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Nestlé will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation

Nestlé will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé plans to use satellite monitoring service to limit deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, according to a company release.  Starling satellite service, developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust, will monitor all of the company's global palm oil supply chain by the end of this year to provide high-resolution radar and satellite imagery documenting land cover changes and forest cover disturbances. The Swiss company said 63% of its global supply chain was deforestation-free as of last year, and it has committed to shifting all of its global products to that status by 2020.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by our client Nestle! The sustainability of palm oil is a growing concern for consumers and a tough issue for manufacturers who use the product. 

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Raising the bar on sustainable consumption

Raising the bar on sustainable consumption | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world is in bad need of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) blueprint for a more prosperous and resilient world. There can be few among us who are not aware of the sometimes immeasurable and potentially catastrophic damage to the environment caused by carbon dioxide emissions, pollution from coal-fired power stations, the plastic waste clogging our oceans and killing marine animals, deforestation, the melting Arctic ice, climate change, urbanization – the list goes on. These problems are economic as well as environmental and pose a huge threat to our future well-being. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2018, despite an improved economic background, with recent signs of “encouraging” global growth, there is no room for complacency. The report raises concerns in particular about the economic impact of the new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the lack of progress in protecting the environment. ISO 20400 has to be implemented across the world and integrated into increasingly complex organizations globally. Effective promotion of the standard, particularly in terms of country context, is the best way to meet this challenge.

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ISO 20400 provides guidelines through each step — from strategy to implementation — that help achieve sustainability goals and improve supplier relationship management

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Mondelez International ‘on track’ to meet its 2020 sustainability goals

Mondelez International ‘on track’ to meet its 2020 sustainability goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mondelez International has said that its ‘on target' to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, as its Impact for Growth Progress Report highlights the progress it has made towards reducing CO2 emissions, water usage, waste and packaging. “We’re producing snacks more sustainably, with less energy, water and waste; and sourcing our key ingredients in ways that reduce deforestation in our supply chain. We’re empowering farmers and investing in community programs that help improve the well-being of children and their families.”

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Bravo Mondelez International for the improvements made towards reducing CO2 emissions, water usage, waste and packaging in order to meet its sustainability goals.

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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. 

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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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Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain

Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Formed by dry forests resistant to drought and scalding temperatures, the Chaco occupies more than half the land in Paraguay. Over the past decade, cattle farming in this region has grown rapidly and it now has 43% of the country’s livestock population, and is increasingly becoming the crucible of Paraguay’s growing export industry, selling soybeans, meat and leather to the rest of the world. But as Paraguay’s export market develops and the country becomes a bigger player in the international market, the darker side of the Chaco region is coming into focus, with reports of illegal deforestation and slave labour among the indigenous population.

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According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 40.3 million workers are victims of modern slavery, 24.9 million of which are subject to forced labor.Tackling issues of traceability and sustainability has been a major focus in recent years.

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Removing Child Labor, Deforestation, and Poverty from the Cost of Chocolate

Removing Child Labor, Deforestation, and Poverty from the Cost of Chocolate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A 2017 investigative report published by the NGO Mighty Earth informed the industry at-large about the enormous problem of deforestation. The report focused on Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries, who grew and exported 2.3 million metric tons — or 52 percent — of the world’s cocoa in 2016. Ghana and Ivory Coast have lost around 90 percent of their forests, one third of that for cocoa. Less than 11 percent of Ivory Coast remains forested. Satellite maps from 1990-2015 show the dramatic impact of deforestation on this country, where now only 200-400 elephants remain from an original population of hundreds of thousands. According to Mighty Earth, a single dark chocolate bar made with cocoa derived from deforested areas produces the same amount of carbon pollution as driving 4.9 miles in a car. Then try multiplying the impact by the billions of chocolate bars consumed by Americans alone each year.

EcoVadis's insight:

Transparency is a key part of making the chocolate industry truly sustainable. EcoVadis’ CSR rating methodology and comprehensive assessments help companies to identify and manage risks, increase transparency and improve performance.

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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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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. 

EcoVadis's insight:

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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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