The Verisk Maplecroft Labour Costs Index measures wages, employment regulations, social security and labour productivity and warned that countries with the lowest costs were rated as 'extreme risk' with regards to child labour and trafficking.
The United Nations Guiding Principles Reporting Framework is the first comprehensive guidance on how companies can report on to what degree they are meeting their responsibility to respect human rights.
The deal is expected to save the UK government’s Logistics Commodities and Services (Transformation) programme £500 million over the next 13 years, by improving the efficiency in warehousing procurement and stock control of food, clothing, general and medical supplies as well as storage and distribution.
Reality TV star Jake Quickenden has added his voice to a campaign calling on the government to "support the UK steel industry through procurement”.
Global companies are wasting more than $30 billion (£20 billion) a year because they do not share information about suppliers, according to business information provider Achilles.
The Global Canopy Programme's Forest 500 report identifies 500 key countries, companies and investors that could 'virtually put an end to tropical deforestation' but says supply chain policies must improve.
The university, already a member of the Workers Rights Consortium in the garments industry, joins the fight to push for better conditions for electronics workers.
US firms will be able to access working capital to buy from international suppliers via a new credit line portal.
The world’s largest supplier of drinks cans, Ball Corporation, has announced its intention to buy UK-based rival Rexam in a £4.3 billion deal.
Marks & Spencer is to carry out two audits annually for every food supplier, including an unannounced visit where they will expect to be on the factory floor "within 15 minutes of arrival".
A report into working conditions in the Leicester garment industry has found workers being paid below the minimum wage, breaches in health and safety standards and an absence of employment contracts.