Business Respect - CSR Dispatches No#168 - 3 Aug 2010

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In this issue, we look at what is the emerging best practice in apparel companies in supply chain practice.

Welcome

If you assume that the bad consequences of corporate behaviour are all deliberate, or at the very least wilfully negligent, there will be plenty of things you can get angry about.

Time and again, this proves not to be the case. Companies are still finding ways that practices that make perfect logical sense have unintended consequences. One of the big areas for this is supply chain management - and that is the focus for the main feature this time.

I will be in Buenos Aires at the end of August / beginning of September. If you're in the area and fancy saying 'hi' let me know.

The other piece of news is that I have now taken on the role of Contributing Editor at Ethical Corporation! A great opportunity to work even more closely with some of the best guys in the business.

News

Netherlands: Trafigura guilty of exporting toxic waste

Trafigura illegally exported toxic waste from Amsterdam, according to the findings of a Dutch court. The company transported the waste to the Ivory Coast where it injured thousands of local people in 2006.

New integrated reporting coalition launched

A new initiative aimed at overhauling international company reporting has been launched. The International Integrated Reporting Committee says that it will undertake a radical review of reporting, aiming to transform the way companies make financial, governance, and CSR statements.

British court delays Yevgeny Chichvarkin extradition hearing

Russian businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, founder of mobile phone retailer Yevroset, has had court hearings into his extradition delayed until September. The case has been brought, according to Chichvarkin, because he refused to pay bribes or to comply with Russia's culture of corruption.

Article

How good companies create bad outcomes in the supply chain

Author: Mallen Baker, dated 2 Aug 2010

It used to be all about blame. Company X uses suppliers that have abusive working conditions, or child labour. They are cynically turning a blind eye to evil practices to benefit their bottom line.

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