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Corporate Social Responsibility in supply chains: an example of aluminum refining

Commodity production in many parts of the world causes huge problems for local communities. Extractive industries located in areas with poor environmental protection and enforcement can be particularly damaging. For example this contentious aluminum refinery in Niyamgiri, India: The battle

BEATING THE BUDGET BLUES

ProPurchaser INSIGHT: Tired of being blamed for price increases that you have no control over?  There is a solution.  The annual ritual Most Purchasers are called upon each year to prepare a budget for the products they buy. Given the

The Carbon Benefits of Recycled Materials

The benefits of avoiding extraction and primary processing are usually significant, even when collection, transport and reprocessing of recycled material is taken into account. An increasing range of recycled products are coming onto the market, such as glass, steel, aluminium,

7 key factors for US reshoring

After making the case for reshoring in a previous article, PwC identified 7 key factors influencing potential US manufacturing resurgence. Obviously, labor cost is one of those factors but not the only one. “Industrial manufacturers may increasingly rethink their U.S.

GREENDEX: Survey of Sustainable Consumption

If your business is expanding into new markets or facing competition in existing ones, can you benefit from enhancing your green credentials to meet consumer preferences? Greening your supply chain could provide a competitive edge in markets where consumers are increasingly

Rack Up Savings

Stan Hankowski, a seasoned Buyer with a major American retailer tells an intriguing story that shows how Purchasers can help themselves by helping their suppliers. He went to market last year to buy steel racking. He expected higher prices because he’d

Purchasers’ turn to shine

It’s still quite scary out there: recession clouds are still lurking. Sales volumes are struggling to rise; unfortunately, costs are struggling less, as suppliers pile on price increases, citing higher raw material costs as the reason. Call to action What

TRUST YOUR SUPPLIERS BUT NOT THEIR DATA: A ProPurchaser INSIGHT

   ProPurchaser INSIGHT: Trust your suppliers but not their data.   Trust vs. Data Of course you need to trust your suppliers: their products, delivery, quality and service.  Makes sense or why would you want to do business with them? 

Fishing with Suppliers: A ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE

ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE #5: Go “Fishing” with Suppliers.   I once had a very smart boss whose favorite expression was “Fish where the big fish are!” So where do the “big fish” lurk for reducing costs for the products and

Shale gas blasts open world energy market

Unconventional treasure: Shale gas is trapped deep inside rock formations. Shale gas is a new and abundant source of natural gas, trapped in rock formations. Oil companies have known about it for decades but always dismissed it because it was too