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China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom

China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chinese government has issued standards to promote sustainable packaging materials in its billion-dollar logistics industry, as it looks to reduce waste in a country where millions of packages are delivered to consumers every day. In a meeting attended by senior post officials, State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng said the industry should adopt Chinese president Xi Jinping’s mindset of “ecological civilisation” to “revolutionise” production and promote the development of sustainable packaging and lower the carbon footprint of the industry.

EcoVadis's insight:

Sustainable packaging has started to receive increased attention, and rightly so. This has encouraged leading brands across all sectors to review their use of plastics and consider alternative, recyclable materials. But even more than fear of penalties, consumer demand is leading the way.

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Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production

Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable Development Goal number 12 is about consuming and producing within our planet’s natural limit, and for next generations to be able to fulfill their needs. As food is a basic need to be fulfilled and a shortage in large part of the world, goal number 12 is specified in a 50% reduction of the amount of food globally ending as waste throughout the whole value chain before 2030. Currently, 30-40% of all produced food globally is thrown out. At the same time, more than 842 million people in the world are starving. This goal is very tangible for all of us to understand and to act upon, but it also entails an obvious opportunity for companies within the food and service industry to work with their supply chain and production of food, as they can both become more responsible and save a lot of money at the same time. One of the most valuable places to start is in the large professional kitchens: A small behavioral change here can have a big impact on the pursuit of goal number 12.

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Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

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FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate

FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FIU is working to help build stronger agricultural systems in the face of climate change. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes, tropical fruits and winter vegetables, and climate change is expected to increase the occurrence and strength of droughts, floods, pest infestations and disease infestations. These effects of climate change can harm farmers, their crops and the country’s food supply. “The goal of this project is to develop a blueprint for a food certification program of which all parties across the strawberry and tomato supply chains can agree,” said Mahadev Bhat, project director and co-director of FIU’s Agroecology Program. “The study can improve our understanding of production, environmental and labor welfare issues, as well as competition between domestic and imported crops and the certification process.”

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Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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COP24: Nations complicit in ignoring bioenergy climate bomb, experts say

COP24: Nations complicit in ignoring bioenergy climate bomb, experts say | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago science told policymakers that bioenergy – the burning of woody biomass – was a sustainable form of energy that was carbon neutral. The current United Nations carbon accounting system follows that guidance. However, new science has found the hypothesis to be wrong: bioenergy has been found to add significantly to carbon emissions. Meanwhile, NGOs and scientists at COP24 have sought earnestly to alert the media and COP delegations to the bioenergy climate bomb and its looming risks, even going so far as to write language closing the loophole that could be inserted into the Paris Rulebook now being negotiated, but to no avail.

 

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Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability

Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill has launched a new sustainability programme called ‘Protect our Planet’ that aims to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain and achieve 100% cocoa bean traceability.
The plan expands Cargill’s sustainability efforts to five origin countries — Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana — as well as the indirect cocoa supply chain. Harold Poelma, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate ,said that the firm recognises that there’s a “considerable urgency to address climate and deforestation challenges”.

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In the drive to produce yet more and more food and consumer goods products, our forests remain under constant threat from agricultural expansion. As such, companies sourcing commodities and raw materials from regions tainted by deforestation face ongoing challenges, especially as many have developed more stringent policies and commitments to make sure their final products are not in any way connected to the loss of trees. 

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Dangote Group wins two sustainability awards 

Dangote Group wins two sustainability awards  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has received two awards at the 12th edition of the annual Sustainability Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS). The awards were in recognition of its 2017 Sustainability Report and progress in Sustainability Best Practices and Reporting in 2018. “Two DIL subsidiaries received the SERAS Sustainability Awards for ‘Best Company in Hunger & Food Security’ as well as ‘Best in Supply Chain Management’ categories. “In special recognition of its pioneering Sustainability Journey in 2018, Dangote Group was also named by SERAS one of the Top 5 ‘Most Responsible Business in Africa/Overall Winner.’

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Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable finishing technology company Jeanologia announced Wednesday that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Spanish company will begin using SAC’s suite of tools to measure the environmental impact of its own roster of finishing tools including laser, G2 ozone and e flow technologies, which help enhance productivity, reduce water and energy consumption and eliminate damaging emissions and waste, guaranteeing zero contamination.

