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Apparel, Textile Industry Giants Unite Around SDGs at 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference | Sustainable Brands

Apparel, Textile Industry Giants Unite Around SDGs at 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Thirty-six major brands and retailers, which also include ASOS, Eileen Fisher, H&M, IKEA, Kering, Levi’s, M&S and Nike have now signed up to the 100% by 2025 pledge. Dubbed the Sustainable Cotton Communiqué, the pledge demonstrates that there is a demand for more sustainable cotton and the commitment made by companies will help to drive sustainable practices across the sector. In turn, this will help alleviate the environmental and social costs that are often associated with conventional cotton production, including heavy pesticide usage, the release of greenhouse gases, the depletion of local water resources and rising costs of production.
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Carbon-sucking technology needed by 2030s, scientists warn

Carbon-sucking technology needed by 2030s, scientists warn | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
These ideas include planting carbon-absorbing forests across large areas, then harvesting the wood for energy and pumping the emissions produced underground - a process likely to feature in an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report next year.
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Gov aims to maintain Malaysia’s competitiveness in the global supply chain - YouTube

Export-oriented manufacturers can apply for 100% foreign workforce to fill low-level jobs in line with the Government’s aim to maintain Malaysia’s competitiveness in the global supply chain.
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Corporate Climate Action Aims Higher to Lead the Way to a 1.5°C Future | Sustainable Brands

Corporate Climate Action Aims Higher to Lead the Way to a 1.5°C Future | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“The good news is that major corporates can now genuinely see a roadmap to zero carbon, a route which can be profitable both for businesses and the planet. Setting high ambition goals helps to create a virtuous circle of climate action, giving policy makers the confidence to push harder, creating a market that will reward more sustainable businesses and encouraging the development of the innovative products we will need to solve climate change.”
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Airports can help make air transportation more sustainable | Provided By Port of Seattle

Airports can help make air transportation more sustainable | Provided By Port of Seattle | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Aircraft emissions are not the only concern in air transportation. The Port of Seattle is working to decrease environmental impacts from buildings and ground transportation to and from the airport. New construction at the airport must meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification. More than a decade ago, Sea-Tac became one of the first airports in the country to require that its taxi fleet meet strict fuel efficiency standards. and in 2016 became the first airport in the country to require that app-enabled ride services like Uber and Lyft meet similar standards. Sea-Tac also has introduced minimum fuel economy of 45 MPG or use of alternative fuels (e.g., natural gas) for their light-duty, on-demand taxi fleet.
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Steel industry getting more sustainable and safer, study finds

Steel industry getting more sustainable and safer, study finds | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Sustainable Steel – Indicators 2017 report concluded that the global steel industry's greenhouse gas emissions stayed steady at 1.9 tons of CO2 per ton of steel made. However, that energy intensity industry-wide dropped to 19.1 gigajoules per ton of steel cast last year, down from 20.2 gigajoules per ton of steel in 2014. Researchers also concluded 97.1 percent of steelworkers worldwide work in facilities with environmental management systems, up from 93.6 percent in 2015.
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China’s Sustainable Fashion Paradox

China’s Sustainable Fashion Paradox | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
China certainly has a long way to go before it can legitimately claim the environmentally friendly upper hand. Take the textile industry as a snapshot. According to Green Initiatives, a non-profit focused on environmental education and solutions in China, 53 percent of the world’s textile production waste comes from China, an estimated 70,000 tonnes every day, with 2.5 billion tonnes of polluted waste water produced annually.
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Asean banks need to raise the bar in sustainable finance

Asean banks need to raise the bar in sustainable finance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, for example, there are no regulations or guidelines for sustainable finance at all. And in countries where there are regulations, there are no guidelines specific to industry sectors, except for in Indonesia, where there are guidelines on lending to the palm oil trade and in Singapore, where the haze air pollution of 2015 prompted ESG guidelines to be set.
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What does it look like to embed sustainability across an organization?

