Business Respect - CSR Dispatches No#180 - 14 Nov 2011

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In this issue, we look at five key principles for sustainable supply chain management.


Building a sustainable supply chain continues to be one of the trickiest areas - but also potentially one of the most rewarding. It's tricky because, whether it is acknowledged by the various groups that want to publicise the problems, having a supply chain slowed down by process, and burdened with lots of additional costs, will potentially kill you if your competitors manage to operate faster and cheaper.

Of course, unnecessary risks or waste in your supply chain makes for higher costs, so there is a real business case for getting to grips with it. But more than any other aspect of how you aim for corporate responsibility within the business, it needs to be executed with skill.

That forms the basis of this edition's main feature.

It is also the focus for a forthcoming Ethical Corporation conference that covers a lot of the key issues. If you're still at a point in your supply chain journey where you could afford to learn from some of those that have also grappled with the same problems, you might want to look at the ad below.

I hope I may see some of you at Ethical Corp's annual reporting conference, taking place over the next couple of days. If you're there, be sure to come over and say 'hi'.


US: Surveillance firms attacked for 'we sell to anyone' attitude

A senior advisor to Hillary Clinton has criticised companies which sell equipment that can be used for censorship by repressive regimes. Alec Ross was responding to comments by Jerry Lucas, President of Intelligence Support Systems (ISS) that for-profit companies like his could sell what they wanted to whoever was willing to pay.

France: EDF fined for illegal spying on anti-nuclear campaign

A French court has found EDF and Kargus, the security firm it employed to carry out the work, guilty of spying on Greenpeace anti-nuclear campaigners. Activities included hacking computers owned by the group.


Making the sustainable supply chain puzzle simpler - five ways to start

Author: Mallen Baker, dated 14 Nov 2011

Companies like what they can control, for obvious reasons. It's why so many will be attracted to the corporate responsibility issues they can most easily affect, so that they can report on year on year improvements in a straightforward way.

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