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AIM-PROGRESS Newsletter – Q4 2016 - Issue #2

BRITVIC, HEINEKEN AND RB JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE SOURCING IN BRAZIL

December 19, 02:05 PM

The October supplier event was quickly followed by another supplier day on 1st November, co-hosted by member companies Britvic, Heineken and Reckittbenckiser in Sao Paolo (Brazil). The event gathered over 120 suppliers and focused on two high profile challenges in Brazil - deforestation and corruption. 

 

On 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 brands’ key raw materials and proposed steps suppliers can take to source these more responsibly. Amongst the issues highlighted was illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon, leading to human rights abuses among indigenous and local populations.

 

On anti-corruption Professor Luiz Eduardo de Almeida (Escola Paulista de Direito)presented an overview of Brazilian corruption legislation, and real life scenarios to provide suppliers with a better understanding of how to conduct their operations with integrity. Luiz Eduardo’s key message was that “Brazil has unique and complex regulations 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 programme”.

 

Interactive workshops were held by DNV-GL in the afternoon covering good labour and health & safety practices at manufacturing facilities, along with sessions from two platforms with expertise in social and environmental compliance verification, EcoVadis and Sedex.

 

The next AIM-PROGRESS supplier event will take place in Dubai in March 2017, with focus on migrant and forced labour.

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