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Modern slavery promotes overfishing

Modern slavery promotes overfishing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
By combining fisheries data from the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC with country-level data on modern slavery, the researchers found that countries whose fleets rely heavily on government subsidies, fish far away from home ports, and fail to comprehensively report their actual catch, tend to fish beyond sustainable limits and are at higher risk of labour abuses.
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Plastic Watch: Five Flaws in the EU’s Single-Use Plastics Plan

The European Parliament late last month overwhelmingly approved a  plan to ban certain types of single-use plastic, recycle others, and make producing companies more accountable for what happens to such waste. The European Council may approve this measure as soon as this month, with the directive becoming law by the end of this year, according to the Guardian, in European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics.
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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Sealed Air to make packaging 100% reusable or recyclable by 2025

Sealed Air to make packaging 100% reusable or recyclable by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sealed Air announced plans to make its packaging solutions 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company plans to accelerate its use of recyclable materials, expand reuse models for packaging and collaborate with its global partners on the initiative.

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Google uses VR to show supplier transparency

Google uses VR to show supplier transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Google has produced a series of virtual reality (VR) videos which purportedly show what life is like working for two of its suppliers in Africa and China. The 360 degree videos, which were published alongside its 2018 Responsible Supply Chain report, claim to put viewers in the shoes of workers at an electronics factory in China and a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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World backs data 'revolution' in global anti-slavery drive

World backs data 'revolution' in global anti-slavery drive | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A global agreement to map and count the victims of forced labour is a landmark that activists say will revolutionise efforts to free millions of people around the world from modern slavery.

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Much is being done in terms of international and national regulations to eradicate modern slavery, and businesses worldwide are becoming increasingly committed to sustainable procurement. However, to make a real difference, more emphasis needs to be placed on truly understanding the plight of the people who end up in forced labor.

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Producing bitcoin currency could void climate change efforts

Producing bitcoin currency could void climate change efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Producing bitcoin at a pace with growing demand could by 2033 defeat the aim of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to U.S. research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Climate change is almost certainly man-made, as reiterated by the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Most companies still do not see climate change as relevant to their business and rarely publish climate change scenarios. Publishing more data on climate change and analyze the ways companies address it in their supply chains is vital.

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Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told

Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain should pressurise fashion brands to design clothes that pollute less and are easier to recycle to reduce fast fashion's environmental impact, experts told lawmakers on Tuesday. Demand for cheap garments is also leading to poor working conditions and exploitation in global supply chains, the Environmental Audit Committee was told at the first hearing of its inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry. 

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, 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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PepsiCo aims to use 25% recycled plastic packaging by 2025

PepsiCo aims to use 25% recycled plastic packaging by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

PepsiCo has announced that it aims to use 25% recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025. The world’s second largest beverage company said it hopes to achieve this by collaborating with suppliers and partners, enhancing consumer education and fostering greater partnerships.The company also said that it would advocate for better recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform. 

Earlier this month, PepsiCo signed a deal with Loop Industries Inc. to incorporate PET plastic, which is made from 100% recycled material, into its product packaging by early 2020. Aligning with its ‘Performance with Purpose’ vision, the company has also devised a specific aim related to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles, aiming to achieve 33% recycled PET content by 2025. “PepsiCo's sustainable plastics vision is to build a PepsiCo where plastics need never become waste,” commented Dr Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo.

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Great job by PepsiCo. Many companies strive to improve their sustainable performance by implementing measures and technologies that reduce, recycle or reuse waste.

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Conflict gold reaching US company supply chains, says NGO report

Conflict gold reaching US company supply chains, says NGO report | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Gold mined from conflict areas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is reaching the supply chains of major US companies and finding its way into consumer products, according to an NGO report. The report by The Sentry – an initiative of NGO Enough Project and human rights charity Not On Our Watch (NOOW) – says that the African Gold Refinery (AGR), located in Uganda, is sourcing illegally smuggled gold from eastern Congo and then exporting it to a Belgian affiliated refinery. The gold, it says, may find its way into the supply chains of major western corporations, including "Amazon, Sony, General Electric, and 280 other US publicly traded companies". All of these companies, it continues, listed the Belgian refinery as an entity that may be in their supply chains, according to 2018 SEC filings. This is despite it failing an international conflict minerals audit, the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) – formerly the Conflict-Free Smelter Programme. It was subsequently removed from RMI's active refiner/smelter list in November last year.

