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U.N. report links rise in hunger to climate change

U.N. report links rise in hunger to climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A collapse in crude oil prices last year had sweeping economic impacts for major oil-producing nations like Russia, Nigeria and Libya. The market mantra has been "lower-for-longer" as crude oil prices remain stuck at levels that are about half what they were three years ago.
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Somehow, this is an irony in the way that if we keep on relying on crude oil we destroy our environment but if we go for more renewable, economies are affected, thus people. Do you think we are ready for change?

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Trending: Dow, CLF Uncover New Opportunities in Previously Unrecyclable Plastics | Sustainable Brands

Trending: Dow, CLF Uncover New Opportunities in Previously Unrecyclable Plastics | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Investors and supply chain leaders are looking for opportunities to catalyze recycling of flexible packaging, but there is a lack of real investable opportunities at the stage of commercialization. We identified a critical need to support the industry and investors by creating a roadmap for investing in flexible packaging,” said Rob Kaplan, Managing Director of Closed Loop Foundation.  
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August oil production from Norway lower than expected

August oil production from Norway lower than expected | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apart from Russia, Norway is one of the leading energy suppliers to the European economy, designating nearly all of its offshore production for exports. The National Petroleum Directorate reported preliminary figures for August at 1.55 million barrels of oil per day on average.
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Do you know where your oil and gas supply comes from?

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Supply chains absorb significant friction costs, but is automation the answer?

Supply chains absorb significant friction costs, but is automation the answer? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Those advocating for the automation of mundane processes including invoicing and payment certainly have logic on their side. While the calculation of friction related benefits might be up for discussion, there are indeed savings to be had. But those advocating for wholesale process changes, many outside of the supply chain management function, need to be sensitive to those suppliers who may not be willing or able to comply. 
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What alternatives have you planned if your suppliers are not willing to change?

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Schneider Electric Expands New Energy Opportunities Network | Sustainable Brands

Schneider Electric Expands New Energy Opportunities Network | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
C&I companies have played an increasing role in the demand for renewable energy, adding more than 8,000 GW of wind and solar power to the global grid since 2010. In Europe, 60 corporations have joined the U.K.-based RE100 and committed to source 100 percent of electricity from renewable resources. A further 150 European companies have agreed to set science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, many of which will rely on renewable energy and other clean technologies to meet their goals.
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“Even though there’s been a dramatic uptick in corporate adoption of clean, renewable energy, the complexity of today’s market can hinder many organizations,” said John Hoekstra, VP of Sustainability and Cleantech Services at Schneider Electric. “Technology, partners, financing and location are all variables that provide an endless array of opportunities, but can slow progress. The growing NEO Network community confirms the need for simplicity and clarity.”
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PepsiCo Reports on First Year of Progress Against Its 'Performance with Purpose' 2025 Goals | Sustainable Brands

PepsiCo Reports on First Year of Progress Against Its 'Performance with Purpose' 2025 Goals | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While critical progress has been made across the Performance with Purpose 2025 Agenda goals, Dr. Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer for Global Research and Development, emphasized that coordinated action at scale is vital in addressing interrelated challenges in public health and nutrition, climate change, resource scarcity and human rights.
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 16, 1:15 PM
“Last year, we doubled down on Performance with Purpose, our vision to deliver top-tier financial results over the long term in a way that’s responsive to the needs of the world around us,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi. “Since then, we’ve been working hard to advance our 2025 Agenda, from making more nutritious products, to limiting our environmental footprint, to empowering people and the communities where we do business. As this year’s Report shows, we are making real, meaningful progress all over the world.”
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​How blockchain will restore consumer confidence in food safety

​How blockchain will restore consumer confidence in food safety | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Blockchain enables the data transparency throughout the supply chain that is so crucial for to building this trust. The question isn’t whether a manufacturer is going to need a blockchain-enabled supply chain. It’s whether it will be adopted quickly enough to (re)build trust with partners and end consumers.
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I Am A Science Lady's curator insight, September 16, 3:39 PM
I'm really interested in how cryptocurrencies are going to change the way we pay for and produce goods.
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3 Denver breweries on tap to brew Colorado's first beer from recycled water

