17 Oct '11, 3pm

Microsoft Tests Out Mandatory Supplier Sustainability Reporting

Microsoft Tests Out Mandatory Supplier Sustainability Reporting

Corporate supply chains are steadily coming under more scrutiny, and in almost no area is that more true than in the high-tech sector. In addition to recent dust-ups in China around pollution and workers' rights, the U.S. government is about to require companies that certify that the materials that are central to tech products are not sourced from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. For Microsoft , the topic has taken on a special level of urgency in the wake of a shareholder proxy action from New York City, one that has spurred the company to start a pilot project that will require sustainability reporting from a select group of its suppliers. Beginning in 2013, the company will ask a dozen of its suppliers to file Global Reporting Initiative-compliant sustainability reports -- far from an earthshaking move, but one that could signal the leading edge of a looming t...

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