AIM-PROGRESS preparing to tackle new strategic drivers

Happy New Year to our responsible sourcing community and interested readers!

As we prepare to tackle our new strategy drivers, in particular how to ensure compliance and even go beyond it, we can look back to a number of achievements, highlights including:

  • Addition of three new members, taking our overall membership to 36 FMCG and supplier companies: McCain Foods, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Green Mountain Coffee have joined our ranks during he course of last year;
  • Organisation of three well-attended membership events in Amsterdam, Cincinnati and Pilsen; as well as two supplier events in Dubai and Moscow, reaching 150 companies.
  • Strengthening of our membership criteria so that our initiative challenges our members to actually implement responsible sourcing, based on common expectations, rather than serving as a talking shop only.
  • Further internal benchmarking through our annual membership survey, which is currently being repeated for 2014.
  • Expansion of our Mutual Recognition activities, through an update of our criteria, our expectations and provision of a list of nearly 10,000 audited suppliers for mutual recognition.
  • A deeper understanding of how respect of human rights is operationalised in business.
  • Dialogue with similar initiatives, to learn from each other and share, instead of reinventing the wheel, in particular with the GSCP.

Looking forward to 2014 and beyond, themes for us will include:

  • More work on integrating Ruggie into responsible sourcing.
  • Ensuring our industry and suppliers act with integrity.
  • Further supplier engagement through training evens.
  • Tackling effective resolution of common issues
  • Measuring impact of our activities.
  • Further galvanising our membership around going beyond compliance.


Our first membership meeting of 2014 will be held in Miami, preceded by what promises to be our biggest supplier event to date.