Where do you turn if you are a manufacturer of fast moving consumer goods and want to leverage industry best practices on supply chain management? Well, you could do a lot worse than getting in touch with AIM-PROGRESS, a Brussels-based forum set up for manufacturers to collaborate and swap experiences.
Under the initiative, company representatives learn how to improve measurements of social compliance performance and share non-commercial, pre-competitive information about suppliers. Audits commissioned by one firm, for instance, are exchanged with others through the body’s system of mutual recognition.
“It’s very difficult to know what’s happening in global supply chain nowadays,” says Katrin Recke, senior sustainability and supply chain manager at AIM-PROGRESS. “Audits are the way you test if your standards are being implemented.”
But as well as helping to drive up standards through information exchange, Recke explains the pooling of resources can also provide a boost to a company’s bottom line. “We help save members money, time and resources. Some companies say they have been able to save on 40 to 50 per cent of audits as a result.”
Find out more about the work of AIM-PROGRESS by visiting its website here. The initiative is open to suppliers as well as manufacturers; the only exception being that it does not admit arms or tobacco companies.