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18 January 2013

OECD Guideslines added to the ITC Standards Map

The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint organization of the United Nations and World Trade Organization Geneva, Switzerland, aims to help businesses become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to sustainable development. 


As part of this goal, ITC has developed a web platform called Standards Map that provides comprehensive and comparable information on sustainability standards and audit protocols, with the aim to strengthen the capacity of producers, exporters and buyers to participate in more sustainable production and trade.


The addition of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises will help suppliers to better understand how to utilize these Guidelines.





16 January 2013

EU releases guidance on Human Rights in Small- and Medium-sized Businesses

The newly released guide, which the EU Commission published under its CSR policy actions, translates the UN Ruggie Principles into the context of European SMEs. It explains why it is important for SMEs to respect human rights, what they are and why their respect sometimes means going beyond mere legal compliance. It introduces six basic steps to expected of SMEs according to the UN Guiding Principles. The document also illustrates business situations which may carry a risk of human rights abuse and carries a list of all human rights and the potential negative impact of business on each one of them, as well as a list of relevant references. One of the co-authors of the report is Sune Skadegaard Thorsen of Global CSR, who also sits on the AIM-PROGRESS Advisory Board. You can access the report in the Human Rights section of this website.





19 November 2012

AIM-PROGRESS holds Responsible Sourcing Forum in Singapore

On 7 November 2012, Givaudan and The Hershey Company hosted the first  AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Singapore to promote responsible sourcing standards in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chains.


Approximately 100 representatives from over 60 food and beverage suppliers and manufactures came together to share best practices and to agree on common evaluation methods to improve performance, showing that responsible sourcing continues to gain traction in the Asian market.


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





06 November 2012

AIM-PROGRESS Releases Good Practice Guidance on Business Integrity

As an extension of the work carried out on integrating Business Integrity elements into supplier codes AIM-PROGRESS, together with i2a has released guidance on how to assure that suppliers are effectively implementing Business Integrity requirements. The new report incorporates examples of best practice from different industry sectors but with a particular focus on the FMCG sector. The review also includes key pieces of legislation (e.g. UK Bribery Act and US Foriegn Corrupt Practices Act) and external standards (including Transparency International and United Nations Global Compact).


The report found that all AIM-PROGRESS members have at least minimum processes relating to Business Integrity in place but these could benefit from further enhancements such as:

The report is available to members of AIM-PROGRESS via the member zone on this website.





05 November 2012

Heineken joins AIM-PROGRESS

Heineken, one of the world's leading international brewers, has decided to join AIM-PROGRESS, thereby taking our membership to 34 companies in the FMCG industry. Heineken will also join the Mutual Recognition initiative, which aims at lessening the audit burden for suppliers. 





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