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Aldi commits to 2019 carbon neutrality goal 

Aldi commits to 2019 carbon neutrality goal  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

German grocery giant Aldi has announced a new sustainability goal, stating that all of its facilities across the UK and Ireland are to become carbon neutral by 2019. This will involve purchasing carbon credits as well as a range of green projects. Aldi, which has almost 800 stores across the UK and Ireland along with 11 distribution centres, has so far installed 338 solar panels and secured deals for 100% renewable electricity. The business has also invested £20mn ($25.6mn) on greener refrigeration systems. These will be installed in all new Aldi stores and should reduce greenhouse gas emissions per square metre of sales floor by 53% over the next six years.

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The use of renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions in the supply chain are seen as one of the most effective approaches for companies to respond to climate change.

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Walmart Releases Global Responsibility Report, Inches Closer to 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Walmart Releases Global Responsibility Report, Inches Closer to 100% Renewable Energy Goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Walmart has made significant progress towards ambitious goals set more than a decade ago including to be powered by 100% renewable energy, create zero waste and sell products that sustain people and the environment. The company has further broadened its bold aspirations, marking a number of milestones in fiscal year 2018, including: significant investments in higher wages, training and increased parental leave for associates; a collaborative initiative with suppliers across the value chain to remove one billion metric tons, or one gigaton, of emissions by 2030 known as Project Gigaton; and further collaborations with suppliers, nonprofit organizations and others to combat forced labor in the global supply chain.
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Great job Walmart! Project Gigaton strives to reduce emissions from the collective value chain, Walmart’s supply chain and the supply chain of its suppliers by a total of one gigaton by 2030.

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Scottish designers to feature at UK jewellery fair Elements 4

Scottish designers to feature at UK jewellery fair Elements 4 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Perspectives exhibition, which is curated by Fair Luxury, an independent group of jewellers working towards greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability, will be on the upper floor. It will explore sustainability issues such as the origin of metals or stones and the environmental impact of creating a finished piece.
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Great initiative by the Scottish designers in order to provide greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability in the jewellery industry.

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Europe’s 1st automotive renewables PPA bolsters corporate drive to fight climate change

Europe’s 1st automotive renewables PPA bolsters corporate drive to fight climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mercedes Benz recently announced Europe’s first automotive Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a 45 MW Polish wind farm to power its manufacturing facility in the nearby town of Jawor, with the longer-term goal to source all of its power needs from renewables. Corporate PPA deals like this are expanding rapidly in Europe. There was a 130% increase in the volume of wind energy contracted through such PPAs in 2017 alone, according to a press release from WindEurope, a Brussels-based association promoting wind power in Europe. 

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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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DS Smith to make only reusable and recyclable packaging

DS Smith to make only reusable and recyclable packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Packaging company DS Smith will only manufacture reusable or recyclable packaging, including paper and plastic, by 2025. In its sustainability review the FTSE 100 packaging firm said the move to recycled materials would reduce its use of virgin materials, equivalent to 381,000 barrels of oil or 1,800 recycling trucks diverted from landfill. The firm’s plastics and recycling production divisions have already reduced CO2 emissions by more than 7% last year, according to the report.

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Bold move by DS Smith! A move that mirrors commitments from many consumer-facing companies to improve the sustainability of their packaging.

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Tesla, Infineon, Airbiquity, FlexDrive, Blink, Luxsoft, ParkMobile, Magneti Marelli & Octo

ENGIE Resources announced that it has now supplied enough Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to displace the estimated greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1 million passenger vehicles driven for a year. A REC is created when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource.
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Great job by ENGIE! This step has helped the company to see considerable growth in its renewable product offerings, which now help commercial, industrial, and institutional customers across the U.S. meet their sustainability commitments.

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Pollution and overfishing top seafood consumers’ concerns 

Pollution and overfishing top seafood consumers’ concerns  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The study was undertaken by the leading research agency GlobeScan, which surveyed more than 25,000 consumers in 22 countries. It found that 72 percent of seafood consumers would like to see independent verification of seafood sustainability claims in supermarkets, up from 68 percent in 2016. Digging into the figures on seafood consumers revealed a surprising gender divide on this issue, with men more motivated by price and women seeing sustainability as more important. However, consumers in Germany, Austria, China, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden still place sustainability above price, regardless of their age or gender.