3 Denver breweries on tap to brew Colorado's first beer from recycled water | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
For more than 50 years, CH2M has led the industry in potable reuse, in fact, the company won the Stockholm Industry Water Award for pioneering potable reuse and public acceptance. The landmark work CH2M led with Denver Water and Singapore's Public Utilities Board in the 1980s and 1990s paved the way for the direct potable reuse operations being planned and executed today. Today, the company partners with utilities and agencies around the globe at the forefront of water reuse technology advancement.
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PNG coffee grower focuses on quality and improvement

PNG coffee grower focuses on quality and improvement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"We are trying to convert them into coffee growers and also trying to change the mind-set of having the coffee as an ATM, a cash crop, where they go and process coffee only when they require some cash."
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Do you think that changing the mind-set is the first step for a more sustainable supply chain?

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Bunge Buys IOI’s Specialty Fats Business, Zero-Deforestation Policies Require Integration - ValueWalk

Bunge Buys IOI’s Specialty Fats Business, Zero-Deforestation Policies Require Integration - ValueWalk | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Bunge and Loders are committed to sustainable sourcing, including zero-deforestation, zero peat conversion, protection of human rights, traceability and transparency. This transaction will combine leading policies, people, programs and partnerships from both companies. Bunge intends to continue its work as a member of The Forest Trust, increasing the sustainability of its supply chain and collaborating in projects that help advance industry performance. Following the close of the transaction, Bunge intends to base its palm oil sourcing on Loders’ policy.”
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With sustainability becoming a major concern, the palm oil industry in changing radically. Does it affect your supply chain? And in what ways?

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Chocolate Is Bittersweet: How Sustainability Practices Affect Shareholder Value

Chocolate Is Bittersweet: How Sustainability Practices Affect Shareholder Value | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The cocoa industry has itself to blame for the threat to its sustainability and profitability. Long-term corporate disregard for climate change, obsolete farming practices, and the human rights of millions of smallholder farmers, threatens future crops, production, profits, and reputation. Farmers are abandoning their aging cocoa trees—never having received fair trade prices for cocoa from these trees—for more lucrative crops such as palm oil and rubber. Additionally, children have been used as slave labor in harvesting cocoa for decades. Reports by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) indicate that as many as 1.5 million “trafficked children are often abused by landowners and are rarely paid” to harvest cocoa beans (Nicholson 2014).
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European Commission : CORDIS : News and Events : Zero miles to our mouths: shortening food supply chains

European Commission : CORDIS : News and Events : Zero miles to our mouths: shortening food supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The researchers are aiming to get farmers, food processors and consumers networking better, using physical and virtual data. “The fundamental need of people in relation to food is always the same: nutrition. The new thing is that, thanks to big data, we can find more efficient ways to move crops from one place to another, reducing distances and avoiding the unnecessary disposal of food”, explains Canady. “I would probably prefer a tomato that is sourced one kilometre away from me, which is fresh and arrives at my table through a trusted high-quality process. We call it smart-grid, a way to optimize supply chain length.”
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Microsoft, Disney among companies calculating carbon footprints - report

Microsoft, Disney among companies calculating carbon footprints - report | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More than 700 other businesses around the world plan by 2018 to introduce so-called carbon pricing, said the report by the US-based Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
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Are you following the trend to carbon pricing?

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Is your chocolate bar fuelling deforestation in West Africa?

Is your chocolate bar fuelling deforestation in West Africa? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ivory Coast's now has about 2.5 million hectares (6 million acres) of natural forest, a fifth of what it had at independence in 1960, according to European Union figures. Most of the losses have been due to expanding agriculture.
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The deforestation caused by the cacao industry is creating more and more concerns. If your supply chain is linked to the issues in one way or another, we would like hear what solutions you might have found out. 

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En annonçant la fin des véhicules essences et diesel, la Chine impose au monde la voiture électrique

En annonçant la fin des véhicules essences et diesel, la Chine impose au monde la voiture électrique | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
U n autre monde par rapport aux -seulement - 30 000 voitures électriques qui parcourent les routes allemandes ou même les 100 000 qui sillonnent celles de la France. De plus, l'industrie automobile chinoise représente déjà plus de 50 % de la production mondiale des véhicules électriques. Elle fournit aussi 70 % de la demande mondiale de batteries.
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La Chine prend bel et bien les problèmes climatiques au sérieux. Mais avons-nous pensé aux impactes que cela aura au niveau mondial? 

