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Nordic Stock Exchanges recommend GRI Standards

​In March 2017, Nasdaq’s Nordic and Baltic Exchanges issued a framework to support their listed companies to meet ESG disclosure requirements. The guidance has a strong reference to GRI’s sustainability reporting framework, and it reflects the recommendations of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE), in which GRI is also an active contributor.
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Great to see that many of the companies listed on the Nordic and Baltic exchanges are already reporting on sustainability.

Learn how to use EcoVadis Assessment Results to Support GRI Reporting

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What is sustainable palm oil?

What is sustainable palm oil? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Palm oil, along with other agricultural commodities like soy, rubber, coffee and cocoa, has been blamed for destroying the environment and violating the rights of communities and workers in areas where it operates. This has led consumers and NGOs to pressure palm oil firms to clean up their act, while others have suggested boycotting products which contain the substance. 

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Nice article on the rise of sustainable palm oil.

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Extreme heat threat rises for megacities

Extreme heat threat rises for megacities | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

If global warming is contained at 1.5°C – the ideal target identified at the 2015 climate summit in Paris − the researchers say the number of megacities, with populations over 10 million, in the danger zone will double from today’s figure, and the numbers of people exposed to potentially lethal heat stroke and heat exhaustion could reach 350 million by 2050.

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There is a strong incentive to stick to lower temperature target 

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Dell, unlikely protector of the oceans

Dell, unlikely protector of the oceans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Dell, the US$57 billion giant that makes millions of personal computers every year, has become the first company to attempt to stop the flow of plastic into the sea
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Great to see Dell so much involved in cleaner global plastic supply chain

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Next 50 years will determine humanity's outcome "for 10,000 years"

Next 50 years will determine humanity's outcome "for 10,000 years" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Continued use of oil, natural gas and coal at the current rate will likely raise global temperatures to 2 or 2.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, creating conditions that would make life “difficult to manage”

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The extent to which countries cut their emissions over the next 50 years will determine the conditions of people’s life on earth

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I Am A Science Lady's curator insight, April 4, 2017 9:16 PM
Any bets on whether or not we'll do the right thing over the next 50 years?
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Starved for resources?

While companies are increasingly realizing the benefits of sustainable procurement, many procurement leaders say their companies still need to do more to support the purchasing of goods and services that don't harm the environment, society, or the economy.
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EcoVadis' Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2017 mentioned in the article. 

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Reports expose widespread use of child labor in the Congo

In late February, Sky News aired an investigative report centered on the utilization of child labor in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The investigation shed light on a vastly complex apparatus of the most brutal forms of exploitation utilized to extract the Congo’s vast mineral wealth.
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Yet another report showing child labour is still prevalent in Congo - How are you ensuring there in no child labour in your supply chain?

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China pollution haze linked to climate change

China pollution haze linked to climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The melting of the Arctic Ocean sea ice and the greater falls of snow in Siberia may be responsible for stagnant air conditions that blanketed a damaging screen of polluting haze over Beijing and the East China plains in January 2013, according to new research.

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The research shows that cutting greenhouse gases would help with the winter haze problem - time to put in place solid sustainable policies and measures.

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More dirt on General Mills’ sustainable agriculture goals

More dirt on General Mills’ sustainable agriculture goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
To reduce its footprint, General Mills has set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 28 percent by 2025. It’s moving towards zero waste-to-landfill at 100 percent of its production facilities over the same timeframe. And it has committed to sustainably sourcing 100 percent of 10 key ingredients. A strict animal welfare policy, including a plan to source cage-free eggs from Canada and the United States, means that nearly all of General Mills' U.S. milk supply will comply with national animal stewardship standards.
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Great to see General Mills setting impressive sustainable goals.

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Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons from Supply Chain 

Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons from Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Companyhas launched an enhanced version of its Partnership for a Cleaner Environment (PACE) program in an effort to reduce the environmental footprint of its supply chain. The program, which originally focused on water and energy conservation, has now grown to more than 40 suppliers in 40 countries and offers best practices for reducing waste, carbon dioxide and air emissions.
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Ford has set initiatives to ensure a sustainable supply chain. What have you put in place in your business?

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Pure Strategies: Increased Corporate Sustainability Spending Spurred Gains of $5-8B in 2016 

Pure Strategies: Increased Corporate Sustainability Spending Spurred Gains of $5-8B in 2016  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
New research from sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies reveals growth in corporate spending in sustainability; more than 80 percent of surveyed companies expect a budget increase from 2016 to 2017 with a third anticipating double-digit growth.
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Great report which shows that companies know sustainability is good business.

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Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative

Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A checklist to help companies choose sustainable packaging systems has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (Incpen).
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Great to see relevant regulation and guidance put into place to help companies exceed legal requirements.