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Aligning overall business strategy with the company’s sustainable mission creates a holistic sustainability philosophy that touches all company activities and operations.  Buyers must map out supplier risks and see how much spend is invested in each of their suppliers, which will help them identify the suppliers carrying the biggest risks and determine which improvement efforts should be prioritized.

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Renewed commitment and funding of activities to eradicate child labour

Renewed commitment and funding of activities to eradicate child labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Education International (EI) and the Foundation of EI’s affiliate in Germany the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft have signed a partnership agreement, the Foundation giving responsibility to EI for projects to promote the right to education and to eradicate child labour. Under the agreement with the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) Fair Childhood Foundation, EI will identify, coordinate and support the implementation of education union projects financed by the Foundation to support education and eradicate child labour. The agreement was signed on 17 October by EI General Secretary David Edwards and GEW President Marlis Tepe.

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M&S ranked best FTSE 100 for tackling modern slavery

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has topped a FTSE 100 ranking for its compliance with the Modern Slavery Act (MSA). The retailer achieved the highest company score in an analysis of publicly available modern slavery statements, compiled by the non-profit Development International (DI) as part of its inaugural Global Governance FTSE 100 League Table. M&S was followed by Tesco, British American Tobacco and Morrisons.

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Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax despite resistance

Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax despite resistance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he would press ahead with plans to impose a carbon tax on provinces unwilling to combat climate change despite resistance in voter-rich parts of the country. Starting in April 2019 carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($15.27) a tonne, rising by C$10 a year until it reaches C$50 in 2022.  "The effects of climate change are everywhere, and they are a constant reminder of the need to act now," he said in a statement, citing recent heat waves, floods and forest fires. Official data regularly show Canada has little chance of meeting its climate change goals of reducing emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030

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SDG alignment generated $233bn in business revenue last year

Since the unveiling of the framework in 2015, 193 countries, 9000 companies and investors with more than $4 trillion in assets have pledged their support to the SDGs. But as more and more businesses move to align with all or some of the Global Goals, recent research by KPMG found that companies are still struggling to achieve boardroom buy-in for action on the SDGs due to a lack of available metrics for tracking progress against their aims.

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Reporting human and labor rights in palm oil: Nestlé and Sime Darby Plantation launch worker helpline

Nestlé and the Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) are joining forces to pilot a project that will help eliminate human and labor rights abuses in their shared palm oil supply chain in Malaysia. The collaboration will see a new helpline developed which allows workers to report on working conditions, recruitment, safety and other labor issues.
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Bird & Wild Coffee Wins Sustainability Award 

Bird & Wild Coffee Wins Sustainability Award  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Bird & Wild coffee have just won an award for their RSPB partnership coffee. The owner of Bird & Wild, Guy Wilmot, was awarded the Blue Patch’s Global Impact Award which is for businesses based in the British Isles that work with international communities, creating ethical partnerships with good supply chain management.
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Kellogg sets sustainable packaging goal for 2025

Kellogg sets sustainable packaging goal for 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Kellogg Co. is working toward a goal of using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025. The packaging goal becomes part of Kellogg’s global sustainability commitments, which include responsible sourcing of ingredients, sustainable agriculture, and resources and training for holders of small farms. Battle Creek-based Kellogg cited data from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation showing 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally and 5% is retained for secondary use. Kellogg already has taken steps in sustainable packaging. The company has a goal of transitioning to compostable and paper food service products in all its plants and offices globally by the end of 2018. Kellogg also is working with suppliers to identify packaging designs that minimize waste. An example is in Europe where Kellogg wants its cereal pouches to be recycle-ready by late 2019, which would remove an estimated 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from its supply chain each year.

EcoVadis's insight:

The  Food and Beverage industry has a significant potential to impact the sustainability of supply chains, and makes it a crucial element to achieving a circular economy. Food and Beverage packaging is among the most recycled packaging and we see increasing recycling rates for bottle and containers every year.