What does it look like to embed sustainability across an organization? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
If a company is committed to integrating sustainability into its operations, it cannot do so effectively just by assigning the responsibility to a chief sustainability officer or comparable position. As Cargill got employees from all of its departments to understand and thus implement sustainability in the various departments, all companies should follow this pattern.
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From tourism to coffee, young Thais blend profit with social good

From tourism to coffee, young Thais blend profit with social good | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Over 80 percent of Thailand’s 7.1 million poor people live in rural areas, and an additional 6.7 million are just above the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

The Southeast Asian nation of 66 million also faces serious challenges of environmental degradation and resource depletion caused by mass tourism, pollution, generation of waste and intensive farming, experts say.
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Emerson creates interactive plant environment to better train employees

Emerson creates interactive plant environment to better train employees | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At a cost of $10 million, Emerson has opened an Interactive Plant Environment (IPE) inside a Minnesota manufacturing facility to provide hands-on training courses. In addition to a classroom experience, trainees will be able to put on protective gear and visit a real plant to apply their knowledge.
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Oregon recyclers are cutting service because of China's import policies

Oregon recyclers are cutting service because of China's import policies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Due to their proximity to Chinese markets, West Coast states are among the first to feel the effects with reports of baled material piling up in warehouses and at ports. Even cardboard, originally thought to be safe from the initial July announcement of a mixed paper and mixed plastic ban, has been affected. This is mainly attributed to a restriction in overall import licenses for Chinese buyers, as well as the tight 0.3% contamination specification. While Oregon has seen some of the most local coverage on the topic, service providers around the country are feeling the pinch and more news could be expected in the coming weeks. Depending on the state regulations and opinions of environmental agency staff, this could lead to additional disposal of previously recyclable material, as industry trade associations have been warning.
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New Research: Diversity + Inclusion = Better Decision Making At Work

New Research: Diversity + Inclusion = Better Decision Making At Work | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to the research, teams outperform individual decision makers 66% of the time, and decision making improves as team diversity increases. Compared to individual decision makers, all-male teams make better business decisions 58% of the time, while gender diverse teams do so 73% of the time. Teams that also include a wide range of ages and different geographic locations make better business decisions 87% of the time.
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Does your business promote diversity and inclusion?

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We should start planning for large lithium-ion battery demand, say materials scientists

Based on publicly available data, the researchers assessed the availability of each of these elements and found cobalt to be most vulnerable to potential supply chain issues. Lithium is less of a concern because, even though the demand will significantly increase in the near future, it can be mined from a variety of sources, including rock and sea brine, and is abundant in several countries including Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The majority of cobalt is mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which introduces geo-political and supply chain disruption potential. Cobalt is currently economical to recycle, however, and this could help increase its long-term availability.
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Cash reserves: A hedge against supply chain risk

Cash reserves: A hedge against supply chain risk | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
These massive and far reaching events have transcended the definition of supply chain risk — from primarily tactical to strategic — and has elevated logistics to the front page. The world now knows about the Jones Act, the seemingly minor regulation that goods moving between US ports need to be on US flagged ships. Containers are stacked up at ports in Puerto Rico without trucks, and without diesel fuel, to move them across damaged roadways.  Entire power grids need to be rebuilt from scratch, and we see highways full of power crews from across the United States traveling down I75 in Florida to help. Elected officials in Texas are negotiating with carting companies whose debris hauling businesses are suddenly in high demand and threatening to go to the crisis that will pay them the most.
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Microsoft just purchased all of GE’s newest Irish wind farm capacity for the next 15 years

Microsoft just purchased all of GE’s newest Irish wind farm capacity for the next 15 years | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Christian Belady, general manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft says this is a continuation of the relationships Microsoft has built up in Ireland, and the agreement could bring multiple winners. “Our commitment will help bring new, clean energy to the Irish grid, and contains innovative elements that have the potential to grow the capacity, reliability and capability of the grid. This will make it easier to incorporate new clean power sources like wind energy, and that is good for the environment, for Ireland and for our company,” he said in a statement.
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How Danish architects are creating world's first carbon-neutral city

How Danish architects are creating world's first carbon-neutral city | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Green technology, it's not only good for the birds or the fish; it's amazing for the citizens, 'cause now probably the coolest park in Copenhagen is going to be the roof of our power plant!" said Ingels.
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Does automation overlook the financial aspect of the supply chain?

