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Food traceability efforts hampered by information gap and lack of harmonised standards: Chinese authority

Food traceability efforts hampered by information gap and lack of harmonised standards: Chinese authority | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food traceability efforts in China are being hindered by challenges arising from information gaps, the absence of harmonised standards, and the lack of policies to support tracking efforts.

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China food giant backs tougher action on soy deforestation

China food giant backs tougher action on soy deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Chairman of COFCO Corporation, China's largest food processor, announces support for tougher restrictions on trading soy grown on deforested land. One of China's largest food processors has signalled its support for tougher measures to curb the soy industry's role in driving deforestation.

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China, developing countries, lead in renewable and solar energy investment

China, developing countries, lead in renewable and solar energy investment | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Developing countries, with China at the forefront of the group, are leading in global investment in renewable power generation, according to a new report on global trends in renewable energy investment released Thursday.
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Energy remains a major contributor to global warming, accounting for 60 percent of GHG emissionsSustainable Development Goal 7 proposes to resolve this issue by promoting the use of renewable energy while decreasing the use of conventional energy. Before effectively engaging suppliers, companies should internally integrate the criteria of energy consumption and GHG emissions into their procurement decisions. 

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Katy Pineda's curator insight, January 24, 3:20 PM
China holds more than half of the world's solar energy capacity. Due to the surge in solar energy, there are more jobs, better quality jobs, and better paying jobs. Also, because of the increase in solar energy, there is less pollution. Solar energy is the key to help fighting climate change around the world. 
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Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion

Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global chemical leader Henkel AG is putting sustainability as one of its top priorities, as China pursues more high-quality growth that balances economy, environment and society. Jeremy Hunter, President of Henkel China, who is proud of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and pioneer work in many areas in China, discusses Henkel’s sustainability strategy, experience and accomplishments. Henkel has been a crusader for sustainability over the past 90 years, continuously devoted to creating an eco-friendly business market.

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The main responsibility of fashion companies is obviously to change their production, distribution and marketing practices and strategies towards greater sustainability. But companies also have the possibility to contribute to more sustainable consumption patterns.

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Companies Are Reinvesting In the Denim Supply Chain 

Companies Are Reinvesting In the Denim Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

 Manufacturers are making major investments in factories from the U.S. to China to meet market demands and, particularly, to improve their environmental footprint in the process. As part of that effort, its indigo dye technology employs an environmentally friendly chemistry that allows for filtration and water reuse, curbing total water usage by more than 60 percent compared to a legacy mill. Vidalia Denim will also use e3 sustainable cotton exclusively in its operations, sourcing its cotton from across the U.S. farm belt from farmers enrolled in the e3 sustainable cotton program.

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In today’s globalized world supply chains are often stretched to their limits and very vulnerable to disruptions. No supply chain is immune. Companies worldwide need to act to gain greater supply chain transparency.

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Tate & Lyle investigates stevia supply chain

Tate & Lyle investigates stevia supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tate & Lyle has launched an investigation into the sustainability of its stevia supply chain. The company said independent non-profit Earthwatch would carry out the inquiry, which “aims to identify steps to ensure that as the stevia market grows, sustainable growing practices are embedded consistently and socio-economic benefits are maximised”. Tate & Lyle sources its stevia, a low calorie sweetener, in China, as does its partner Sweet Green Fields. According to Earthwatch, around 90% of the world’s stevia production is grown in China.

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US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns 

US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A US sportswear company has stopped using a Chinese supplier following concerns it was using forced labour in camps in Xinjiang.
Badger Sportswear, a company based in North Carolina, said it would stop sourcing clothing from Hetian Taida in north-western China. The company said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday: “Out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any concerns about our supply chain given the controversy around doing business in north-western China, we will no longer source any product from Hetian Taida or this region of China.”

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Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. To illustrate the scale and reach of human rights abuses, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries most likely made by forced and child labour.

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China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom

China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chinese government has issued standards to promote sustainable packaging materials in its billion-dollar logistics industry, as it looks to reduce waste in a country where millions of packages are delivered to consumers every day. In a meeting attended by senior post officials, State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng said the industry should adopt Chinese president Xi Jinping’s mindset of “ecological civilisation” to “revolutionise” production and promote the development of sustainable packaging and lower the carbon footprint of the industry.

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Sustainable packaging has started to receive increased attention, and rightly so. This has encouraged leading brands across all sectors to review their use of plastics and consider alternative, recyclable materials. But even more than fear of penalties, consumer demand is leading the way.

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Google uses VR to show supplier transparency

Google uses VR to show supplier transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Google has produced a series of virtual reality (VR) videos which purportedly show what life is like working for two of its suppliers in Africa and China. The 360 degree videos, which were published alongside its 2018 Responsible Supply Chain report, claim to put viewers in the shoes of workers at an electronics factory in China and a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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In war on smog, China considers how to take polluting diesel trucks off the road

In war on smog, China considers how to take polluting diesel trucks off the road | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

China is drawing up a plan to replace a million heavy duty diesel trucks, almost 20 percent of the national fleet, with ones that burn cleaner fuel, as Beijing ramps up its war on pollution, potentially dealing a heavy blow to oil refiners. The transport and environment ministries are considering proposals that include replacing vehicles with more modern trucks using a higher grade of diesel called National Five, and using electric trucks or ones that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), an industry source, who is involved in the discussions, said. He declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media. The policy would come into effect in 2020 and would be implemented in the smoggiest northern regions of the country.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable plan by China! China will be taking a more proactive approach in the coming years to enforce environmental laws and cut capacity of pollution-intensive industries such as coal, steel and aluminum. 

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