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Best current practices in purchasing - The Apparel Industry

Date posted: 2 Aug 2010 - Category: report


Organisation: As You Sow


Description: The report presents how apparel industry leaders have made changes to their purchasing practices - and even their corporate structures - in continued efforts to improve working conditions in factories and to reap the benefits of having an effectively managed supply chain. The report is based on interviews with seven companies: Gap Inc., Jones Apparel, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Nordstrom, Phillips-Van Heusen, and Timberland. These companies were identified by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility as innovative leaders in Purchasing Practices.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalitythree stars
Credibilityfive stars
Overallfour stars


Our comments:  This well written and concise report highlights some key areas in how corporate purchasing practices may lead to unintended consequences in the supply chain. It shows how some leading companies have addressed the problem by changing their management approach to reduce bad buying behaviours that add pressure on suppliers. It provides a useful insight for those needing to understand how they can change their systems to avoid some of the highly publicised negative impact of finding your company in the spotlight for your supplier's bad practices.


Tags: Supply chain, Child labour, Sweatshops


Link to resource:  Best current practices in purchasing - The Apparel Industry




Romanticizing the Poor

Date posted: 15 Sep 2009 - Category: comment


Author: Aneel Karnani

Organisation: Standford Graduate School of Business


Description: Market solutions to poverty are very much in vogue. These solutions, which include services and products targeting consumers at the "bottom of the pyramid," portray poor people as creative entrepreneurs and discerning consumers. Yet this rosy view of poverty-stricken people is not only wrong, but also harmful. It allows corporations, governments, and nonprofi ts to deny this vulnerable population the protections it needs. Romanticizing the poor also hobbles realistic interventions for alleviating poverty.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfive stars
Originalityfive stars
Credibilityfive stars
Overallfive stars


Our comments:  Karnani is one of the most thoughtful and challenging writers on the role of business in alleviating poverty. He has been quick to challenge what he sees as wishful thinking in a lot of the bottom-of-the-pyramid texts of the day, and whether you agree with his viewpoint or not these are well-argued, well-referenced points that need to be considered carefully. He is one of the few original, critical voices engaging the debate that are really helping to test and shape thinking, and if you are interested in this area you should read this, and his other (referenced in this document) writings on the subject.


Tags: Marketplace, Responsible marketing, Sweatshops


Link to resource:  Romanticizing the Poor




Mapping the Landscape - CSR issues for the media sector 2008

Media CSR Forum issues map

Date posted: 6 Apr 2009 - Category: report


Organisation: Media CSR Forum


Description: The Media CSR Forum is a group of media organisations developing CSR and sustainability practices and understanding for the UK media sector. In 2003 the forum commissioned a stakeholder engagement exercise in order to validate the focus areas for the group. Some of these areas have unique implications to the sector. These include: diversity of output, accessibility, security, privacy, freedom of expression, creative independence, transparency of process, impartiality and balance, and media literacy. This report is the result of a new stakeholder survey, which looked to identify the main CSR issues the media industry face.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilitythree stars
Overallfour stars


Our comments:  The CSR issues around the media sector are amongst the trickiest, because they can be so specific to the culture of the country, and so much based on societal expectations. This recent report is interesting because it adds several new issues to the map created in 2003 - including responsible advertising and climate change. It may seem surprising that climate change didn't make the list in 2003. Back then, the media companies saw themselves as having minimal environmental impact, focusing instead on the responsibilities of media content. Of course, everyone now understands that they have an important part to play in this area in 2009. The slightly lower rating on credibility comes because the survey had such small participation from industry participants, making it largely an outside view of the issues for the sector. Coming from the Media CSR Forum, you would have expected that this would be a legitimate place for the real media sector voice to be heard.


Tags: General CSR, Climate change, Responsible marketing


Link to resource:  Mapping the Landscape - CSR issues for the media sector 2008




Prosperity without growth?

Prosperity without growth

Date posted: 1 Apr 2009 - Category: report


Author: Prof Tim Jackson

Organisation: Sustainable Development Commission, UK


Description: Prosperity Without Growth? says that the current global recession should be the occasion to forge a new economic system equipped to avoid the shocks and negative impacts associated with our reliance on growth. Ahead of the G20 Summit in London, the report calls on leaders to adopt a 12-step plan to make the transition to a fair, sustainable, low-carbon economy.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalitythree stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallthree stars


Our comments:  Disappointed to be giving such a miserly rating for this report, since it covers an absolutely key area and SDC chair Jonathon Porritt's description of it as the organisation's "Magnus Opus" raised expectations. On the plus side, it brings together some key themes that show that emerging from the other side of the financial crisis to resume 'business as normal' is not an option. It is part of an essential debate that needs to take place. On the negative side, it has a lot of rhetoric and not much clarity. Such statements as those made about GDP as a target of policy were being made 20 years ago in the emerging 'new economics' movement. Surely we have moved forward further than the feeble '12 steps to a sustainable economy'. Would have benefited from 50 fewer pages and a 'so what?' chapter. But make no mistake that the themes outlined here will be ones that will come back to bite.


Tags: Environment, Climate change, Marketplace


Link to resource:  Prosperity without growth?




Telus: Leading the Canadian Telecommunications Sector in CSR

Date posted: 12 Mar 2009 - Category: case


Organisation: Interdepartmental Working Group on CSR


Description: "TELUS is considered a leader with respect to sustainability activities taken by North American telecom companies.8 It recognizes that those companies who can prove that they are providing open and timely financial and other information to shareholders and investors will have more of a chance to climb out of this economic downturn."


