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Organic food is a big risk for the supply chain

Organic food is a big risk for the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The supply chain is vital in making all this work, and it’s not easy. Organic products’ impact on supply chains varies drastically by category, said Robinson Fresh’s  Castagnetto. He pointed out that in may cases large farming operations have integrated organic growing into their conventional product mixes.
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Beauty 4.0: The innovation and digitisation of Coty’s supply chain

Beauty 4.0: The innovation and digitisation of Coty’s supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Digital is disrupting the beauty industry in a big way. Buying behavior has changed dramatically and consumers want new products faster than before,” observes Arya Gupta, Coty’s Procurement Director of Global Chemicals & Innovation. With its worldwide manufacturing operations and R&D capabilities, the business is undergoing a significant transformational journey, guaranteeing exceptional and innovative product offerings in the Beauty space which are fully designed with consumers in mind.
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Clarins, Coty, L'Oréal, Group Rocher and EcoVadis launched the

Responsible Beauty Initiative this year.

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Palm Oil Industry Pushes for a More Responsible Supply Chain in North America

Palm Oil Industry Pushes for a More Responsible Supply Chain in North America | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The global palm oil industry certainly needs some momentum as it strives to build a more sustainable supply chain. Earlier this year, NGOs including Mighty Earth, Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network (RAN) claimed that several of the world’s key palm oil producers and suppliers were still responsible for ongoing deforestation and human rights abuses. And as the current Brazilian federal government seeks to reverse the environmental policies of previous administrations, there is concern that more of the Brazilian rainforests could meet the same fate of similar lands in Indonesia, Malaysia and most recently, Africa.
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Is your supply chain encouraging sustainability in the palm oil industry?

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Do sustainability professionals strategize in the woods?

Do sustainability professionals strategize in the woods? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
So what will 2018 bring? Hopefully more collective action around the complex, non-sexy stuff. We will see sustainability data flowing end-to-end across the supply chain for the first time. We will bring awareness to the connection between human wellbeing and environmental health. We will build trust with consumers and brands. We will understand how "circularity" touches every part of the supply chain across all sectors.
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Sustainability’s deepening imprint

Sustainability’s deepening imprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
On average, nearly two-thirds of respondents say they expect that activities across the three categories will create value for their organizations in the years ahead, up from 58 percent in the past two surveys—and perceptions of value-creation opportunities vary by industry (Exhibit 6). More than 80 percent of retail-sector respondents, for example, see modest or significant potential value in managing the sustainability impact of their supply chains, compared with 60 percent of all others.
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Have a look at the survey to know how businesses are dealing with sustainability. 

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Blockchain can bring supply chain transparency and transform food firms

Blockchain can bring supply chain transparency and transform food firms | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Blockchain can be the “key mediator” to make supply chains more transparent by enabling food firms to share data based on trust, and to transform their operations to be much more efficient, but it will require a fundamental shift in organisational mindsets.
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Have you already integrated blockchain technology into your supply chain management? 

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Nestlé, Danone, M&S Among Few Companies Walking the Talk on Ending Deforestation

Nestlé, Danone, M&S Among Few Companies Walking the Talk on Ending Deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The highest scoring companies based on strength of policies across at least three commodities are Nestlé, Mars, Marks & Spencer, Danone and Kellogg Co. In October, Nestlé, Mars and Marks & Spencer and Kellogg signed off on the Cerrado Manifesto, a call to action for the elimination of deforestation and conversion of native vegetation in Brazil’s Cerrado. Mars and Nestlé also recently committed to the new Cocoa & Forests Initiative Framework of Action, which was delivered during COP23 and sets out a number of public-private actions for ensuring the protection and restoration of forest land, as well as the long-term economic viability of over two million smallholder cocoa farmers.
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Congratulations to our clients Mars and Nestlé among others. 

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Why Do Small, Rural Family Landowners Matter to the Global Supply Chain?

