef is produced.  The company explained that it also wants to “support positive workplaces in the beef industry, and drive continuous improvement in animal health and welfare”.

      It added that this is a big challenge because there hasn’t been a universal definition of sustainable beef.  “That's why we joined forces with other stakeholders to build coalitions and influence industry-wide change,” the company said.

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    22. Cape-based energy firm installs R17m, 1 MW solar plant

      Explore Engineering News (Dec 10 2013)

      Cape-based energy firm installs R17m, 1 MW solar plant

      Cape-based engineering, procurement and construction company Sustainable Power Solutions and its subcontractor Renen Renewable Energy Solutions have completed the installation of a R17-million, 1 MW single-rooftop grid-tied solar plant on the roof of floorcovering manufacturer Belgotex’s factory, in Pietermaritzburg.

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      Mentions:   South Africa

    23. Futuregrowth provides R165-million for five REIPPPP projects

      Explore Engineering News (Nov 27 2013)

      Futuregrowth provides R165-million for five REIPPPP projects

      Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which Futuregrowth was involved, through its Power Debt Fund (projects in round one and two) and its Development Equity Fund (round three projects) to 23, the company said on Wednesday. .

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      Mentions:   Eskom

    24. Buy local to help create jobs: Davies

      Explore SA News (Nov 20 2013)

      South Africa is getting its own back by setting the wheels in motion on a massive campaign to get citizens to buy locally manufactured goods.  Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has appealed to the public to buy locally made products in order to help create jobs.

      Speaking at the launch of the Buyback SA Campaign in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Davies said buying locally manufactured goods will go a long way towards job creation. The campaign is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Manufacturing Circle and Proudly South African and includes an advertisement which will be ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Department of Trade and Industry

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