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SC Johnson to launch bottles made entirely from recycled ocean plastics

SC Johnson to launch bottles made entirely from recycled ocean plastics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

SC Johnson has unveiled plans to start producing one of its top home cleaning products in bottles made entirely from recycled plastics collected from the world's oceans. The 100 percent recycled ocean plastic bottle will house the consumer goods giant's Windex Vinegar home cleaning products, with as many as 8 million units set to hit the shelves of retailers such as Target and Walmart in spring 2019, it announced Wednesday.

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Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa

Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

New Fairtrade Foundation campaign calls on the UK government and companies to end ‘shameful’ exploitation of cocoa farmers by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Cocoa farmers working in tough conditions are struggling on as little as 74p ($.97) per day, well below the world’s extreme poverty line, and yet for around £1.86 per day — the average price of a large bar of chocolate — farmers could live a decent life, according to a new Fairtrade International report launching during Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February –10 March), the highlight of the year for the Fairtrade movement in the UK.

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Clean Energy Sustainability Goals Outline Road to 100% Renewable, Zero-Carbon Fuel 20 Years Ahead of California’s Electric Grid

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE ) has set goals to offer Zero-Carbon 1Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) at all of its fueling stations by 2025, summarized in its Corporate Sustainability Report unveiled today at the GreenBiz Conference.

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Fashion industry should pay for clothes impact

The committee scrutinised the impact of the fashion industry, inviting evidence from brands, retailers and campaign groups. The inquiry found that UK consumers buy more new clothes per person than any other country in Europe, with more than one million tonnes discarded each year. Although some parts of the industry are making progress in reducing their carbon and water consumption, these improvements have been outweighed by the increased volumes of clothing being sold, the MPs found. Some 1,130,000 tonnes of clothing was purchased in the UK in 2016, an increase of almost 200,000 tonnes since 2012, MPs found.

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International treaty needed to stop food sector from driving climate change, scientists warn

Published on Monday (28 January) after extensive research by 43 scientists, the Lancet Commission’s report on obesity, under-nutrition and climate change cites these "inter-connected" issues as “three of the gravest threats to human health and survival”. The 56-page document argues that these challenges are all being driven by the so-called “Big Food” industry – the global systems in which the majority of the world’s mass-produced food is grown and manufactured – which is estimated to account for around a quarter of carbon emissions globally.

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J.Crew and Madewell Launch Fair Trade Certified Denim Collection

J.Crew and Madewell Launch Fair Trade Certified Denim Collection | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The J.Crew Group and Fair Trade USA have formed a partnership to introduce a Fair Trade Certified denim collection for men and women. Sold at J.Crew and Madewell stores and on the retailers’ websites, the new clothing ranges from $60 to $128. “Through our work with Fair Trade USA, we’re empowering workers and ensuring fair conditions and equal economic opportunities for everyone who touches J.Crew and Madewell products,” said Libby Wadle, president of Madewell.

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Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy

Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustana Group, a recycled fibers and paper products provider, is a supply chain partner for many companies that are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, says chairman and CEO Fabian de Armas. With that in mind, the company has built a new sustainability strategy that will guide the company in its future business operations. The strategy focuses on environmental stewardship, workplace and communities, and a circular value chain. Sustana says it hopes to create a “sustainable, closed-loop fiber future,” and believes it can achieve this future through collaboration, transparency, and strategic decision-making and measurement.

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LVMH Creates New Standard for Responsible Crocodile Leather Sourcing 

LVMH Creates New Standard for Responsible Crocodile Leather Sourcing  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Luxury fashion group LVMH has launched a new standard for the responsible sourcing of crocodile leather. The Paris-based company, which includes luxury leaders like Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Christian Dior, Fendi, Berlutti, Celine and Marc Jacobs in its Fashion and Leather Goods unit, is rolling the program out at three pilot farms.

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Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".

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Environmental NGOs "deeply disappointed" by Tokyo 2020’s revision of timber sourcing policy

Environmental NGOs "deeply disappointed" by Tokyo 2020’s revision of timber sourcing policy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Seven enviromental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have released a statement saying they are "deeply disappointed" that Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers are still using timber associated with rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.

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Report: British firms leading animal welfare practices, but laggards remain

Published today (26 February) by World Animal Protection and Compassion in World Farming, the business benchmark on animal welfare report ranks 150 of the world’s largest food and drink companies on the actions they have taken to safeguard animal welfare in their supply chains. Companies listed in the “leadership” tier of the report include UK supermarkets Waitrose & Partners and M&S, major food supplier Cranswick and Noble Foods, which owns Gu desserts and The Happy Egg. To receive this ranking, firms were required to score more than 80% across all four of the benchmark’s categories.

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Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal

Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In its efforts to slash its climate-changing emissions nearly to zero by 2050, Rio de Janeiro has chosen a perhaps unlikely place to start: its trash bins. At a huge waste treatment plant outside of the famed beach city, methane gas released by buried municipal garbage is captured and turned into energy as part of the city's key push to meet its ambitious goals to become carbon neutral.

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Cargill works toward deforestation-free supply chains by 2030

Cargill works toward deforestation-free supply chains by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill wants to achieve deforestation-free supply chains by 2030 by implementing a set of land-use guidelines for suppliers, gaining greater visibility into the origin of goods, and determining what percentage of its current supply chain complies with these goals, according to the company's updated Forest Policy and a company press release.

