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Nestlé will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation

Nestlé will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé plans to use satellite monitoring service to limit deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, according to a company release.  Starling satellite service, developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust, will monitor all of the company's global palm oil supply chain by the end of this year to provide high-resolution radar and satellite imagery documenting land cover changes and forest cover disturbances. The Swiss company said 63% of its global supply chain was deforestation-free as of last year, and it has committed to shifting all of its global products to that status by 2020.

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Great initiative by our client Nestle! The sustainability of palm oil is a growing concern for consumers and a tough issue for manufacturers who use the product. 

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Norway's $1 trln fund to beef up scrutiny on sustainability, ocean pollution

Norway's $1 trln fund to beef up scrutiny on sustainability, ocean pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund wants companies in which it invests to follow stricter guidelines on global sustainability and strengthen efforts to combat plastic pollution of the oceans, it said on Wednesday. The fund, the world's largest, invests the revenues of Norway's oil and gas production and is a global investor with stakes in some 9,000 companies across 72 countries. The fund's ambitions as an investor significantly overlap with the United Nations' goals of achieving sustainable economic, social and environmental development by 2030.

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Great sustainable initiative by Norway! EcoVadis sustainability ratings and scorecards help procurement teams monitor supply chain Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/ESG practices across 190 sectors and 150 countries.

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In war on smog, China considers how to take polluting diesel trucks off the road

In war on smog, China considers how to take polluting diesel trucks off the road | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

China is drawing up a plan to replace a million heavy duty diesel trucks, almost 20 percent of the national fleet, with ones that burn cleaner fuel, as Beijing ramps up its war on pollution, potentially dealing a heavy blow to oil refiners. The transport and environment ministries are considering proposals that include replacing vehicles with more modern trucks using a higher grade of diesel called National Five, and using electric trucks or ones that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), an industry source, who is involved in the discussions, said. He declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media. The policy would come into effect in 2020 and would be implemented in the smoggiest northern regions of the country.

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Great sustainable plan by China! China will be taking a more proactive approach in the coming years to enforce environmental laws and cut capacity of pollution-intensive industries such as coal, steel and aluminum. 

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Starbucks commits to 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ by 2025

Starbucks commits to 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Starbucks has announced an initiative to design, build and operate 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ globally by 2025, with wider aims to help the wider retail industry operate more sustainably. The ‘Starbucks Greener Stores’ framework is being set up to outline comprehensive performance criteria so that the design, building and operation of Starbucks’ locations will set new standards for ‘green retail’ – this will then be open sourced so that the wider retail community can benefit from the framework and work toward the standards. Developed with the help of experts such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), some key elements of the framework are set to include energy efficiency and water stewardship; renewable energy; healthy environment; responsible materials; waste diversion; and engagement (promoting a culture of sustainability).

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Great job Starbucks! Multinational organizations play a crucial role in the success of sustainability. These supply chains employ more than one in five workers and touch more than 80 percent of global trade, making collaboration across suppliers and industries critical to long-term success.

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Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain

Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Formed by dry forests resistant to drought and scalding temperatures, the Chaco occupies more than half the land in Paraguay. Over the past decade, cattle farming in this region has grown rapidly and it now has 43% of the country’s livestock population, and is increasingly becoming the crucible of Paraguay’s growing export industry, selling soybeans, meat and leather to the rest of the world. But as Paraguay’s export market develops and the country becomes a bigger player in the international market, the darker side of the Chaco region is coming into focus, with reports of illegal deforestation and slave labour among the indigenous population.

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According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 40.3 million workers are victims of modern slavery, 24.9 million of which are subject to forced labor.Tackling issues of traceability and sustainability has been a major focus in recent years.

