What Productive Procurement Looks Like

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In six years of Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) annual evaluation reports of procurement organizations — a collaboration of A.T. Kearney, Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) — the results have shown remarkable stability. Or disappointing monotony, as ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry remarked in What Good Looks Like, a white … [Read more...]

Handling Human Rights Issues in Tech Supply Chains

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Guest Post By John Kloosterman and Michael Congiu The electronics and information communications technology (ICT) industries are ever-prevalent today, and depending on your point of view, they have either profoundly connected or polarized our world. Like it or not, we rely on these devices every day at work and in our personal lives. Global businesses are always looking for the most … [Read more...]

Finding a New Offshore Supplier

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By Viet Ho, CPO, Russell Investments Recently, I was tasked with helping a company find an alternative low-cost offshore supplier for IT services. In any consideration for offshore suppliers, there are four key areas during the research and investigation stage where it pays to spend the extra time and effort with each potential supplier: Risk management. How well-equipped is the supplier to … [Read more...]

Unraveling Forced Labor Abuses in the Global Supply Chain

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For a commodity with such a "soft" image, cotton sourcing can be a prickly challenge for companies focused on ethical supply chain practices. In Uzbekistan each year, over one million citizens are forced to work in the cotton industry under harrowing conditions. On February 20th, the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) released the report Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: A Survey of Corporate Practices to … [Read more...]