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22 June 2017

Coty Inc joins as latest member

AIM-PROGRESS is delighted to announce that Coty Inc has joined the membership, bringing the number of member companies to 42 FMCG brands and common suppliers.


Coty Inc is one of the world's leading beauty companies with approx. $9 billion in revenue, a rich entreprenieural heritage and an iconic portfolio of leading brands. They are the global leader in fragrances, with number two position in salon hair and number three in color cosmetics.


According to Dave Howson, Procurement Risk & Sustainability Director: "At Coty we take sustainable procurement very seriously and we are delighted to be joining the AIM-PROGRESS initiative. This collaboration platform leads the way in responsible and sustainable sourcing, and will both complement our programme, and help us accelerate it."





05 June 2017

AIM-PROGRESS Asia-Pacific Hub launched

The first meeting of our AIM-PROGRESS Asia-Pacific regional hub took place on 5 June, hosted by Mars Inc.


Attendees included company representatives from Nestle, Pernod Ricard, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Mars, Reckitt Benckiser, and WestRock.


The hub will be facilitated by CSR Asia, an ELEVATE company, on behalf of AIM-PROGRESS.


The main challenges brands face sourcing along the supply chains in the Asian region are: forced/migrant labour, working hours, as well as health & safety.








17 May 2017

AIM-PROGRESS and EcoVadis enable supplier assessment sharing

AIM-PROGRESS and EcoVadis have launched a collaborative project whereby AIM-PROGRESS member companies will get visibility of suppliers assessed by ECOVADIS, with a view to reducing assessment request duplication.


The initiative has two pillars:

1) Six AIM-PROGRESS members, who are also members of EcoVadis, will be able to mutually access through the platform their supplier CSR ratings.


2) The rest of the AIM-PROGRESS membership will receive at regular intervals a list of suppliers assessed by these six companies, providing them with the opportunity to request suppliers to share these assessments (which the latter can decline).


The idea is to help reduce assessment duplication, similar to what is being done for on-site audits through the Mutual Recognition initiative. The new project will run as a pilot for one year, after which members will review the added value for manufacturers and suppliers.




13 April 2017

SMETA 6.0 - new common benchmark for AIM-PROGRESS mutual recognition of audits

The long-awaited SMETA 6.0 audit protocol has now been published by Sedex. This will become the standard SMETA methodology as of 1st June 2017.


The updated protocol has received extensive input from AIM-PRORESS to reflect evolving member requirements for assurance from suppliers on important new topics, including:


Universal Rights (Clause 0.A) – an introduction but not a replacement for a full Human rights assessment

Responsible recruitment (under Regular Employment) – Making recruitment practices more transparent – including migrant, agency and other recruitment practices

Measuring workplace impact – a set of common industry indicators to measure improvements in the workplace

Land rights – related to legal land tenure and free, informed, prior consent



A number of areas have been strengthened:


- Business Ethics – allows NCs to be raised

Living wage – additional questions to track the most commonly used living wage methodologies used

Modern day slavery requirements – additional questions on Modern Day Slavery Act requirements

Environment– additional questions on the monitoring of emissions and waste

Root Cause– new checks to define root causes

Transshipment– now included

- Fire Safety-  strengthened requirements and checks around the area of fire safety


SMETA 6.0 wll become the new benchmark for AIM-PROGRESS mutual recognition of audits.


For more information on SMETA 6.0, along with all related documents - such as the best practice guidance, measurement criteria, audit report format and corrective action plan format - please consult the Sedex website.





29 March 2017

Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Trends 2017

Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report reached out to approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top sustainability trends and issues for 2017. This snapshot highlights some key findings from our community based in Europe.


Some key findings are:

  1. The impact of Brexit: Many stated Brexit will create unnecessary work and uncertainties and will have a negative impact on sustainability investment decisions.
  2. Sustainability is driving revenues:Just under 56% of executives polled stated that sustainability is driving revenue for their business.
  3. Sustainability as a source of competitive advantage:21% of our respondents indicated sustainability as a source of competitive advantage as the single most exciting opportunity for their organisation in 2017.
  4. A tightening of sustainability budgets:Just 25% of respondents stated their sustainability budgets will increase in 2017. This is a fall of 1% on last year’s findings. A further 35% stated their budgets won’t increase in 2017, a rise of 3% from 2016’s report. 

Find out how the industry is evolving by reading the briefing today – click here

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