The Global Compact encourages signatories to engage with their suppliers around the Ten Principles, and thereby to develop more sustainable supply chain practices. However, many companies lack the knowledge or capacity to effectively integrate the principles into their existing supply chain programmes and operations. In particular, a challenge remains to ensure that sustainability considerations are embedded within all sourcing processes.
To assist companies in improving their processes, the Global Compact has provided a platform for identifying and promoting existing material, initiatives and business practices, exploring critical issues and developing guidance on how to integrate the Ten Principles into supply chain management systems.
Because supply chain sustainability is a cross-cutting issue, this work is closely coordinated with the strategy and work done in the four Global Compact issues areas (human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption).
In February 2013, the Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability established a task force on traceability. The task force aims to identify common challenges and solutions to tracing raw materials and products through complex global supply chains. Headed by Infosys, in collaboration with BSR, the task force mapped existing resources, initiatives and company practices. The research findings and recommendations developed during this phase of the project have been summarized in a comprehensive report: Research Findings and Scoping Recommendations (pdf). This working document establishes a common understanding of the term traceability, identifies key drivers for facilitating traceability and includes recommendations for the next phases of the project.
The objective of the next phase of this project will be to develop practical guidance for companies to improve transparency and traceability in the supply chain. To inform the development of this resource, the Global Compact and BSR will engage various stakeholders across multiple sectors and product lines to better understand their experience and lessons learned regarding traceability.
Global Compact participants are invited to engage in this initiative, by sharing their experiences, as well as the tools and guidelines that are utilized. To learn more about the development of the Supply Chain Traceability Guide, please consult the Project Overview (pdf).
For further information, please contact Anita Househam (househam at un.org).
Global Compact participants are invited to login to the website: “Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices” and share information about their sustainable supply chain initiatives or activities, including brief examples describing how they are incorporating and promoting sustainability issues and the ten principles in their supply chains. Examples can include how the company is managing supply chain sustainability internally, how the company is engaging with suppliers or in partnerships and collective action initiatives to promote supply chain sustainability. Organizations, companies and special initiatives on this topic that would like to share information about their sustainable supply chain efforts are welcome to submit them to the website. All articles will be reviewed and approved by the UN Global Compact Office and CSR Europe before being published.
Access the website "Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices".
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