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Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion

Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global chemical leader Henkel AG is putting sustainability as one of its top priorities, as China pursues more high-quality growth that balances economy, environment and society. Jeremy Hunter, President of Henkel China, who is proud of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and pioneer work in many areas in China, discusses Henkel’s sustainability strategy, experience and accomplishments. Henkel has been a crusader for sustainability over the past 90 years, continuously devoted to creating an eco-friendly business market.

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The main responsibility of fashion companies is obviously to change their production, distribution and marketing practices and strategies towards greater sustainability. But companies also have the possibility to contribute to more sustainable consumption patterns.

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Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable finishing technology company Jeanologia announced Wednesday that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Spanish company will begin using SAC’s suite of tools to measure the environmental impact of its own roster of finishing tools including laser, G2 ozone and e flow technologies, which help enhance productivity, reduce water and energy consumption and eliminate damaging emissions and waste, guaranteeing zero contamination.

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Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw"

Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sipping on a gin and tonic hasn’t been the same recently for many drinkers as plastic straws have been cast aside for environmental reasons in some countries – but Finnish inventors are hoping to help the world out with renewable straws. Environmentally-friendly packaging companies Stora Enso and Sulapac have based their straw on biocomposite material made of wood and natural adhesive, which is biodegradable in marine environments and recyclable via industrial composting.

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DWTC leads with sustainability and energy diversification initiatives

DWTC leads with sustainability and energy diversification initiatives | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC, continues its commitment to support Dubai’s vision for leadership in energy security and efficiency through its energy diversification initiatives. In line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy’s aim of generating 75 percent of its energy consumption from clean sources by 2050, the DWTC is championing a range of resource and energy optimisation measures.

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The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain. From combining educational, informative and preparatory actions to anticipating regulatory requirements like the imposition of corruption prevention and control plans, joining together through industry-wide initiatives speeds up processes. 

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Greenpeace activists protest coal mining

Greenpeace activists protest coal mining | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

“End the Coal Age!” reads a 15-metre-long banner placed on a mining tower situated at the complex of the Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza mining company in Nováky (Trenčín Region) by activists from Greenpeace Slovensko. “Ending the Coal Age means leave the coal in the earth and stopping its burning,” wrote Júlia Sokolovičová, energy expert in Greenpeace CEE, in a Facebook post. “The time has come for the government to stop discussing the budget of one company and focus on the real end of coal instead, protecting people’s health and the environment. Slovakia can do more.”

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New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution

New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A top New York City lawmaker unveiled landmark legislation Tuesday to dramatically decrease emissions from big buildings, the city’s largest source of climate pollution. If passed, the bill would set a new standard for cities around the world and mark the most aggressive climate action yet taken by the nation’s largest and most financially and culturally influential city. Starting in 2022, the new legislation proposes cutting pollution 40 percent by 2030, a timeline roughly twice as fast as the original agreement brokered by the Urban Green Council, a nonprofit linked to the U.S. Green Building Council that published the framework as a report three months ago.

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Building green is one of the best strategies to temper negative climate change.It is very important to make a building as energy efficient as possible, use renewable energy and have low greenhouse gases associated with the production and use of envelope materials. Reducing a building's carbon footprint reduces its running costs, improves employee morale, raises property values and improves LEED scores.

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France sets out plans to tackle deforestation

France sets out plans to tackle deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

France set out plans on Wednesday to tackle deforestation around the world, saying it would look to curb imports of products such as palm oil, soy, and beef which it said contributed to the problem of forest areas disappearing. Palm oil, a type of vegetable oil used in confectionery and other goods, is controversial because of the environmental impact of clearing forests to make way for plantations. The majority of the world's palm oil comes from Malaysia and Indonesia, where deforestation has threatened orangutan populations.

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RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards

RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has adopted new standards that will prohibit its member companies from clearing any type of forest for palm plantations. RSPO-certified companies were previously permitted to clear secondary forests and peat forests with a peat layer no deeper than 3 meters (10 feet). The move comes amid a growing consumer backlash that has prompted companies to make zero-deforestation commitments. Environmental activists have welcomed the RSPO’s deforestation ban with cautious optimism, noting that enforcement of the certification body’s standards has historically been lax.

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Oreo maker linked to destruction of orangutan habitat in Indonesia

Oreo maker linked to destruction of orangutan habitat in Indonesia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mondelēz International, the company behind Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, continues to source palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia, according to a Greenpeace report. The report said the company’s suppliers had cleared an area of rainforest greater than the city of San Francisco from 2015 to 2017, of which more than a third was orangutan habitat.Greenpeace says Mondelēz’s supply chain continues to be tainted with palm oil produced on deforested land because it uses the weakest certification model for its supply.

