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Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain

Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The British unit of Swiss insurance giant Zurich has launched a new accreditation scheme to encourage its suppliers to adopt sustainable business practices. The Supplier Accreditation Scheme is designed to help Zurich UK increase transparency in its own supply chain by measuring and tracking its suppliers’ environmental and community activities and scoring them accordingly. Companies could be awarded gold, solver or bronze accreditation depending on their approach to sustainability.

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Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to complaints filed with organisers. At least 134,000 large sheets of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia have been used as concrete moulds to build stadiums, causing what campaigners say is irreversible harm to precious biodiversity reserves.

EcoVadis's insight:

Deforestation occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted and it can have wide reaching environmental effects. Scientists have predicted that by 2050, deforestation could reduce rainfall across the Amazon by 21 percent during dry seasons and 12 percent during wet seasons. However, an increasing number of major multinational companies are committing to tackle deforestation issues in their supply chains in a view to enhancing environmental and social impacts through responsible sourcing. 

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Shell Becomes First Energy Company To Link Executive Pay To Carbon Emissions

Shell Becomes First Energy Company To Link Executive Pay To Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Royal Dutch Shell caved in to growing investor pressure over climate change on Monday, setting out plans to introduce industry-leading carbon emissions targets linked to executive pay. Rivals BP and Total have already set short-term targets on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but these are limited to their own operations. Shell’s targets, which will be introduced in 2020, will be more extensive with inclusion of the so-called Scope 3 emissions from the burning of fuels sold to millions of customers around the world, the company said.

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Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled

Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tetra Pak has joined forces with global resource management company Veolia in a game-changing partnership that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025.
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Call to Safeguard Single Market in SUP Negotiations

Call to Safeguard Single Market in SUP Negotiations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
EUROPEN and 72 other associations representing a wide range of packaging materials and sectors across the packaging value chain call on the European Institutions to ensure that the free movement of packaging and packaged goods across the EU’s Single Market is not undermined by the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUP), currently being negotiated in trilogues.
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ADM Recognized for Outstanding Sustainability Leadership

The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded its 2018 Collaboration of the Year Award to Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), General Mills and Agrible for their work on the Southern Plains Wheat Fieldprint® Project, which helps farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri to measure and improve natural resource management efficiency for winter wheat production.

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Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This week, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN (LOLS), a leading solutions provider advancing and connecting stewardship efforts throughout the food system at scale — from farmers to ag retailers to partners such as food companies — has launched two new partnerships aimed at helping farmers scale their sustainability efforts.
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Compelling evidence that people want repairable products

Compelling evidence that people want repairable products | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
There is strong evidence showing that UK and European citizens want longer lasting and more repairable products, on the eve of an important European member state vote and the UK’s Waste Strategy.

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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.There are clear signs that major consumer goods companies are pushing to find more environmentally friendly solutions for their packaging needs.

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Apple supplier to slash expenses amid concern over iPhone sales

Apple supplier to slash expenses amid concern over iPhone sales | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Foxconn Technology Group plans to cut costs by £2.3bn next year, according to reports...
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DS Smith Launches FILLBEE®

DS Smith Launches FILLBEE® | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The beverage crate industry was one of the first industries to adopt s circular approach to packaging products.  The DS Smith Plastics design team in Bilzen, Belgium was challenged to take the concept to the next level by designing a solution to combine returnable crates with returnable packs, and resulted in Fillbee®, a returnable four or six pack that can be designed for any shape of bottle. The packs fit in beverage crates, or can be stacked. The innovation offers benefits on multiple levels. 
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Nespresso in new sustainable aluminium pledge for coffee pods

Nespresso in new sustainable aluminium pledge for coffee pods | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé’s Nespresso brand will commit exclusively to responsibly sourced and certified aluminium for its coffee capsules, after the company agreed a new partnership. It has signed a memorandum of understanding with metal processor Rio Tinto to work towards 100% sustainably sourced aluminium by 2020. Nestlé says that the use of aluminium certified to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard is “an important milestone towards reducing the impact that the world’s second most-used base metal has on the planet”.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable initiative by our client Nestle. There is a growing market for transparency and assurance in the supply chain of raw materials which is a positive step towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.”

