Supply Chain

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Wal-Mart Enters Africa

Although Wal-Mart has had a checkered past when it comes to entering foreign markets, a deal was announced at the end of May that the company has purchased a majority stake in the South African company, Massmart. While the $2.4 billion investment doesn’t raise too many eyebrows considering the company has a market cap north […]

June 13th

Responsibilities of the Alcohol Industry

There has been increasing discussion recently as to the role of corporate social responsibility throughout the alcohol industry. Of course CSR policies can and should be applied to companies throughout the private sector although my guess is that most people’s first thoughts don’t shoot to the beer, wine and spirits industry. Whether policies in that […]

April 13th

Wal-Mart Gets Healthier and Prices Stay the Same

(Note: Unbeknownst to me, my colleague Lane Jost and I both produced articles on Wal-Mart this morning.  I have decided to publish mine as well because I believe the two compliment each other well and hey, like Coke and Pepsi, there is room for similar products in the market place) Wal-Mart confuses me. It seems […]

January 20th

Can Sustainability Co-Exist With a Life of Luxury?

Much has been made of Bono’s work on and off the stage (particularly as it pertains to debt relief), but many people may have seen him more recently in the rather odd (to me at least) advertisements that show him and his wife on the African plains toting Louis Vutton (LV) luggage. I don’t think […]

December 14th

Fair Trade USA Tackles Fashion and Cotton Industry

While doing laundry, we read our clothing labels – “wash in cold water”and “tumble dry low”. But do we pay attention to the “made in…” labels such as Made in India or Made in Peru? What does that actually mean? And where is the transparency? Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA) hopes to shed light […]

December 1st

Starbucks and the World of Fair Trade

Fair trade continually interests me. It’s a great example of a development “policy” that at first glance, seems perfect. Companies (generally in foodstuffs like coffee or cocoa, but clothing and related items as well), basically agree to set the prices of the goods they purchase at a higher than market price in order to provide […]

November 12th

No Easy Answers in Monitoring the Social Impacts of a Global Supply Chain

ANN ARBOR, MI — We now enter breakout session two and I am pivoting from social media’s impact on CSR to managing the social aspects of the supply chain. The roster: Bama Athreya, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum Eric Olson, Senior Vice President, Business for Social Responsibility Monique Oxender, Global Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, […]

October 30th

Systems Thinking for a Green Supply Chain

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, discusses how companies can “green” their supply chain through a” systems thinking” approach. by Julie Urlaub In today’s global business environment, it is extremely rare for a company to own an entire product or service value chain.  Business operations now rely […]

October 25th