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World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains. The company, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, made a new pledge on Monday (10 December) to ensure that its supply chains are classed as “deforestation-free” by 2020 – a commitment which builds on its 2013 “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NPDE) sustainability strategy. In order to achieve the new goal, Wilmar International will carry out a supplier audit by the end of January 2019, with all suppliers found to be driving forest loss then facing “immediate” suspension.

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Soybean and palm oil cultivation along with timber production and cattle rearing are major contributors to deforestation; and these economic commodities have been getting a lot of attention recently. If current deforestation levels continue, the world’s rainforests may completely vanish in as little as 100 years, according to National Geographic, and this will have a disastrous effect on our world if we don’t act.

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Printing industry sets sustainability goals for labeling

Printing industry sets sustainability goals for labeling | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, (SGP) has set its goals for the print manufacturing on how to acheive higher levels of responsibility and sustainability. The fifth anual SGP Community Day, held in Cincinnati, included in-depth discussions on a wide range of issues that the print and retail industries are facing, specifically with respect to the circular economy, green procurement and recycling. For the cosmetics and personal industry, printing plays a large part in the production of packaging, both for labeling and for the design of secondary packaging.

EcoVadis's insight:

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. This trend is likely to continue as the current linear economic system is challenged by growing resource scarcity. 

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ALOM Receives 2018 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award

ALOM, a global leader in sustainable supply chain management, has been awarded the SDCE 2018 Green Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation. This is the fifth consecutive year that ALOM has received this award.
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Six takeaways from COP24 Business and Industry Day

Six takeaways from COP24 Business and Industry Day | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As new scientific research elucidates the need to take urgent and comprehensive climate action on the global level, business charted paths to a low-carbon economy at a major event in Katowice, Poland.
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Climate change is one of the biggest and most complex issues of our time. The only way to tackle it is by adopting a unified international strategy. Therefore, all of the governments who have signed the Convention gather once a year at the Conference of the Parties (or COP) to discuss a variety of topics related to climate change, exchange on best practices and decide on measures to deal with it.  

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HSBC: Businesses turning the screw on supply chain sustainability

A third of global businesses are looking to improve the sustainability of their supply chains over the next three years, according to an extensive new survey from HSBC. The poll of 8,500 companies in 34 countries shows that those businesses making environmentally sustainable changes to their supply chains are motivated primarily by cost efficiencies (84%) and improved revenues (84%). Furthermore, one in five (20%) claim that they have taken greater control of their supply chains over the past two years.

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For financial service organizations with no physical supply chain, sustainability improvements stem from how and where they choose to spend money, and the partners they select to act on their behalf. The need for sustainable development is urgent. Businesses are increasingly responsible, both legally and practically for the actions of their suppliers, and their suppliers’ suppliers. This means that in the eyes of the law if your supplier is not compliant with a regulation or labour practice, you’re guilty by association. 

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UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain 

UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A restaurant chain with 260 branches across the UK has signed a contract that will see the company implementing an innovative and reliable approach to a number of issues faced in the world of food, drink and hospitality. The Pizza Hut chain boasts a commitment to ‘responsibly manage our resources to help our people, guests and planet’. Director of Supply Chain and IT for Pizza Hut Restaurants in the UK, Steve Packer, saw the integration of ARCUS® as the perfect way to ensure the chain adheres to those commitments.

EcoVadis's insight:

Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain.

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Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion

Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global chemical leader Henkel AG is putting sustainability as one of its top priorities, as China pursues more high-quality growth that balances economy, environment and society. Jeremy Hunter, President of Henkel China, who is proud of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and pioneer work in many areas in China, discusses Henkel’s sustainability strategy, experience and accomplishments. Henkel has been a crusader for sustainability over the past 90 years, continuously devoted to creating an eco-friendly business market.

EcoVadis's insight:

The main responsibility of fashion companies is obviously to change their production, distribution and marketing practices and strategies towards greater sustainability. But companies also have the possibility to contribute to more sustainable consumption patterns.

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Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules

Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators on Saturday delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them.

EcoVadis's insight:

Any modern business is likely to feature low carbon strategies in their business plan. In today’s world, businesses want to play their part in a sustainable future by helping the UK cut its carbon emissions. Carbon emissions don’t just impact the environment either – they impact the finances and livelihood of every business too. But with solutions such as renewable energy and free solar, cutting carbon emissions have never been easier. 