Why Do Small, Rural Family Landowners Matter to the Global Supply Chain? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Approximately 21 million Americans own woodlands in the United States. Collectively, these family-owned forests account for nearly 290 million acres, or more than one-third of U.S. forests — more than the federal government or the forest industry.

What’s more important for supply chain and sustainability managers, is that 50 percent of the wood flowing into your supply chains originates from these family-owned forests.
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Rhodia is part of Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Rhodia is part of Sustainable Apparel Coalition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Rhodia, a Solvay Group company with its smart and sustainable yarns and fibres, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a not-for-profit international group committed to promote transformation of the textile chain through sustainability. Rhodia is the first company in Latin America to join SAC, which brings together over 200 global entities.
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Good initiative from our client Solvay. 

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Going green could save UK fleets £14bn a year, new figures reveal

Going green could save UK fleets £14bn a year, new figures reveal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“If businesses take a long-term decision when it comes to investing in their fleet, it could save significant amounts of time and money. The same can be said for other areas of business, where finance is providing opportunities to invest in green, cost-saving technologies across the board.”
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Sainsbury's and Unilever sign up to blockchain trials for supply chain practices

Sainsbury's and Unilever sign up to blockchain trials for supply chain practices | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sainsbury’s and Unilever have partnered with banking firms Barclays, BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered to trial a blockchain system that records price, produce and production information on tea farmers in Malawi. It is hoped the technology can be used reward and incentivise farmers, by offering preferential terms or access to credit to farmers that are implementing sustainable practices.
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What do you think of Sainsbury's and Unilever's initiative towards sustainable farming within their supply chain?

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I Am A Science Lady's curator insight, December 15, 2017 4:08 PM
Wow, this is very exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing the many ways we can utilise the blockchain to add value - it's about more than just digital currency.
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Blue-chip companies and start-ups combine to launch fintech pilot for sustainable supply chains

Blue-chip companies and start-ups combine to launch fintech pilot for sustainable supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Six international companies and banks and four fintech startups have announced new initiative that will test whether blockchain and other technologies can help unlock financial incentives that reward sustainability in supply chains.
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The secret to a successful holiday shopping season: the supply chain

The secret to a successful holiday shopping season: the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain solutions are becoming increasingly complex and are overflowing with different formats of data, unimaginable amounts of data. Just think about it. Every product, invoice, bill of lading, and piece of data associated with a transaction or shipment from the company or one of its hundreds or thousands of suppliers and partners is part of the supply chain. And every single one of them has ability to interrupt the supply chain, not to mention uncontrollable factors like a flat tire on the delivery truck or a snow storm near a distribution facility.
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How do you handle your supply chain management during this festive season?

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Unilever taps into blockchain to manage tea supply chain

Unilever taps into blockchain to manage tea supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Unilever is tackling the challenge of sustainability in the supply chain by using data, technology and analytics. At an investor event earlier this year, Marc Engel, Unilever's Chief Supply Chain Officer, cited real-time data as a way to find solutions to supply chain problems. He reported response times cut in half, and quality issues down by 20%.
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What do you think of Unilever's method to tackle sustainability in its tea supply chain?

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RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?

RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A key ingredient in everything from beauty products to detergents and even ice cream, palm oil is an important commodity that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However, unsustainable palm oil production practices are the root cause of considerable environmental and social risks. Efforts to address issues such as deforestation and human rights violations are on the rise as a result of increasing pressure from consumers and investors, as well as a growing awareness of the threat inaction poses to future business, yet a sustainable palm oil industry is still a long way off.
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Will Sustainable Fashion Crack China's Luxury Market in 2018? 

Will Sustainable Fashion Crack China's Luxury Market in 2018?  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world after oil. On one hand, traditional textile production requires massive quantities of water, which are contaminated with wastes harmful to the soil when they are discharged. Given the imminent threat of climate change, it’s imperative that brands do better.
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The fashion industry is under pressure to be more sustainable. How are you ensuring clean practices in your supply chain?

