Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Modern Slavery: Driving solutions to detect and eliminate human rights abuse in supply chains

 Slavery_SupplyChainManagement.jpegToday, leading companies understand that they must look beyond their own operations when assessing and addressing their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts. To deliver maximum business and social returns, they should consider and incorporate their supply chains when developing corporate citizenship programs.

Those that do are presented with the opportunity to address inefficiencies and risks—many of which could have severe ramifications to a firm’s reputation, as research finds that consumers are likely to hold a firm responsible for unsustainable activity regardless of where it occurs within the supply chain. A 2014 study finds that, while the severity of the incident increases backlash, the relationship the supplier has to the firm (direct vs. indirect) and the importance of the supplied product in no way mediates consumer anger.[i] That means that the behaviors of even a supplier that makes a negligible part of a product could pose a serious threat to company reputation and profit.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Responsible Sourcing at EILEEN FISHER

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jan 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The following is excerpted from a recent issue of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how you can connect with essential partners to make the most of the risks and opportunities present throughout your value chain, consider joining online either from September 18-November 10, 2017, or February 5-March 30, 2018 for our Integrating Corporate Citizenship Through Your Supply Chain course.

At EILEEN FISHER, the vision for fashion’s future is an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the effect of a particular initiative, but the measure of a business well run. To achieve this mission, the women’s clothing company has created an ambitious new model, entitled “Vision2020,” to guide the way in which their products are sourced and produced—and has ensured that its tenets are embraced at every level of its supply chain.

 

 

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Topics: Sustainability, Member Spotlight, Transparency, Supply Chain Management, Signature Programs

Want to achieve corporate citizenship progress? Include your supply chain

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jan 12, 2016 9:02:22 AM

SupplyChain_shutterstock_1909174041.gifA company’s corporate citizenship impact extends well beyond the four walls of the corporate headquarters. A significant amount of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact occurs within supply chains, whether it is greenhouse gas emissions, vendor performance, labor conditions within a supplier’s factory, or the sourcing of materials.

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Topics: Environment, Sustainability, Communication, Supply Chain Management

Securing a sustainable supply chain: lessons from CSR research

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Oct 13, 2015 12:04:00 PM

A company’s corporate citizenship impact extends beyond its headquarters. To address environmental, social, and governance issues effectively, CSR professionals today must look beyond their own operations and deep into their supply chain. How and where are materials sourced? How are the components of products developed? What are the environmental and human rights ramifications of those processes? Issues as serious as child labor, conflict minerals, and climate change can only be effectively tackled when a company’s commitments to corporate citizenship and reporting are adopted by their suppliers and partners.

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Topics: Materiality, Supply Chain Management, Triple Bottom Line, Best Practices, Business to Business (B to B), Business to Consumer (B to C)

How to confront child labor in your supply chain

Posted by kerin.sikorski on Jun 12, 2014 9:54:05 AM

child-labourToday is World Day Against Child Labor, an annual day of awareness that brings together governments, employers, and workers organizations, as well as millions of people from around the world, to highlight the plight of child laborers and identify what can be done to help them. Throughout the world, approximately 168 million children work, many of them full-time, leaving them without access to education or time to play. More than half are exposed to hazardous work environments, including slavery, forced labor, drug trafficking, and prostitution.

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Topics: Regulation, Supply Chain Management, Human Rights, Governance, Trafficking

A corporate approach to eradicating child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking in the supply chain

Posted by Ryan Nick on Oct 30, 2013 6:56:43 AM

ChildLabor_toolkitThe international supply chain is a complex system that requires businesses’ increased attention and transparency due to the prevalence of human rights issues, from child labor and forced labor to human trafficking. This was the topic of our most recent webinar presented in conjunction with the Department of Labor.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Supply Chain Management, Human Rights, Trafficking, Labor Laws

Sanofi embraces supplier diversity as a business imperative

Posted by TSimpson on Jun 19, 2013 7:30:37 AM

SANOFI_2011_QuadriMaintaining strong relationships with suppliers is an important way to ensure corporate citizenship is integrated throughout a company’s operations. Corporations can be held accountable for their supply chains, and thus, should select and manage suppliers carefully. Sanofi, a diversified health care provider, is dedicated to developing a diverse supplier base that brings value to the business as well as the communities in which it operates. This priority led to the development of the Supplier Diversity Initiative at Sanofi. Kathleen Castore, Head of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, recently shared some concrete advice and insights into Sanofi’s Supplier Diversity Initiative.

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Topics: Ethics, Diversity, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Integration, Supply Chain Management, Impact

Newell Rubbermaid strives for excellence in environmental sustainability

Posted by TSimpson on Apr 2, 2013 11:28:14 AM

In 2011, Newell Rubbermaid developed an environmental sustainability program designed to measure progress toward its goals to reduce water and energy usage, lower emissions and increase recycling across the company. The Environmental Sustainability Excellence (ESX) program, as it is now called, allows Newell Rubbermaid’s facilities to systematically assess the environmental impacts associated with production and upstream supply chain activities. Balaji Jayaseelan, Newell Rubbermaid’s Program Manager of Environmental Sustainability, recently shared some insights into the development of the ESX program and its impact on the company’s sustainability efforts.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Professional Development, Framework, Best Practices, Signature Programs

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