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Sustainability in Brazilian soy supply chain – the complexities of tackling deforestation

Sustainability in Brazilian soy supply chain – the complexities of tackling deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Representatives of the Brazil government and of the Brazil soy supply chain are planning to engage in renewed discussions with EU stakeholders and policy-makers in Brussels this week, writes Nathalie Lecocq. Europe is a sizable soy user, but it does not drive the global soy market. With 9.65% of total imports, European soybean market represents today a reduced share of global trade. China is responsible for 64.04% of all imports and is the largest global importer of soybeans. With Chinese importers only starting to show an interest in sustainability objectives, it is illusionary to expect to have a meaningful impact in global markets and influence production simply by contractual provisions.

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Hundreds of companies have pledged to cut commodities grown on deforested land from their supply chains, but few have turned those promises into successful policies.

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British brand Clipper promises slave-free tea

British brand Clipper promises slave-free tea | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

British tea brand Clipper released a list of its Indian suppliers on Thursday, joining a growing campaign to improve worker conditions in the state of Assam and rid the industry of widespread abuse. "We believe that providing transparency on where we source our tea from will help build a more sustainable supply chain by empowering all stakeholders in the tea industry," said Rebecca Vercoe, Clipper Teas brand controller.

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Greenpeace activists protest coal mining

Greenpeace activists protest coal mining | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

“End the Coal Age!” reads a 15-metre-long banner placed on a mining tower situated at the complex of the Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza mining company in Nováky (Trenčín Region) by activists from Greenpeace Slovensko. “Ending the Coal Age means leave the coal in the earth and stopping its burning,” wrote Júlia Sokolovičová, energy expert in Greenpeace CEE, in a Facebook post. “The time has come for the government to stop discussing the budget of one company and focus on the real end of coal instead, protecting people’s health and the environment. Slovakia can do more.”

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New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution

New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A top New York City lawmaker unveiled landmark legislation Tuesday to dramatically decrease emissions from big buildings, the city’s largest source of climate pollution. If passed, the bill would set a new standard for cities around the world and mark the most aggressive climate action yet taken by the nation’s largest and most financially and culturally influential city. Starting in 2022, the new legislation proposes cutting pollution 40 percent by 2030, a timeline roughly twice as fast as the original agreement brokered by the Urban Green Council, a nonprofit linked to the U.S. Green Building Council that published the framework as a report three months ago.

EcoVadis's insight:

Building green is one of the best strategies to temper negative climate change.It is very important to make a building as energy efficient as possible, use renewable energy and have low greenhouse gases associated with the production and use of envelope materials. Reducing a building's carbon footprint reduces its running costs, improves employee morale, raises property values and improves LEED scores.

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What You Need To Know About Climate Change Ahead Of Next Week’s UN Summit

What You Need To Know About Climate Change Ahead Of Next Week’s UN Summit | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A fresh round of international climate negotiations, called COP24, kicks off in Poland next week. This annual event brings together world leaders, scientists, campaigners, the private sector and local community representatives to debate how to address climate change and put in place policies to tackle it. Here are some of the key things you need to know. 

1. Climate Change Is Already Happening
2. Humans Have A Lot To Answer For
3. The Effects Are Being Felt Across The U.S.
4. Donald Trump Is In Denial
5. The U.S. Is Making Some Progress...
6. ... But Let’s Not Get Carried Away
7. The Big Picture: There’s A Lot More Work To Be Done

EcoVadis's insight:

The main aim of COP24 will be to adopt decisions ensuring the implementation of the Paris Agreement, in order to fight climate change. Many forward-looking businesses are not waiting for their countries or local governments to make laws or provide incentives. They are already committing: Thousands of businesses have stepped up to set public targets, some in the form of general climate pledges, but others are setting more specific goals.

