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Social Harmony is Becoming More of a Business Priority. Should it be an International Procurement Priority?

One of the biggest social-business stories in recent memory was the April 12, 2018 trespassing arrest of two African-American men in a Starbucks after they refused to make a purchase or leave.  The matter was widely regarded as an issue of racial discrimination.  Therefore, Starbucks made the decision to close all 8,000 of its stores on May 29 to provide “racial-bias…

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American Bar Association to Fortune 500: Clean up your Supply Chain

The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article recently, titled Bar Association Warns Corporations: Clean up supply chains.  The author says that the president of the American Bar Association will be sending a letter to the CEOs of all the Fortune 500 companies. He goes on to say that the letter will ask the CEOs to commit to ending human-rights abuses in…

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How Much Global Supplier Auditing Is Enough?

Another day, another global sourcing controversy. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today’s controversy has stemmed from China Labor Watch’s new report about a Chinese supplier of Apple, Pegatron.  This report summarized an investigation in which China Labor Watch found working conditions at Pegatron and its subsidiaries to be far worse than those found by Apple’s own…

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How Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Could Affect Procurement Work

On June 26 of this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, is unconstitutional,” according to ABC News.  Since then, there has been much legislative activity in state and local governments to provide various measures of equality to same-sex couples. Don’t miss updates on…

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Who Is Accountable For Indiscretions In Your Supply Chain?

Who would be held accountable if: Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You purchased goods from a supplier who, unbeknownst to you, purchased those goods illegally from a supplier in another country? A supplier of yours was caught using child or slave labor even though you found no evidence when you personally visited and audited that supplier?…

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Animal-Friendly Purchasing Goes Viral

In a blog post from almost four years ago to the day, I asked the question “Is animal-friendly purchasing the future?“ Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today, I think the answer is clearly “yes.” During the broadcast of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Chipotle Mexican Grill has produced a video that has since crossed the 5 million…

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What’s The Next Frontier In Supplier Diversity?

Yesterday, I blogged about the premise of determining supplier diversity status on employment base rather than ownership base. I also linked to a 2008 post of mine describing how UPS implemented LGTB-owned businesses as a new category of diverse suppliers. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! One thing that I wanted to bring up separately is…

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Look Who Is At The Center Of The Latest Procurement Controversy: The Girl Scouts!

Last week, the Associated Press picked up on an interesting procurement story: the Girl Scouts of the USA were seeking bids for the uniforms they currently buy from an American supplier in New Jersey. Among the four bidders invited to participate, two were from outside the USA including one from China. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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