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World's Largest Shipping Company is Ditching Fossil Fuels and Challenging Their Competitors to Do the Same

World's Largest Shipping Company is Ditching Fossil Fuels and Challenging Their Competitors to Do the Same | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world’s largest maritime shipping company has just announced that they are ditching fossil fuels in a bid for carbon neutrality – and they are challenging other companies to do the same. According to the United Nations, oversea shipping contributes to roughly 3% of the world’s total carbon emissions while handling 90% of the world’s trading. Though phasing out fossil fuels will prove to be difficult, Danish-based shipping company Maersk plans to lead the shift towards sustainability by investing in renewable fuel sources and cleaner shipping models.

EcoVadis's insight:

Many individuals, companies and countries around the world have made a commitment to being carbon neutral. That is taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero – and then ‘offsetting’ an equivalent amount of any remaining emissons. Driving carbon neutrality help in mitigating climate change,and also makes good business sense. It can help to reduce energy costs, boost efficiency, and attract talent to a company. 

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John Galt Wins Green Supply Chain Award 2018

John Galt Wins Green Supply Chain Award 2018 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Green Supply Chain Award recognizes companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy and are working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and supply chains. The awards will also recognize providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals.
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Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050

Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate change action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, its government said at U.N. climate talks in Poland this week. Four Ukrainian cities also reaffirmed their goal of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, announced this year.

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Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is making a new strategic investment from Loop Industries to purchase a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles.
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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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Renewable energy supplier Bulb named UK's fastest-growing company

Renewable energy supplier Bulb named UK's fastest-growing company | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Bulb has grown since its launch in 2015 to become the UK's biggest renewable energy supplier after its founders recognised the energy industry was "broken". It’s been named the fastest-growing private company in the UK – now renewable energy supplier Bulb wants to expand at a quicker rate than any energy firm has ever achieved. Set up by friends Hayden Wood and Amit Gudka with the aim of keeping energy switching “simple, cheap and green”, it now supplies 850,000 UK households with 100% renewable electricity sourced from independent energy generators across the country – while 10% of its gas is renewable.

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Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw"

Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sipping on a gin and tonic hasn’t been the same recently for many drinkers as plastic straws have been cast aside for environmental reasons in some countries – but Finnish inventors are hoping to help the world out with renewable straws. Environmentally-friendly packaging companies Stora Enso and Sulapac have based their straw on biocomposite material made of wood and natural adhesive, which is biodegradable in marine environments and recyclable via industrial composting.

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It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles

It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One brand that is innovating through recycling is San Francisco-based Everlane. Over the past few years, it has become known for offering quality basics at reasonable prices, while operating with transparency on their ethical supply chain. Recently they announced a line called ReNew - outerwear, such as puffer jackets, parkas and fleeces - made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The range of classic garments comes in a selection of neutral tones, with offerings for men and women.

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Clothing production consumes resources and contributes to climate change. Therefore making stylish jackets out of plastic bottles will reduce both the level of plastics and the negative impact  on climate. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than previous generations and they’re increasingly calling for companies to make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a major part of their business practice. 

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We need to step up our efforts to ensure food safety in the era of climate change

We need to step up our efforts to ensure food safety in the era of climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Marjolijn Sonnema, Netherlands Vice Minister Agriculture calls for urgent action on food safety and security in the face of climate change...
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COP24: World is politically unwilling to fight climate change

COP24: World is politically unwilling to fight climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

At a time when carbon dioxide emissions have started to rise after three years of stability, there is a “lack of political will” in most nations to phase out fossil fuels with the necessary speed, according to a report released at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019, released December 10, 2018 by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute, shows that only few countries have started working towards limiting global warming below 2°C or even at 1.5°C.

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Amid growing awareness about climate change and a consequent shift in consumer behavior, brands are increasingly selling more sustainable goods. And as the expectations on corporate responsibility increase, and as transparency becomes more prevalent, companies are recognizing the need to act on sustainability. Professional communications and good intentions are no longer enough. 

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DWTC leads with sustainability and energy diversification initiatives

DWTC leads with sustainability and energy diversification initiatives | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC, continues its commitment to support Dubai’s vision for leadership in energy security and efficiency through its energy diversification initiatives. In line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy’s aim of generating 75 percent of its energy consumption from clean sources by 2050, the DWTC is championing a range of resource and energy optimisation measures.

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The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain. From combining educational, informative and preparatory actions to anticipating regulatory requirements like the imposition of corruption prevention and control plans, joining together through industry-wide initiatives speeds up processes. 

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