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North Korea, Eritrea have highest rates of modern slavery 

North Korea and Eritrea have the world's highest rates of enslaved people, said a global survey released on Thursday that focused on the roles of conflict and government repression in modern slavery.
The Central African nation of Burundi also has a high prevalence of slavery, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index published by the human rights group Walk Free Foundation.

EcoVadis's insight:

More than 40 million people had been caught up in the grip of modern slavery and human trafficking in 2016. This alarming figure was a wake-up call to the global community, which through the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, has committed to end modern slavery and human trafficking by the year 2030.

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Nestle reinstated as member of sustainable palm oil group 

Nestle reinstated as member of sustainable palm oil group  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Transparency in our supply chain has always been a priority,” said Benjamin Ware, global head of responsible sourcing for Nestle. “Nestle has always been committed to implementing responsible sourcing and has made significant progress toward our commitment to using fully responsibly sourced palm oil. Nestle supports the R.S.P.O.’s role in driving industry wide change and appreciates its decision following the submission of our action plan, which focuses on increasing traceability primarily through segregated R.S.P.O. palm oil. This builds on Nestle’s ongoing activities to achieve a traceable and responsibly sourced palm oil supply chain.”
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Nestle remains committed to achieving 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020. The company is currently at 58% and has traced 50% of the palm oil it buys back to the plantations and 92% back to the mills.

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Car wash slavery main concern for callers to UK anti-trafficking helpline

Car wash slavery main concern for callers to UK anti-trafficking helpline | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Modern-day slavery at Britain's car washes is the main concern for members of the public who call the country's anti-slavery helpline - with more than 2,000 suspected victims identified in nearly two years - an anti-trafficking charity said on Friday. Car washes were the most common cause of concerns about modern slavery among callers - ahead of building sites, nail bars and farms - accounting for about a quarter of all potential slavery victims referred to the helpline, according to Unseen.

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Car washes are known to be one of the main industries where labour exploitation takes place. The U.K. Modern Slavery Act

 has the potential to set a new European precedent in the eradication of slavery, and could have far-reaching implications for how businesses operating in the U.K. must evaluate and manage what is happening in their supply chains.

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Molson Coors steps up climate fight, even as heat drives thirst

Molson Coors steps up climate fight, even as heat drives thirst | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The firm cut carbon emissions from its direct operations by 15 percent in 2017, he told Reuters, the first year of a programme aimed at halving emissions by 2025 as part of a goal of limiting droughts, floods and more powerful storms. Molson Coors is also working to cut use of water and energy and aims for zero waste to landfills by 2025, he said of the firm's "raising the bar on beer" project to protect the environment with sustainable growth.

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Great job Molson Coors! As it is stepping up efforts to fight global warming and is offering incentives to farmers to improve the use of water.

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Wrangler® Report Shows How Sustainability Data Can Strengthen Agricultural Supply Chains

Wrangler® Report Shows How Sustainability Data Can Strengthen Agricultural Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Denim brand Wrangler® has just published a report with farm-management software company, MyFarms℠, explaining how field-level sustainability data can be used to strengthen business relationships and results in agricultural supply chains. Wrangler simultaneously announced it will offer 125 MyFarms subscriptions to U.S. cotton growers to make it easier for them to measure and report their sustainability data.
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Sustainability Data in the Agricultural Supply Chain, aims to help build collaboration between the diverse actors in agricultural supply chains and help brand sustainability managers launch on-farm programs.

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Women in aquaculture: Isabel Represas 

Women in aquaculture: Isabel Represas  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Maintaining the balance between intensification, performance and sustainability is a must, because growth of the aquaculture industry is needed to feed the growing global population. But growth cannot come at any price. The entire global aquaculture industry should therefore improve its sustainability, reduce the need for antibiotics and boost productivity. With regards to sustainability, INVE Aquaculture applies criteria for sourcing fishmeal and fish oil which it uses in its feeds, purchasing them from certified suppliers whose products originate from responsibly managed fisheries.

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Carrefour continues rolling out blockchain technology with the Carrefour Quality Line tomato

Carrefour continues rolling out blockchain technology with the Carrefour Quality Line tomato | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Following Carrefour's first application of blockchain technology with its FCQ Auvergne chicken in March, it is now using it with a new product line: Carrefour Quality Line cored oblong tomatoes. An innovation designed to ensure the transparency and traceability which will help Carrefour become the leader of the food transition for everyone.
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Carrefour has been working alongside the Rougeline cooperative, supporting local, innovative and sustainable agriculture.

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Campaigners call Louis Dreyfus’ pledges on soy a ‘breakthrough’

Campaigners call Louis Dreyfus’ pledges on soy a ‘breakthrough’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Agribusiness giant, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), announced a zero deforestation policy for its soy supply chain yesterday.
The commodity trader's Soy Sustainability Policy​​ sets out its intent regarding environmental impact, human rights, worker practices, and anti-bribery and corruption in relation to soy production. 

