13 March 2014

How to answer the DJSI Supply Chain questionnaire

In recent years stakeholders have become increasingly demanding regarding the transparency of corporate sustainability performance. The importance of environmental and social performance ratings and reporting has increased in this context. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) stands as one of the most established and respected rating mechanisms, with stakeholder pressure compelling large companies to respond […]

18 September 2012

5 ways to sell Sustainable Procurement to your boss

It is very difficult to convince management to invest in sustainable procurement. It will require not only money and resources, but also time and can involve an overhaul of the entire procurement process. This is why it’s useful to focus on the benefits of sustainable procurement. Ask yourself why you want to sell it to […]

3 September 2012

5 Key Sustainable Procurement Trends

Do you hear more and more companies talking about Sustainable Procurement? Sustainable Supply Chain initiatives are surprisingly resilient to the economic and political difficulties our world is currently facing… but they are also changing. EcoVadis is supporting companies in all sectors (from Finance to Chemical Industry), and suppliers in 94 countries. We would like to […]

Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Summit – 5 rules for Supplier Engagement

EcoVadis’ was present at the Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Summit last week in London, UK. We addressed the audience of procurement professionals on five basic rules to follow in order to establish a winning sustainable procurement program, and to effectively engage suppliers into it. 1. Scope of engagement – implies leveraging international standards when assessing […]

11 April 2012

Sustainable Procurement: Want change? The first step is to create urgency

“Change is the only constant.” – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher Companies are in a continuous state of flux and evolution, and they have to be in order to survive. It is undeniable that companies which advance towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are not only committing themselves to the methods of sustainability but are committing them the […]

What will it take for your company to establish a Sustainable Procurement Policy?

Last week Greenpeace launched a global campaign against Mattel Inc. which effectively persuaded the largest toy company in the world to promise to establish a sustainable procurement policy. The campaign leveraged the face of Barbie, perhaps one of the most recognized dolls across the globe, to tell the story in 18 languages of how the […]

14 November 2010

Sustainability : Can Procurement do better than Governments?

Since the failure of the Copenhagen conference, to agree on a real regulation of carbon emissions last December, it is becoming increasingly clear that governments are struggling to reach agreements on Sustainability issues. In May the French government decided to push back by 6 months the “environmental labeling” regulation, and watered down its scope. In […]

Sustainable Procurement Leaders

19/05/2010: Interview with Luca Guzzabocca, head of Logistics Costs and Supply Chain Management at GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI. 1) Why is Sustainable Procurement important for GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI? Sustainable Procurement is one of the significant engagements GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI has in CSR policies. For GRUPPO MONTEPASCHI, Sustainable Procurement is important because we are aware of the impact we can […]

14 November 2009

Sustainable Procurement: Are public authorities doing enough?

The B2B community Agrion just published an interesting article, raising the question: Green Procurement: Are private companies greener than the authorities? There is at least one area where I see a fundamental difference between Private and Public Green Procurement. There are 2 dimensions to Sustainable procurement: – Products (i.e. optimizing the environmental impact of products […]