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  • "What goes around comes around" illustration - homepage © Fernando Volken Togni What goes around comes aroundCompanies are increasingly judged on how they respond to product recalls. CPOs should be prepared for and involved in the process, Rima Evans is told.
  • Budweiser lorry © Alamy CSR update - July 2014Brewer's drive to reduce CO2; Nestlé targets all tier-one suppliers; Mars commits to palm oil policy; Increased focus on sustainability; Great expectations for motor suppliers; Responsibility to local suppliers.
  • Businessmen shaking hands © Alamy Joining forces looks good againThanks to better trading conditions companies are looking to develop strategies for the upturn. Mergers and acquisitions are on the increase and the experts Nick Martindale spoke to insist procurement should be involved 'from the very beginning' – to assess risks, work out cost synergies and make savings.
  • "Pulling together" © Skopein/Ikon images Pulling togetherLeveraged purchasing helps businesses to save on costs and avoids the problems of a consortium, say Leon Smith and Nabeel Irshad.

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