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.

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 […]

The State of Sustainable Procurement: What to Expect in 2019

We’re still very early into 2019 and all signs point to an interesting year ahead. It appears the global businesses community has woken up to the severity of environmental concerns on society, brand reputation and the bottom line. Here are a few critical trends we are likely to see.

When Your Own Data Collection Is Not Enough: Sustainability Ratings vs. Self-Assessment CSR Questionnaires

While supply chain risks continue to proliferate across many industries, businesses are looking for trusted ways to assess their trading partners and many have come to rely on sustainability ratings.

Using Data on Worker Sense of Value to Guide Improvements in Social Performance in the Supply Chain

Once companies engage their value chain partners on sustainability topics, either through assessments, audits or similar data collection processes, the next challenge is how to help them improve.

How to Manage Risk and Boost Transparency in the Raw Material Supply Chain

As conflict minerals continue to find their way into supply chains of major western corporations, a recent Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) conference discussed ways businesses can manage risks and increase transparency.  

Targeted Action On Energy Use Along The Product Lifecycle: Four Steps Industries Can Take To Tackle UN Sustainable Development Goal 7

SDG 7 focuses on energy use. With 20 percent of the world population lacking access to modern electricity here is a set of approaches businesses can take to engage their suppliers to reduce their energy consumption.