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The difficulty for seafood buyers is the opaque nature of global supply chains, exacerbated by rampant corruption and bribery in countries where vast amounts of seafood are sourced. 

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How this skincare company is improving its products to save coral reefs

How this skincare company is improving its products to save coral reefs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

All Good is a California-based company that makes organic and botanical body-care products spanning 12 categories, such as sunscreen, lip balm and deodorants to name a few. Caring for skin is just a start — the Certified B Corporation, which accounted for $3 million in sales in 2017, also keeps a keen focus on the impact of their business on the planet and engages in environmental causes. The coral reef campaign is one of many testaments to the All Good leadership and its attention on the environment. In their mission to offer the purest, most elemental ingredients and organic herbs in natural healing products that are good for people and good for the earth.

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Great job by All Good as they drives their business objectives to adhere to a triple-bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. 

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Levi Strauss to cut supply chain emissions by 40%

Levi Strauss to cut supply chain emissions by 40% | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Strauss & Co has announced plans to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its supply chain by 40% by 2025. The apparel firm said it would achieve this by expanding an existing programme to help its suppliers finance sustainable energy and water investments. The firm has also set itself the target of reducing emission from its owned and operated facilities by 90% by 2025. This target includes the aim of using 100% renewables in all company-owned facilities. Levi Strauss said its targets had been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, an organisation that helps firms set targets in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal to keep global temperature increases below 2C.

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Great step forward by Levi Strauss & Co as they are the first companies to set science-based targets for the global supply chain.

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Daimler : intensifies activities for a sustainable raw material supply chain and joins further initiatives

Daimler AG joins forces with associations, organizations and competitors in a number of initiatives. The common goals are clear: certifiable standards, safe origins and transparency in the procurement of high-risk raw materials and a tangible improvement in the working and living conditions of people locally. By joining, Daimler AG is expanding its broad commitment to initiatives and is actively promoting greater transparency in global raw material supply chains. The company is thus taking another important step towards shaping sustainable mobility.
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Great job by Daimler! To promote sustainability in the global supply chain, Daimler AG has been involved in national and international industry associations for years. 

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Nintendo barely improves conflict minerals sourcing over two years

Nintendo barely improves conflict minerals sourcing over two years | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nintendo had a rough start to its conflict minerals reporting back in 2014, when it could only certify that 47% of its SORs weren't committing human rights violations. The number improved drastically in the 2015 report, with 72% of Nintendo's suppliers certified conflict-free. The 2016 report's miniscule increase to 74% certified was a sad inch forward, but Nintendo's commitment to a 100% survey return rate from its suppliers seemed a hopeful sign that the company was committed to improving matters.
EcoVadis's insight:

Conflict minerals could be present knowingly or unknowingly in the supply chain and contaminate it. This could occur at different stages whether through mining or trading in the Democratic republic of Congo or in an adjoining country or further down the supply chain.

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Levi’s Plans to Slash Emissions in Global Supply Chain by 2025

Levi’s Plans to Slash Emissions in Global Supply Chain by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Strauss & Co. is launching an effort to slash the environmental impact of the factories world-wide that make its apparel and accessories. By 2025, the denim brand wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in its supply chain, a sprawling set of third-party factories and mills in 39 countries that produce the bulk of its merchandise, from its iconic jeans to T-shirts, jackets and other goods.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable move by Levi! According to a study by EcoVadis it was found that only 15 percent of organizations have complete visibility into the CSR and sustainability performance of both tier one and two suppliers, and only six percent have full visibility into tier three suppliers and beyond.  

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Anti-slavery app will help users spot potential victims of labour exploitation 

Anti-slavery app will help users spot potential victims of labour exploitation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A leading anti-slavery charity is preparing to launch an app that will help users identify signs of modern-day slavery and report suspicions to a confidential helpline. Unseen, the organisation that previously created the modern slavery helpline, said the move was intended to improve reporting systems in line with the “ever more sophisticated technology [traffickers use] to control and exploit their victims”.Since launching in 2016, the modern slavery helpline has experienced a dramatic increase in contact regarding potential victims and crimes. 