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P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers

P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. P&G aims to be able to recycle absorbent hygiene products (AHP), as diapers, incontinence pads, and feminine hygiene products are known, in 10 cities by 2030, according to its latest sustainability agenda. In the long term, it hopes to use 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.

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Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Big brands - from Coke to Kellogg - pledged on Monday to cut all plastic waste from their operations in what the United Nations called the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. The initiative comes as public pressure mounts on manufacturers and retailers to pare back the deluge of plastic packaging that is clogging landfills and choking the seas.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by these big brands towards the protection of the environment. Brands must keep up by engaging their supply base to deliver more sustainable and healthier alternatives. If the supplier can’t change with the times, the brand needs to seek an alternative supply source. The impact on the bottom line is too significant to ignore.

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UK Fashion Retailers Urged To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Their Clothes

UK Fashion Retailers Urged To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Their Clothes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh MP has written to the chief executives of the UK’s ten leading fashion retailers to find out what steps they are taking to reduce the environmental and social impact of the clothes and shoes they sell. The request for evidence will inform the Committee’s inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry, which is investigating how the UK’s fashion industry – that is worth £28bn a year to the UK economy – can reduce its environmental footprint. Environmental Audit Committee Chair Mary Creagh MP said: “The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on our planet. Fashion and footwear retailers have a responsibility to minimise their environmental footprint and make sure the workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage. We want to hear what they are doing to make their industry more sustainable.”

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LME reforms must meet international standards, Global Witness warns

LME reforms must meet international standards, Global Witness warns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

While Global Witness welcomes the London Metal Exchange (LME) commitment to introduce OECD-standard responsible sourcing requirements for its metal brands, it warns that the LME must ensure its members go beyond paper-based compliance activities to meaningfully change and improve supply chains and their impacts. "Disrupting global trading patterns that link minerals and metals to conflict financing, human rights abuses, environmental degradation and corruption demands change to business behaviours right along the trading chain”, said Global Witness’s campaign leader Sophia Pickles in a statement. EU and US supply chain laws consistent with the internationally recognized OECD due diligence guidance for responsible gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten supply chains are already in place, while  Chinese developments towards greener, more transparent mineral supply chains are now on the table.

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FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate

FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FIU is working to help build stronger agricultural systems in the face of climate change. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes, tropical fruits and winter vegetables, and climate change is expected to increase the occurrence and strength of droughts, floods, pest infestations and disease infestations. These effects of climate change can harm farmers, their crops and the country’s food supply. “The goal of this project is to develop a blueprint for a food certification program of which all parties across the strawberry and tomato supply chains can agree,” said Mahadev Bhat, project director and co-director of FIU’s Agroecology Program. “The study can improve our understanding of production, environmental and labor welfare issues, as well as competition between domestic and imported crops and the certification process.”

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Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains. The company, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, made a new pledge on Monday (10 December) to ensure that its supply chains are classed as “deforestation-free” by 2020 – a commitment which builds on its 2013 “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NPDE) sustainability strategy. In order to achieve the new goal, Wilmar International will carry out a supplier audit by the end of January 2019, with all suppliers found to be driving forest loss then facing “immediate” suspension.

EcoVadis's insight:

Soybean and palm oil cultivation along with timber production and cattle rearing are major contributors to deforestation; and these economic commodities have been getting a lot of attention recently. If current deforestation levels continue, the world’s rainforests may completely vanish in as little as 100 years, according to National Geographic, and this will have a disastrous effect on our world if we don’t act.

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HSBC: Businesses turning the screw on supply chain sustainability

A third of global businesses are looking to improve the sustainability of their supply chains over the next three years, according to an extensive new survey from HSBC. The poll of 8,500 companies in 34 countries shows that those businesses making environmentally sustainable changes to their supply chains are motivated primarily by cost efficiencies (84%) and improved revenues (84%). Furthermore, one in five (20%) claim that they have taken greater control of their supply chains over the past two years.

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For financial service organizations with no physical supply chain, sustainability improvements stem from how and where they choose to spend money, and the partners they select to act on their behalf. The need for sustainable development is urgent. Businesses are increasingly responsible, both legally and practically for the actions of their suppliers, and their suppliers’ suppliers. This means that in the eyes of the law if your supplier is not compliant with a regulation or labour practice, you’re guilty by association. 