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Great job Louis Dreyfus! The company has made enormous progress in ensuring their supply chain is free of deforestation.

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World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns

World's fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A third of the world's oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday. Overfishing is particularly bad in parts of the developing world where many people already struggle to get enough nutritious food to eat, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said.

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Globally, the percentage of stocks fished at unsustainable levels increased to 33.1 in 2015, from 31.4 in 2013 and 10 in 1974.

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Lithium: Brines, batteries and bottlenecks

Lithium: Brines, batteries and bottlenecks | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The US and China are currently acquiring cobalt assets, and in the case of US they have been stockpiling Cobalt since 2010. Cobalt supply is also affected by unethical supply chain issues, particularly in relation to major deposits in the Democratic Republic of Congo where cobalt extraction is linked to illegal mining and child labour.

EcoVadis's insight:

Companies must insist on complete and verifiable supply chain information and a system of third-party verification.When abuses are uncovered, they can take adequate corrective actions to address past harms. 

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UK Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan

UK Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Our ambition is that all soy used as animal feed in our UK supply chain is sourced from areas which are verified as zero deforestation. To achieve this we will work with our supply chain partners to transition our South American soy from farm level certification towards sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, through the following phases:
Phase 1: transition to zero deforestation soy credits schemes, starting in 2018
Phase 2: transition to Area Mass Balance (or Mass Balance) certified soy, by end of 2020
Phase 3: transition to sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, by 2025

EcoVadis's insight:

Industry, civil society and governments must work together to ensure that soy expansion occurs only on existing agricultural land. Offering incentives as well as effective policies that redirect soy expansion to existing agricultural land can ensure zero deforestation soy production.

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Ending Slavery and Child Labor in Global Supply Chains

In the mid-1990s, NGO activists began shining a spotlight on the concentrated use of slave child labor in Pakistan to produce soccer balls for the global market. The attention prompted the industry to make deep changes in its supply chain to eliminate the problem. Today, the campaign is viewed as a model for improving labor standards, with the gains a result of government, NGO, and donor involvement.
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Human trafficking, modern slavery, and child labor remain pressing concerns in many industries’ global supply chains.

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Cleaners call on booking websites to help fight exploitation in the tourism industry

Cleaners call on booking websites to help fight exploitation in the tourism industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The activists – who are known as ‘Las Kellys‘ – are now calling upon booking websites such as TripAdvisor to assist them. They propose rating hotels on employment practices. Hotels offering decent wages and conditions would be given an official seal of approval by the organisation.

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Great step forward by Las Kellys' to help eradicate poor working conditions and exploitation in the tourism industry.

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Adidas to use only recycled polyester by 2024

Adidas to use only recycled polyester by 2024 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The apparel manufacturer, which already makes some shoes and items of clothing from recycled plastics, said it would stop using any “virgin polyester” in its products by 2024 as part of its sustainability plan. The brand is spreading the transition over a number of years to absorb the additional cost of the recycled material.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great step forward by Adidas, as it is planning to use only recycled plastics in all its polyester shoes and clothing within the next six years.

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Third of US firms unable to identify source of conflict minerals

The study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that in 2017 a third (34%) of companies were unable to determine the country of origin of conflict minerals in their supply chain. This was an improvement over 2016, when 41% of respondents were unable to determine country of origin. In 2015 the figure was 42% and in 2014 it was 67%. And 2017 was the first year a majority of US companies could determine whether they were sourcing from war-torn parts of Africa. 

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Great to see that US companies are getting better at identifying the source of conflict minerals in their supply chains!

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Firms urged to follow Mercedes-Benz in Indian mica supply transparency

Firms urged to follow Mercedes-Benz in Indian mica supply transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Campaigners urged automakers on Thursday to be more transparent in how they source the mineral mica, which adds a shimmer to cars, after Mercedes-Benz boosted efforts to ensure its India supply comes from legal mines free from child labour.
German carmaker Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, announced in June it was increasing inspections and transparency in its sourcing of mica - used to add a shimmer to its cars - to prevent child labour, forced labour and inhuman work conditions.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has decided to make it's supply chain transparent and step towards a more sustainable mica supply chain as the auto industry is one of the biggest buyers of mica, used in car electronics, paints and coatings.

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EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa

EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Globally, there are some 152 million working children aged between 5 and 17, according to the International Labour Organization. About 71 percent work in agriculture, from herding livestock to harvesting coffee, cocoa and tea. The European Union must set mandatory rules to tackle child labour and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action has failed to spur widespread change, stakeholders and policymakers said on Wednesday. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Consumers of cocoa and coffee have a responsibility in how the supply chains work and that it is free from child labour and other human rights issues.

