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Adidas Sustainability Report: Misses Goal to Verify Supplier Data

Adidas missed its goal to verify supplier data last year, according to the company’s 2012 Sustainability Progress Report. The verification is a necessary step towards Adidas’s targeted 10-15 percent cut in relative energy consumption at core suppliers by 2015. The sportswear maker says it could not fully verify the data in … Read more »

Ten Steps to Quality Supplier Relations

Probing the 2012 regulatory landscape, quality and risk managers want to know, “Specifically, how do we start a program of compliance?” The answer is:  start with #1 below. Then proceed to #2. Quality programs don’t have to be drudgery; they can be rational, engaging, dynamic processes. When it comes to … Read more »

Enhancing Sustainability through Responsible Supplier Partnerships

In most environmental preferable purchasing (EPP) programs, the policies primarily focus on the end product because that is easier to see, manipulate and control. However, even the “greenest” product is not really environmentally friendly if it is manufactured in a facility that wastes water and energy, transported in gas-guzzling vehicles … Read more »

3 Ways Retailers Can Help Suppliers Tackle Sustainability

I recently wrote an article Seven Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012, where I opined that retailers (not government, consumers, or even “business in general”) are the driving force behind sustainability this year. I was therefore pleased to read the recently-released Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) 2012 Retail Sustainability Report. Based … Read more »

McDonald’s Phasing Out Sow Gestation Cages

McDonald’s is requiring U.S. pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls, in a move supported by the Humane Society, the company announced. Suppliers have been asked to submit the plans by May, after which McDonald’s says it will share assessment results and announce … Read more »

North America Lags on Supplier Emission Cuts

North America Lags on Supplier Emission Cuts

North American suppliers are likely to fall behind in the race to capitalize on climate change opportunities, scoring a D average on emissions performance compared to the C average for European and Asian suppliers, according to research published today by the Carbon Disclosure Project and Accenture. A New Era: Supplier … Read more »

Apple Releases Supplier List, as NGOs Praise Chinese Transparency Progress

Apple Releases Supplier List, as NGOs Praise Chinese Transparency Progress

The National Resources Defense Council and Beijing-based NGO the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs have said China is making steady progress on environmental transparency, the same weekend that Apple published its first list of suppliers. In their third annual Pollution Information Transparency Index (Chinese only), the NGOs said the public … Read more »

Companies’ 2012 Sustainability Plans: Focus on Employees, Suppliers

Employee engagement and supplier sustainability performance are the corporate sustainability initiatives that will get the most time and resources in 2012, according to a study by Green Research. The Annual Sustainability Executive Survey, 2012, a poll of close to 50 senior sustainability executives, found that 88 percent plan to invest … Read more »

CDP Launches Supplier Emissions Scoring

The Carbon Disclosure Project and FirstCarbon Solutions have launched an initiative to score the CDP Supply Chain program, with performance scores introduced for the first time. FirstCarbon Solutions will score submissions from nearly 1,300 suppliers in the next few months to determine both their climate change performance and the quality … Read more »

Ford, Microsoft Announce Supply Chain Info Drives

Microsoft and Ford have both launched efforts aimed at increasing the amount of information available on their vendors’ commitments to social and environmental policies. Starting in 2013, the software giant will require a cross section of its suppliers to provide reports on their adherence to the requirements listed in the … Read more »

Half of Multinationals to Choose Suppliers Based on CO2 Emissions

A full half of multinational companies plan to select suppliers based on carbon performance, according to a study by Carbon Trust Advisory. The research says that 29% of suppliers are likely to lose their places on green supply chains if they do not have adequate performance records on carbon. The … Read more »

AT&T Sets 2011 Goals on Supplier Carbon, Renewables

AT&T Sets 2011 Goals on Supplier Carbon, Renewables

AT&T will ensure that a majority of its spend this year goes to suppliers that track their GHG emissions or have plans to do so by 2012, in one of several new goals announced in the company’s 2010 Sustainability Report. AT&T has also announced 2011 goals to add at least … Read more »