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EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa

EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Globally, there are some 152 million working children aged between 5 and 17, according to the International Labour Organization. About 71 percent work in agriculture, from herding livestock to harvesting coffee, cocoa and tea. The European Union must set mandatory rules to tackle child labour and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action has failed to spur widespread change, stakeholders and policymakers said on Wednesday. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Consumers of cocoa and coffee have a responsibility in how the supply chains work and that it is free from child labour and other human rights issues.

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UK Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan

UK Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Our ambition is that all soy used as animal feed in our UK supply chain is sourced from areas which are verified as zero deforestation. To achieve this we will work with our supply chain partners to transition our South American soy from farm level certification towards sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, through the following phases:
Phase 1: transition to zero deforestation soy credits schemes, starting in 2018
Phase 2: transition to Area Mass Balance (or Mass Balance) certified soy, by end of 2020
Phase 3: transition to sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, by 2025

EcoVadis's insight:

Industry, civil society and governments must work together to ensure that soy expansion occurs only on existing agricultural land. Offering incentives as well as effective policies that redirect soy expansion to existing agricultural land can ensure zero deforestation soy production.

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PepsiCo to probe deforestation in palm oil supplier’s Leuser Ecosystem concession

PepsiCo to probe deforestation in palm oil supplier’s Leuser Ecosystem concession | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
PepsiCo has also recently updated and expanded its policy on sustainable palm oil, which has been criticized by RAN for failing to ensure the elimination of labor rights violations and forest destruction from the company’s extensive supply chain.
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PepsiCo stated that the palm oil it sourced through its suppliers would be produced with no further development of high carbon stock (HCS) forests or high conservation value (HCV) areas, and no new conversion of peatlands and aims to achieve that by the end of 2020.

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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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Campaigners call Louis Dreyfus’ pledges on soy a ‘breakthrough’

Campaigners call Louis Dreyfus’ pledges on soy a ‘breakthrough’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Agribusiness giant, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), announced a zero deforestation policy for its soy supply chain yesterday.
The commodity trader's Soy Sustainability Policy​​ sets out its intent regarding environmental impact, human rights, worker practices, and anti-bribery and corruption in relation to soy production. 

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Great job Louis Dreyfus! The company has made enormous progress in ensuring their supply chain is free of deforestation.

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Joint efforts of chocolate industry and government of Côte d’Ivoire to halt deforestation announced

Joint efforts of chocolate industry and government of Côte d’Ivoire to halt deforestation announced | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The announcement heralds the next phase of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), initiated and led by the Ministry of Water and Forests, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and IDH. Through this initiative, the industry and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are working together to end deforestation and forest degradation caused by cocoa farming.

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Great initiative by the cocoa industry and the government of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in order to end deforestation.

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Greenpeace links Fonterra to Indonesian deforestation

Greenpeace links Fonterra to Indonesian deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fonterra imports PKE, a product made by the palm oil industry for supplementary feed. According to Greenpeace, New Zealand is the world’s largest user, bringing in a quarter of the global supply. Through its Farm Source stores, Fonterra sells approximately one third of the PKE that is used in New Zealand. Two years ago, Fonterra agreed to adopt an industry standard to ensure its use of PKE wasn’t leading to deforestation.

EcoVadis's insight:

Fonterra has been working with its vendors, and they have confirmed 96.7% traceability to mill. Traceability to mill helps ensures they know where the PKE is sourced from and to identify any potential high-risk areas or any non-compliance.

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Sustainable Rubber briefing: Michelin zero-deforestation pledge raises hopes for responsible sourcing | Ethical Corporation

Sustainable Rubber briefing: Michelin zero-deforestation pledge raises hopes for responsible sourcing | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The tyre maker – the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber – announced this summer that it has begun tracing its entire rubber supply chain, the first big company to make such a commitment.
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Great to see our client Michelin committing to eliminate rubber from deforested areas from its supply chain

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