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04 June 2013

AIM-PROGRESS, Mars and Unilever holds Responsible Sourcing Forum in Russia

On 4 June 2013, Mars and Unilever hosted an AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Russia to promote responsible sourcing standards in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chains.


Over 100 representatives from more than 60 food and beverage suppliers and manufactures came together to share best practices and to agree on common evaluation methods to improve performance.


Presentations and materials are available from the dedicated Russia event web page.





22 April 2013

SAI Platform Newsletter spring 2013

Many AIM-PROGRESS members are also part of SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative). Please click here to see latest newsletter.





09 April 2013

AIM-PROGRESS releases results of second annual benchmarking report

AIM-PROGRESS has released the results of the second annual benchmarking report which is available to all member companies. The report builds on the findings of the 2011 report and has again identified a strong commitment to responsible sourcing.


The majority of AIM-PROGRESS members have launched their programme and are continuing to build scale and scope. Over the next 12 months over half of companies plan to expand the scope of the supply chain tiers that they audit and will increase the number of audits being conducted.


The report shows evidence that companies are developing and promoting the use of common evaluation methods such as the use of third party auditors, supplier payment of audits and pre-authorization processes to determine CSR performance in the supply chain.


Responsible sourcing has reached a level of maturity within member companies, highlighted by the seniority of those responsible for programs and the level of integration into business processes.


If you would like more information on the report, an executive summary is available to download.




05 April 2013

AIM-PROGRESS develop resources to help start responsible sourcing programs

As companies begin their responsible sourcing journeys, one of the elements they look at is how they gather and monitor information from their supplier and internal sites. There are myriad data platforms available, each offering slightly different capabilities. Selecting the system that meets individual business needs can be a complex process. As a starting point, AIM-PROGRESS, in partnership with consultancy TwentyFifty, have created a reference guide to data platforms for responsible sourcing. The guide, which is internal to AIM-PROGRESS members, is based on publicly available information and provides an objective overview to various systems in a simple, easy to use format. The guide does not rank the platforms, nor does it recommend any preferred choices. Regular updates to include new platforms are planned.






14 March 2013

AIM-PROGRESS now at 35 members

McCain Foods is the latest addition to the AIM-PROGRESS initiative which now counts 35 members. The world's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products is active in more than 160 countries around the globe and has a strong responsible sourcing programme which is core to the business and inextricably linked to their ability to create sustainable and profitable growth. By choosing to work with suppliers that respect compliance, human rights, decent working conditions and strong environmental standards, McCain Foods want to create value for customers and minimize business risk.  





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