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19 August 2013

From Audit to Innovation - new report by Shift and GSCP

Shift have released a joint report with the GSCP on how companies are overcoming the shortfalls of the auditing approach with regard to actual CSR improvements in the supply chain.


There is a growing recognition of the limitations of the conventional social compliance audit approach in remediating unacceptable social and labour conditions in supply chains. There is apparently little evidence that auditing alone leads to sustained improvements, leading to growing frustration among global brands and retailers with the limitations of the traditional audit paradigm. The report highlights alternative and supplementary approaches to addressing social performance issues in supply chains, approaches which seek to recast relationships with suppliers, from ‘policemen’ to ‘partners’. A number of case studies are being featured designed to provide inspiration for possible models of improving supply chain social conditions.  


A copy of the report can be dowloaded from the business & humarn rights page of our website






13 August 2013


AIM-PROGRESS is pleased to announce that Mead Johnson Nutrition has joined the initiative. The company is a US-based global provider of infant and child nutrition brands such as Enfamil, Nutramigen or Lactum. AIM-PROGRESS now comprises 36 corporate members from the branded goods industry and their supplier base.





29 July 2013

SAI Platform launches Water Stewardship report

SAI Platform, the global initiative helping food and drink companies to achieve sustainable agriculture practices, has created a new Water Stewardship report for food and drink companies and their agricultural supply chains. The report has been developed by SAI Platform's Water and Agriculture Working Group to help companies ensure sustainable water management is included in their supply chain and supplying farms.





18 July 2013

GSCP and UNIDO launch Capability Building Partnership

GSCP and UNIDO are collaborating to develop REAP+, an initaitive that aims to build capacity within clusters of suppliers in different regions and sectors by focusing on training and mentoring on social, ethical and environmental aspects while also enhancing productivity.


It is hoped that REAP+ will build sustainable practices worldwide and increase market access of small and medium suppliers in global supply chains. The piloting and roll-out out this programme will be open to companies and initiatives outside of GSCP membership. More information.





16 July 2013

Global Sourcing guidelines for pulp, paper and packaging

The Consumer Goods Forum, a global parity platform of retailers and manufacturers, have released  Pulp, Paper and Packaging Guidelines.  They are intended to assist companies in the development of their own policies for sourcing pulp, paper and packaging and were developed by retailers and manufacturers from within the CGF membership.

As part of the development, the working group of CGF companies benchmarked company sourcing practices, considered public procurement practices, engaged with certification organisations, several NGOs and suppliers for their input and feedback.  The Guidelines will serve as a supporting tool that will continue to be evaluated and updated as the pulp, paper and packaging landscape evolves.

The Guidelines were shared for the first time at the Tropical Forest Alliance Summit in Jakarta on 27th and 28th June 2013. They were very well received, with the Indonesian Government noting they serve as an important signal to the Indonesian market.

A series of webinars will be offered in July and September for CGF members for which interested companies can  register via the CGF Sustainability website.

Later in the year, the Working Group will also host a series of webinars on practical tools for implementing sourcing programs that achieve a low risk of controversial sources of deforestation in the supply chain.  These webinars will be announced via the CGF Knowledge Navigator portal.





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