Are your Supply Chains Tiger and Orang-Utan Friendly?

SCM Research

A recent Greenpeace report reveals how palm oil supply chains are pushing Sumatran tigers and orang-utans closer to extinction (pdf). Practice Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Report Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Accounting for roughly 40% of vegetable oil production, palm oil is the most important vegetable oil worldwide.

El Niño May Have Your Supply Chain Partying Like It’s 1997

Kinaxis

A massive El Niño occurred in 1997-1998, unleashing record rains in California, deadly tornados in Florida, and a brutal drought in Indonesia, thus landing the term firmly on the radar (no pun intended) of millions of people around the globe. With extreme weather—running the gamut from droughts to flooding rains—likely to occur across the globe this winter, we can expect to see the supply chain affected in several areas.

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Transforming your supply chain: What experts said at Quintiq World Tour Singapore 2015

DELMIA Quintiq

What happens when you ask four experts for their thoughts on supply chain transformation? And this is what they shared: How would you define supply chain transformation? Travis Wong (Regional Logistics Director, Baker Hughes): Having gone through different supply chain management strategies, I’d say it boils down to three elements: Supply, demand and product. Can supply chain transformation happen without technology?

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. Ethical Procurement: Some Scenarios to Consider. The ground rules for good ethics in procurement are simple enough.

Supply Chain Risks Come from All Sides

Material Handling and Logistics

But as is often the case in the world of supply chain, the ship did not come in as planned. However, in a world where most of the information about a supply chain exists outside of the enterprise, visibility is a fundamental part of managing risk. Businesses that have end-to-end visibility of their supply chain are able to react to change more quickly and reduce the harmful effects of a breakdown somewhere along the way.

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. I think most of us can afford to pay $1 more for that “Mickey Mouse” or “Just Do It” t-shirt…… Corporate Social Responsibility Labor and Human Rights in the Supply Chain Procurement Sustainability Supply Chain Management Sustainability

Dr. Hau Lee on the New Supply Chain—and What to Watch Out for in TPP

Elementum

Welcome to the third installment of Supply Chain Spotlight, Elementum’s interview series. We speak with the most influential people in today’s global supply chain. Each interview is a conversation about the most important topics and tasks facing supply chain professionals all over the world. Professor Hau Lee realized he could make a difference in the supply chain after taking a sabbatical. Supply chain is interdisciplinary.

How to Manage Risk and Boost Transparency in the Raw Material Supply Chain

EcoVadis

As conflict minerals continue to find their way into supply chains of major western corporations, businesses need to place more emphasis on due diligence and explore new technologies to increase transparency. tin from Indonesia). Increasing Due Diligence in the Cobalt Supply Chain. Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group, introduced its Sustainable Procurement Framework for cobalt. 3TGs: Updates on Gold Sustainable Procurement.

Global Supply Chains Key Lever for a COP21 Commitments

EcoVadis

Forest fires have been plaguing Indonesia since July, producing more emissions than the entire U.S. The devastating effects of climate change are increasing every day, and the only way to get back on track with our goal of keeping the average rise in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius is to take a deeper look at our supply chains. Supply chain a key lever for making Cop21 commitments happen. By Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-CEO of EcoVadis.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

Low-cost country sourcing is a procurement strategy that falls under a broad category of procurement efforts called global sourcing. This strategy involves a country from a high-cost country area — typically US, UK, Canada, Australia, and West European nations — purchasing materials from resource-rich low-cost countries; think China, India, Indonesia, Bolivia, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, and East European nations. Managing long-distance and often complex supply chain.

New: Global Trade Map 2016

Supply Chain Movement

In collaboration with Amber Road, Supply Chain Movement has put together this Global EU Trade Map which provides an overview of current EU trade agreements and an insight into potential trade risks and how to mitigate them. By Supply Chain Movement in collaboration with Amber Road. Indonesia. Visuals Aberdeen Research Amber Road customs duties FTA Global Trade Map international trade PTA risk SAA Supply Chain Media Supply Chain Movement trade agreements

“Too Big to Fail”: 10 Things you Need to Know About El Niño

Elementum

Deemed “too big to fail” by NASA , the weather event will impact supply chains at every stage. As the event starts to take effect, here are ten things you should know about how different weather systems will impact your supply chain. During the 1997 El Niño, droughts in Indonesia and Argentina caused mining activity to halt, raising prices of copper, zinc, and nickel. El Niño is officially set to wreak havoc around the world—starting now.

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

NC State SCRC

Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor rates, moving from Western China to the Pearl River, and now to Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and North Africa. However, our research suggests that most organizations do very little to truly monitor human rights violations in their low-cost country supply chain manufacturing locations.

Bristlecone Flash – February 2019

Bristlecone

In January, Bristlecone kicked off an end-to-end supply chain assessment and diagnostic project for a provider of corporate apparel and business services. This is the first in a multi-phase SAP project aimed at transforming the client’s supply chain environment to increase order fill rates and reduce lost revenue. 9-11, at MIT, and be part of the community shaping the future of supply chains. AMERICAN CORPORATE APPAREL COMPANY SELECTS BRISTLECONE.

Sustainable Forestry: Can We Get It Right?

EcoVadis

Producing forestry and agriculture products for export, e.g. into global supply chains, is an attractive means for many developing nations to create economic growth. In Malawi, deforestation for human settlement and agricultural land has triggered soil erosion with direct impact on lake Malawi’s fish supply, which showed a 90 percent decline over the last 20 years.

Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment

NC State SCRC

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Industry Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University this past week. Participants also attended the Innovation Showcase in Nelson Hall,, featuring two winning supply chain teams in the undergraduate and graduate divisions! Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Forecasting Internet of Things Inventory Management Supply Chain Economics Supply Chain Management