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Tackling modern slavery in Congolese cobalt mines

Posted by Peter Needle

21-Jan-2016 09:59:44

Almost_36m_people_live_in_modern_slavery_BLOG.jpgThis week it emerged that major consumer tech brands including Apple, Samsung and Sony may be implicated in a child labour scandal involving cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In its latest report, human rights charity Amnesty International has exposed links between a Chinese mineral firm, believed to supply at least 16 multinational companies, and cobalt mines exploiting child labour in the central African nation. Used within lithium-ion batteries, cobalt is a component of many consumer electronics.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, modern day slavery

Is supply chain visibility possible in complex global sourcing?

Posted by Peter Needle

17-Sep-2015 11:00:00

For Is supply chain visibility possible in complex global sourcing?many retail brands, it’s impossible to tell exactly where their products have come from. Most will know who their primary supplier is, and are likely to have audited this factory and imposed ethical and quality standards, However, it can be very difficult to achieve secondary supply chain visibility - and the further down in the tiers you get, the harder it becomes.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency

Slow fashion trend promotes supply chain sustainability

Posted by Peter Needle

08-Jul-2015 11:12:00

It’sSlow fashion trend promotes supply chain sustainability unlikely that fast fashion will disappear from the high street anytime, but perhaps the tide is starting to turn. Consumers are starting to become concerned about supply chain sustainability in the garment industry, and the new 'slow fashion' trend reflects this movement.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency

Segura named in Global Responsible Sourcing Top 500

Posted by Peter Needle

18-Feb-2015 11:08:00

Last month, Segura named in Global Responsible Sourcing Top 500we were ranked at number 370 in Sustmeme's global Responsible Sourcing Top 500. We love discussing and sharing knowledge on ethical sourcing strategies, and were happy to see several familiar names on the list too. 

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Topics: ethical sourcing

Segura brings sustainable sourcing to the construction industry

Posted by Peter Needle

11-Feb-2015 11:01:00

AtSegura and Responsible Solutions bring sustainable sourcing to the construction industry first glance, a building site might appear to have little to gain from Segura's technology, but the globalisation of the construction supply chain means that behind the scenes the industry is facing new market pressures and problems.

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Topics: ethical sourcing

Why modern day slavery in Thailand affects the UK

Posted by Peter Needle

03-Nov-2014 16:26:00

Supply Why modern day slavery in Thailand affects the UKchain ethics in developing countries can sometimes struggle to meet our expectations in the Western world, and conditions of modern day slavery are unfortunately a relatively common phenomenon across much of Asia. Just how hard is global sourcing within an ethical supply chain?

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Topics: ethical sourcing, global sourcing

How to abolish modern day slavery from global garment supply chains

Posted by Peter Needle

21-Oct-2014 17:02:00

How_to_abolish_modern_day_slavery_from_global_supply_chainsNo responsible business wants modern day slavery in their supply chain, but how can ethical clothing companies address the issue of forced labour?

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, modern day slavery

Using track and trace technologies to achieve ethical sourcing

Posted by Peter Needle

14-Oct-2014 16:06:00

Tech_trends_in_the_apparel_industry_BLOGTracking technologies can enable garment manufacturers and retailers to determine the location of any object within their supply chain, alongside a wealth of other information. But why is this depth of knowledge so essential to the running of a sustainable supply chain?

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency

Which metrics are best? The science of supply chain sustainability

Posted by Peter Needle

10-Oct-2014 10:57:00

reporting-of-supply-chain-sustainability-a-myriad-of-metricsWith so much competing research and statistics on sustainability in global supply chains, what information can we trust, and how can we ever compare or analyse the results?

The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013 provides a snapshot of recent global trends in corporate social responsibility. This research looked at over 4,000 companies across 41 countries, and found that more than 90% of the world’s largest 250 companies now publicly report on aspects of their sustainability performance.

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Topics: supply chain solutions, ethical sourcing, supply chain management

How ethical supply chains can pay off for garment retailers

Posted by Peter Needle

22-Aug-2014 15:13:00

While theEthical sourcing is a big concern in the retail industry fast fashion trend is making low prices a priority, garment retailers have other concerns to bear in mind to meet modern consumer expectations. Ethical supply chain management is a major concern in today’s fashion market, and endless cost-cutting is no longer a sustainable business plan.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, garment industry