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3 typical reasons why the implementation of supplier diversity goes wrong in Procurement

When large organizations make the conscious and active decision to diversify their supply chain, there are normally many positive payoffs.

What are the 3 typical reasons to why the implementation of supplier diversity goes wrong?



Less mature policy and procedure

The use of diverse suppliers usually involves changing the way you procure. Diverse suppliers as a rule are smaller, carry lower levels of insurance, may not…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on February 6, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

3 tips to how Burberry could build a more sustainable and active approach to their suppliers

The fashion brand Burberry has recently decided to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. A move in line with what other fashion brands such as Levi’s, Nike, Bestseller and Zara have done.

As part of the move, the company said, it will increase the…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on February 4, 2014 at 4:15am — No Comments

Supplier diversity – enabling Procurement to spread supply chain risk

When large organizations make the conscious and active decision to diversify their supply chain, there are normally many positive payoffs.

Companies that have implemented supplier diversity programs say that the payoff has come in the form of stronger relationships with their supply base, new business opportunities and a more agile supply chain.

With this blogpost, and the ones following,  I am trying to give you a picture of what you can gain by integrating…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on February 4, 2014 at 4:08am — No Comments

A "how to" e-book on implementing supplier diversity in Europe

Supplier diversity involves two companies actively working to integrate under utilized businesses into their procurement processes.



Supplier diversity is more advanced in the USA, compared to Europe.



In my new e-book you can get inspired to how you can implement…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on February 4, 2014 at 4:04am — No Comments

Marriott International Inc. CSR Performance Benchmark

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Marriott International Inc. and the 141 companies in the Hotels, Motels and Restaurants Industry.  Marriott International’s overall rating currently is 62 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

The average rating for the other companies in the Hotels, Motels and Restaurants Industry currently is 52.  This has positioned Marriott…

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Added by Cynthia L Figge on January 31, 2014 at 12:50am — No Comments

Bloomberg Leaves A Sustainable Legacy With PlaNYC

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg peered into New York City’s future in the mid-2000s, he saw a landscape riddled with negative impacts stemming from climate change, aging infrastructure, and a steadily growing population. With this in mind, in an attempt to give New York the chance to develop sustainably Bloomberg created the Office of Long-Term Planning and…

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Added by Emily Hobbs on January 30, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments

Engaging suppliers and buyers in the sustainable agenda: Throw away powerpoint.

It can sometimes be a challenge to engage suppliers and buyers in the sustainable agenda of Procurement.

What I often meet are Responsible Procurement Champions, Procurement Executives or CSR professionals who have to engage suppliers and buyers in the sustainable agenda.

Suppliers and buyers typically have very limited amount of time – and usually also very limited interest in the sustainable agenda. So why not challenge them in a fun and result oriented way – and throw away…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on January 28, 2014 at 3:43am — No Comments

Mattel Inc.CSR Performance Benchmark

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Mattel Inc. and the 23 companies in the Leisure Equipment Manufacturing Industry.  Mattel Inc.’s overall rating currently is 59 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

The average rating for the other companies in the Leisure Equipment Manufacturing Industry currently is 52.  This has positioned Mattel Inc. in 2nd place…

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Added by Cynthia L Figge on January 28, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

CSR Performance Benchmark for Kohl’s Corporation

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Kohl’s Corporation and the 186companies in the Retail industry.  Kohl’s overall rating currently is 57 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

The average rating for the other companies in the Retail industry is steady at 53.  Kohl’s has maintained a steady place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. You may see more…

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Added by Cynthia L Figge on January 27, 2014 at 4:05am — No Comments

Ecotech Institute is Again Offering “Introduction to Sustainability” as a Free Online Course to the Public

Due to great success in its first session, the 10-week course returns

to cover a variety of sustainable issues.  

