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24 March 2014

Mutual Recognition of audits takes a further leap

Mutual Recognition of supplier audits is a founding pillar of AIM-PROGRESS. "An audit for one is an audit for all" is one of tenets of the initiative, which seeks to drive convergence of member companies' responsible sourcing standards, as well as reduce audit burden on suppliers, who are often confronted with multiple requests from customers. To this end AIM-PROGRESS members share a list of suppliers which have been audited by them over the last three years (without however divulging the brand manufacturer who commissioned the audit). If a company finds a supplier which has already been audited by another company, it can ask the supplier whether he would be prepared to make this audit available to them, instead of having to undergo another audit. This can save between 20% and 50% of audit needs, as some companies have reported. The latest shared list contains just short of 13,500 records and has been compiled by 23 participating companies. For more information on how mutual recognition works, please go to the webpage on Mutual Recognition





05 March 2014

Responsible Sourcing Forum, Miami, Florida

On March 4th over 300 suppliers and buyers met in Miami, Florida to discuss responsible sourcing principles, best practice and experiences. This AIM-PROGRESS event was hosted by members, Nestle, Givaudan and Bacardi.


Slides will be made available so please check back to find them.


Please see attached press release for further information.






14 February 2014

EU to present Conflict Mineral scheme in March

In March, The EU Commission will present a voluntary scheme aimed at preventing the import of minerals from conflict zones, covering gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin and in line with international guidelines. Conflict mineral zones include the DRC and neighbouring countries, such as Angola and South Sudan, based on a US definition. These countries make up 17% of the global production of tantalum, 4% of tin, 3% of tungsten and 2% of gold. It is also likely that the scope of the scheme will be extended to other conflict zones, such as Myanmar or Afghanistan.

Under the draft voluntary scheme shipments of minerals could be accompanied by a certificate to guarantee that they are conflict-free; criteria still have to be defined.






10 February 2014

Upcoming Webinar: CGF: How to Make Informed Choices on Forest Products

In order to expand markets for sustainably produced and sourced forest products, and to implement the Guidelines, the CGF has partnered with the Forest Solutions Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute. Join them for an introduction to the WRI & WBCSDs Sustainable Procurement Guide for wood and paper-based products via this webinar series. Ruth Nogueron, of the World Resources Institute and Uta Jungermann, of the WBCSD, will discuss how to make informed choices on forest products and outline linkages to the CGF Pulp, Paper and Packaging Guidelines.

Register for one of the following sessions:

February 11 (Tue): 7am Seattle // 10am Washington D.C. // 4pm Paris // 5pm Helsinki (for approx. 90 minutes)
- Sign up & register here

February 13 (Thu): 8am Washington D.C. // 2pm Paris // 8pm Jakarta // 10pm Tokyo (for approx. 90 minutes)
- Sign up & register here

February 18 (Tue): 7am Seattle // 10am Washington D.C. // 4pm Paris // 5pm Helsinki (for approx. 90 minutes)
- Sign up & register here

February 20 (Thu): 8am Washington D.C. // 2pm Paris // 8pm Jakarta // 10pm Tokyo (for approx. 90 minutes)
- Sign up & register here




03 February 2014

BSCI - New Code of Conduct

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has revised its Code of Conduct following an extensive consultation process that lasted a year and gained feedback from hundreds of stakeholders. The new code firmly acknowledges the crucial importance of responsible entrepreneurship to the supply chain and also strengthens dialogue between businesses and stakeholders.


As well as building on the 11 core principles of the code, making them more precise and ambitious, the revision has included two additional principles: 



For more information on these changes and for a full information pack please click here.





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