How to Overcome the 5 Common Hurdles that Limit Sustainable Procurement ROI

Executive commitment to sustainable procurement is at an all-time high, but several roadblocks continue to impact organizational ROI. Despite the growing awareness and commitment to sustainability in the supply chain, our 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer uncovered common challenges that limit company success and business value, including: Tracking supplier performance (cited as an issue for 39 […]

Creating Sustainable Value: How to Avoid a “Compliance Trap”

One of the biggest revelations in this year’s Sustainable Procurement Barometer: 66 percent of organizations cite regulatory compliance as a critically important aspect of their sustainable procurement programs. Just 27 percent said the same in 2017.   Experts call a heightened emphasis on legislation a ‘compliance trap’ – meaning organizations are zeroed in on checking […]

Better Late Than Never: Canada Set to Introduce Supply Chain Legislation

A recently drafted bill has Canada set to join the growing list of countries intent on introducing national legislation on supply chain transparency and modern slavery.

Hollywood fashion: What Does It Take to Create a Custom, Yet Sustainable Gown?

The fashion industry has historically been known as one of the least sustainable industries but standards are changing and sustainability is increasingly coming into the spotlight.

From Materials to Practices: Sustainable Purchasing Groundswell At The SPLC Summit 2019

Portland has a reputation as a sort of sustainability mecca, so it was certainly an apt site for the SPLC’s annual Summit. Now in our sixth year supporting the SPLC, it did not disappoint: This was the strongest and the most diverse gathering of committed and capable practitioners we’ve ever seen in North America — […]

China’s Fight Against Air Pollution and Its Impact on Supply Chains

Every year, June 5 is celebrated as the World Environment Day. An initiative launched by the United Nations in 1974 to combat problems related to environmental degradation, the event is hosted by a different country every year and features a different theme. This year, the main celebrations take place in China and the world’s attention […]

Beyond Procurement: Sustainability as a Way to Engage and Retain Talent

The current labor market is tight, with many countries seeing the lowest unemployment rates in decades. The U.S. and U.K. have rates staying around 4 percent, and the European Union overall saw 6.5 percent unemployment in January of this year. Given the market conditions, the race to recruit and retain top talent is competitive to […]

CSR: Small Is Beautiful

Out of the 50,000 companies on the EcoVadis platform, some 7,000 are located in France. Around 16 percent of them are very small businesses with up to 25 employees. But who are they and why are they deciding to be assessed on their ethical, social and environmental performance? Founded in 2003 and with only 15 […]

Sustain 2019: Exponential Progress in Responsible Purchasing, Perseverance and Innovation

More than 600 professionals from the procurement and CSR worlds descended upon Paris on March 11-12, ready to share best practices, exchange ideas and ignite change in global supply chains and beyond.