Bangladesh Catastrophes Drive Ethical Sourcing Initiatives

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Sourcing to low cost destinations is not a new development and Bangladesh has been a favored destination of apparel brands and retailers. Procurement/Sourcing Sustainability Rana Plaza Sustainable sourcingBut incidents like Rana Plaza disaster (an eight-story factory collapsed, killing over 1,000 workers) brought to light non-existent safety measures. This incident, and three others during 2013-14, challenged the sourcing strategies of large […].

Bangladesh Clothes Factory Fire

SCM Research

At the end of last month, a garment factory fire in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured many more. In Bangladesh, mostly women and often children are exposed to risks from lacking fire safety standards in factories. Human rights groups urge Western governments to press retailers and apparel brands to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. Practice Corporate Social Responsibility Globalization Procurement


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Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain


An article written by my former PhD student, Rejaul Hasan, and I just came out this week in Contracting Excellence , the journal published by IACCM, which documents the catastrophe that is unfolding in Bangladesh, one of the world’s major exporters of garments for the apparel sector.

600 Dead in Bangladesh: Is there a soul to the enterprise?

Supply Chain View from the Field

News of the increasing death toll in Bangladesh continues to pour in, with the latest at 600 found dead in the rubble of the Rama factory complex. Demonstrators are protesting apparel offices (such as Gap’s offices in San Francisco) to demand better working conditions in Bangladesh factories. Some, like Disney and Nike, have announced that they simply won’t buy any apparel produced in Bangladesh.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor. This past March Disney announced that it was stopping production of branded merchandise in Bangladesh , due in part to the factory fire near Dhaka that killed 112 workers last September.

Bangladesh Working Conditions: A Human Rights Issue? Or a Supplier Capacity Issue?

Supply Chain View from the Field

The recent press in the Wall Street Journal and other papers on Walmart’s fire in Bangladesh is raising the ire of corporate responsibility groups and human rights groups alike. And when they subcontract, and accidents happen (as in the Walmart Bangladesh fire), Walmart goes in and discovers that their product line was in that facility – and they had no idea!

So Your Supply Chain is Banning Bangladesh….and Going to Cambodia?: “The Ugliest Race to the Bottom”

Supply Chain View from the Field

In our ongoing discussion of labor and human rights violations in the supply chain, we’ve discussed in prior posts the problems that occurred in Bangladesh resulting in over 700 dead. Companies like Nike and Disney have publicly stated that they are not going to Bangladesh for apparel sourcing in the future. As noted in a Wall Street Journal article today , low cost countries all have the same problems that factories in Bangladesh do.

Ethics in Procurement – Simple, but Not Always Easy

Logistics Bureau

If you have not yet tackled the question of ethics in procurement, now is a great time to start. It does not matter whether you are a procurement professional, internal customer, external customer, senior executive, or supplier. Procurement is what sets entire supply chains and their organisations in motion. How procurement handles itself and its activities set the tone for all the events that follow, right up to the final delivery of goods and services to the end-customer.

Supply Chain News on Procurement News Round Up for Aug. 8, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Bangladesh Launches Program to Map Apparel Suppliers, Best Interview Questions for Procurement Hires, Jail Sentences for Principals in UK Horsemeat Scandal

Five Predictions (About Prediction) that Every Procurement Professional Should Consider

Supply Chain View from the Field

As part of the conference, I’m delivering a talk on five predictions that every procurement professional should consider. These aren’t so much “predictions”, as opportunities that procurement professionals should become aware of, and educate themselves on. The recent publicity generated by the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, and other labor risks, has elevated the importance of integrating these issues into the sourcing decision.

Port Congestion Update


Rice exports also have seen substantial movement to Bangladesh from Mundra , whereas the MHA has been pushing west Bengal government to start moving them via road as well. Logistic Post Uncategorized COVID-19 Digital Plathform Freight procurement Freight procurement software rate procurement

Port Congestion Update – There growth in the number of containers cleared at Nhava Sheva and Mundra


Rice exports also have seen substantial movement to Bangladesh from Mundra , whereas the MHA has been pushing west Bengal government to start moving them via road as well. Logistic Post Uncategorized COVID-19 Digital Plathform Freight procurement Freight procurement software rate procurement

Still Don’t Know How Many Slaves Are In Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

I asked that question almost three years ago following the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers and injured thousands of others. Global Trade Labor Regulations Supply Chain & Logistics Trends California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply CIPS conflict minerals Development International Intel Modern Slavery Act slavery supply chain management supply chain visibility

Supply Chain 2015

SCM Research

Other topics covered by the report are, among others, strategic procurement, top technologies, demand prediction, sustainable supply chains and cross-border delivery. The report also contains an analysis of three selected sectors (retail, construction and pharmaceutical) and additional case studies, including a case study on the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh.

