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On 25 July 2019, 280 delegates from suppliers to brands attended the AIM-PROGRESS Responsible Sourcing Supplier Forum in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss common challenges around responsible sourcing and learn about practical tools and processes they can develop to improve their business practices. The forum was sponsored by seven AIM-PROGRESS members: Britvic, Diageo, McDonalds, Nestlé, PepsiCo, RB, Unilever, and supported by ELEVATE.
The day kick-started with a leadership panel of the co-sponsors to emphasize the importance of responsible sourcing for brands. Following an introduction to AIM-PROGRESS, the co-hosting organizations presented their commitments and progress on responsible sourcing and shared the value of audits and mutual recognition. The morning ended on two key topics: addressing forced labour and anti-corruption.
The one-day forum also provided a series of practical deep-dive workshops on three major topics: forced labour and child labour, wages and working hours, as well as health and safety.
The event closed with a feedback session from the sponsors reporting on the discussions in the workshops, followed by a networking reception where suppliers and brands could continue to exchange on their practices and programs.
Participating suppliers confirmed that the event was adding value and inspiring them to further improve their practices. “Since I passed through the first audit, I could increment my client base constantly, as I am prepared to meet the client's expectations from the start”, said Hélio Camilo Marra, a transport entrepreneur.
To read the full detailed news release, click here.
AIM-PROGRESS organizes supplier events globally to provide a forum for suppliers to learn, network and share best practices, while engaging with customers from the branded consumer goods sector. The intent of the Brazil event series is for supplier representatives to gain a better understanding of labour rights issues in Brazil and concrete actions that can be taken to drive change and build more sustainable supply chains within their own and extended value chains.