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Retailers take aim at packaging waste

Retailers take aim at packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Retailers are looking for waste reduction strategies as packaging waste continues to grow, starting with decreasing the amount of non-recyclable packaging on the products they sell. The amount of packaging waste generated annually in the U.S. has increased by 185% between 1960 and 2015, from 27 million tons to almost 78 million tons. Recycling has become an increasingly common way to deal with this stream. Only 10% of this waste was recycled in 1960, but more than half was recycled in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The practice of curbside recycling didn't take off until around the 1990s. 

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As consumers become increasingly aware of the effects their choices have on the environment, and ethical consumption continues to grow as a hot topic, a brand’s reputation for sustainability is of paramount importance. There are several waste reduction strategies a company can adopt  for instance reducing, reusing and recycling packaging materials.

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AB InBev Takes Aim at Scope 3 Emissions

AB InBev Takes Aim at Scope 3 Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s sustainability team has been busy. Since launching ambitious new sustainability goals for 2025 early last year, the world’s largest brewer began requesting supplier data through CDP and placed an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks, and started sending leftover alcohol from their European headquarters to a biofuel plant.Their 2025 goals cover smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging, and climate action. Virginia Covo, AB InBev’s global director for sustainability supply chain, is responsible for the climate action pillar. She’s also in charge of the company’s sustainability reporting and supply chain engagement. We recently caught up with Covo to learn about her approach to reducing emissions, particularly the indirect Scope 3 ones.

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Kew Gardens uses DNA to tackle illegal logging

Kew Gardens uses DNA to tackle illegal logging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A landmark partnership between Kew and the Forest Stewardship Council is using DNA technology to help prevent illegal logging, estimated by Interpol to cost between up to £76 billion annually.
Globally renowned centre for botanical and mycological knowledge, Kew Gardens, and global forest management not-for-profit, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), have teamed up to use identification technologies that allow scientists to determine the species and origin of timber using only a small piece of the wood.  The ultimate aim is to facilitate on-the-spot tests for timber across the globe and increase transparency across the supply chain.

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Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation

Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Fifty-seven investors with $6.3 trillion in assets sent a letter to companies involved in the soy trade, asking them to eliminate "deforestation within their entire soybean supply chain, and will seek evidence of this on multiple levels." The investors are worried climate and deforestation risk could harm the companies they've invested in.
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Poultry and egg sustainability roundtable announces inaugural board

Poultry and egg sustainability roundtable announces inaugural board | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs has the ability to bring together a broad group of diverse stakeholders who can collaboratively focus and accelerate continuous improvement in the entire poultry and egg value chain,” Johnston said. “Together, we hope to continually advance the United States as a global leader in responsibly produced poultry and eggs.”
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Tesco completes switch to sustainable chocolate in time for Easter bonanza

Tesco completes switch to sustainable chocolate in time for Easter bonanza | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

100 per cent of cocoa used in Tesco's own-brand chocolate products now certified by Rainforest Alliance, retailer confirms. All of Tesco's own brand chocolate products are now made with sustainably sourced cocoa, the retailer confirmed yesterday. The switch comes in time for the annual Easter surge in chocolate sales, and means all Tesco own-brand chocolate goods - including cakes, biscuits, and desserts - will carry the Rainforest Alliance cocoa sourcing label.

EcoVadis's insight:

The sustainability of the cocoa economy is presently most complex in the area of the production of cocoa beans. The main sustainability issue in the world cocoa economy is with the farmers. They are the most vital, but also the most vulnerable link in the cocoa chain.  To achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy the industry needs to start taking more focused action as soon as possible.

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Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in Global Cocoa Supply chain

Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in Global Cocoa Supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a signatory to the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Olam Cocoa is implementing an action plan to eliminate deforestation, protect and restore forests and work with farming communities that depend on cocoa for their livelihoods, both in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and across its global cocoa supply chain.
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U.S. craft marketplace makes plans to go green by offsetting emissions

U.S. craft marketplace makes plans to go green by offsetting emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Online crafts retailer Etsy Inc will go green by offsetting planet-warming carbon emissions from its shipping activities, the U.S. company said on Wednesday, joining a host of companies making public moves to battle climate change. Etsy will buy clean energy certificates supporting tree conservation in the United States, wind and solar power in India and clean automotive technology, it said.

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Nestlé To Design Fully Recyclable, Compostable To-Go Cups

Nestlé To Design Fully Recyclable, Compostable To-Go Cups | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé has announced that it is collaborating with other industry partners to design a fully recyclable, compostable fibre cup as part of the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge. The move is a part of the company's efforts to address the problem of plastic pollution, and a step towards its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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Airlines lack clear flight path to lower carbon emissions: researchers 

Airlines lack clear flight path to lower carbon emissions: researchers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Airlines are making progress toward more efficiency and are offsetting emissions—but the big emissions cuts needed from aviation are not yet in the plans, researchers say. Some of the world’s largest airlines have yet to set long-term targets to reduce their climate-changing emissions, climate and economic researchers warned Tuesday.

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Nestlé targets sustainability in cocoa supply chain with action plan

Nestlé targets sustainability in cocoa supply chain with action plan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé has released its action plan to help end deforestation and restore forests in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The plan is part of the company’s commitment to support the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, a new public-private partnership bringing together the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the cocoa and chocolate industry.