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The expansion of the world population and the induced growing demand for natural resources makes it a challenge to halt deforestation. However, in recent years, many major producers and buyers of agricultural commodities have made ambitious commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.  With the increased availability of technology, companies are able to monitor and manage deforestation. Yet additional efforts will be needed to ensure the sustainable management of forests worldwide.

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General Mills to advance regenerative agriculture practices to grow sustainable supply chain

General Mills to advance regenerative agriculture practices to grow sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

General Mills has announced that it will advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030, as part of a major supply chain environmental responsibility initiative. The leading global food company, with a 2018 revenue of US $17bn, will partner with organic and conventional farmers, suppliers and trusted farm advisers in key regions to drive the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.

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EDF Unveils Crowdsourced Platform to Accelerate Sustainable Supply Chains

EDF Unveils Crowdsourced Platform to Accelerate Sustainable Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new crowdsourced web platform launched today aims to help sustainability professionals meet increasing demands to reduce corporate climate impacts and chemical footprints, and showcase results. The platform will fill a vital gap in sustainability departments’ capacity to stay informed on the latest resources to address environmental impacts across global supply chains. While nearly half of Fortune 500 companies (48 percent) have at least one climate or clean energy target, today’s sustainability professionals are tasked with reducing impacts across their entire value chains.

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Walmart unveils plan to reduce plastic packaging waste

Walmart unveils plan to reduce plastic packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walmart is partnering with its private labels on a number of initiatives including: achieving 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for private brands by 2025; achieving 20% post-consumer recycled content in private brand packaging by 2025; labeling all food and consumable private brand packaging with the How2Recycle label by 2022; eliminating the non-recyclable packaging material PVC in general merchandise packaging by 2020; and decreasing private brand plastic packaging.

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Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors

Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

This year, climate change topped off the agenda at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland —where every January, global leaders and the heads of the world's largest companies gather to find ways to improve the state of the world. When surveyed, experts from government, business, academia and non-governmental organizations said the failure to respond to climate change is a key risk. Companies committed to tackle climate change are addressing their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) via science-based targets. These voluntary goals are compatible with the global push towards a low-carbon economy that aims to keep the global temperature increase to less than 2℃.

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Platform aims to increase UK’s supplies of sustainable soy

Platform aims to increase UK’s supplies of sustainable soy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Several regional platforms are materializing across Europe, alongside the global Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS), to encourage domestic retailers and traders to buy only responsibly sourced soy. One such is the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soy (UKRT). Launched last year, in March 2018, the UKRT is facilitated by EFECA, a group of experts providing advice on the sustainable and legal sourcing of natural resources, with a focus on agricultural and forest commodities.

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Tate & Lyle to assess sustainability of stevia supply chain

Global food and beverage provider Tate & Lyle has announced a new partnership aiming to assess the stevia sweetener supply chain for any improvements that can be made to environmental, energy and social stewardship. Tate & Lyle is teaming with its stevia partner Sweet Green Fields and international non-profit Earthwatch to identify new solutions and working methods that ensure that the stevia market grows using sustainable and ethical practices.

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Volkswagen to reward green suppliers

Volkswagen Group will soon begin awarding more business to suppliers that focus on sustainability while punishing those that do not. The automaker plans to introduce a performance rating this year that takes account of environmental impact and social responsibility, and could add another layer that focuses specifically on each supplier's effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The plan could have a massive impact on suppliers, considering VW's global footprint and procurement budget last reported at around $197 billion in 2017.

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Manufacturers increasingly are dropping suppliers that fail to meet sustainability goals, CDP reports

Manufacturers increasingly are dropping suppliers that fail to meet sustainability goals, CDP reports | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As consumers increasingly consider the environmental impact of the products they purchase, manufacturers are turning up the heat on suppliers to lower their emissions, manage water security risks and reduce deforestation, among other sustainability targets that reflect back on them, according to a new report from the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform CDP. Suppliers that fail to rise to manufacturers’ challenges to improve sustainability could find themselves “deselected,”​ while those that demonstrate positive step-changes could see increased demand, adds the report, which was released Feb. 6.

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Accenture builds sustainable trade 'Circular Supply Chain' blockchain to trace and track goods

Accenture builds sustainable trade 'Circular Supply Chain' blockchain to trace and track goods | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global professional services company Accenture Plc announced Monday the launch of what the company calls the Circular Supply Chain: a blockchain distributed ledger that connects sustainable trade practices with producers, suppliers, processors, wholesalers and consumers. The system combines digital identity, payments and blockchain tracking to directly reward small-scale growers and suppliers for engaging in sustainable and “green” practices while providing transparency across the entire supply chain.

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Reckitt Benckiser Recognised For Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies

Reckitt Benckiser Recognised For Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Reckitt Benckiser has been awarded a position on the supplier engagement leaderboard by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), for its efforts to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in its supply chain.

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Risks, rights and responsibilities: new report makes sense of modern slavery

Risks, rights and responsibilities: new report makes sense of modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As of 1 January 2019 the clock started for business with directors accountable for annual public modern slavery statements that describe how the business is identifying and managing modern slavery risks. While the 2020 horizon for first reports may seem distant, the decisions, activities and work you are doing right now will form the subject of your first statement.

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Costa Rica launches 'unprecedented' push for zero emissions by 2050

Costa Rica launches 'unprecedented' push for zero emissions by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Costa Rica's president has launched an economy-wide plan to decarbonize the country by 2050, saying the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change.
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