Sourcing Governance Code
Codes of conduct have become important instruments for socially responsible supplier management. Since many firms and institutional actors nowadays pursue the goal of ethical supplier management, a cascade of codes of conduct has emerged. However, this plurality poses multiple problems on its own account. Within the context of our research project Sustainable Sourcing Excellence, we therefore promote the development of standardized and efficient guidelines for sustainable supply chain management. In cooperation with numerous practitioners requirements and potential barriers for such a Sourcing Governance Code (SGC) are discussed. This study presents a first design sketch for such a standard.
BASF wins Supply Chain Management Award 2011
BASF is the winner of the renowned Supply Chain Management Award 2011, which is conferred by the international consulting firm PRTM Management Consultants, the trade journal LOGISTIK HEUTE, and the Supply Chain Management Institute of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht i. Gr. The selection committee gave the award in recognition of BASF's recently completed “Accelerator” project, which has globally harmonized and fundamentally renewed key business processes and operational structures of the company.
Ten Theses for the Safety of Air Freight Service
Due to recent occurrences, people are demanding “more“ security measures for air freight in the form of better security checks, increased personnel, more money, stricter regulations, and improved scanning methods. However, in doing so, they ignore that more thorough security checks and better scanners do not necessarily improve safety. Safety is a specific problem, which cannot be solved with the budget watering can, or with abstract demands for “better monitoring”. Safety has to be specifically improved at the root of the process. There are plenty of constructive and precise starting points. Here are the top ten:
Availability of Goods 2.0: Scenarios for the Future of the Consumer Goods Industry 2030
The study, which SMI conducted together with Procter & Gamble, maps the recent landslide in the consumer goods industry: Until recently, the “best detergent” was the one with the best image, the best cleansing action and the best value for the money. These factors are still significant. However, since consumption is booming, a new aspect has emerged: Consumers are not willing to drive to Edeka or REWE a second time to buy their favourite detergent because it was out-of-stock the first time around.
Survival in the Automobile Industry – The industry is still ill-prepared for risks
The automobile industry is not well-prepared for the risk of a possible new industry crisis. That is one of the results of the study concerning Risk Management in the Automobile Industry, published by the Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI) at EBS Business School in collaboration with the economic information service D&B Deutschland.