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26 September 2017

AIM-PROGRESS members host supplier forum in Gurgaon, India

On September 26th AIM-PROGRESS convened a supplier forum in Gurgaon to promote responsible sourcing. The forum was sponsored by three AIM-PROGRESS members: The Coca-Cola Company, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever and was attended by over 230 supplier representatives. The day-long event covered responsible sourcing requirements and included workshops on key challenges such as anti-bribery and corruption, health and safety, contract labour management, and wages and working hours. 



The morning plenary included an overview of AIM-PROGRESS, member programs as well as an update on SMETA 6.0. The law firm Cyril Shroff presented on corruption as a global issue which presents an obstacle to economic and social development around the world. The session outlined relevant Indian legislation, compared it to the global context, highlighted enforcement trends and the need for collaboration and collective action. 
Smaller interactive workshops were organised in the afternoon, covering health and safety practices within manufacturing facilities facilitated by Sentio Advisory Group, along with sessions on contract labour management and on wages and working hours led by Impactt. These workshops were designed to help factories identify steps to ensure the rights of contract workers and to proactively monitor and control working hours. The intent is to create a culture shift from overtime being ‘normal’ to overtime being an exception. 
Feedback was positive, with suppliers expressing support for the collaboration emphasizing a fruitful conversation throughout the day.
AIM-PROGRESS is an association of 42 Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies that seek to promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. Respecting people’s workplace rights is both a moral and a business imperative and is critical to preserving the trust in business. By working together, member companies focus on improving compliance performance while avoiding duplication of social compliance audits. 
AIM-PROGRESS organizes these events globally to provide a forum for suppliers to learn, network and share best practices, while engaging with customers. Since beginning these events, AIM-PROGRESS has organized over 20 such sessions globally, reaching over 3,000 people.  
To read the full press release, click here.


18 August 2017

19,000 audited suppliers for potential mutual recognition of audits

AIM-PROGRESS is proud to announce that its shared list of suppliers audited by member companies to the common benchmark of the SMETA 4-pillar audit protocol has grown to 19,000 audited supplier records. These are available to participating members to request a copy of the most recent audit in view of mutual recognition, rather than initiating a new audit. It remains the decision of the supplier to share an audit or not. Mutual Recognition of audits is one of the main pillars of AIM-PROGRESS. The concept is being tested for "other things" which can potentially be mutually recognised, including a pilot with EcoVadis on supplier assessments.





28 June 2017

AIM-PROGRESS annual member benchmarking survey released

For the second year in a row AIM-PROGRESS collaborated with BSR for the annual benchmarking survey about the state of responsible sourcing in the fast moving consumer goods industry.  

The study seeks to show what the sector is doing on making their supply chains more responsible and how collaboration can drive efficiencies, encourage companies to innovate and act with ambition, and deliver greater impact in the world. Here are five key findings from the 2016 AIM-PROGRESS Member Benchmarking report:

This survey reveals that company efforts on responsible supply chains are maturing, as is the collaboration architecture that supports them. Members of AIM-PROGRESS said the collaboration has helped to strengthen their responsible sourcing programs. “We have benefitted substantially from learning from other companies and sharing resources as we have ramped up our program. We use the [survey] insights as a tool to engage our teams and drive further progress,” said AB-InBev Sustainability Manager Clare Flannery. WestRock Director of Supply Chain Compliance and Sustainability Christopher Campolongo added that this kind of work gives AIM-PROGRESS members “greater visibility into common topics that can be improved on a global scale.”


To read more:

The executive summary of the report can be accessed publicly. The full report is only available to AIM-PROGRESS members.


This content originally appeared in the BSR blog post ‘Supply Chain Sustainability in the Consumer Goods Industry and the Benefits of Collaboration’ by Meghan Ryan.




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.








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