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17 May 2017

AIM-PROGRESS and EcoVadis enable supplier assessment sharing

AIM-PROGRESS and EcoVadis have launched a collaborative project whereby AIM-PROGRESS member companies will get visibility of suppliers assessed by ECOVADIS, with a view to reducing assessment request duplication.


The initiative has two pillars:

1) Six AIM-PROGRESS members, who are also members of EcoVadis, will be able to mutually access through the platform their supplier CSR ratings.


2) The rest of the AIM-PROGRESS membership will receive at regular intervals a list of suppliers assessed by these six companies, providing them with the opportunity to request suppliers to share these assessments (which the latter can decline).


The idea is to help reduce assessment duplication, similar to what is being done for on-site audits through the Mutual Recognition initiative. The new project will run as a pilot for one year, after which members will review the added value for manufacturers and suppliers.




13 April 2017

SMETA 6.0 - new common benchmark for AIM-PROGRESS mutual recognition of audits

The long-awaited SMETA 6.0 audit protocol has now been published by Sedex. This will become the standard SMETA methodology as of 1st June 2017.


The updated protocol has received extensive input from AIM-PRORESS to reflect evolving member requirements for assurance from suppliers on important new topics, including:


Universal Rights (Clause 0.A) – an introduction but not a replacement for a full Human rights assessment

Responsible recruitment (under Regular Employment) – Making recruitment practices more transparent – including migrant, agency and other recruitment practices

Measuring workplace impact – a set of common industry indicators to measure improvements in the workplace

Land rights – related to legal land tenure and free, informed, prior consent



A number of areas have been strengthened:


- Business Ethics – allows NCs to be raised

Living wage – additional questions to track the most commonly used living wage methodologies used

Modern day slavery requirements – additional questions on Modern Day Slavery Act requirements

Environment– additional questions on the monitoring of emissions and waste

Root Cause– new checks to define root causes

Transshipment– now included

- Fire Safety-  strengthened requirements and checks around the area of fire safety


SMETA 6.0 wll become the new benchmark for AIM-PROGRESS mutual recognition of audits.


For more information on SMETA 6.0, along with all related documents - such as the best practice guidance, measurement criteria, audit report format and corrective action plan format - please consult the Sedex website.





29 March 2017

Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Trends 2017

Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report reached out to approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top sustainability trends and issues for 2017. This snapshot highlights some key findings from our community based in Europe.


Some key findings are:

  1. The impact of Brexit: Many stated Brexit will create unnecessary work and uncertainties and will have a negative impact on sustainability investment decisions.
  2. Sustainability is driving revenues:Just under 56% of executives polled stated that sustainability is driving revenue for their business.
  3. Sustainability as a source of competitive advantage:21% of our respondents indicated sustainability as a source of competitive advantage as the single most exciting opportunity for their organisation in 2017.
  4. A tightening of sustainability budgets:Just 25% of respondents stated their sustainability budgets will increase in 2017. This is a fall of 1% on last year’s findings. A further 35% stated their budgets won’t increase in 2017, a rise of 3% from 2016’s report. 

Find out how the industry is evolving by reading the briefing today – click here

06 March 2017

New Grievance Mechanism training deck

AIM-PROGRESS is delighted to announce the publication of  a training deck for grievance mechanisms - the latest deliverable by our Human Rights work stream under its new leadership - Sarah Smith of Kellogg.


The goal of this training deck is to provide guidance for implementing, operating, and maintaining an effective yet simple complaint system at the plant level for internal facilities. It can also be used as a resource to provide to suppliers as examples of best practices.


The deck is supposed to be a living document. If members have any additions or examples of grievance mechanisms that they know to work well, they are invited to share this for incorporation as reference.


The deck is available to AIM-PROGRESS members only.



13 February 2017

EcoVadis HEC Barometer - Sustainable Procurement integral to business

The importance of sustainable procurement (SP) continues to grow rapidly. No longer seen as a nice-to-have discipline, SP has evolved into an integral business function to reduce costs, mitigate business risk, protect and improve brand reputation, drive revenue, and support innovation and growth.
Fortune 500 organizations across the globe are investing heavily to ensure sustainability is ingrained across all aspects of their supply chain and procurement operations. The challenge – especially for chief procurement officers (CPO) and chief
sustainability officers (CSO) - is to ensure the investment pays off and has the desired impact across the supply chain in accordance with CEOs’ and top managers’ expectations.
The HEC/EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Barometer measures the evolution of SP practices in global procurement organizations and aims to provide an understanding of the SP landscape, including sector and geographical differences, industry strengths, improvement areas, new frontiers for innovation, and the potential levers for success in the future.
The last Barometer, published in 2013 and titled “Time To Measure Value Creation”, found global organizations struggling to harness the attention and support of top management and lacking solid footing around performance metrics and objective setting.  In this year’s report we see a theme of ‘scaling up’ emerging for established programs as we find organizations are at a critical juncture for SP growth. Covering ‘strategic’ or ‘large spend’ suppliers is simply not enough. Disasters like Tianjin and Rana Plaza are reminders that significant risks remain unaddressed in most global supply chains. There is immense scope of work to be done to cover the ‘long tail’ of risk areas representing significant risks. The more mature SP programs are seeking the right strategies and investments needed to scale up their programs to include breadth and depth of coverage of their supply base. For the first time in the HEC/EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Barometer, an additional survey was also conducted with suppliers to gather data and insights from their perspective. Findings from this survey suggest that not only increased engagement, but also better internal alignment with suppliers will be critical to develop strategic partners to innovate on sustainability and beyond. In the coming years, sustainability in procurement will need to rapidly evolve into a new phase of maturity in order to meet the growing demands of stakeholders and executive management, and moreover to align with the ambitions of the UN COP21 Paris Agreement.

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