Sustainable Supply Chain


Responsible Mica Initiative: Establishing Fair Mica Worker Incomes and Wages in India

A root cause of poverty and child labor throughout mica rich regions of Jharkhand and Bihar, India, is the low prices paid to villagers for the mica they collect.
To lift mica communities out of poverty and end child labor, the Responsible Mica Initiative launched research and work to pay workers fairly. Interestingly, findings show that price paid to mica pickers would need to be increased five-fold, but that this would almost always have an impact of less than a 0.1% increase in the cost of end-products that use mica such as cosmetics, paints, batteries and automotives.


Zurich & CBRE: Social Value Partnership: One Workplace

Zurich have ambitious targets defined for their workplace social value. They wanted to push the boundaries with a provider to deliver on real positive social impact. Providing a bespoke solution which had a strong social value strategy committed to supporting diverse suppliers and deliver accelerated results towards Zurich’s ESG journey, CBRE was awarded the contract in 2021 to commence in February 2022. Immediately, Zurich’s diverse supplier spend through CBRE increased from 3% to 36% of the contract value with a target to increase to 50% by year three. The model incorporated a plethora of diverse suppliers bringing rapid impact.


Scottish Power Energy Networks: Setting the standards for supply chain sustainability excellence

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) is leading the way in its approach to sustainability, based on ‘whole system’ thinking. It is collaborating across the entire energy system, including with its supply chain and stakeholders to achieve a just transition to net zero. Through the provision of sustainability training to its supply chain, to in-depth consulting with external experts on the creation of its strategy, SPEN has rooted all it does in stakeholder engagement. It has achieved the highest categorisation of ‘Advanced’ in the 2020/21 AccountAbility AA1000 Healthcheck for stakeholder engagement, putting them within the top 10% of companies assessed globally.