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29 October 2014

New internal member release: guidance on how to drive compliance

Assuring supplier compliance with the law and companies' responsible sourcing requirements is often a diffcult task for members of AIM-PROGRESS. Carrying out audits may give a picture of the situation and identify shortcomings but it will not address root causes of non-compliance, nor will it help suppliers on the right path. AIM-PROGRESS members can now benefit from a collection of best practice guidance to address the wider picture of non-compliance, put together by the Mutual Recognition work stream. The "top tips" have been arranged to reflect the maturity path towards responsible sourcing - from program launch to full scale implementation. The document is only available to AIM-PROGRESS members and can be found on the member zone of our website:





20 October 2014

Responsible Sourcing Forum In Johannesburg, South Africa

On 16 October 2014, The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo and SAB Miller hosted an AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa to promote responsible sourcing standards in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chains. Suppliers heard from speakers representing AIM-PROGRESS member brands as well as service providers and organisations working to improve responsible sourcing standards in global supply chains. 


Materials and presentations from the event are available to download from the Johannesburg Responsible Sourcing Forum webpage.  






15 August 2014

Responsible Sourcing Forum in India

On 13 August 2014, The Coca-Cola Company and MARS, along with four other participating brands – McDonald’s, Reckitt Benckisser, Nestlé and MWV – hosted an AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Forum in Gurgaon, India to promote responsible sourcing standards in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chains. The event generated a huge amount of interest, reaching over 300 registrations. 

The participants came together to learn more about customer expectations regarding responsible sourcing, methods used to verify compliance to social and environmental standards. The participants heard from speakers representing member brands including MARS, The Coca-Cola Company, Reckitt Benckiser as well as organisations working to improve standards in global supply chains. 






29 July 2014

Consumer Goods Forum publishes soy sourcing guidelines

PARIS, 29th July 2014 – The Consumer Goods Forum (“The Forum”) today announced publication of the first ever “Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines”. The new document, available publicly, is seen as another important step for the consumer goods industry that looks to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as outlined in The Forum’s resolution on deforestation.

Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst the causes of deforestation are complex, it is generally acknowledged that the biggest drivers are the cultivation of soya and oil palm, logging for the production of paper and board and the rearing of cattle. All of these commodities are major ingredients in the supply chains of most consumer goods companies, and following on from the 2013 Paper, Packaging & Pulp Sourcing Guidelines and the recent Board statement on climate change, The Forum’s Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines are seen as key to helping the industry meet their 2020 deadline.

The guidelines are intended to assist companies in the development of their own policies for effectively sourcing soy, and were developed by a large set of retailers and manufacturers from within The Forum membership. As part of the development process of these guidelines, a working group benchmarked company sourcing practices, considered public procurement practices and engaged with certification organisations, NGOs and suppliers for their input and feedback. That feedback was then actively used in the creation of the final document. The guidelines will serve as a helpful and ‘live’ tool for those companies involved in sourcing soy, as the document will continue to be evaluated and updated as the landscape evolves. 

Hugo Byrnes, VP Product Integrity at Royal Ahold and lead of the Sustainability Pillar's Soy Working Group said: “The publication of the ‘Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines’ is an important step forward for our industry, and it’s a testament to what can result from effective cross-sector collaboration. This isn’t just a document from The Consumer Goods Forum, it’s a document that is built on a global industry’s commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, and several stakeholders have been involved in getting it to this point. With the publication of these guidelines, our industry is now one step closer to achieving its goal”.
A webinar - registration now open - has been organised for Monday 1st September to walk interested parties through the guidelines and answer any questions. Hugo Byrnes will elaborate on: 

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact The Forum’s Sustainability Secretariat at for further information.

Download the Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines





07 July 2014

AIM-PROGRESS Systems Reference Document update now available for members

As part of AIM-PROGRESS Systems work, the Systems Reference document has been prepared to provide members with an overview of existing supplier assessment data sharing systems which are available to support responsible sourcing programmes. About 70 % of AIM–PROGRESS members use the services of Sedex, a collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data. Others use EcoVadis or rely on internal capabilities. AIM-PROGRESS does not mandate its members to use any specific platform. The systems reference document is aiming to help members to make informed decisions when they choose a platform.

The profiles available in the systems reference document are based mainly on publicly available information drawn from websites and other supporting documents. These profiles seek to highlight how these systems differ from one to another, not only in technical aspects, but also in relation to topics covered, data collection and ownership, risk analysis, integration with other services, governance and development, membership and charging structures.


It is important to note, that several of the systems are designed, or are evolving, to include multiple layers of a supply chain, promoting transparency and traceability within whole supply chains. Others are an integrated part of a broader ‘compliance management’ approach, offering complementary services such as auditing, training or capacity building.


The document is only available to AIM-PROGRESS member companies and can be accessed on the member zone.






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