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An estimated 13,000 people are believed to be trapped in modern slavery in the UK, often in situations of forced labour, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.

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Schneider Electric develops new end-to-end traceability tool for food and beverage supply chains 

Schneider Electric develops new end-to-end traceability tool for food and beverage supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Schneider Electric has unveiled that it is developing a new end-to-end traceability tool for food and beverage supply chains.
Combining its knowledge of the food and beverage market with the expertise of Microsoft, its partner in blockchain technology, the firm's latest traceability application will be able to monitor products across an entire supply chain. With 21 of the Global Top 25 major food and beverage companies amongst its customers, Schneider Electric has highlighted that many companies the sector today face “increasingly complex supply chains, stricter regulation and more demanding consumers” and therefore, traceability is a top priority.

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Traceability is a major challenge for food and beverage manufacturers. As well as providing full product traceability, the “End to End Traceability” tool will also offer time savings by warning distributors in real time of any delays in delivery or production.

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Trase.earth tracks commodities, links supply chains to deforestation risk

Trase.earth tracks commodities, links supply chains to deforestation risk | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Commodity trader commitments to reduce deforestation in recent years indicate an increased awareness by companies of the need to improve supply chain sustainability.Pinto points out that existing definitions of sustainability also come up short. “Many companies, and even a few NGOs, consider deforestation-free soy as sustainable. This is a terrible mistake and a bad message for society,” he says. While the soy moratorium prohibits deforestation in the Amazon biome, as well as child labor and slave labor, he explains “sustainable soy would be linked not only to avoiding bad practices, but [also to implementing] good social, agronomic and environmental practices.” Trase hopes to provide a baseline to track future progress towards ZDCs and other sustainability commitments to evaluate whether these strategies are effective.

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Launched in 2016, Trase is an innovative Internet tool, available to anyone, which tracks commodities supply chains in detail from source to market, and can also connect those chains to environmental harm, including deforestation. Until the advent of Trase, knowledge of supply chains was sketchy and difficult to obtain.

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Meat and Dairy Contributes More To Climate Change Than Gasoline Companies

Meat and Dairy Contributes More To Climate Change Than Gasoline Companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The blame for climate change often falls on fossil fuel companies, but new research shows that the top meat and dairy companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline companies. A study released on July 18, 2018, found that the world’s top five meat and dairy producers combined — Brazil’s JBS, New Zealand’s Fonterra, Dairy Farmers of America, Tyson Foods, and Cargill — emit more greenhouse gases than Exxon-Mobil, Shell, or BP.

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If meat and dairy companies do not make changes to their operations soon, these industries will be responsible for 80 percent of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050.

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New McDonald’s restaurant looks like an Apple Store

New McDonald’s restaurant looks like an Apple Store | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

McDonald’s has opened a new flagship restaurant in Chicago, USA, which multiple reports have referred to as the “Apple Store” of fast food joints. The new outlet is 19,000 square feet and features a clean, glass-and-wood design – making it look like a modern tech outlet. McDonald’s said the restaurant was inspired by its “commitment to sustainability and has abundant green spaces and energy-saving features”. The company further stated that the store pack an on-site solar panel array for renewable energy. LED lighting, energy-efficient kitchen equipment, and low-oil fryers have also been fitted into the store.

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A major step forward by McDonald with regards to its sustainability commitment.

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Responsible Business Alliance Signs Agreement to Support Bali Process Efforts on Modern Slavery 

An estimated 40 million people are victims of modern slavery across the world, with nearly 25 million working in situations of forced labor. The Bali Process seeks to address issues of human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery in the Indo-Pacific and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) is a global organization with a mission to end modern slavery. The RBA is a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics, retail, auto, telecom and toy companies. Its members are committed to supporting workers and communities worldwide that are affected by the global electronics supply chain.
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Human rights abuse is often more egregious in the electronics sector than other industries since the parts are almost exclusively made in some of the poorest countries in the world.

