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This webinar took place on 9th September, 2020.

Responsible Sourcing is “a voluntary commitment by companies to take into account social and environmental considerations when managing their relationships with suppliers”, according to the International Chamber of Commerce.

During Achilles’ Responsible Sourcing webinar on 9 September, speakers examined environmentally sustainable responsible sourcing practices, along with ethical considerations regarding labour standards.

  • 37% of webinar attendees agreed that climate change is their biggest supply chain sustainability issue, however 9 out of 10 attendees knew little to nothing about the ISO 20400 Standard on Sustainable Procurement.

“Set out your ambitions to your supply chain in the form of a policy, a charter, a requirements document or similar,” said Shaun McCarthy OBE, Director of Action Sustainability.

“There are lots of good reasons to do this, firstly internally – everybody knows what your sustainable aims are; and secondly externally – as an early signal to your supply chain so they compete around what you’re asking for. If you present something to your supply chain last minute as something new, the chances are the price will go up, so it’s very important to signal the requirements at an early stage.”