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The Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner – Part Two: Labor and Ethical Business Practices

A look at how to ensure that suppliers are treating their workers fairly, paying living wages, not using forced labor, providing a safe working environment, allowing collective bargaining, have non-discriminatory hiring practices, and ethical business practices. These are required not only to minimize reputational risk, but to underpin a company’s purpose and identity as a force for good in the world.

Growing the Network Effect Beyond T&E

SAP Concur recently launched SAP Business Exchange. The vision is bold: to provide an SMB community—across all of SAP and beyond to non-SAP customers—that aggregates purchasing power, provides peer benchmarking, facilitates collaboration, and promotes corporate responsibility. Also at Fusion, we heard about SAP Concur’s continuing progress towards the expense report that writes itself, their use of AI/ML, and other innovations enabling SAP Concur’s clients to simultaneously achieve compliance and employee satisfaction in T&E processes.

Tradeshift’s Disruptive Potential

Tradeshift certainly has no shortage of ambition and big ideas. They started off as an invoice and payables automation network, then a procure-to-pay solution, then an extensible buy-side platform for source-to-pay and more. Now they are rolling out a platform providing on-demand, combination machine learning/AI/human concierge skilled services–initially for T&E procurement, but immediately after that for a much broader set of BPO services and much more.

Highlights from Ariba LIVE 2014

Last week’s Ariba LIVE conference clarified SAP’s cloud strategy, highlighted the importance and future plans of Ariba’s Business Network, and further cemented the central role of HANA as the foundation for SAP’s future.

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