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Texworld Showcases Sustainable Product Development for Designers

Texworld Showcases Sustainable Product Development for Designers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
All the tools to decipher if a designer is ethical to the level you want them to be are officially at your fingertips thanks to the internet. The fashion industry is slowly coming around to understanding this. So with this new fashion toolbox, both transparency and traceability are becoming hammered into sustainable product development. Spaces like the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and recent trade shows like Texworld USA have been helping designers take that consciousness to new levels through access to sustainable textiles, businesses and strategies by which to implement new design processes for the 21st century.
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Fashion companies are increasingly making responsible sourcing an integral part of their procurement and supply chain management processes to understand and manage the risks in the supply chain.

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Shrimp producers seek feed solutions 

Shrimp producers seek feed solutions  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The new group aims to improve the sustainability of the shrimp farming sector and work with the wider supply chain to find and integrate future solutions. It was agreed that, as a first activity, the group will review and give comments to the draft of the feed standard of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). ASC certification is one of the requirements members need to meet the quality standards promoted by the SSP initiative; alongside zero use of antibiotics and traceability.
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Great step forward by the shrimp producers! This will drive environmental and sustainable improvements much faster than working alone and also ensuring the sustainable sourcing of feed ingredients.

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"Modern slavery" ensnares estimated 400,000 Americans 

More than 40 million people around the world are trapped in a state of "modern slavery," such as forced marriage and state-mandated labor -- an estimated 400,000 of that number live in the U.S. So concludes a recent report report by human rights group Walk Free Foundation, which also found that 1 in 800 Americans today works under conditions that amount to forced labor.

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71% of UK company CEOs assume that some form of Modern Slavery exists somewhere in their supply chain; this is a very important step to move from “tick the box” to driving improvements

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Outsourcing Expands For Pharmaceutical Labeling

Outsourcing Expands For Pharmaceutical Labeling | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In North America, the deadlines imposed for meeting the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) of 2013 come to fruition in 2018 with later deadlines for re-packagers and wholesalers. The regulation requires a transaction document and serialization of all prescription products, enabling the electronic transfer of specified transaction information and complete supply chain history. Regardless of the outcome, pharmaceutical companies need to have a global labeling approach that addresses the different requirements across the globe. Otherwise, they must decentralize their packaging and labeling or do it in one location that offers flexibility to change label information based on final destination.

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Pressures around sustainability risks are intensifying on a global scale and the pharma industry is no exception.

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Human Trafficking Bridges Pro Bono, Billable Divide at Law Firm

Human Trafficking Bridges Pro Bono, Billable Divide at Law Firm | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies could be facing a greater risk of being held accountable for human trafficking and forced labor in their supply chains as more countries are passing legislation to combat modern slavery and awareness of the issue is increasing, John F. Sullivan III, an attorney with K&L Gates in Houston, told Bloomberg Law. Sullivan heads the firm’s Global Ethical Supply Chain Task Force and helped launch its global pro bono anti-human trafficking initiative.
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Having an ethical supply chain is important issue for companies.  The supply chain task force helps clients mitigate risk, comply with the law, and enhance their reputations through corporate social responsibility.

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Modern-day slavery costs UK up to £4.3bn a year

Modern-day slavery costs UK up to £4.3bn a year | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report, published on Monday, estimates that each instance of the crime costs around £330,000, including support, lost earnings and law enforcement. Modern slavery, including labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, is estimated to cost the UK between £3.3bn and £4.3bn, with the range reflecting uncertainty around the number of victims, which is put between 10,000 and 13,000 people.

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. 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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Kingfisher supercharges renewable energy ambitions with battery storage 

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has unveiled plans to install energy storage batteries at B&Q’s Swindon distribution centre. The installation is the latest milestone in Kingfisher’s strategic roadmap for sustainable growth to 2025 and moves the company towards its goal of becoming a net positive business by 2050. Solarcentury, Kingfisher’s renewable energy partner, will manage the installation with batteries supplied by Samsung. The system will complement an existing biomass boiler and chipper which will provide renewable heat for the site.

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Great initiative by Kingfisher!  Increasing supplier collaboration can certainly assist organizations looking to improve sustainability efforts.

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