With more than 700 participants from around the world, Ecotech Institute’s first “massive online open course” (MOOC) was a tremendous success. The course kicked off last May through the Canvas Network, a common method for highly esteemed educational institutions to offer free courses to the public. Due to the overwhelming response,…

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Added by Molly Koch on January 27, 2014 at 9:14pm — No Comments

What is Responsible Procurement and how can my company benefit?

What is Responsible Procurement and how can my organization benefit? The questions are many. I want to answer some of them in this blog post.

Your company has probably already worked with a code of conduct or even signed the Global Compact.  Though, taking on responsibility for the impact of…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on January 27, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Ecotech Institute to Host Webinar on the Demand for Skilled Labor in Renewable Energy Careers, Sustainable Industries

30-minute webinar will discuss what’s missing in the hiring pool for green energy jobs



On Tuesday, January 28, Ecotech Institute will hold a 30-minute afternoon webinar, “Demand for Skilled Labor,” that takes a look at why it’s so hard to find employees for positions in renewable energy and sustainable industries. Other questions the webinar will address include:



— What’s currently…

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Added by Molly Koch on January 24, 2014 at 4:45pm — No Comments

CSR/ Sustainability Performance for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation and the 6companies in the Real Estate Agents Industry.  Marriott Vacations overall rating currently is 53 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

The average rating for the other companies in the Real Estate Agents Industry currently is 53.  This has positioned Marriott at…

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Added by Cynthia L Figge on January 24, 2014 at 4:56am — No Comments

Westpac - A responsible Procurement Champion

The bank Westpac has been crowned the “world’s most sustainable company” at the world economic forum in Davos, beating out global giants such as Nestle, Adidas and Cisco. Learn more here.



It made me curious. Could there potentially be a Responsible Procurement Champion…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on January 23, 2014 at 7:39am — No Comments

Sustainability Performance Benchmark for Johnson Controls Inc.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Johnson Controls Inc. and the 114 companies in the Energy, Equipment and Services Industry.  Johnson Controls overall rating currently is 59 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

The average rating for the other companies in the Energy, Equipment and Services Industry currently is 53.  This has positioned Johnson Controls at…

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Added by Cynthia L Figge on January 21, 2014 at 4:37am — No Comments

6 ideas to how you can actively work with corruption in Procurement

“Every dollar that a corrupt official or a corrupt business person puts in their pocket is a dollar stolen from a pregnant woman who needs health care; or from a girl or a boy who deserves an education.”

“Corruption is the top problem faced by developing countries and it is cancer for poor countries. The private sector should be ”part of the solution.”Cancer can be cured”

Cite: World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim

Bribery is a two-way street; it involves a…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on January 20, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

Google Turns Up The Heat On Smart Thermostats With Its $3bn Purchase Of Nest

Google, which already pretty much dominates internet traffic, is now coming for the smart home. On January 13, 2014 Google announced  it is buying Nest Labs – a startup that makes smart thermostats and smoke-alarm systems for houses and apartments – for $3.2 billion. This announcement got a lot of people agitated: while corporate financiers picked up on the high price to purchase a firm which generates at most $250 million in…

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Added by Emily Hobbs on January 16, 2014 at 5:23am — No Comments

The Responsible Procurement agenda includes a diverse approach to supplier engagement

I enjoyed reading a post by Procurement Leaders on Supplier Diversity …

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Added by Responsible Proc. on January 16, 2014 at 3:10am — No Comments

Looking into 2014: Jugaad Innovation. The new buzz word in (Responsible) Procurement.

When looking back at 2013 it is interesting to note that the ability to create sustainable value, beyond savings became even more important. Some CPO’s even started talking about the need to translate benefits in financial terms.

Looking into the year 2014 I believe, that…

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Added by Responsible Proc. on January 14, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Sustainability Trends for 2014?

We would love to hear your opinions on what you expect to the key sustainability trends to be in the new year.  Share your opinions today!

Added by Development Crossing on January 14, 2014 at 7:20am — No Comments

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