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Retailers look to direct operations and supply chains to reduce emissions

Retailers look to direct operations and supply chains to reduce emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Many of the nation's largest retailers have made commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could lead to savings on energy expenses. A recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project estimated suppliers saved $19.3 billion annually as a result of emission reduction efforts.

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Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in Global Cocoa Supply chain

Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in Global Cocoa Supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a signatory to the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Olam Cocoa is implementing an action plan to eliminate deforestation, protect and restore forests and work with farming communities that depend on cocoa for their livelihoods, both in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and across its global cocoa supply chain.
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Human rights: Council adopts conclusions on EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2019 

The EU will continue to denounce human rights violations and abuses wherever they are committed, to call on states and non-state actors to prevent them and bring them to an immediate end, as well as to seek justice and accountability. The EU will use all available tools and fora to fulfil its commitments to human rights and promote human rights globally, including in the framework of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council and any other relevant fora, consistent with the EU Treaty and the UN Charter.

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CDP: Corporate demand for supplier transparency increased eight-fold since 2008

More than 110 of the world's largest companies are now requesting sustainability data from their suppliers, up from just 14 in 2008, new research from the CDP has found. Released today, the non-profit’s ‘cascading commitments’ report reveals that more than 5,500 large suppliers disclosed information regarding their carbon, water and waste footprints to key corporate clients in 2018.

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The growth of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a trend for intrinsically motivated companies, or those for which it is assumed that their large size drives its necessity. The business implications for embedding sustainability into core business practices have become ever more clear for companies across industries, countries, and even sizes.

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'Sustainable palm oil is the best solution to deforestation'

'Sustainable palm oil is the best solution to deforestation' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

While debate rages on the full impact of deforestation as a result of the production of palm oil, many organisations, including leading UK retailers, are making promises to eradicate this product completely, or have pledged to work with more sustainable sources and suppliers. There can be no doubt that consumers are becoming more concerned about how their spending impacts on the environment, a point which has been proven by the number of retailers making commitments to cut back on the use of palm oil or ensure the product is sourced in a sustainable fashion.

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UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain 

UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A restaurant chain with 260 branches across the UK has signed a contract that will see the company implementing an innovative and reliable approach to a number of issues faced in the world of food, drink and hospitality. The Pizza Hut chain boasts a commitment to ‘responsibly manage our resources to help our people, guests and planet’. Director of Supply Chain and IT for Pizza Hut Restaurants in the UK, Steve Packer, saw the integration of ARCUS® as the perfect way to ensure the chain adheres to those commitments.

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain.

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Mondelēz excludes 12 suppliers from its palm oil supply chain

Mondelēz excludes 12 suppliers from its palm oil supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mondelēz International has called on palm oil suppliers to act faster to eliminate deforestation, and has excluded 12 suppliers from its supply chain as a result of breaches against its sustainable palm oil commitments.
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Remarkable efforts by Mondelēz for undertaking such a complex challenge by collaborating with all actors in the palm oil supply chain, from growers to suppliers and buyers. 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. If current deforestation levels continue, the world’s rainforests may completely vanish in as little as 100 years, according to National Geographic, and this will have a disastrous effect on our world if we don’t act.

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Addison Lee drivers challenge clients to uphold UN pledges 

Addison Lee drivers challenge clients to uphold UN pledges  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Taxi drivers are ramping up a campaign for better pay and union recognition from Addison Lee by challenging the company’s major corporate clients to uphold commitments signed under a UN accord obliging them to use ethical suppliers.

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Yokohama launches sustainable rubber procurement policy

Yokohama launches sustainable rubber procurement policy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Yokohama Rubber has launched a new procurement policy aimed at sourcing rubber more sustainably, amid concerns around deforestation in southern Asia where it is farmed. The policy outlines the company’s commitments on how it will source natural rubber, the basis for the production of Yokohama’s tyres, without causing deforestation or harming biodiversity. It states that Yokohama will work to conserve areas of forest with high conservation value, as defined by monitoring group High Conservation Value Resource Network, and commits to not engaging in cultivation, development or slash-and-burn farming of peatland areas.

