Managing the social, environmental and economic impacts of supply chains makes good business sense as well as being the right thing to do. But globalisation means that supply chains are often large, complex, multi-layered networks that consist of continuously evolving markets and relationships.
The horse meat scandal in the UK
– and more recently the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh
– have highlighted the need for greater transparency and served as vivid reminders as to why companies and their suppliers need to work together to raise standards and reduce risks.
To help supply chain professionals navigate this challenging and shifting landscape, Sedex has launched Responsible sourcing insights - a series of six short films tackling key challenges in responsible supply chain management.
Released over the coming months, each film features interviews with leading multinationals, suppliers, trade bodies, NGOs and other experts at the sharp end of tackling responsible supply chain challenges. And there will be a series of blogs on supplymanagement.com to accompany each video.
This first film in the series Getting to grips with responsible sourcing
explores the key concepts at the heart of today’s responsible sourcing programmes. It charts the evolution from a niche activity into a mainstream procurement strategy that’s embraced by Sedex members and forward-thinking business leaders around the world.
Subsequent films in the series will be released once a fortnight at www.sedexglobal.com/insights
and will focus on the following themes:
Film two: Tackling complexity in multi-tier supply chains
Film three: Driving transparency to improve standards
Film four: The power of collaboration
Film five: Big data
Film six: Supply Chain 2.0 – where is it all heading?
Whether you are a seasoned a supply chain professional – or starting out on your responsible sourcing journey – together the films are designed as a tool kit for anyone wanting to scale-up their responsible sourcing programmes.
☛ Mark Robertson is head of communications at Sedex