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13 August 2015

CGF releases global palm oil sourcing guidelines


The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has just published global Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines. This is an important step in helping the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as outlined in the CGF’s Deforestation ResolutionThe guidelines are aiming to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably. The Guidelines were developed by CGF retailer and manufacturer members, with input from standard-setting organizations, NGOs and suppliers. They will serve as a ‘live’ tool for companies sourcing palm oil as the document will be updated as the landscape evolves.  

AIM-PROGRESS recommends that members share these Guidelines within their organisations to ensure awareness and accelerate implementation where relevant.





22 June 2015

Responsible Sourcing through a Human Rights lens

On 22 June 2015 in Minneapolis (US) AIM-PROGRESS and Twentyfifty organised its second training course focusing on human rights in global supply chains.  The workshop enabled participants to learn about the implications of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) for Business and what it specifically means for responsible sourcing; identify the key elements of a human rights program for the supply chain of their company (including policies, codes, impacts, due diligence, remediaton, grievance mechanisms); and articulate the main elements of a business case to colleagues. In addition, it helped to generate ideas for future AIM-PROGRESS deliverables which will focus on further developing member capabilities to integrate human rights in their supply chains.





15 May 2015

Over 330 participants at AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Shanghai

More than 330 participants attended the AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum hosted by Kimberly-Clark, Mars, MWV and Orkla on 15th May 2015 in Shanghai (China) to promote responsible sourcing standards in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chain. The forum provided an opportunity for suppliers to engage with business leaders from the brands industry, to exchange views, to share learnings regarding responsible sourcing practices and to gain a better understanding of audit requirements based on common expectations from the AIM-PROGRESS members. Discussion topics included emplyoment and labor law in China, covering wages, hours and social insurance, anti-corruption and anti-bribery. The participants heard from audit companies on environmental assesments, occupational diseases and human trafficking.


The presentations from the event are available to download in English and Chinese









16 April 2015

Responsible entrepreneurship - where do SMEs fit in?

The latest BSCI quarterly newsletter focuses on responsible entrepreneurship. Through BSCI, SMEs have huge potential to be drivers for improved working conditions. Whether small, medium- or even micro-enterprises, every participant has a crucial role in acting as responsible entrepreneurs. Over 80% of BSCI’s 1,500+ participants consist of SMEs which are therefore an important focus for BSCI. Read more here





10 April 2015

Fourth member survey confirms further progress on responsible sourcing

2014 survey results continue to demonstrate progress and a focus on continuous improvement, in line with our strategy. Members rated themselves higher along the maturity continuum, with 61% having either established or mature programs in place;  audit activity has increased by 76% since 2012 and remediation continues to be a priority area with a 75% increase in closing corrective action plans.

Across the membership, in-scope supplier compliance to companies’ respective requirements reached 49% in 2014.

While risk mitigation remains a top driver for responsible sourcing, more than half of the members see responsible sourcing as important to being perceived as an industry leader. This may be the reason for senior level executive leadership of the RS programs in 81% of the responding companies.

Companies are tracking and reporting more, and KPIs are focused on impact over activity. For the first time, AIM-PROGRESS asked about how many workers were positively impacted by corrective action plans (373,000 workers for 8 companies who anwered this question).

Most members continue to base the responsible sourcing function in Procurement, with a marked decrease in housing the work under the legal department. Headcount and budgets have generally remained intact or increased in 2014 over 2013.

Where members' RS activities still fall short of expectations is in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (Ruggie). AIM-PROGRESS will be stepping up its activities to fast-track members to operationalising this business-critical framework.


Members continue to see strong benefits in AIM-PROGRESS membership. As a member commented, “The benchmarking that we are able to do at meetings has enabled us to bring innovative ideas to drive our program with minimal resources.”

This year we asked a forward-facing question about what more can we do as a membership. Companies that rated themselves as more mature were looking for more collaboration and best practice sharing. Companies that rated themselves lower on the maturity continuum are looking for more advice and guidance.


AIM-PROGRESS will continue to cater to all member maturity levels; our ultimate goal is to "to raise the floor and ceiling" for responsible sourcing in the supply chain. 


Please find here the executive summary of the survey results.








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