Responsible Sourcing! Making Sustainability Happen for Real!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Sustainability is created in the textile factories of Bangladesh. Responsible Sourcing isn’t just about sourcing and procuring goods and services in a more sustainable manner, but also about ensuring external suppliers are aligned and committed to the same principles and values. This is a perfect starting point for a procurement team searching for an infrastructure to build their responsible sourcing efforts upon. procurement #sourcing #purchasing. Subscribe Here!

Ensuring Workers’ Rights in Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

A former journalist, she first became aware of the need for an intensive training regimen in Bangladesh, site of multiple labor violations and worker deaths. One of the company’s initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring application of the training to Tier 2 suppliers, although it has yet to proceed to that level. “We Regulation and Compliance Quality & Metrics All Technology Supply Chain Visibility Sourcing/Procurement/SRM

Modern Slavery in Today’s Supply Chains


In a related article by the Guardian , David Noble, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, points out just how pervasive this issue is, saying 11% of British business leaders report modern slavery likely already plays a role in their supply chains. by Alexa Cheater I used to think slavery was, for the most part, a thing of the past.

Supplier Management and Sourcing in the Fashion Industry – Under the Spotlight


The “fast fashion trend”, which means that collections are distributed in shorter, and shorter periods of time, has transformed the procurement function. The procurement function also manages supplier relations, negotiations, competitive intelligence and key performance indicators. Every strategy involves benefits and challenges, and the procurement function must understand which one is the best, depending on constraints. Digital transformation of procurement in fashion.

4 Ways Supplier CSR Ratings Can Help SRM Systems Capture $550 Billion Opportunity


Supplier Relationship Management SRM represents a giant $550 billion opportunity for procurement to create value according to this recent Digital SRM Research Report from our partner State of Flux. CSR ratings are a vital element of the information and insights that procurement teams need to build trust and deepen relationships with suppliers. With this insight in your SRM system, you can make better procurement decisions all along the source-to-pay journey.

GrandVision: “We are changing completely as we become demand driven”

Supply Chain Movement

In the last three years we’ve developed our strategy, centralised procurement, purchasing and manufacturing aligned our portfolios across all categories globally and developed our exclusive brands portfolio. We are transitioning our Chinese supplier base to other regions such as Bangladesh and Vietnam for labour cost and quality reasons. Grandvision has grand plans.

New: Global Trade Map 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) are designed to boost economic growth through trade by opening markets by way of progressive removal of customs duties, eliminating or reducing trade barriers and tariffs, lifting restrictions on services and even through public procurement. Bangladesh. Uncovering and mitigating trade risks in international operations.

How Europe is Coping with Supply Chain Disruption


Define your procurement response strategy. Sectors such as apparel, which have shifted production to countries such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, may see reshoring in the long run. Adapting to the present and future challenges of COVID-19.

The Environmental Crackdown in China: Supply Chains Impacts Continue


Some factories may have been forced to move to countries with more lenient environmental regulations such as India or Bangladesh. Environment is one of the four themes in the EcoVadis sustainability rating process, along with labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. More than 30,000 business have been penalized during a major campaign against environmental violations in China with companies worldwide feeling the impact.

China Flexes Its Global Logistics Muscle

Material Handling & Logistics

Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar. Cheng Wei, Honeywell’s EPC (engineer, procure and construct) export sales leader in China, spoke to MH&L about their involvement in the project. In June Honeywell and the China International Contractors Association jointly hosted a high-profile meeting with more than 20 leading Chinese engineering procurement and construction contractors in Macao.

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing


Sourcing is now predominantly overseas: China is one of the big sourcing countries of course, along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand. Because one of the major costs in a business, if you take in procurement and cost of goods, is supply chain.

The Pullback From China: Will it Be Harder for SMEs?

Logistics Bureau

US import tariffs and the desire to diversify manufacturing locations are the key drivers of the move, which will see some of the company’s production transferred to Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Cambodia.

Handfield’s Top Supply Chain Predictions for 2016


The recent publicity generated by the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, and other labor risks, has elevated the importance of integrating these issues into the sourcing decision. Such indices should be proactive in nature, and provide an early warning system as well as an estimate of potential financial impact of diversity, environmental, and human labor rights violations (as well as opportunities) to procurement.

The Limitations and Evolving Role of On-site Supplier Audits: 4 Reasons They Are Starting to Miss the Target


The CSR landscape is changing rapidly and sustainable procurement programs are directing their efforts toward new standards and frameworks, including the Ruggie Principles. Part 2 in this series, will discuss effective ways to integrate CSR audits into sustainable procurement programs as part of a diversified, multi-input approach to achieve performance monitoring and improvement. Bangladesh: CSR Audits Fail to Protect Workers and Threaten OSH Profession’s Integrity”.