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Heineken Brazil Uses Gamification To Encourage Responsible Drinking

Heineken Brazil Uses Gamification To Encourage Responsible Drinking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As Brazil kicks off Carnival, Heineken is using mobility and gamification to engage its entire workforce as ambassadors of a responsible drinking initiative. The three-wave program is part of the firm's sustainability strategy leading up to 2021. The idea is to develop the role of its 13,000-strong local workforce as change agents around alcohol consumption beyond the awareness aspect.

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Transparency demands sees sustainable cotton gain ground

Transparency demands sees sustainable cotton gain ground | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge encourages brands and retailers to commit to source 100% of their cotton from the most sustainable sources by the year 2025.The Challenge was formed in 2017 when His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales convened a group of CEOs through the work of his International Sustainability Unit that existed to address critical challenges facing the world. Those original 13 CEOs committed to work together to accelerate the use of sustainable cotton, which paved the way for other industry leaders to follow – resulting in 39 companies now committed to sourcing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

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Item-level produce traceability may help consumer confidence

Item-level produce traceability may help consumer confidence | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food recalls have been numerous over the past few years — from tomatoes, lettuce and apples to stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots. Media coverage on contaminated foods causing illness further diminished consumer confidence in food and the retailers where they purchased the recalled products. To increase consumer confidence and public safety, it’s necessary to have an effective traceability system in place. Hurst International has the solution with item-level traceability available through its patented Print on Demand Versaprint labeling system.

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Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts

Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Businesses looking to secure public sector contracts will need to do more to help improve society, the UK government is set to announce. Ministers want firms to tackle issues like modern slavery and climate change. The UK, which spends £49bn with outside organisations every year, will also try to award more contracts to small firms. It is "morally right" for the UK to make certain demands of companies taking taxpayers' money, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will say.

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Palm oil supplier loses RSPO certification

Palm oil supplier loses RSPO certification | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A key supplier of palm oil, with previous ties to Nestle and PepsiCo, has had its sustainability certification removed following a long term investigation. Palm oil manufacturers, PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk (SIMP) and PT PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk (PT Lonsum), subsidiaries of food company Indofood, have had their Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) membership removed after failure to resolve complaints.

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Smithfield Foods achieves sustainability goal in grain supply chain

Smithfield Foods achieves sustainability goal in grain supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Smithfield Foods Inc. announced that it has successfully engaged 80% of its grain supply chain -- which is used to feed the company’s hogs -- in farming practices that are both sustainable and reduce the cost of production for grain farmers. This exceeded the company’s original goal of 75%. In 2018, Smithfield purchased grain from producers who use efficient fertilizer and soil health methods across approximately 560,000 acres of land.

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Princes turns to blockchain to minimise supply chain sustainability risks

International food and drink firm Princes has unveiled a sweeping new set of measures to make its supply chain practices more sustainable, including a pledge to use blockchain to ensure workers' rights are protected.
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Changes to Supply Chain Can Boost Margins by 3% 

Changes to Supply Chain Can Boost Margins by 3%  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Opportunities to counter the rapidly declining margins that health systems face may lie in optimizing supply chain management operations, according to a Syft survey from Sage Growth Partners released Thursday morning. Just over 50% of respondents stated that changes to their supply chain management could result in margin improvements between 1% to 3%, with more than a third of respondents expecting growth beyond 3%. Nearly two-thirds of respondents added that there is a clear return on investment (ROI) related to supply chain analytics.

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Saving the Cerrado: Six commodities traders to disclose supply chain data

Saving the Cerrado: Six commodities traders to disclose supply chain data | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a step toward limiting the loss of Cerrado biome native vegetation, six major commodity traders have agreed on a common framework for monitoring soy supply chains in 25 deforestation “high risk” municipalities within the vast savannah – currently a hotspot for Brazilian deforestation.

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Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint

Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc's ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan. Finland, which will take over the EU's rotating presidency in the second half of 2019, has called for leadership in combating climate change after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the global Paris deal. The EU executive proposed last year that the bloc aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Environmental group launches supply chain sustainability website

Environmental group launches supply chain sustainability website | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Environmental Defense Fund has partnered with 10 other organizations — including The Sustainability Consortium, BSR and GreenBiz — to launch the Supply Chain Solutions Center, a website where sustainability professionals can find resources on topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to green freight. 

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UK issues guidance on corruption in procurement

The government has focused its latest Procurement Policy Notice on strengthening and supplementing procedures on corruption, conflict of interest and whistleblowing. In a notice issued by the Cabinet Office, government agencies have been advised to familiarise themselves with their procurement obligations to exclude bidders who have committed serious offences and manage conflicts of interest in public procurement.

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Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT

Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global professional services firm Accenture is working with major global firms including Mastercard to introduce a blockchain-based circular supply chain, according to a press release published on Feb. 25. An active user of blockchain and digital ledger technology, Accenture now intends to employ the tech as a key component to boost the circular supply chain. The term circular supply chain encompasses all stages on the supply chain, from the beginning to the end, in order to eliminate waste and improve sustainability for the environment.

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Nestle Pakistan partners with Clean Green Pakistan

Nestle Pakistan partners with Clean Green Pakistan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan to partner with the Clean Green Pakistan movement launched by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in October 2018. Clean and Green Pakistan Campaign is a much-needed initiative for Pakistan considering the low forest cover in most of the areas and poor cleanliness in rural/urban areas alike.

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