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Investors Urged To Engage With Banks To Back Low-Carbon Transition

Investors Urged To Engage With Banks To Back Low-Carbon Transition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A new report from London-based investment advisory ShareAction has called on investors to use their voting rights to urge banks to play a more proactive role in the transition to a low-carbon economy, by “providing the major injections of capital required to finance technologies, infrastructure and the transition of traditional industries, as well as to cover the costs of adaptation.” Figures from the International Energy Agency estimate that $359 trillion worth of investment is required by 2050 to ensure the world avoids global warming exceeding 2°C.
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The race to put more zero-emission cars on the road

The race to put more zero-emission cars on the road | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
California has led the charge for electric vehicles with an ambitious strategy to put 1.5 million zero‐emission vehicles on the road by 2025 (Executive Order B‐16‐2012) with the ultimate goal of transitioning virtually all personal transportation in the state to zero‐emission cars by 2050. This leadership has paid off ― California continues to make up for about half of the growth of electric vehicles in the United States.
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Great to see that California makes up about half of the growth of electric vehicles in the US.

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How government and business can work together to build better cities

How government and business can work together to build better cities | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The creation of resilient and sustainable cities is therefore a business opportunity for the private sector, who can build a marketplace for resilience tools and services.
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The public and private sector must work closely together to build sustainable cities

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Why business is greener than Trump

Why business is greener than Trump | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The relationship between business, politics, and the environment is about to become more complicated. As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business leaders are increasingly recognizing – and acting upon – the need for environmentally sustainable policies.
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As a business leader, are you showing that you are not a cheerleader for coal, pollution, and global warming?

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5 Key Factors to Choosing a Supplier CSR Monitoring Solution | EcoVadis

5 Key Factors to Choosing a Supplier CSR Monitoring Solution | EcoVadis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

It is no secret that modern supply chains are increasingly exposed to risks that can result in increased operational costs, large losses, and long term damage to your corporate reputation.....

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Les Français de plus en plus exigeants sur les thématiques RSE

Les Français de plus en plus exigeants sur les thématiques RSE | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

’L'importance accordée par les Français aux différentes dimensions qui concernent la RSE (environnement de travail, gouvernance et engagement citoyen) totalise 43% de la réputation globale d’une entreprise selon le Reputation Institute. C’était 40% en 2016. 

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Rapport intéressant qui montre que les entreprises ont progressé en RSE depuis 2016

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Les fonds verts européens attirent les investisseurs

Les fonds verts européens attirent les investisseurs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Les fonds "verts foncés" sont particulièrement attractifs puisque leurs encours ont augmenté de 64% en trois ans. Ils ont des portefeuilles alignés sur des objectifs environnementaux clairs. Le thème le plus porteur est celui de l’eau, qui rassemble 40% des 22 milliards d’euros investis dans ces produits financiers verts.
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L’étude met l’accent sur quatre pays phares, où ces placements environnementaux sont particulièrement développés : la France, la Suède, les Pays-Bas et l’Allemagne. 

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Singapore toughens regulations to meet environment goals

Singapore toughens regulations to meet environment goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tougher vehicle pollution standards and mandatory air suction waste systems are two of the initiatives that the Singapore government will be implementing to curb emissions and revive the nation’s stagnant domestic recycling rates, but experts say more must be done to encourage Singaporeans to adopt more environmentally responsible lifestyles.
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Great to see the government taking such initiatives!

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Online tool explores countries’ climate action plans

Online tool explores countries’ climate action plans | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new interactive online tool that helps countries to access and compare their priorities and ambitions related to climate action plans has been developed.
The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Explorer could contribute to the global climate action in the context of the UN climate negotiations, according to its developers.

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This tool could help African nations easily access climate action plans to aid transparency in negotiations.

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Clothing giant VF Corporation adopts sustainable forestry policy

Clothing giant VF Corporation adopts sustainable forestry policy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
US-based clothing conglomerate VF Corporation has adopted its first-ever forestry policy, aimed at eliminating deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain.
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Great to see commitment from VF Corp, it add momentum to global forest conservation and climate efforts.

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MSC Taps Stakeholders to Improve Sustainable Fishing, Traceability Standards 

MSC Taps Stakeholders to Improve Sustainable Fishing, Traceability Standards  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

International non-profit Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has launched its 2017 policy development round, opening up six areas of the MSC program to consultation from stakeholders to improve its existing programs and develop effective and sustainable new standards. Approximately 10 percent of wild seafood worldwide is certified by the MSC Fisheries Standard and more than 3,7000 supply chain organizations are certified to buy and sell MSC-certified seafood.

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Great to see more programs in place to ensure sustainable supply chain...

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ETHISPHERE: 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies

ETHISPHERE: 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Since 2007, Ethisphere has honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world. These companies also consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and leverage values and a culture of integrity as the underpinnings to the decisions they make each day.
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Congrats to our client L'Oréal for being among the most ethical companies!

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Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists

Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the technology giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of thousands of people in what is one of the world's poorest countries.
Now, Apple says it has stopped — for now — buying cobalt from artisanal mines.

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Apple said it continues to improve conditions for workers and stop child labour - how are you fighting this issue?

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