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Praise after Australia's first federal Modern Slavery Act becomes law

Praise after Australia's first federal Modern Slavery Act becomes law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Businesses with turnovers of more than $100 million will have to report what they are doing to stamp out slavery in supply chains after legislation got the final tick of approval in parliament.

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VinylPlus launches “game changing” sustainability mark for PVC building and construction products

VinylPlus launches “game changing” sustainability mark for PVC building and construction products | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

VinylPlus, the European PVC industry’s Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development, has launched a new ‘Product Label’ aimed the building and construction industries.The sustainability mark is designed to make it simpler for customers, purchasers, specifiers and markets to identify the PVC building and construction products delivering the highest functional performance and contribution to sustainability.

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Business attention to sustainable procurement has grown,
increasing both supply and demand for products produced in accordance with sustainability standards.

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Colgate-Palmolive Company Accepts ‘All In On Recycling’ Challenge 

Global consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive Company is joining The Recycling Partnership and PepsiCo Foundation’s recycling challenge – .
EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by Colagte-Palmolive. Plastic packaging is valuable and should be recycled where possible. Recycling as many packaging materials as we can further enhances its sustainability.

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Palm oil bar codes launched to help consumers spot unsustainable supply chain

Palm oil bar codes launched to help consumers spot unsustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Social enterprise Giki revealed last week it has built a new 'palm oil detector' into its mobile app, which shoppers can use to find out if a product has been made with palm oil from a certified source. The detector has been developed in collaboration with WWF, and gives products a 'sustainable palm oil' stamp if they have been made with palm oil traced from sources certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and the company has a commitment, by 2020, to achieve sustainable palm oil across their supply chain. Shoppers simply scan the bar code to retrieve the supply chain information. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainability app by Giki! 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.

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Samsung Electronics apologises for factory cancer cases

Samsung Electronics apologises for factory cancer cases | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics apologised Friday to workers who developed cancer after working at some of its factories, finally ending a decade-long dispute at the world's top chipmaker.The father of a dead 22-year-old worker and the company's co-president Kim Ki-n...
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ENOC Group recognised at the Golden Peacock Awards

ENOC Group recognised at the Golden Peacock Awards | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
ENOC has won the 2018 Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability (GPGAS), for the second consecutive year in the global institutional award category, in recognition of its efforts towards raising sustainability standards within the Group.
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Major businesses call for easier access to renewable energy

Major businesses call for easier access to renewable energy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 100 organisations are calling on European governments to make it easier for them to invest in and directly source renewable energy. The companies, including Amazon, E.ON, Facebook, Google, H&M, Lightsource BP, Nike and Siemens Gamesa, have signalled their willingness to do more to tackle climate change in a declaration signed in Amsterdam today. According to WindEurope, corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) worth 6GW have already been signed in the region, with nearly 2GW contracted in 2018 alone.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable efforts on the part of these major companies. Climate change has been acknowledged for a few decades now. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. 

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Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries 

Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to establish a measure to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably.

EcoVadis's insight:

Food waste is a big issue in the world today however companies have begun to engage in sustainable food production. These businesses produce healthy food while engaging in sustainable business measures, as well as community and environmental programs.Reducing food waste is a meaningful way to stabilize and increase revenue.

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Top UK fashion brands team up with law enforcement to combat modern slavery

Top UK fashion brands team up with law enforcement to combat modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major British retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Next are joining forces with law enforcement agencies in a bid to eradicate labour exploitation and modern slavery from the fashion industry, Britain's anti-slavery body said on Tuesday. Six of the country's top fashion brands have vowed to raise awareness to stop worker abuses, protect at-risk and exploited employees, and root out modern slavery from their supply chains, according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

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