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Home Depot builds a sustainable strategy

Home Depot builds a sustainable strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Home Depot is making some new sustainability commitments designed to attract employees and shoppers. The company released its annual sustainability report announcing that it plans to upgrade employee benefits and remove certain chemicals from its shelves. "As part of our values, we encourage our associates to be entrepreneurial, innovative and creative, and the successes you'll see in this report are a testament to their talent and dedication," said Craig Menear, The Home Depot chairman, CEO and president. "We're proud of their work, even as we look ahead with the understanding that there's much more to do."

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Great job by the Home depot for the achievements it has made with regards to its sustainability commitments.

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New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices 

New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Sugar Project, funded by Australia’s Coalition Government, aims to use blockchain encryption to improve supply chain transparency. Beginning with sugarcane growers in Queensland, the project aims to show sugar buyers where the sugarcane came from and the sustainability of that farm. The government expects this full traceability and more visibility for sustainably grown product to help unlock higher farm gate prices, increase exports and better access to markets in the future. Meanwhile, the Guatemala sugar industry launched Sugar for Good, a campaign and pledge to meet nine sustainability commitments tied to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2025.

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The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

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DS Smith to make only reusable and recyclable packaging

DS Smith to make only reusable and recyclable packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Packaging company DS Smith will only manufacture reusable or recyclable packaging, including paper and plastic, by 2025. In its sustainability review the FTSE 100 packaging firm said the move to recycled materials would reduce its use of virgin materials, equivalent to 381,000 barrels of oil or 1,800 recycling trucks diverted from landfill. The firm’s plastics and recycling production divisions have already reduced CO2 emissions by more than 7% last year, according to the report.

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Bold move by DS Smith! A move that mirrors commitments from many consumer-facing companies to improve the sustainability of their packaging.

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U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040

U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem. Together as part of the American Chemistry Council (ACC)’s Plastics Division, 15 leading resin manufacturers and an affiliated trade association have strengthened their commitments to capturing, recycling and recovering plastics.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by U.S. Plastic Producers! What actions have you taken in your supply chain with regards to plastic packaging?

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Everyone plays a part in reducing packaging waste. 
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Schneider Electric 'among world’s most ethical firms'

Schneider Electric 'among world’s most ethical firms' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing ethical business standards. It is the ninth year that Schneider Electric has received this accolade, proving the group’s long-term commitment to ethical business in all respects, a company statement said.

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Nestlé targets sustainability in cocoa supply chain with action plan

Nestlé targets sustainability in cocoa supply chain with action plan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé has released its action plan to help end deforestation and restore forests in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The plan is part of the company’s commitment to support the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, a new public-private partnership bringing together the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the cocoa and chocolate industry.

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CDP report: World’s biggest businesses cut 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 from supply chains 

CDP report: World’s biggest businesses cut 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 from supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report, Cascading commitments: Driving upstream action through supply chain engagement, is based on data disclosed through CDP by 5,562 suppliers. It also reveals a 35% growth in targets for water use among suppliers, compared to 2017, while the number of companies disclosing information to their customers on their forests-related impacts has more than tripled, from 88 in 2017 to 305 in 2018. 

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Hershey sharpens focus on deforestation in cocoa supply chain

Hershey sharpens focus on deforestation in cocoa supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Hershey is stepping up its efforts to combat climate change and deforestation in the cocoa supply chain with an agroforestry landscape program in Ghana, along with several new commitments to sustainability initiatives and standards, including a new internal environmental policy, the company announced in a press release Thursday.  
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Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability

Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill has launched a new sustainability programme called ‘Protect our Planet’ that aims to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain and achieve 100% cocoa bean traceability.
The plan expands Cargill’s sustainability efforts to five origin countries — Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana — as well as the indirect cocoa supply chain. Harold Poelma, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate ,said that the firm recognises that there’s a “considerable urgency to address climate and deforestation challenges”.

EcoVadis's insight:

In the drive to produce yet more and more food and consumer goods products, our forests remain under constant threat from agricultural expansion. As such, companies sourcing commodities and raw materials from regions tainted by deforestation face ongoing challenges, especially as many have developed more stringent policies and commitments to make sure their final products are not in any way connected to the loss of trees. 

