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02 November 2015

SAI Platform Sustainable Sourcing Master Class 25-26 November

The SAI Platform/IMD Masterclass on Sustainable Sourcing is taking place on25 and 26 November 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland.   

This interactive training and learning opportunity helps participants develop realistic and practicable implementation approaches to meet companies’ sustainable sourcing targets for agricultural raw materials.


The class features real-life cases presented by a variety of speakers from different organizations and is based on the framework and steps of the “Practitioner’s Guide to Sustainable Sourcing of Agricultural Raw Materials”, developed by SAI Platform together with IMD, ITC, and IDH, with support from the Sustainable Food Lab, Business for Social Responsibility and SEDEX.


It represents a great way to learn almost everything about developing a business case for sustainable sourcing strategies, their effective implementation, stakeholder engagement processes, and tools available to help you meet sustainable sourcing targets, as well as ways to overcome challenges.

The Master Class is open to everyone interested in sustainable sourcing.  As the number of seats is limited, we will accept participants on a first come first serve basis.

For more info on the event, see the attached flyer, and the following link

You can register here

For any further questions or to discuss, contact Emeline Fellus at:, or Lettemieke Mulder at






15 October 2015

Mutual Recognition of audits continuing

AIM-PROGRESS supports the principle of mutual recognition of 4-pillar supplier audits between brand manufacturers. It creates awareness of suppliers having undergone an audit by an AIM-PROGRESS member through a shared list of supplier records, which is updated at regular intervals. The number of supplier records contained in the list has climbed steadily over the last years and has now reached 16,200. Members can check the list for suppliers they may wish to audit and, if listed as already having been audited by another company,  contact them directly to request insight into the audit results. If these results are satisfactory they can accept another company's audit. The decision whether to share the audit is left to the supplier. Members are finding this joint list very useful, especially if they are not part of a data sharing platform such as Sedex. Through mutual recognition of audits, members also converge their audit requirements. The current minimum benchmarki for AIM-PROGRESS is SMETA 4 Pillar, but with some companies extending their audit requirements to comprise land rights, human rights, women empowerment, more on business integrity, etc. AIM-PROGRESS will be raising the bar for responsible sourcing audits. The intention is to provide input to the next SMETA update.





22 September 2015

SAI Platform newsletter September issue

Take a look at the latest newsletter released by our partner organisation SAI Platform.





18 August 2015

New Business Integrity guidance released by AIM-PROGRESS

Business Integrity is one of the four pillars of Responsible Sourcing, as defined by AIM-PROGRESS. A dedicated work stream, under the leadership of Emeka Nwankpah, Kellogg's Director for Ethics & Compliance, is focussing on practical support to members to address bribery and corruption. So far the work stream has issued guidance on wording for the business integrity element in supplier codes, a training deck to use with suppliers (and internally) on how to address business integrity, and - as the latest deliverable - a BI SAQ and accompanying guidance document, developed jointly with Good Corporation. This will help enhance AIM-PROGRESS members' supplier SAQs. The next work item on the agenda of the work stream will be to address due diligence processes for BI assurance. 





13 August 2015

CGF releases global palm oil sourcing guidelines


The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has just published global Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines. This is an important step in helping the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as outlined in the CGF’s Deforestation ResolutionThe guidelines are aiming to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably. The Guidelines were developed by CGF retailer and manufacturer members, with input from standard-setting organizations, NGOs and suppliers. They will serve as a ‘live’ tool for companies sourcing palm oil as the document will be updated as the landscape evolves.  

AIM-PROGRESS recommends that members share these Guidelines within their organisations to ensure awareness and accelerate implementation where relevant.





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