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26 March 2012

Mutual Recognition gains momentum

"An audit for one is an audit for all" - this is one of the main tenets of AIM-PROGRESS and we are trying to implement this through our Mutual Recognition initiative. 22 members have now signed up to our joint principles, the latest newcomer being Hershey's. The recent round of establishing an audited suppliers list for sharing between participating companies was supported by 16 members and yielded a list of close to 7000 records. Members are now using this list to identify where audits have already been done, so that they can request suppliers to make these available, if they wish to, in order to avoid additional audits. This exercise is, of course, undertaken in strict compliance with anti-trust law. No information is shared which points to the customer-supplier relationship.  Our aim is to cover 35% of participating members' audit needs through this list. For more information how Mutual Recognition works please visit the relevant page on the AIM-PROGRESS website.





21 March 2012

AIM-PROGRESS 2011 Survey on Responsible Sourcing

AIM-PROGRESS have conducted their first internal responsible sourcing benchmark survey to help members understand how peer companies position responsible sourcing and to share best practices.


Questions cover company programme and structure for responsible sourcing, assessments and audit findings (generic), training and capacity building, impact evaluation, and external engagement. Members can use the results of the survey to identify improvement opportunities and set targets. AIM-PROGRESS will conduct the survey again in one year to identify trends and measure progress.


The encouraging results of the survey demonstrate that AIM-PROGRESS members have a strong, long-term commitment to responsible sourcing. Members predict that the scope of their programmes will increase between 2011 and 2012; risk analysis is used to determine the focus of their programmes. Responsible sourcing is being taken seriously by member companies with the person accountable for the programme being at least director level, and companies holding themselves to the same standards as they request of their suppliers. This is a key criterion for AIM-PROGRESS membership.


AIM-PROGRESS members cover the four pillars of responsible sourcing in their standards (Labour & human rights, health & safety, environment, business integrity) and are using common evaluation methods to reduce assessment duplication in the supply chain - one of AIM-PROGRESS' main objectives. To add legitimacy to the programmes most companies are using indpendent third parties to audit suppliers.


The report is internal and only available to AIM-PROGRESS members. Companies interested in becoming members are kindly requested to contact the AIM-PROGRESS Secretariat (






29 February 2012

MWV joins Mutual Recognition Initiative

MWV, who joined AIM-PROGRESS last October, are now also part of the Mutual Recognition Initiative, by which 21 of the AIM-PROGRESS members agree to recognize, in principle, supplier audits completed on behalf of another company. This means reviewing submitted assessment reports to confirm they meet internal requirements. Suppliers are encouraged to share assessements and audits directly with members of the Mutual Recognition initiative or upload them via Sedex, if they are a member. For more information on Mutual Recognition, please visit the relevant part of this website.





06 February 2012

GMA releases report on environmental sustainbility

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which co-sponsors AIM-PROGRESS with AIM, today released a new report spotlighting progress and achievements by food, beverage and consumer products companies as they seek to reduce their environmental footprints and promote sustainable business practices. Titled Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry, the report was compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and features industry success stories in the categories of air, water and waste management. 

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03 February 2012

Face-lift for AIM-PROGRESS

AIM-PROGRESS' new website has been launched along with a new visual identity. All relevant information about AIM-PROGRESS is now accessible to member and non-members on-line. We hope you like it. Any further questions you may have should be directed to





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