Unresolved structural problems that led to the "Great Crash" and a slowdown in China point to low economic growth and implications for commodity markets, BBC economics editor Robert Peston told the LME Metals Seminar.
Reinvigorated UK-based supply chains could bring a £30 billion boost to the economy by 2025, but government must support industry via tax incentives and a national materials strategy in order to realise these benefits.
“The contracts we are creating are too complex, they are too long, they are hard to use and no-one likes them,” a CIPS event was told.
The higher education establishment is the fourth affiliate of Electronics Watch, a body set up a year ago to work to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics sector.
Duties may be imposed on public authorities to encourage SMEs to bid for contracts.
Establishing a baseline, agreeing definitions and setting targets is the way to promote diversity in your supply chain, a conference was told.
The merits of a hard versus soft ball approach to doing deals were pitted head to head by procurement chiefs in a session at the CIPS Australasia Annual Conference in Sydney this week.
Manufacturing body EEF is predicting electricity prices will rise by 47 per cent over the next five years and put increasing pressure on UK industry.
Big businesses in the UK will have to report publicly the efforts they have made to ensure their supply chains are free of slavery, the government has announced.
The Brazilian government’s strategy of buying food from local farmers for public institutions has run for the past decade and is credited with fighting hunger and extreme poverty.
Increasing legal, cost and supply chain implications mean the way companies pay their suppliers is growing in importance, says an AirPlus International white paper.