Category Archives: Corporate social responsibility

Dealing with supplier ethics

In my recent post about supplier ethics, I wrote about how suppliers whose ethics are not in alignment with those of their customers pose a real supply chain risk. This risk can come in the form of fraudulent products, unethical …

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Social responsibility: a vitamin or a painkiller?

Are social responsibility and business mutually compatible or conflicting? In other words, is the only reason to espouse social responsibility in procurement or other areas of the company is because there is a tangible and demonstrable return on investment (ROI)? …

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If Your Supplier's Work Environment Is Unsafe, What Do You Do?

Die casting is manufacturing at its most basic and dirty level. Companies that use casting suppliers must allow additional lead time for procuring the castings, as they are typically a long lead-time item. And die casters are known for being …

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Purging the System of Supply Chain Mistakes

In a takeoff of the U.S. government’s Cash for Clunkers program, Toys R Us began a program to help get recalled and dangerous children’s equipment such as cribs, bassinets, high chairs, etc. out of people’s homes. I touched on the …

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Supplier Assessment Can Be Supplier Education

Evaluating suppliers can be educational for the supplier. When suppliers are asked to comply with customer requirements that are considered industry best practices, they may have the opportunity to learn more about those practices. You may wonder how a company …

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Where's the Beef……From?

A recent article in the Manchester Guardian reported on the latest sub-tier supply risk horror story. It is alleged that British supermarket chains Tesco, Asda, Marks & Spencer and dozens of other supermarkets may be inadvertent parties to a different …

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Want to audit us? It'll cost you.

A colleague of mine, Sandra Gauvin, an expert in the quality field and writer of the Current Quality blog and newsletter, recently brought to my attention a new disturbing trend in supplier evaluation: suppliers who charge their customers to for …

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