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Netherlands switches gears with world's first used-plastic bike path

Netherlands switches gears with world's first used-plastic bike path | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dutch cyclists rode down the world's first bike path made entirely of discarded plastic this week, in a move aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes wasted every year. The 30-metre (100-ft) cycling path in the 1,300-year-old northern town of Zwolle contains the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bottle caps and is estimated to be two to three times more durable than traditional roads. Eight million tonnes of plastic – bottles, packaging and other waste – are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme has said. "This first pilot is a big step towards a sustainable and future-proof road made of recycled plastic waste," the path's inventors Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma said in a statement. Leading environmental expert Guus Velders welcomed the new initiative by Dutch engineering firm KWS, pipe maker Wavin and French oil major Total, saying it was a "positive step" towards a more circular use of materials.

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Bold move by Netherlands! Most plastic packaging is used only once; 95% of the value of plastic packaging material, worth $80 billion-$120 billion annually, is lost to the economy

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Bumps in the UK's road to zero emission vehicles

New registrations of electric vehicles hit a record in 2016, with more than 750,000 sold worldwide, according to the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency. Precipitous growth of 50% a year since 2010 has been driven by falling costs of production and incentives to consumers from policy makers. This is most notable in the world’s biggest and fastest-growing EV market, China, which is determined to tackle rising air pollution as its burgeoning middle class trade two wheels for four. Climate change concerns are also a big driver for policy makers, who see electric vehicles as key to tackling transport emissions, which in the UK account for some 28% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change. National Grid’s latest Future Energy Scenarios concludes that a third of transport-related emissions could be cut if 36 million EVs were on the streets by 2040, adding 8GW to UK peak electricity demand.

EcoVadis's insight:

Most companies still do not see climate change as relevant to their business and rarely publish climate change scenarios. It is the responsibility of all to make sure that we address current sustainability challenges, for the future generations.

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PepsiCo joins Nestlé and Danone in NaturALL Bottle Alliance

PepsiCo joins Nestlé and Danone in NaturALL Bottle Alliance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

PepsiCo has joined the NaturaALL Bottle Alliance, a research consortium that hopes to develop bottles and packaging made with 100% sustainable and renewable resources. The research consortium was founded in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials.
PepsiCo, the world’s second-largest food and beverage company, said that its R&D capabilities will help the alliance realise this goal.
“Through our Performance with Purpose agenda, PepsiCo is committed to reducing the carbon impact of packaging in line with our goal to reduce absolute emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030; bio-based PET has the potential to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of our PET bottles, a huge contribution to our efforts in this area,” said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer.

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Great Sustainable initiative by PepsiCo. Supply chain leaders around the world continue to make major strides in sustainability programs.

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DHL Supply Chain and Ohio State Create First-of-Its-Kind Program to Offset Campus Carbon Footprint

DHL Supply Chain and Ohio State Create First-of-Its-Kind Program to Offset Campus Carbon Footprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
DHL Supply Chain, the Americas’ leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, and The Ohio State University partnered to plant 30 trees near the Schottenstein Center. DHL Supply Chain made a contribution to purchase and care for 30 new trees to help support urban forestry in the Columbus area. DHL Supply Chain also purchased and donated 1,000 tonnes of carbon credits for Ohio State to contribute to the university’s own carbon reduction goals. Ohio State matched DHL’s donation by purchasing an additional 1,000 tonnes of carbon credits.
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Great job DHL and Ohio state since thie DHL Supply Chain’s GoGreen program has delivered an average reduction of 3 percent in carbon dioxide emissions, year over year, for every mile travelled and every square meter of space used worldwide for its customers.

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Raising the bar on sustainable consumption

Raising the bar on sustainable consumption | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world is in bad need of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) blueprint for a more prosperous and resilient world. There can be few among us who are not aware of the sometimes immeasurable and potentially catastrophic damage to the environment caused by carbon dioxide emissions, pollution from coal-fired power stations, the plastic waste clogging our oceans and killing marine animals, deforestation, the melting Arctic ice, climate change, urbanization – the list goes on. These problems are economic as well as environmental and pose a huge threat to our future well-being. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2018, despite an improved economic background, with recent signs of “encouraging” global growth, there is no room for complacency. The report raises concerns in particular about the economic impact of the new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the lack of progress in protecting the environment. ISO 20400 has to be implemented across the world and integrated into increasingly complex organizations globally. Effective promotion of the standard, particularly in terms of country context, is the best way to meet this challenge.

