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A mere handful of leading consumer goods companies and retailers have taken meaningful steps to sustainably source soft commodities such as paper or soy, a report claims. A study by WWF found only 14% of consumer goods companies had made measurable time-bound commitments to sustainably source palm oil, paper, soy, sugarcane or farmed fish according...
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What is the return on investment of business continuity? How do you justify to top management any investment in business continuity? It’s a tough question. If a disruption does occur, then clearly having a business continuity plan will demonstrate significant value, as it will help you manage through the disruption. But what if a disruption...
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Publication of the long-awaited new international standard for occupational health and safety – ISO 45001 – is likely to be delayed after participating members of the ISO committee ‘disapproved’ its first draft. Participating members – ie. those national standards bodies elected to work on the development of the draft international standard (DIS) – were balloted...
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Designers working on construction projects must consider how contractors will be kept out of harm’s way from the outset of their planning, a meeting of safety and health professionals heard. Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM), which came into force last April, designers “must take all reasonable steps” to assist all those...
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More than three quarters of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) professionals surveyed said there was a need to improve overall risk oversight in 2016. According to MetricStream’s global survey of 200 GRC professionals, which focused on the major challenges and trends affecting businesses such as geopolitical risks and cyber security, 76.2% of respondents cited risk...
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Supply chain disruption remains in the top 10 biggest perceived threats to businesses globally in 2016, according to an annual survey. Almost half (46%) of manufacturing businesses around the world polled by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) said they feared supply chain disruption the most. In addition, 47% of firms across all sectors said increasing...
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One fifth of UK procurement professionals at business with over £36m annual turnover are not aware of their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act – and one in four purchasers and supply chain managers at UK businesses that are subject to the Act do not understand how to comply with its requirements. An equivalent proportion...
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The skills and experience of older workers in construction are being wasted according to a damning new report. The Chartered Institute of Building has released results on its latest survey   Exploring the impact of the ageing population on the workforce and built environment The research found that construction companies are missing a trick when...
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Almost one third of supply chain processes are inadequate, new research has revealed.
 A global cross-sector analysis of 1,000 assessments carried out by consultancy Crimson & Co showed 29 per cent of firms had poor supply chain processes. Crimson & Co defined poor processes as instances where few people in an organisation understood business processes,...
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Major contractors convicted of corporate manslaughter after site deaths could face fines of more than £20m. New sentencing guidelines were introduced this week, which could see firms with £50m+ turnovers hit with fines of up to £20m. The guidelines also state that firms with a much bigger turnover than £50m could be hit with even...
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