Does automation overlook the financial aspect of the supply chain? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Although businesses have learned that optimizing the physical supply chain drives profit, the financial supply chain often remains an overlooked piece of the overall puzzle, leaving accounts receivable (AR) departments disorganized and full of inefficiencies. Today there are options to streamline these internal processes, saving companies both time and money.
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Are you taking measures in regards to your financial supply chain or are you dedicated only to your physical one?

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Apple details environmental efforts in its ‘Paper and Packaging Strategy’ report

Apple details environmental efforts in its ‘Paper and Packaging Strategy’ report | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Last month, Apple shared an environmental report specific to the iPhone X. One detail in the report is that “100 percent of packaging fibers are sourced from responsibly managed forests, bamboo, waste sugarcane, or recycled paper.” Now, Apple has released a white paper thoroughly detailing its “Paper and Packaging Strategy”.
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Tesla misses Q3 goals due to 'production bottlenecks'

Tesla misses Q3 goals due to 'production bottlenecks' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At the same time, Tesla's original goal for the Model 3 was ambitious, especially given the company's history and recent decision to skip the prototype phase. Supply chain problems are no joke, and Tesla's vicious cycle of not producing enough, delivering late, and recalls are unlikely to be sustainable over the long term. Fixing the supply chain must be a No. 1 priority if the company is ever going to turn a profit, and it's also a warning to other start-ups, especially start-ups in new industries.
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Shipping industry charts uncertain course to decarbonization

Shipping industry charts uncertain course to decarbonization | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Decarbonization is not a process that can be achieved with one simple answer. It must be built up over time through the development and application of multiple solutions. Eventually, the industry must shift from an energy-efficiency approach to transitioning off fossil fuels. A combination of effective planning, development of infrastructure, increased adoption and getting capital behind promising solutions — both for R&D and market rollout — is essential. 
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Ford Refocusing Strategy to Drive Disruption in Auto Industry | Sustainable Brands

Ford Refocusing Strategy to Drive Disruption in Auto Industry | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In addition to cutting material and engineering costs by $14 billion over the next five years, Ford will begin allocating capital where it can win in the future. The company will reallocate $7 billion of capital from cars to SUVs and trucks and has revealed plans to build the next generation Focus for North American in China, saving capital investment and ongoing costs. Ford will also reduce internal combustion engine capital expenditures by one-third, redeploying that capital into electrification on top of the previously announced $4.5 billion investment.
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Amber Rudd: Only by working together can we eradicate modern slavery

Amber Rudd: Only by working together can we eradicate modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In addition, many businesses have expertise which could be brought to the fight directly. For example, the ILO estimates that modern slavery generates $150 billion (£114 billion) in illicit profits each year. This money is not hidden under the mattress. So banks have an important role to play in identifying the financial footprint left by modern slavery and stopping perpetrators from laundering their proceeds.
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Are you making profit out of modern slavery practices or are you doing what it takes to eradicate slavery from your supply chain? 

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Flexport takes on supply chain financing, backed by Wells Fargo

Flexport takes on supply chain financing, backed by Wells Fargo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Flexport is acting more like an Amazon or Maersk than a startup. Perhaps that is because the company is expanding quickly, and not just in size. The revelation a freight forwarder is looking to supply chain financing should demonstrate the power of digital natives to expand their services in ways older companies are just starting to do.
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Experts seek ways to mitigate environmental impacts of infrastructure boom in Asia Pacific

Experts seek ways to mitigate environmental impacts of infrastructure boom in Asia Pacific | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The demand for infrastructure across Asia and the Pacific far exceeds the current supply, according to a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. It said that from 2016-2030, more than $26 trillion – or $1.17 trillion a year – would be required to deliver infrastructure that both supports robust growth and is resilient to climate change. The figure is double the amount spent annually at present.
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