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01 February 2017

AIM-PROGRESS presenting on impact at Responsible Business Summit in June

Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Summit on 7-8 June 2017 in London will focus on delivering social purpose and impact. AIM-PROGRESS Executive Director David Lawrence will be speaking about our worker impact measurement project, which we are driving together with Sedex and Impactt Ltd.


The summit agenda covers: 

  1. The end of CSR and the dawn of the Social Purpose Era: Understanding how the landscape is changing, what opportunities that align commercial and financial goals with macro societal need presents and strides required for real, positive change to result
  2. Social purpose and Impact: Using the right data to mitigate risks, measure impact and progress, deliver trust and positive social transformation
  3. Building and communicating the underlying case: Understanding your stakeholders’ agendas and finding the shared goals to co-creating alliances and coalitions with impact front of mind.

Some confirmed speakers include:

·       Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA,Dell

·       Titus Sharpe, CEO,MVF Global

·       Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo

·       Blanca Juti, SVP, Heineken

·       Kelly M. Semrau, SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson

·       Adam Turner, Head of Global Data Management, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

·       Médard Schoenmaeckers, Formerly Global Head of Communications,HSBC  

·       Jose Arguedas, Global Sustainability Director & Head of Corporate Responsibility, Global Fashion Group 

·       Matt Peacock, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone

·       Truus Huisman, VP Sustainable Business and Communications Europe,Unilever

·       Dr. Simon Lord, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby

30 January 2017

AIM-PROGRESS new co-chairs

AIM-PROGRESS is pleased to announce that it will be led in the future by two co-chairs from the membership companies. Brian Kramer, Director Global Sustainability with PepsiCo, and Benjamin Ware, Global Head of Responsible Sourcing for Nestlé, have been longstanding members of AIM-PROGRESS and will now provide leadership, in collaboration with the Executive Director, David Lawrence, and a Leadership Team made up of active AIM-PROGRESS members. Over the next three years they will be looking to further delvelop the organisation in its mission to have a positive impact on people's lives and raising the bar for responsible sourcing.


18 January 2017

Consumer Goods Forum publishes priority principles on forced labor

In early 2016 the Consumer Goods Forum adoped a resolution recognising the issue of forced labour as "one of the most pressing social issues of our times"  and pledging to strive to eradicate it from the industry's value chains. This resolution has now been followed up with 3 priority principles to counter problematic employment practices: 

  1. Every worker should have freedom of movement
  2. No worker should pay for a job
  3. No worker should be indebted or coerced to work.

AIM-PROGRESS has many members in common with the CGF and we have contributed to the crafting of the priority principles. We are hence fully supportive of the resolution and the priority principles. The role of AIM-PROGRESS will be to help publicise and implement the principles in our supply chains.

16 November 2016

Britvic, Heineken and RB join forces to promote responsible sourcing in Brazil

Three AIM-PROGRESS member companies Britvic, Heineken and Reckitt Benckiser join forces to promote responsible sourcing in Brazil


AIM-Progress is a forum of FMCG manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. AIM-Progress organises regular supplier events to proactively promote responsible sourcing standards in the supply chain.


On the 1st of November, member companies Britvic, Heineken and RB co-hosted a supplier event in Sao Paulo for over 120 suppliers, to provide an overview of their responsible sourcing programmes and focused on two relevant challenges within Brazil - deforestation and corruption:



Deforestation: The Forest Trust (TFT), an international not for profit organisation working to build responsible supply chains, covered the socio-economic and environmental issues linked to deforestation for many of our key raw materials and proposed steps suppliers can take to source these more responsibly. Amongst the issues highlighted, illegal logging was put forward, with an estimated 70% of illegal logging taking place in the Brazilian Amazon, leading to human rights abuses with indigenous and local populations.


Anti-corruption: Professor Luiz Eduardo de Almeida from the Escola Paulista de Direito, presented an overview of Brazilian corruption legislation and real life scenarios suppliers may face to provide them with a better understanding of how to conduct their operations with integrity. Luiz Eduardo’s key message was that “Brazil has a unique and complex regulation regarding business integrity and anti-corruption. For a company, to be prepared to navigate in this scenario, it is necessary to have an effective compliance program, built in and integrated environment”.


Smaller interactive workshops were held in the afternoon covering good labour and H&S practices within manufacturing facilities by DNV-GL, along with sessions from two server providers used to verify compliance to social and environmental standards, EcoVadis and Sedex.


Highlights of the event included : “No doubt I considered the event of great importance, because it calls us to analyze the internal processes, always seeking for improvements and adaptations to market expectations, with transparency and awareness, emphasizing safety and a posture of respect." - Hélio Rezende, Creatto Design.






14 November 2016

How to build a robust responsible sourcing programme

AIM-PROGRESS is pleased to announce the release of its Responsible Sourcing Journey (RSJ)  - a roadmap for companies in the FMCG supply chain to help them put in place robust responsible sourcing programmes. It lays out 5 stages of development: early - launched - mature - integrated - leading. These 5 stages represent a gradual shift of mindset from demonstrating commitment through assuring compliance to leadership through value-generation.


The RSJ is not meant to be a detailed manual but a tool to benchmark where companies are along their journey and to offer some guiding points on how one could move forward.


We will complement the RSJ through a Resource Library which will provide an easy to use entry to learning resources (tools, templates, training courses, videos, webinars, useful documents, etc.) to support companies along their journey. 


This RSJ is intended for both buyers and suppliers, on the principle that suppliers have a supply base and hence a responsible sourcing journey to follow too. 


It is available here for interested companies.



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