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16 October 2012

AIM-PROGRESS holds Responsible Sourcing Forum in Lagos, Nigeria

AIM-PROGRESS with support from members including Diageo, Kraft, Unilever, Mondelez and The Coca-Cola Company held a supplier forum in Lagos, Nigeria on 16 October to promote responsible sourcing standards in West Africa. AIM-PROGRESS was delighted that 120 delegates attended the event.


Delegates heard from speakers representing member brands including the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria and were also given examples of best practice from fellow suppliers. Materials and presentations from the event are available to download from the dedicated Lagos Responsible Sourcing Forum webpage.





05 October 2012

AIM-PROGRESS presents at the GMA/FMI Sustainability Summit

Speakers from The Coca-Cola Company and Colgate-Palmolive represented AIM-PROGRESS at the GMA/FMI Sustainability Summit on 5 October in Washington DC. The Summit provided AIM-PROGRESS with an opportunity to share the message of responsible sourcing with industry peers and demonstrate the benefits of leveraging synergies and sharing examples of best practice on a pre-competitive basis. The session was attended by over 30 representatives from FMCG companies and was very well received. We hope that by sharing information on responsible sourcing we can continue to improve supply chain conditions for millions of workers globally.





24 September 2012

AIM-PROGRESS holds Human Rights training

To support member companies with the implementation of the UN “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework, AIM-PROGRESS with leadership from Procter & Gamble organised two membership-restricted webinars introducing the subject of Human Rights and the expectations placed on businesses. AIM-PROGRESS plans to develop more advanced human rights training to continue building the capability of members and their suppliers in this area.


AIM-PROGRESS and their members recognise the value this training has in helping companies to ensure human rights are respected in their supply chains and have made the presentation publicly available and can be downloaded from the human rights web page. The webinar recordings are accessible only to AIM-PROGRESS members from the members’ area of the website.






14 September 2012

Mutual Recognition Initiative growing

Reckitt-Benckiser is the latest of the AIM-PROGRESS members to join the Mutual Recognition Initiative. 26 of our members are now ready to mutually recognise each others' supplier audits. The Geneva-based International Trade Center (ITC) and its Standards Map are helping AIM-PROGRESS benchmark protocols to ensure companies are working to comparable expectations.






24 August 2012

Conflict Minerals - US SEC adopts final rule

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act regulates the disclosure by companies of the use of conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, gold tungsten) originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries. It required the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue a final rule on the exact reporting modalities. This rule was adopted on 22 August and requires companies reporting under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, whether foreign or domestic, to use a new form, called “Form SD” to disclose their use of aforementioned minerals if those minerals are necessary to the functionality or production of a product they manufacture or contract to manufacture. AIM-PROGRESS members could be concerned by this disclosure requirement, for example for certain types of packaging or promotional materials.


Subject companies will have to comply with this rule for calendar year 2013, with first reports due end of May 2014, and annually thereafter.


For details regarding disclosure obligations, please have check out the SEC’s website.


The OECD have also developed due diligence guidance for sourcing minerals from areas of conflict  minerals and is currently coordinating a multi-stakeholder process to help companies and trade associations implement the guidance.  The OECD guidance and related materials can be found on the OECD website .


While the OECD process is independent of the SEC, the SEC has recognized the importance of the OECD guidance: the Final Rules state that “due diligence measures must conform to a nationally or internationally recognized due diligence framework, such as the due diligence guidance approved by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).”    






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