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ISO 20400 provides guidelines through each step — from strategy to implementation — that help achieve sustainability goals and improve supplier relationship management

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Serena Williams’ New Clothing Line Is Cruelty-Free and Empowers Women!

Serena Williams’ New Clothing Line Is Cruelty-Free and Empowers Women! | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Although the clothing line is cruelty-free, containing no leather, fur, wool, silk, etc., a great deal of the collection is made up of synthetic materials like polyester, spandex, and nylon, which are ultimately not great for the environment. Several studies have shown that when synthetic materials are washed, bits of it enter our waterways and add to the immense microplastic epidemic plaguing our planet, especially in the oceans where marine life ingest the plastic … and yes, microplastics enter our drinking water too. We hope to see more sustainable and natural materials used in the clothing line in the future so it can truly live up to the Earth-friendly vegan concept.
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Cruelty-free is the leading organisation working to end animal experiments worldwide. It investigate and expose the reality of life for animals in laboratories, challenge decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals, and champion better science and cruelty free living.

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NEWS: WALK FREE CALLS FOR G20 ACTION PLAN

G20 member states must form concrete action plans to eradicate modern slavery, according to a new Walk Free Foundation report.
Launched today in Mendoza on the eve of the G20 Employment Ministers Meeting, ‘The G20 Obligation: Achieving Sustainable, Fair, and Inclusive Global Supply Chains’ report calls on the G20 to turn commitments into action. mWhile G20 countries have taken some steps to address these issues, without a concrete action plan, the existing policies and statements member states have made will not reduce the prevalence of forced and child labour.
“Walk Free’s analysis has identified that G20 countries are collectively importing more than $US354 billion a year of five product groups at-risk of modern slavery —electronics, garments, fish, cocoa and sugarcane.
“The G20 has a collective responsibility to lead global action to create sustainable and fair supply chains. Every country must accept that slavery is our problem to remedy, and that we can end it.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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Airbus to use sails to cut shipping emissions

Airbus to use sails to cut shipping emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Airbus has announced it will attach sails to one of its transport ships to increase fuel efficiency. The aerospace manufacturer has ordered parafoil sails, called SeaWing, for one of its three roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels used to move large aircraft parts between production sites in Europe and the US. The device will be fitted to the vessel Ville de Bordeaux by the end of 2020. Airbus said it expects the device to improve fuel economy by 20% while reducing the firm’s overall emissions by 8,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by Airbus to cut its shipping emissions.  The business implications for embedding sustainability into core business practices have become ever more clear for companies across industries, countries, and even sizes.

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Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery

Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ikea Group, owner of 366 Ikea stores worldwide, will make deliveries via electric vehicles in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020 according to a statement, converting to what it calls "zero emissions home deliveries" worldwide by 2025. Ikea Group will also provide access to charging stations for electric vehicles across 30 markets at stores, offices and distribution centers by 2020. The company aims to eventually become "climate positive" by 2030, according to a June press release, which the company defines as "reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the Ikea value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of Ikea products and operations in absolute terms."

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Remarkable step forward by Ikea! It is critical for companies to look at emissions throughout the supply chain in order to accurately gauge progress or highlight failures.

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Erratic aid spending could derail drive to end slavery by 2030

Erratic aid spending could derail drive to end slavery by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Patchy, politicised and poorly coordinated aid spending by the world's top economies to stop modern slavery could hinder a drive to end the multi-billion dollar crime by 2030 and erode public support for such funding, experts said on Thursday. United Nations research, revealed exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, found that annual anti-trafficking overseas development aid (ODA) by the 36-nation OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) at least tripled to $434 million from 2000 to 2013. The United States was the largest donor - accounting for 60 percent of $4 billion pledged in this period - followed by Canada and Norway, and Afghanistan, India and Colombia were the top recipients, according to the U.N. University (UNU) report. Yet many nations received small or inconsistent sums, raising fears about the effectiveness and sustainability of anti-slavery funding given the dearth of data on its impact. The data found that some of the countries receiving the most anti-slavery ODA were not the nations estimated to be the most affected by slavery, with aid and trafficking experts suggesting some cash is pledged for political as well as practical reasons.

