Sustainable Development Goals: Four Years On, the Challenges Remain

Four years on, challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals remain but it’s encouraging to see that businesses worldwide are becoming increasingly active n pursuing responsible business practices and those who commit are able to deliver on their promises.

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 […]

How Sustainable Procurement is Evolving: Trends From the 2019 Barometer Study

The 2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer reveals sustainability awareness is growing, but also shows a risky compliance trap for many organizations.

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 […]

Country Risk Scores Mapped and Explained

As an additional service to our customers, EcoVadis provides profiles on over 150 countries. These profiles cover information on risks across four themes: Environment, health & social, human rights and governance. The profiles are accessible on the EcoVadis platform and available through a subscription to this additional service. The individual country profiles are made up […]

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.