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02 June 2014

Ruggie self-assessment questionnaire

After many months of work by the Human Rights work stream, AIM-PROGRESS is pleased to announce the  release of its Human Rights Self-Assessment Questionnaire. The SAQ can be used to assess member companies' own operations and/or begin the journey with their supply partners. It attempts to spell out the Ruggie requirements in easy-to-use questions regarding:


AIM-PROGRESS hopes this is a useful tool to support the incorporation of human rights into companies' business initiatives.It is an open-source document which can be used by other initiatives. Please find a copy of the SAQ via this link.






03 April 2014

AIM-PROGRESS releases third annual membership survey on responsible sourcing

Progress on responsible sourcing? Membership survey clearly says so!

AIM-PROGRESS is pleased to announce the release of its third annual member benchmarking survey. This tools serves as an internal barometer for the AIM-PROGRESS membership, providing for free, a wealth of helpful comparative data to drive member companies' programmes forward.

Data is gathered on areas ranging from budget and human resource information to audit numbers and reporting, all anonymised to comply with anti-trust and confidentiality requirements.

Some key highlights include:


For more details please see the executive summary.





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.






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