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Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 24/05/2017

Having full control of the supply chain and monitoring its every aspects can be a hard task when suppliers are all over the world. Beyond product quality, workers protection and social standards are important elements to keep in mind when choosing a supplier. Indeed, while some countries have strict legislation to protect workers rights, other parts of the world do not benefit from similar safe environments.

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) internationally promotes the protection of social standards throughout the supply chain across every industry. By implementing a common code of conduct and a single implementation system, the BSCI supports propers monitoring through all sourcing activities along the supply chain.

We will today learn more about the BSCI and how to implement it with your suppliers.

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Codex Alimentarius - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 18/05/2017

From the latin “Food codex”, the Codex Alimentarius is a set of rules and standards regulating the food industry worldwide. The Codex Alimentarius Commission at the origin of this codex was founded in 1963 by the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The commission is currently organized by 187 countries and the European Union.

We will today learn more about the Codex Alimentarius and how it influences your business.

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Risk assessment in the food industry in four steps

by Bertrand Duteil on 11/05/2017

Food safety is the concern number one of the food industry. In order to always provide the best products and protect their users, food companies get different certifications such as the SQF certification and invest in quality management. They also use risk management to master the status quo in their structure and foresee possible harms and problems.

One way to start solving problems before they occur is the risk analysis. Defined by the Codex Alimentarius, a complete risk analysis is made of three steps: risk management, risk assessment and risk communication.

We will today learn more about risk assessments in the food industry and how to sort your risk assessment easily.

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Risk Management: Risk assessment in five steps

by Bertrand Duteil on 04/05/2017

In life like in business, most of our actions entail their share of risks. Limiting those risks to their minimum and acting on the most recurring ones let us evolve safely in our activities and plan more easily the future.

Companies are subject to all kind of risks, being economic, environmental or work safety related. Certificates such as the OHSAS 18001 can guide you when it comes to work safety. But for general risks, a risk assessment can let companies identify risks and how to actively act on them. We will today learn more about this strategy and how to implement it easily in your company.

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Top 5 ISO Certifications - Which one do I need?

by Bertrand Duteil on 20/04/2017

Standards and certifications are important for every companies, helping them to make their processes more efficient and their products safer. One of the most important certification organisation is the International Organization for Standardization.

Founded in 1946 in London, the International Organization for Standardization is an independent and non-governmental international organization. The original goal of the organization is to “facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards”. With more than 162 countries member of the organization, the ISO organization has developed over the past 70 years more than 21.580 International Standards. From quality certifications to environmental standards, the ISO helps standardize products and services in the world.

We will today see which ISO certifications are important for the food industry and which ones you actually need for your company.

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ecratum is four years online!

by Bertrand Duteil on 19/04/2017

ecratum celebrates today its fourth anniversary! For this occasion, we would like to thank all our users for the amazing collaboration.

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PEFC Certification - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 13/04/2017

Sustainability is a topic getting more and more important in all industries. In the food industry, the textile and the wood industry, the customers are expecting from the companies to be environmentally friendly and to protect the nature as much as the workers rights. But reaching these goals can sometimes be harder for small and non-industrial forests owners.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, also known as PEFC, is a certification made to promote sustainable forest management and tailored for these forest areas. We will today learn more about this certification and how it can be relevant for your company.

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Guidance on social responsibility and ISO 26000 - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 06/04/2017

Over the past years, customers have been paying more and more attention to what they are buying and have been expecting more than a simple product and service quality. They are now more than ever expecting from smaller and larger companies to have a responsible behavior with the environment when it comes to the carbon footprint for example, but also good working conditions for their employees and health safety for their customers.

To answer to this public concern, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed the ISO 26000 - Guidance on social responsibility.
We will today learn more about this standard and how to apply it in your organisation.

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Topics: Certifications, tips, ISO standard

New Feature: Group Automation

by Bertrand Duteil on 04/04/2017

As one of the last steps in the ecratum Automation story, we released group automation yesterday.

With this, you can now define requirements you have for your suppliers per group.

ecratum will then make sure that all your suppliers in that group will get the same tasks (avoiding duplicates of course).

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RSPO certificate for sustainable palm oil - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 30/03/2017

Palm oil products are omnipresent in our daily life, in the food industry but also in many different industries such as:

  • Body care and cosmetics industry
  • Biofuels and energy
  • Catering and service industries
  • Medicaments
  • Industrial use
  • Animal feed (palm kernel oil distributors)

Produced in Malaysia and Indonesia by up to 80%, palm oil production requires large areas of palm trees, generally leading to massive deforestation of rainforest with no attention paid to ecological, economic or social negative aspects.

With the increasing demand of sustainable products, palm oil producers and industries using palm oil products had to get certifications attesting the sustainability of their product. One of them is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (RSPO standard).

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