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India to offer jobs to manual sand miners after deaths exposé

India to offer jobs to manual sand miners after deaths exposé | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sand mining has been declared illegal in many parts of India with countless court petitions highlighting the danger it poses to coastlines, marine life, and sand reserves.
Most of India's sand is extracted by suction pumps from rivers, often illegally, and manual mining is also common in many places, driven by rising demand from the country's fast growing cities.

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Do you have a strategy to uncover such illegal practices within your supply chain?

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Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay

Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Charges of gender discrimination have swirled at Alphabet Inc.-owned Google since the U.S. Labor Department sued in January to bar Google from doing business with the federal government until it released thousands of documents related to an audit over its pay practices. The sides have been battling in court over how much information Google must turn over.
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Gender equality is not only meant to be a CSR concern but a day-to-day practice for the welfare of your employees. 

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Control Union, H&M Launch Tool to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry | Sustainable Brands

Control Union, H&M Launch Tool to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The new program provides companies with full visibility over their entire supply chains. It also collects a variety of data, helping them to assess the risks and their impact on communities and the environment. Initial trainings have already been rolled out within a select group of H&M’s viscose suppliers.
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Climate inaction has cost Australia 'thousands of jobs and billions of dollars'

Climate inaction has cost Australia 'thousands of jobs and billions of dollars' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
And given the rapidly accelerating investment and job opportunities in renewable energy—about US$241 billion was invested in renewables last year alone, roughly double the money channelled into fossil fuels—Australia has paid a heavy price for its reluctance to encourage clean energy development and low-carbon growth, Hewson said. 
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Inaction can be more expensive action. 

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Illiteracy In A Digital World: Learning Efficiently And Effectively In A World Of Technology

Illiteracy In A Digital World: Learning Efficiently And Effectively In A World Of Technology | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
It is through effective, sustainable adult education that our country will see the social transformation and decrease in poverty and unemployment that is so desperately needed. Literacy empowers individuals and strengthens communities; so empowered, they are indeed capable of writing the future.
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Education is the key to sustainability. Do you share this opinion?

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H&M’s charity arm has found a revolutionary way to recycle textiles – “The holy grail of circular fashion”

H&M’s charity arm has found a revolutionary way to recycle textiles – “The holy grail of circular fashion” | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Today, recycling is mostly done mechanically, where materials are churned and cut down. The method doesn’t really work with blended materials, as it results in such poor quality textile that it needs to be blended with new material in order to be eligible for production.
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Pandora at the Forefront in Responsible Sourcing

Pandora at the Forefront in Responsible Sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Furthermore, more than 90% of the silver– and more than 80% of the gold – used at Pandora’s crafting facilities come from recycled sources. Using recycled silver and gold significantly reduces the risk of becoming complicit in human rights infringements, at the same time significantly reducing the environmental cost of the raw material.
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Great practice from Pandora.

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How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In particular, we found that deforestation-free commitments reduce risk, and sustainable agriculture practices create financial opportunity for all value chain actors. It also appears that investments in deforestation-free traceability and other legal requirements can be paid for with the financial gains from adopting sustainable agriculture practices.
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Mauvais élèves de l’égalité, Maurel & Prom et Sartorius Stedim Biotech se font épingler par Marlène Schiappa

Mauvais élèves de l’égalité, Maurel & Prom et Sartorius Stedim Biotech se font épingler par Marlène Schiappa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Elle a tenu promesse. La secrétaire d’État à l’égalité femmes hommes, Marlène Schiappa, a dévoilé le nom de deux entreprises qui n'ont pas respecté l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes. Il s'agit de la société pétrolière Maurel & Prom et du fournisseur de services pour l’industrie pharmaceutique Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB). Aucune ministre des Droits des femmes avant elle n’avait opté pour cette stratégie.
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Que pensez-vous du ''name and shame'' dans le but de pousser les entreprises à avoir de bonne pratiques de RSE ?

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Much of the planet’s land severely degraded owing to increased consumption, UN warns

Much of the planet’s land severely degraded owing to increased consumption, UN warns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Some 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost each year, according to the Global Land Outlook (GLO), launched on September 12 by the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), at the meeting of States parties taking place in Ordos, China.
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