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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.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by the Scottish designers in order to provide greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability in the jewellery industry.

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Target, CVS join Walmart in collecting emissions data from suppliers

Target, CVS join Walmart in collecting emissions data from suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Three of the top 20 retail companies — Target, Tesco and CVS Health — are joining Walmart in collecting data from suppliers, seeking ways to cut carbon emissions throughout the supply chain, according to a press release from environmental non-profit group CDP .

EcoVadis's insight:

Walmart was one of the major retailers at the forefront of working with suppliers to cut carbon emissions in its supply chain. Reducing emissions upstream in the supply chain begins with transparency into a supplier's operations.

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Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech

Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More than 50% of water used in US beef production is dedicated to irrigating the row crops that become feed for cattle. By using new irrigation technology, farmers, can greatly reduce the amount of water needed for row crop irrigation and improve the environmental impact of the beef supply chain, the companies say.
EcoVadis's insight:

The Smart-weather sensor technology - expected to conserve up to 2.4 billion gallons of irrigation water over three years - will enable farmers to make more informed irrigation decisions. A good step to responsibly utilised our natural resources.

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UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

He also said that environmental concerns must be addressed in a much more integrated and horizontal way as they are inextricably connected to economic considerations, to social development, to human rights...

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Supply chain sustainability is a giant lever for changing those 'old habits'!

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New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability

New CDP report suggests suppliers lag behind on sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CDP research suggests that companies moving beyond mandatory reporting are also reducing emissions more and saving money – but suppliers aren't keeping up
EcoVadis's insight:

The new CDP supply chain report 2012 shows that transparency is somehow linked to CO2 emission reduction, which seems straightforward. However, much remains to be done as only a third of surveyed suppliers have clear reduction targets and first and foremost supplier engagement towards great transparency is key as more than 60% of suppliers never responded to the survey.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Supply chain disclosure varies between companies

The Strategic Sourceror: Supply chain disclosure varies between companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

According to a new report from analyst firm Verdantix, some electronics companies headquartered in Asia take greater strides to report the environmental achievements in their supply chains than others.

EcoVadis's insight:

Supply chain transparency in reporting is on the rise, but still challenging and undefined for many companies. Electronics companies which oftern outsource large percentage of their production should absolutely be the front runners, but apparently they are not all on board.

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Coca-Cola Rewards Recycling at UK Theme Parks with 50% Discounts 

Coca-Cola Rewards Recycling at UK Theme Parks with 50% Discounts  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Last year, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners launched their sustainable packaging strategy in Great Britain alongside a global goal to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030. Since its launch, Coca-Cola has introduced clearer on-pack recycling messaging on its bottles, and aired a dedicated recycling television commercial called ‘Love Story’ which the company says has reached over 30 million people.
EcoVadis's insight:

 Great initiative by Coca-Cola as this will help to reduce waste volume by up to 90 per cent, more bottles can be stored and therefore less transportation is needed to get them to recycling facilities – a win for consumers and the environment.”

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Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030 

Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ikea aims to be entirely using renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030. The company hopes that this could help reduce its environmental footprint by 80 per cent by 2030 compared with 2016.

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Great initiatives by IKEA as it joins a growing list of global companies striving to make their operations more environmentally sustainable.

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Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative

Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A checklist to help companies choose sustainable packaging systems has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (Incpen).
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Great to see relevant regulation and guidance put into place to help companies exceed legal requirements.

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Hamburg Says 'Nein,' Bans Wasteful Coffee Pods

Hamburg Says 'Nein,' Bans Wasteful Coffee Pods | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Hamburg banned the purchase of coffee pods, and the single-serve machines that use them, for all government-run buildings, including offices, schools, and yes, even universities
EcoVadis's insight:

Each year a lot of these pods, which have not been recycled, land up in landfills; generating more waste that we already have. Looking forward to see more cities join the trend.

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Yvonne Vogt's curator insight, March 15, 2016 3:07 PM

Each year a lot of these pods, which have not been recycled, land up in landfills; generating more waste that we already have. Looking forward to see more cities join the trend.

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Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead

Greening the supply chain to up profits, cut costs and get ahead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"[Going] green has become a critical necessity for multi-national corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars hanging in the balance. At this scale, greening operations is all about supply chain. Where things are sourced, where they go, and how they get there — all of these questions come into play, and more often than not need to be rethought entirely. Exactly how big and global is this trend?"

EcoVadis's insight:

Cost savings and increased profits...derived from sustainable procurement for large multinational corporations such as General Motors, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, build the case for greening the supply chain...

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Apple attacked over pollution in China - FT.com

Apple attacked over pollution in China - FT.com | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Chinese environmental groups have accused Apple suppliers in the country of systemic pollution, underscoring the pressures on one of the world’s biggest companies as opposition grows in China to environmental degradation as the cost of economic...
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