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RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards

RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has adopted new standards that will prohibit its member companies from clearing any type of forest for palm plantations. RSPO-certified companies were previously permitted to clear secondary forests and peat forests with a peat layer no deeper than 3 meters (10 feet). The move comes amid a growing consumer backlash that has prompted companies to make zero-deforestation commitments. Environmental activists have welcomed the RSPO’s deforestation ban with cautious optimism, noting that enforcement of the certification body’s standards has historically been lax.

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BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy

BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The BBC has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, which sets out commitments to achieve zero waste to landfill and source 100% renewable energy, with the broadcaster also revealing it has cut out more than 500,000 pieces of single-use plastics since April 2018.
EcoVadis's insight:

Bravo to BBC for taking such sustainable initiatives. It’s paramount to dispose of single-use plastics properly. Every person who selects single-use products has the obligation to make sure these items are recycled or disposed of in a trash can and kept out of the environment. Regulations specifically aimed at limiting damage to the environment have forced companies to consider their impact on the environment. As public awareness regarding sustainability has grown, companies have faced increasing pressure to adopt sustainable policies. 

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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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Walmart's 2018 CSR report: 20mn tonne reduction in emissions, sustainable sourcing and more

Walmart's 2018 CSR report: 20mn tonne reduction in emissions, sustainable sourcing and more | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

US grocery giant Walmart has managed to reduce emissions throughout its supply chain by 20mn tonnes in a year, according to its latest report.  Walmart, which is currently the largest retailer in the world, states that suppliers reduced their collective greenhouse gas emissions by over 20mn tonnes in 2017. The company announced a series of sustainability goals in 2016 and has said it aims to cut supply chain emission by 1bn tonnes by 2030. 400 of the company’s global suppliers made commitments to reduce their emissions as part of Walmart’s Project Gigaton. The suppliers have utilised an “emissions reduction toolkit” produced by WWF which details steps to take to cut emissions including in manufacturing, materials and product use.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bravo Walmart for the sustainable achievements. Whether it involves carbon emissions, waste management, electricity consumption, or other business activities impacting environmental aspects, eco-innovation can provide a great path for easier, more widespread, cost-effective ways to minimize companies’ environmental footprint.

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Kraft-Heinz outlines bold sustainability agenda

Kraft-Heinz outlines bold sustainability agenda | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Kraft-Heinz is expanding its environmental commitments to include sustainable packaging and increased carbon reduction. The company aims to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 and pledges to set science-based goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This announcement, an addition to its Growing a Better World strategy released in last year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, supports the company’s broader efforts to improve the sustainability of its supply chain.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by Kraft-Heinz concerning its sustainability agenda. SBT or Science-Based targets are Greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. By setting that type of targets, companies make sure that their emissions reduction efforts are aligned on such scenario and better help curbing climate change.

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Trase.earth tracks commodities, links supply chains to deforestation risk

Trase.earth tracks commodities, links supply chains to deforestation risk | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Commodity trader commitments to reduce deforestation in recent years indicate an increased awareness by companies of the need to improve supply chain sustainability.Pinto points out that existing definitions of sustainability also come up short. “Many companies, and even a few NGOs, consider deforestation-free soy as sustainable. This is a terrible mistake and a bad message for society,” he says. While the soy moratorium prohibits deforestation in the Amazon biome, as well as child labor and slave labor, he explains “sustainable soy would be linked not only to avoiding bad practices, but [also to implementing] good social, agronomic and environmental practices.” Trase hopes to provide a baseline to track future progress towards ZDCs and other sustainability commitments to evaluate whether these strategies are effective.

EcoVadis's insight:

Launched in 2016, Trase is an innovative Internet tool, available to anyone, which tracks commodities supply chains in detail from source to market, and can also connect those chains to environmental harm, including deforestation. Until the advent of Trase, knowledge of supply chains was sketchy and difficult to obtain.

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Tesla, Infineon, Airbiquity, FlexDrive, Blink, Luxsoft, ParkMobile, Magneti Marelli & Octo

ENGIE Resources announced that it has now supplied enough Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to displace the estimated greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1 million passenger vehicles driven for a year. A REC is created when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource.
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Great job by ENGIE! This step has helped the company to see considerable growth in its renewable product offerings, which now help commercial, industrial, and institutional customers across the U.S. meet their sustainability commitments.

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