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries.

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Cities from New York to London end growth in climate-changing emissions

Cities from New York to London end growth in climate-changing emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than two dozen of the world's largest cities are no longer increasing their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, they announced at a global climate summit in San Francisco. The 27 cities, from New York to London, said they had reached the milestone even as their populations and economies grew. They did so by cutting their usage of fossil-fuel-generated energy, growing their public transportation systems and reducing waste, according to C40 Cities, a network of large cities acting as leaders in combatting climate change

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“Significant items of GHG emissions caused by the company’s activity, particularly through the use of goods and services it produces” need to be addressed.

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United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions

United Airlines said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent over the next few decades to help reduce its carbon footprint and its dependence on fossil fuels. The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters. Fuel costs account for a major portion of airlines' expenses, and rising oil prices over the past year have eaten in to industry profits, sending carriers scrambling to mitigate the impact.

EcoVadis's insight:

Remarkable initiative by United Airlines! Best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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Turning waste into bioplastics, Mexico strikes green gold

Turning waste into bioplastics, Mexico strikes green gold | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

But as governments and consumers fret about the damage plastic is doing to the world's oceans, scientists are experimenting by converting materials from cactus to shrimp shells and human waste into alternative greener plastics. Based in Michoacan state at the centre of Mexico's avocado industry, the world's largest, BIOFASE uses tonnes of stones a day discarded by processors of the fruit to produce its drinking straws and cutlery. Industry experts say bioplastics - which are made with renewable, organic materials - have twin benefits: making use of waste to create products that are potentially quicker and easier to dispose of than traditional fossil fuel-based plastics. But not all bioplastics are as environmentally friendly as they sound, say scientists and industry insiders. Some contain high levels of traditional plastic, and depending on their uses and components, may not be biodegradable or compostable, making disposal a challenge. Plastic production is expected to double over the next 20 years, compounding worries over the 8 million to 15 million tonnes of plastic the United Nations says are already being dumped into the ocean each year.

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Great job Mexico!  The use of bioplastics reduces the consumption of petroleum feedstock and is preferred by consumers around the world. These environmental concerns are a key drive to this industry’s growth.

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U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero

U.S. climate summit aims for a new carbon goal: zero | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anirban Ghosh said it had been agreed that only the group's largest company would strive to become carbon neutral, producing no more emissions than it could offset elsewhere. But plans appeared to change in the heat of the moment, said Ghosh, with the chairman promising that all of Mahindra's nearly 100 companies would be carbon neutral by 2040. Around the world, companies and cities are increasingly setting net-zero carbon goals for themselves as freak weather attributed to climate change spurs them to cut their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, experts said. At the summit, attended by 4,500 delegates from city and regional governments worldwide as well as industries, promises to achieve net-zero emissions have been a major focus.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great step forward by Mahindra Company! A report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) shows a 24% annual growth in Climate Change and Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) between 2006 and 2011, highlighting emerging innovations in biofuels, solar thermal, solar PV, and wind energy.

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South Australia’s clean energy transition powers on 

South Australia’s clean energy transition powers on  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The state of South Australia is something of a poster child for the clean energy transition. It sourced 48% of its power from wind and solar energy in 2017, one of the largest clean energy penetrations in the world, and is within a whisper of hitting its 2025 target of 50% renewables, with the help of large-scale battery storage, including the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. The contrast to what is happening at the federal level is stark, according to the Climate Action Tracker website. Although Australia committed to a 26–28% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with a 2005 baseline in the Paris Agreement, Climate Action Tracker said the government in Canberra was not doing anything to change course, continuing to rely on coal for energy and downplaying renewable energy.

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Climate change has been acknowledged for a few decades now. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change.

