Supply Chain

Some good supply chain communications from Unilever (infographic)

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Useful event coming up next week:

Business and Human Rights

How to get beyond policy, manage risk and build relationships

This global event is a meeting place for corporate practitioners tasked with the responsibility of putting human rights principles into practice. Going beyond the usual theory and into the practical implications and real-world challenges of implementing the human rights guiding principles across the business.
  • Human rights and business performance A look beyond the typical academic lens and into the practical implications that human rights can have on your business and the bottom line
  • Go beyond just policy: A look at progression since the implementation of the human rights guiding principles. Discuss how framework has advanced – and what remains to be done
  • The legal and enforcement risks Understand what you must be doing, and where you can, and should, draw the line
  • What makes policy that works on the ground? Find out how to integrate human rights principles into your sustainability, and business, framework
Speakers include
  • Benet Northcote, head of CSR, John Lewis Partnership
  • Ron Popper, head of corporate responsibility, ABB
  • John Morrison, executive director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Camilla Goldbeck-Lowe, CR expert sustainability and corporate responsibility, Ericsson
  • Charmaine Nuguid, team head global, PUMA.SAFE Humanity, PUMA
  • Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist
  • Marcia Balisciano, director, corporate responsibility, Reed Elsevier
  • Will Oulton,
 global head of responsible investment, First State Investments
  • Richard Howitt MEP, Labour MEP, foreign affairs spokesperson, rapporteur corporate responsibility
Key Topics Covered
  • Big finance and human rights Discover how financial institutions view the business and human rights agenda – and how this is quantified
  • Case studies and challenges The power of experience. Discuss with the experts how to get started and what to avoid
  • Bring suppliers on board How to engage and support suppliers as they progress towards ethical practices
  • Pre-Competitive Collaboration: Buzzword or reality? Hear from companies who have undergone successful collaboration and seen the positive results


  1. Anonymous

    To be perfectly honest, this is a nice visual desiign but from the perspective of substance I found it lacking. It is a very narrow and improbably sunny outlook.

    For example: what are the underlying problems or "challenges" endemic to this sort of supply chain? What are the weaknesses or dilemnas that Unilever is dealing with. What's not working? Of the things that are working, how is the resource or input efficiency?

    Of what is presented here, what really stands out that Unilever is putting up as a best practice for others to adopt.

    I understand that this is a one page graphic, but if it is going to be cluttered (and it is) then at least make it have some believability. I mean if I take the reality of a smallholder farmer working with Unilever, is it really reflected here, even just on this topic? Not really.

    This is far too glossy and "hollywood" to be used as an example of best practice communication".

  2. Thanks, agree with much of this, but given the state of the art, which is poor, I thought it was quite good.

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