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Governments and industry partner on cocoa supply chain sustainability

Governments and industry partner on cocoa supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have released action plans to support industry efforts to end cocoa-related deforestation. The plans include three strategic pillars covering forest protection and restoration, sustainable cocoa production and community engagement and have been developed to strengthen transparency and accountability in the cocoa supply chain.

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Kew Gardens uses DNA to tackle illegal logging

Kew Gardens uses DNA to tackle illegal logging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A landmark partnership between Kew and the Forest Stewardship Council is using DNA technology to help prevent illegal logging, estimated by Interpol to cost between up to £76 billion annually.
Globally renowned centre for botanical and mycological knowledge, Kew Gardens, and global forest management not-for-profit, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), have teamed up to use identification technologies that allow scientists to determine the species and origin of timber using only a small piece of the wood.  The ultimate aim is to facilitate on-the-spot tests for timber across the globe and increase transparency across the supply chain.

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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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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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Cargill works toward deforestation-free supply chains by 2030

Cargill works toward deforestation-free supply chains by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill wants to achieve deforestation-free supply chains by 2030 by implementing a set of land-use guidelines for suppliers, gaining greater visibility into the origin of goods, and determining what percentage of its current supply chain complies with these goals, according to the company's updated Forest Policy and a company press release.

EcoVadis's insight:

The expansion of the world population and the induced growing demand for natural resources makes it a challenge to halt deforestation. However, in recent years, many major producers and buyers of agricultural commodities have made ambitious commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.  With the increased availability of technology, companies are able to monitor and manage deforestation. Yet additional efforts will be needed to ensure the sustainable management of forests worldwide.

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Norway starts payments to Indonesia for cutting forest emissions

Norway starts payments to Indonesia for cutting forest emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Almost a decade after Norway signed a $1-billion deal with Indonesia to help protect its tropical forests, the first payment for reduced emissions will be made after deforestation rates fell, environmentalists and government officials said. Indonesia imposed a moratorium on forest-clearing under the 2010 climate deal, with payments linked to the Southeast Asian nation's progress on lowering planet-warming emissions from felling trees, which release carbon when they rot or are burned.

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Study: Fear of breaching competition law stifling sustainability efforts

Study: Fear of breaching competition law stifling sustainability efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fear of breaching competition law is discouraging companies in the UK grocery sector from working together to tackle low pay and extreme poverty among farmers, according to new research from the Fairtrade Foundation. The study, seen exclusively by BusinessGreen, warns ending low wages in the food supply chain is crucial for tackling a host of inter-related sustainability challenges, including improving the sector's climate resilience and tackling deforestation.

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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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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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Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to complaints filed with organisers. At least 134,000 large sheets of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia have been used as concrete moulds to build stadiums, causing what campaigners say is irreversible harm to precious biodiversity reserves.

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Deforestation occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted and it can have wide reaching environmental effects. Scientists have predicted that by 2050, deforestation could reduce rainfall across the Amazon by 21 percent during dry seasons and 12 percent during wet seasons. However, 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. 

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France sets out plans to tackle deforestation

France sets out plans to tackle deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

France set out plans on Wednesday to tackle deforestation around the world, saying it would look to curb imports of products such as palm oil, soy, and beef which it said contributed to the problem of forest areas disappearing. Palm oil, a type of vegetable oil used in confectionery and other goods, is controversial because of the environmental impact of clearing forests to make way for plantations. The majority of the world's palm oil comes from Malaysia and Indonesia, where deforestation has threatened orangutan populations.

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Oreo maker linked to destruction of orangutan habitat in Indonesia

Oreo maker linked to destruction of orangutan habitat in Indonesia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mondelēz International, the company behind Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, continues to source palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia, according to a Greenpeace report. The report said the company’s suppliers had cleared an area of rainforest greater than the city of San Francisco from 2015 to 2017, of which more than a third was orangutan habitat.Greenpeace says Mondelēz’s supply chain continues to be tainted with palm oil produced on deforested land because it uses the weakest certification model for its supply.

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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.
EcoVadis's insight:

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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EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel

EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The European Commission has concluded that palm oil cultivation results in excessive deforestation and its use in transport fuel should be phased out, setting the bloc on a collision course with major palm oil producers Malaysia and Indonesia. The Commission published its criteria on Wednesday for determining what crops cause environmental harm, part of a new EU law to boost the share of renewable energy to 32 percent by 2030 and determine what are appropriate renewable sources. The use of more harmful biofuel feedstocks will be capped at 2019 levels until 2023 and reduced to zero by 2030.