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Navigating a Complex World with Intelligent Risk Management

Navigating a Complex World with Intelligent Risk Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
For global companies with suppliers in regions throughout the world, the greatest difficulty is achieving sufficient transparency in their supply chains to be able to direct their suppliers to live up to responsible standards. Businesses based in highly developed countries are particularly vulnerable since their suppliers are often located in countries that are less regulated and do not necessarily insist on compliance with safety regulations.
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The availability of reliable supply chain data is critically important to risk assessment plans, and more and more companies are looking to technological solutions for help.

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Venture capital investing in food accelerating 

Venture capital investing in food accelerating  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tyson Foods’ recent investment in tech start-up FoodLogiQ demonstrates the poultry processor’s interest in partnering with the companies behind breakthrough products, technologies and business models. FoodLogiQ provides traceability, food safety and supply chain transparency solutions on a single platform developed for the food industry.
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Consumer demand for healthy, sustainable and personalized options has helped spark a surge in venture capital firms, incubators and accelerators focused on food and beverage.

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Asahi Refining latest to sign up to Emergent blockchain-based tech to track gold provenance from mine to vault

Asahi Refining latest to sign up to Emergent blockchain-based tech to track gold provenance from mine to vault | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This month, Asahi Refining, a leading global precious metal refiner, will begin using the Responsible Gold SCA in its refining procedures. Emergent’s application uses blockchain technology to track gold through each stage of the supply chain – from mine, to refinery, to vault – to ensure gold is 100% responsibly sourced and conflict-free. Miners, refiners, and other supply chain participants use a mobile application to scan chips in tamper-proof seals; the scans record transfers of custody of responsibly sourced gold in real time on Emergent’s blockchain.
EcoVadis's insight:

Emergent’s solution is significant for the gold industry as end users want assurance that gold they are buying has not, at any point, contributed to unethical sourcing practices. 

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Croda wins low carbon award

Croda wins low carbon award | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Croda, an ingredients supplier active in the beauty and personal care industry, has won a Low Carbon Award at the Chemical Industry Awards. Terry Thistlethwaite , Vice President Sustainability at Croda said: “Our carbon reduction journey sees us continuing to invest in sustainable and innovative product design, which includes a focus on our manufacturing operations, and working with our supply chain to develop ingredients that deliver more benefit, with less environmental impact.”​

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Great job Croda! The award aims to recognise how carbon management and sustainability sit within a company’s decision making and strategy setting.

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Digging deep: Mining becomes latest industry to feel green sourcing pressure

Digging deep: Mining becomes latest industry to feel green sourcing pressure | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) was launched to try and help the mining sector respond to this shift in demand, and earlier this week it debuted a new global certification programme for large mines. Backed by leading mining companies and their customers, including Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Microsoft and Tiffany, the Standard for Responsible Mining (SRM) has taken a decade to develop into its current "v.1.0" stage as it aims to provide a quality stamp for the most responsible mines. 

EcoVadis's insight:

The trend towards greater transparency and recognition of sustainability efforts in mining is an echo of similar movements happening right across global supply chains. 

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McDonald's Releases Reel It In! 

McDonald's Releases Reel It In!  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

McDonald’s is using its size and scale to advance sustainable fish sourcing as the industry standard, helping to protect long-term fish supplies and help improve the health of surrounding marine ecosystems.

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McDonald’s longstanding commitment to sustainable seafood sourcing has set an important industry standard and sends the message that science-based fisheries management is good for the environment, the economy, and people who love to eat fish,

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Joint efforts of chocolate industry and government of Côte d’Ivoire to halt deforestation announced

Joint efforts of chocolate industry and government of Côte d’Ivoire to halt deforestation announced | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The announcement heralds the next phase of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), initiated and led by the Ministry of Water and Forests, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and IDH. Through this initiative, the industry and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are working together to end deforestation and forest degradation caused by cocoa farming.

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Great initiative by the cocoa industry and the government of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in order to end deforestation.

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Feed giant exceeds sustainable sourcing goals 

Feed giant exceeds sustainable sourcing goals  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2015 BioMar addressed the sustainability of their raw materials by setting ambitious targets for the use of certified products. These goals included ensuring 100 percent of all the soy protein, krill and palm oil and 70 percent of all fish meal and fish oil that they use in the aquaculture feeds were certified as sustainable by 2020. They have reached these targets for krill oil, palm oil, fish oil and fishmeal three years ahead of schedule, while soy protein remains on track to achieve its 2020 objective.

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Sustainability and responsible sourcing is an ongoing challenge. To continue to be leaders in sustainability they will have to look to set even more demanding targets beyond 2020 that will help ­drive them to new heights.

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