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Thai Union, Nestlé Partner to Promote Human Rights in Thai Fishing Industry

Thai Union, Nestlé Partner to Promote Human Rights in Thai Fishing Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Human rights abuses have no place in our supply chain. Nestlé is committed to improving livelihoods in the communities in which we operate. We will continue to work with the Thai fishing industry through our supply chain to exhibit best practices in respecting and promoting human rights for fishery workers,” said Benjamin Ware, Global Head of Responsible Sourcing for Nestlé.
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Great initiative from our client Nestlé. Tell us what you are doing to promote human rights practices within your supply chain? 

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DHL and GoodShipping establish decarbonisation programme for container shipping

DHL and GoodShipping establish decarbonisation programme for container shipping | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“The partnership with the GoodShipping Programme is a unique opportunity to drive change within the ocean freight industry and to contribute to DHL’s environmental target of zero emissions by 2050,” said Kathrin Brost, Global Head Customer Intelligence & GoGreen, DHL Global Forwarding
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Have you taken transportation in consideration in your plans to make your supply chain more sustainable? 

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California wildfires causing very few supply chain delays

California wildfires causing very few supply chain delays | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Fortunately, logistics managers were able to chart safe courses for any drivers having routes affected by the fires. By taking early and immediate action, disruption and delays were easily avoided, resulting in the smooth continuation of peak season flow.
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What actions do you have in place to tackle supply chain disruption occurring from a natural disaster? 

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Supply Chain Benchmarking Can Assess Success

Supply Chain Benchmarking Can Assess Success | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
It’s tough knowing exactly how well your organisation is performing when it comes to environmental and social sustainability, especially when looking along the supply chain. The value chain of any business varies wildly depending on the sector, the size, the complexity of operations or the geography from which the raw materials are being procured.
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Struggling with your supply chain's sustainability assessment? EcoVadis has the solution for you. 

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UK Modern Slavery Act prompts action from poultry companies

UK Modern Slavery Act prompts action from poultry companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In its Modern Slavery Act statement last year, Sarah Foulger, Banham Poultry managing director, said the company as committed to ensuring that no form of slavery of human trafficking was taking place within the business or supplier.
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What do you do to fight modern slavery within your supply chain?

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PepsiCo places order for 100 of Tesla's Semi trucks

PepsiCo places order for 100 of Tesla's Semi trucks | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The move is part of the food and drink giant’s efforts to reduce both its fuel costs and fleet emissions, with the company aiming to decrease its carbon footprint by 20% across its supply chain by 2030.
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Freight and transportation are becoming an important factor in supply chains' sustainability. How do you deal with it?

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Sustainability metrics should grow along with bond yields

Sustainability metrics should grow along with bond yields | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a formal sustainability metric, it falls under the SASB’s Business Model and Innovation dimension and encompasses both a company’s ability to manage the shelf life of an existing product in a sustainable fashion as well as the launch of new products. Ultimately, the setup of an efficient lifecycle workflow is commensurate to how the design, sourcing, manufacturing, sales and after-market support functions are connected. It stems from an organization’s innovation efforts and its ability to grow it into a competitive advantage. As SASB measures point to, innovation is indeed a sustainability opportunity for companies.
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Auto Industry Updates Guidance on Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Along with AIAG and Drive Sustainability, BMW Group, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Scania, Toyota, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group, all participated in this revision of the 2014 document, and in creating the additional explanatory resource. This extraordinary alignment between automakers came out of a need to address issues relevant to the automotive industry today, and to speak with a unified voice on the importance of a sustainable, ethical supply chain.
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The Automobile Industry is getting even more sustainable with this new guidance. What do you think?

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Business must do more to fight for human rights

Business must do more to fight for human rights | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Business does not set out to harm people. Apple, in outsourcing its manufacture of iPads to Foxconn of Taiwan, did not set out to be linked in the public eye to 13 suicides in six months because of poor working conditions at Foxconn.

However, if Apple had been more thorough at the outset in its due diligence of this new supplier, perhaps these deaths may have been avoided.
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How do you ensure human rights are respected all throughout your supply chain? 

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