Supply Chain

What Came First: The Chicken Or The Egg?

What Came First: The Chicken Or The Egg? Supply chain lessons learned from the challenge of the 'cage-free' trend. Nick Anderson In late 2015, a small group of food companies declared they would transition to using exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025. This type of announcement was not a new for food companies, but it did set off a snowball effect of animal welfare policy changes and commitments throughout the food industry. Today, nearly every major food company, restaurant, and food retail business has some form of cage-free egg policy. Many factors contributed to this significant and rapid industry shift, but a few of them were key: increasing consumer interest in farm animal welfare practices; companies’ willingness to commit to changes to build or protect their brand image; and, perhaps most importantly, consumers reacting positively to the term “cage-free.” Let’s face it: cage-free sounds wonderful. Of course consumers don’t want chickens locked up in cages. Who doesn’t prefer freedom to the alternative? The chickens, most likely.

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The Main Event

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How to get the most out of your sustainable summits—experts share their top tips.
By Belinda Sharr
Many companies planning upcoming business events look at the big-picture logistics—but they need to make sure they're looking at the small stuff too; small items like paper product and water bottles can add up to a big impact. So where should professionals begin their event plan? CR Magazine spoke with Andrew Walker, certified meeting professional and manager of events at Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and Mariela Mcllwraith, certified meeting professional, certified meeting manager, MBA, and director of sustainability at GMIC, an Initiative of the Convention Industry Council, for advice on how to plan an event that provides a great experience for attendees, while ensuring it's operating responsibly.Walker has worked in the global meeting and event industry for more than 10 years.

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A Sustainable Stay

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The most sustainable corporate hospitality chains offer destinations dedicated to CSR.
By the Editors
When travelling or planning an event, CSR professionals should make the effort to utilize the most sustainable locations that are working toward a greener earth. CR Magazine has compiled a list of the most sustainable corporate hospitality chains in the U.S. to help you choose a facility that is dedicated to corporate responsibility. The following corporate chains were researched by the editorial staff and are in unranked alphabetical order. Company name: Borgata Website: Company name: Caesars Entertainment, Inc. Website: Company name: Carnival Corp.

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Conflict Minerals Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead

Conflict Minerals Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead By Christopher T. Mcclure And Meghan Rzepczynski U. S. manufacturers will soon file their third annual Form Sds and Conflict Minerals Reports (CMRs) and then initiate 2016 due diligence. Much has changed since August 2012, when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enacted the Conflict Minerals Rulel under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. A legal challenge to the rule posed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been defeated after many months of battling in the courts, and activists have stepped up their battle for supply chain transparency. Many public and private companies have felt the impact of the rule, and negotiations for a law with similar requirements are underway in the European Union (EU). The below are some observations and recommendations that can help meet the challenges posed by the rule's unique due diligence and reporting requirements. Addressing the rule As a conflict minerals compliance team defines its objectives and formulates and executes its approach to meeting the requirements, it needs to do the following.

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Roundtable Discussion: Supply Chain Compliance And Governance Best Practices

shutterstock_100298642 By the Editors Three experts on supply chain compliance recently discussed best practices. The team has presented several times at global conferences on this issue. Dynda Thomas, an attorney at Squire Patton Boggs specializing in supply chain transparency and compliance issues, notes that new and varied compliance obligations are being piled on the shoulders of supply chain professionals. "These obligations run the gamut from product content and ingredients, to working conditions throughout the supply chain, to the circumstances of resource extraction or harvesting of raw materials. It's not just about price, delivery, standards and quality. Managing all these requirements is a real challenge Lydia Hultquist, now at RGP advising clients on these matters, has first-hand experience with these challenges from more than 15 years in-house, and facilitates a regional group confronting these issues. She has noted some challenges including management buy-in; senior managers have been slow to realize the extent of these challenges.

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Innovating, Disrupting, Cajoling

What companies are doing in supply chains that’s working

By Bill Hatton

You know one major theme of the corporate responsibility, sustainability and share value movement involves transformation of the supply chain. Numerous sustainability managers have told CR Magazine (and probably you) that their job involves a hard look outside the company—looking for ways to partner with others to drive down costs, cut waste, reduce carbon footprints, and hopefully do some social good, too.

And you know that’s easier said than done. That’s why we’ve taken a deeper look at how companies are improving their supply chains. In this section, CR Magazine offers a look at three companies who are facing some tough questions and coming with answers you can adapt and apply in your organization.

‘I’m not a supply-chain expert, but .

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How suppliers are impacting your sustainability

And how you can discover those impacts

By Mike Wallace

So you’ve figured out your own sustainability situation, you’ve done your materiality assessment and are working on your next report, and doing so according to GRI’s G4 Guidelines. Like most of the others in your industry, you’re actively monitoring the other reporting frameworks that surround the market: CDP, SASB, IIRC and maybe you’re working directly with your industry association to collectively identify the most material issues among your peers. Perhaps you are even engaging directly with these reporting frameworks to help shape the next generation of guidance.

That’s all great and you are well on your way toward understanding your overall sustainability performance and getting a real handle on your situation. One thing, however: What about your supply chain? Have you had a close look at your suppliers and how they impact your own sustainability performance? Have you taken a general look at the potential business interruptions that could be hiding in Tier 1, 2 or 3? Are you even aware of the reputational issues that surround your suppliers, or how a reputational incident could roll up to your organization?

What does one do?

Well, you need to take a general reading of the situation, which can be done by benchmarking your industry peers or aspirational peers to see what they are doing.

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