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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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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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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.
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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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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. 

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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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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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