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Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain

Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The British unit of Swiss insurance giant Zurich has launched a new accreditation scheme to encourage its suppliers to adopt sustainable business practices. The Supplier Accreditation Scheme is designed to help Zurich UK increase transparency in its own supply chain by measuring and tracking its suppliers’ environmental and community activities and scoring them accordingly. Companies could be awarded gold, solver or bronze accreditation depending on their approach to sustainability.

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Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to complaints filed with organisers. At least 134,000 large sheets of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia have been used as concrete moulds to build stadiums, causing what campaigners say is irreversible harm to precious biodiversity reserves.

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Deforestation occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted and it can have wide reaching environmental effects. Scientists have predicted that by 2050, deforestation could reduce rainfall across the Amazon by 21 percent during dry seasons and 12 percent during wet seasons. However, an increasing number of major multinational companies are committing to tackle deforestation issues in their supply chains in a view to enhancing environmental and social impacts through responsible sourcing. 

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Call to Safeguard Single Market in SUP Negotiations

Call to Safeguard Single Market in SUP Negotiations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
EUROPEN and 72 other associations representing a wide range of packaging materials and sectors across the packaging value chain call on the European Institutions to ensure that the free movement of packaging and packaged goods across the EU’s Single Market is not undermined by the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUP), currently being negotiated in trilogues.
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WRAP Launches UK Plastics Pact Roadmap

WRAP Launches UK Plastics Pact Roadmap | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
WRAP has published its The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025, outlining  key actions businesses should take to help curb pollution caused by plastic packaging by moving plastics from being a single-use disposable material to a valued resource, in line with the circular economy model, while avoiding unintended environmental consequences of actions such as substitution or blanket removal which could lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions and/or increased food waste.
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Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging

Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Across the EU’s five largest economies vendors selling through Amazon will now be asked to package their products prior to shipping to fulfilment centres according to specifications that avoid the need for additional preparation before Amazon ships them. European partners that certify their packaging before October 2019 will receive an early adopter credit to help subsidise the investments in optimising their packaging.
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Tire manufacturers promise to put the brakes on deforestation

Tire manufacturers promise to put the brakes on deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Environmental groups welcomed an initiative by global tire manufacturers to stop the destruction of forests to make way for rubber plantations, but warned that the industry-backed organization must act independently to be effective. The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) - which includes Michelin and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co – will begin operations in March at its headquarters in Singapore, according to a statement from the organization.

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Globe introduces eSIM in PH 

Globe Telecom continues to be the leader in digital lifestyle by bringing the embedded Subscriber Identification Module (eSIM) to the Philippines. The eSIM removes the use of plastics in SIM activation and contributes greatly to environmental sustainability efforts. Transitioning to eSIM, which removes the need for extra plastic and paper packaging, strengthens the commitment of Globe to support a circular economy by reducing solid waste and avoiding single use plastics getting into landfills.

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Great Sustainable initiative by Globe. The concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ has been growing in prominence over the past few decades, particularly as corporate social responsibility has become increasingly integrated into mainstream business strategy. Collaborating and innovating with suppliers will be essential to  combating barriers and reaching the potentials of a circular economy, as well as motivating and educating consumers about their purchasing habits and its impact on sustainability.

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Companies Are Reinvesting In the Denim Supply Chain 

Companies Are Reinvesting In the Denim Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

 Manufacturers are making major investments in factories from the U.S. to China to meet market demands and, particularly, to improve their environmental footprint in the process. As part of that effort, its indigo dye technology employs an environmentally friendly chemistry that allows for filtration and water reuse, curbing total water usage by more than 60 percent compared to a legacy mill. Vidalia Denim will also use e3 sustainable cotton exclusively in its operations, sourcing its cotton from across the U.S. farm belt from farmers enrolled in the e3 sustainable cotton program.

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In today’s globalized world supply chains are often stretched to their limits and very vulnerable to disruptions. No supply chain is immune. Companies worldwide need to act to gain greater supply chain transparency.

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Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags

Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Co-op has announced an end to single-use plastic. It will see around 60 million plastic carrier bags removed in a phased rollout and replaced with an “environmentally-friendly” alternative, it says.
The move is part of a new “ethical strategy” to be launched later this week by the Co-op, which will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly.
The blue-print sets out how the Co-op will ban single-use own-brand plastic products and reduce its overall use of plastic packaging within five years and stop using hard to recycle materials, like black plastic. And as part of the commitment, lightweight compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, will be rolled out to almost 1,400 Co-op food stores, initially in towns, cities and villages where the bags are accepted in food waste collections, it says.

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