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Marks & Spencer tops list of major British firms tackling modern slavery

Marks & Spencer tops list of major British firms tackling modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major retailer Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) topped a list on Tuesday ranking Britain's biggest businesses on their efforts to tackle modern slavery, yet labour experts urged the country's top 100 companies to be more transparent and lead by example globally. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job by Marks & Spencer. In our global economy, supply chain management has proven to be a complex challenge. If your company provides goods or services to a large multi-national, you no doubt have been measured on the traditional criterias of quality, cost effectiveness, speed, and reliability. 

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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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Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. "

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable initiative by Britain to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. 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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Unilever joins forces with Veolia for sustainable plastic packaging partnership

Unilever joins forces with Veolia for sustainable plastic packaging partnership | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Unilever has signed a three-year agreement with Veolia to improve waste collection and sustainable packaging. Under the deal, the companies will work together on emerging technologies that will help create a circular plastic economy. 

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PwC: RE100 commitment just one step on sustainability journey

PwC: RE100 commitment just one step on sustainability journey | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The latest addition to the Climate Group’s RE100 initiative for green energy has been named as global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which aims to source 100% renewable energy for its global operations by 2050. The company has also set itself a target of 70% renewable energy by 2022. However, the company has already made strides on its sustainability journey in the past year, reducing emissions per employee by 7%. It has also achieved an 85% reduction of emissions from energy use over the last 11 years and is now introducing an air travel offset program. PwC will also enjoy the knowledge that its business can continue to operate not only sustainably but economically too, following the recent release of figures stating that RE100 members enjoy “above average financial performance” in comparison with their counterparts.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by PwC. More than 70 cities have already adopted ambitious 100 percent clean energy goals, and five have already hit their targets. This proactive drive to increase sustainability efforts is just one step toward a greener future, but swift action must be taken to ensure these cities meet their goals by their respective deadlines – some, like Boulder, Colorado, as soon as 2030.

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SDG 16: A Matter of Interest to the Financial Sector

SDG 16: A Matter of Interest to the Financial Sector | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Financial Services sector is not one many would immediately imagine having significant environmental or social risks within its supply chain. Yet, with its global presence now firmly established, its supply chain impact is quite considerable. According to the BSR report, Supply Chain Sustainability in the Financial Sector, IT, employment and professional services are the top spend categories for the Financial Services sector. These spend categories can be translated into two main supply chain risks related to SDG 16: conflict and human rights issues, and institution issues.
EcoVadis's insight:

To establish supply chain transparency, Financial Services companies have to be willing to go to great lengths to map their supply chains beyond first-tier suppliers. Also being certified is one way for companies to show they are taking full responsibility for sustainability. 

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Advancing beef sustainability is a full supply chain effort

Advancing beef sustainability is a full supply chain effort | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The U.S. beef industry has made progress improving its sustainability, but there’s room to do more. Further improvements are a full supply chain effort. With one of the most complex supply changes in the world, a full supply chain effort means that cow-calf producers, feedlot operators, universities and research institutes, beef packers and processors, retailers, food service companies and even consumers have a role to play in improving the sustainability of beef
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Reduce and reuse raw materials to slash waste and emissions, UN and think-tanks urge

Reduce and reuse raw materials to slash waste and emissions, UN and think-tanks urge | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The rapid consumption of raw materials must be curbed to cut waste and carbon emissions, the United Nations and global think-tanks have urged, with resource consumption set to almost double by 2060, especially in developing economies. "We are using the planet's resources at a faster rate than they can be replenished, while polluting our seas, air and countryside with the waste from our consumption habits," head of U.N. Environment Erik Solheim said in a statement. Governments, cities and companies have been under increased pressure in recent years to cut down on waste, including plastic, and to reach ambitious climate goals.
In 2015, countries signing the Paris Agreement to curb global warming set a goal of limiting a rise in average world surface temperatures to "well below" 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times, while "pursuing efforts" to limit rising temperatures to 1.5C (2.7F).
Yet with two-thirds of people set to be living in cities by 2050, according to U.N. estimates, the use of raw materials is predicted to nearly double by 2060.

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