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Tackling food waste in the supply chain

Tackling food waste in the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food waste statistics are easily misunderstood. Between all the stakeholders, consumers contribute the largest quantity of food waste — 27 million tons per year or 43% of the total, according to Refed, a U.S. nonprofit tasked with reducing food waste. That stat alone has led to educational campaigns and ugly produce delivery services encouraging consumers to waste less​ and change the way they think about fresh produce. But a recent analysis by the Boston Consulting Group determined the role of private sector companies is the "most critical" in the fight against food waste. Supply chain infrastructure and efficiency alone could reduce the amount of food wasted by $270 billion (in value) of what the report estimates to be a $1.5 trillion problem by 2050.

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A circular economy could bring 2 million jobs by 2030 and up to €600 billion in savings per year. It has the potential to improve resource resilience and support significant waste reduction across the globe.

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Giant Food store is now zero waste

Giant Food store is now zero waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Giant Food stores is moving straight towards its zero waste goal through its dedication towards becoming one of the most environmentally friendly grocers in the U.S. As part of its sustainable retailer commitment, the company announced that it's Cleona, PA store located at 481 West Penn Ave., is the first in the chain to reach zero waste. A recognized definition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, zero waste means 90 percent or more of a store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration. Currently, 77 percent of all waste generated by its stores is diverted through recycling and composting.

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Great job Giant Food Store! Countries often don’t have the infrastructure required to ethically or efficiently handle waste recycling, leading to a buildup of harmful chemicals that affect populations near dumping sites

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Removing Child Labor, Deforestation, and Poverty from the Cost of Chocolate

Removing Child Labor, Deforestation, and Poverty from the Cost of Chocolate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A 2017 investigative report published by the NGO Mighty Earth informed the industry at-large about the enormous problem of deforestation. The report focused on Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries, who grew and exported 2.3 million metric tons — or 52 percent — of the world’s cocoa in 2016. Ghana and Ivory Coast have lost around 90 percent of their forests, one third of that for cocoa. Less than 11 percent of Ivory Coast remains forested. Satellite maps from 1990-2015 show the dramatic impact of deforestation on this country, where now only 200-400 elephants remain from an original population of hundreds of thousands. According to Mighty Earth, a single dark chocolate bar made with cocoa derived from deforested areas produces the same amount of carbon pollution as driving 4.9 miles in a car. Then try multiplying the impact by the billions of chocolate bars consumed by Americans alone each year.

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Transparency is a key part of making the chocolate industry truly sustainable. EcoVadis’ CSR rating methodology and comprehensive assessments help companies to identify and manage risks, increase transparency and improve performance.

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You Can Now Get Cruelty-Free Handbags Made With Mushroom Leather!

You Can Now Get Cruelty-Free Handbags Made With Mushroom Leather! | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The range and availability of leather alternatives have made finding a cruelty-free alternative to leather bags, wallets, shoes, and just about anything you could think of, incredibly easy. Bolt Threads is one company championing faux leather created in an especially fascinating way – its Mylo material is made from mycelium, the underground root structure of mushrooms. The company is now debuting an exciting new product that will soon have the chance to become a staple for many – a spacious handbag called the Mylo™ Driver Bag. The Mylo material is an example of how more ethical and sustainable alternatives to leather can come from very unlikely sources. The variety of faux leather now includes materials of such high quality that it is difficult to justify still choosing the option that is inextricably connected with the suffering and killing of animals. According to PETA, the leather industry’s toll is more than one billion animals every year. Hopefully, leather alternatives will carry on gaining popularity as high-quality materials, including in the high fashion industry which has recently been applauded for taking a stand against the use of fur.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.

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Walmart Canada planning to use all alternative-power semis

Walmart Canada planning to use all alternative-power semis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walmart Canada is hoping to reduce its carbon footprint and taking a big step in the right direction, but it could be a while before that’s visible in Cornwall. The company recently announced it was planning on making its whole fleet of trucks powered by alternative power by 2028. The move makes Walmart Canada the company with the largest electrified fleet in Canada and reaches an initial milestone to convert 20 per cent of its fleet to electric power by 2022. “We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain in a press release. “By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”

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Great initiative by Walmart in order to be more sustainable. There are multiple international and European initiatives looking to curb carbon emissions, including the Paris Agreements and European Council’s commitment to a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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