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightthree stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallfour stars


Our comments:  A detailed case study, hosted by the Canadian government. On the one hand, it has moments of frank acknowledgment of some of the challenges - particularly its discussion of the disconnection between commitment to CSR and the behaviour of the company's share price. On the other, it is all told from the corporate entity's perspective (Telus thinks this, Telus does that) and its length is about covering all the different aspects of the agenda, rather than providing great depth on one. A case study needs to give more than you would find anyway in the CSR report.


Tags: Environment, Philanthropy, Workplace


Link to resource:  Telus: Leading the Canadian Telecommunications Sector in CSR




Undue Diligence: How banks do business with corrupt regimes

Global Witness - Undue Diligence

Date posted: 12 Mar 2009 - Category: report


Organisation: Global Witness


Description: Global Witness' new report Undue Diligence names some of the major banks who have done business with corrupt regimes. By accepting these customers, banks are assisting those who are using state assets to enrich themselves or brutalise their own people.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfive stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallfour stars


Our comments:  As if the banks weren't under the cosh enough at the moment - this timely and well argued report puts the squeeze on even further. It raises all sorts of difficult questions - how far can banks really vet the credentials of governments that they deal with? But the cases in the report are a compelling argument that more needs to be done to avoid relationships with the most obnoxious abusers.


Tags: General CSR, Controversial countries, Corruption


Link to resource:  Undue Diligence: How banks do business with corrupt regimes




Supply Chain Report 2009

Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Report 2009

Date posted: 12 Mar 2009 - Category: report


Organisation: Carbon Disclosure Project


Description: This CDP Supply Chain report looks for the first time at how businesses are responding to the call for action and transparency in managing carbon and climate change in their supply chain.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfive stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallfive stars


Our comments:  The need to manage climate change emissions is driving a whole new level of engagement with the supply chain. In this report, the Carbon Disclosure Project gives a well thought through, and well documents update on how this can work.


Tags: Climate change


Link to resource:  Supply Chain Report 2009




Fish comes at a price

Rabobank fishing case study

Date posted: 11 Mar 2009 - Category: case


Organisation: Rabobank


Description: Fish is an important source of food. We would like to keep it that way, because fish is healthy and the supply chain of fish in general is less of a burden on the environment than the production of meat. Based on current fishing practices, however- which cause overfishing and bycatch discards - that is not going to happen.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilitythree stars
Overallfour stars


Our comments:  Interesting discussion from Rabobank on its approach to finance when it comes to a difficult industry under stress. The case study is a corporate self-write-up, but explores some of the difficult issues with a frank air, and is free of the self-congratulation often found in such case studies.


Tags: Fishing


Link to resource:  Fish comes at a price




Marketplace Responsibility Principles

Marketplace Responsibility Principles

Date posted: 10 May 2008 - Category: report


Organisation: Business in the Community


Description: The Marketplace Responsibility Principles are a guide for implementing responsible business in medium-sized to large companies, and have been developed by the Marketplace Taskforce, a group of 10 global and UK companies chaired by Mike Clasper, former CEO of BAA plc.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallfour stars


Our comments:  The Marketplace Responsibility Principles present the thoughts of some of the UK's top business leaders on how social responsibility applies to the process of how you make your money.


Tags: Customer issues, Marketplace, Responsible marketing, Controversial products, Supply chain, Corporate lobbying


Link to resource:  Marketplace Responsibility Principles




Sustainable consumption - Facts and Trends From a business perspective

Sustainable Consumption - WBCSD

Date posted: 18 Feb 2009 - Category: report


Organisation: World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Description: This document takes stock of recent developments and trends in global consumption patterns. It presents an overview of documented facts and trends on the relationship between business activities, consumer behavior, and environmental and social challenges.


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalityfive stars
Credibilityfive stars
Overallfive stars


Our comments:  This is a well-written and compelling account of how product issues have become central to understanding the sustainability of companies


Tags: Environment, Customer issues


Link to resource:  Sustainable consumption - Facts and Trends From a business perspective




New partnerships: how business can contribute to development in difficult local environments

Date posted: 13 Jul 2008 - Category: video


Organisation: World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Document type:  pdf



Tags: Controversial countries


Link to resource:  New partnerships: how business can contribute to development in difficult local environments




Corruption or compliance: Weighing the cost

Date posted: 15 May 2008 - Category: report


Organisation: Ernst & Young


Document type:  pdf



Tags: Corruption


Link to resource:  Corruption or compliance: Weighing the cost




Small Suppliers in Global Supply Chains

Date posted: 27 Apr 2008 - Category: report


Organisation: Danish Commerce and Companies Agency


Document type:  pdf



Tags: Supply chain


Link to resource:  Small Suppliers in Global Supply Chains




Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach

Date posted: 27 Apr 2008 - Category: report


Organisation: Pew Center on Global Climate Change


Document type:  pdf


Our ranking
InsightunratedUnrated
OriginalityunratedUnrated
CredibilityunratedUnrated
Overallthree stars


Tags: Climate change


Link to resource:  Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach




Proof of the Pudding - benchmarking ten of the world's largest food companies' response to obesity and related health concerns

Date posted: 13 Apr 2008 - Category: book


Organisation: Insight Investment / JP Morgan


Document type:  pdf



Tags: Customer issues


Link to resource:  Proof of the Pudding - benchmarking ten of the world's largest food companies' response to obesity and related health concerns




Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada: The 2008 Ivey-Jantzi Research Report

Date posted: 16 Mar 2008 - Category: report


Organisation: Ivey / Jantzi


Document type:  pdf



Tags: General CSR


Link to resource:  Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada: The 2008 Ivey-Jantzi Research Report




A new mindset for corporate sustainability

Date posted: 20 Jan 2008 - Category: report


Author: Six academics worldwide

Organisation: BT / Cisco - Bigger Thinking


Document type:  pdf



Tags: General CSR


Link to resource:  A new mindset for corporate sustainability




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