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Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation

Investors call on soy trade companies to eliminate deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Fifty-seven investors with $6.3 trillion in assets sent a letter to companies involved in the soy trade, asking them to eliminate "deforestation within their entire soybean supply chain, and will seek evidence of this on multiple levels." The investors are worried climate and deforestation risk could harm the companies they've invested in.
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Saving the Cerrado: Six commodities traders to disclose supply chain data

Saving the Cerrado: Six commodities traders to disclose supply chain data | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a step toward limiting the loss of Cerrado biome native vegetation, six major commodity traders have agreed on a common framework for monitoring soy supply chains in 25 deforestation “high risk” municipalities within the vast savannah – currently a hotspot for Brazilian deforestation.

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Manufacturers increasingly are dropping suppliers that fail to meet sustainability goals, CDP reports

Manufacturers increasingly are dropping suppliers that fail to meet sustainability goals, CDP reports | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As consumers increasingly consider the environmental impact of the products they purchase, manufacturers are turning up the heat on suppliers to lower their emissions, manage water security risks and reduce deforestation, among other sustainability targets that reflect back on them, according to a new report from the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform CDP. Suppliers that fail to rise to manufacturers’ challenges to improve sustainability could find themselves “deselected,”​ while those that demonstrate positive step-changes could see increased demand, adds the report, which was released Feb. 6.

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Global commodity traders to monitor deforestation in Brazil's savannah

Global commodity traders to monitor deforestation in Brazil's savannah | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Six major commodities traders, including Cargill Inc and Bunge Ltd, have agreed to a common mechanism to monitor soybean supply chains for deforestation in Brazil's vast Cerrado savannah, according to a statement on Friday. The Cerrado covers roughly a quarter of Brazil's territory, the nation's second-largest biome after the Amazon rainforest. Its plants sink deep roots into the ground, often likened to an upside down forest, forming a major carbon sink whose preservation is vital to the fight against global warming. Companies belonging to the Soft Commodities Forum network that signed onto the agreement to monitor their soy supply chains in the Cerrado include Archer Daniels Midland Co, COFCO International, Glencore Plc's agriculture unit and Louis Dreyfus Company, according to a Forum statement.

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France adopts strategy to stop ‘deforestation imports’ by 2030

France adopts strategy to stop ‘deforestation imports’ by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Accused of being complicit in not only deforestation but also related human right abuses, the EU and its members are keen to reduce the impact of their commercial activities. The aim of France’s new strategy, announced in November, is stated on the French government’s official website as, “To encourage every actor (producers, businesses, investors and consumers), to change their practices in order to reduce deforestation.” A handful of planned measures are listed, too, including 60 million euros ($69 million) per year in “development aid” to help exporting countries and regions offer more sustainable produce, tackle deforestation and implement reforestation projects.

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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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'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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World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains. The company, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, made a new pledge on Monday (10 December) to ensure that its supply chains are classed as “deforestation-free” by 2020 – a commitment which builds on its 2013 “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NPDE) sustainability strategy. In order to achieve the new goal, Wilmar International will carry out a supplier audit by the end of January 2019, with all suppliers found to be driving forest loss then facing “immediate” suspension.

EcoVadis's insight:

Soybean and palm oil cultivation along with timber production and cattle rearing are major contributors to deforestation; and these economic commodities have been getting a lot of attention recently. 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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Sustainability in Brazilian soy supply chain – the complexities of tackling deforestation

Sustainability in Brazilian soy supply chain – the complexities of tackling deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Representatives of the Brazil government and of the Brazil soy supply chain are planning to engage in renewed discussions with EU stakeholders and policy-makers in Brussels this week, writes Nathalie Lecocq. Europe is a sizable soy user, but it does not drive the global soy market. With 9.65% of total imports, European soybean market represents today a reduced share of global trade. China is responsible for 64.04% of all imports and is the largest global importer of soybeans. With Chinese importers only starting to show an interest in sustainability objectives, it is illusionary to expect to have a meaningful impact in global markets and influence production simply by contractual provisions.

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Hundreds of companies have pledged to cut commodities grown on deforested land from their supply chains, but few have turned those promises into successful policies.

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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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Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products could backfire 

Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products could backfire  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
‘Iceland’s move to ban palm oil in its products is unsurprising given the recent news that 100,000 orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, most attributed to deforestation. Much of this deforestation has been associated, rightly or wrongly, with palm oil production. Retailers are therefore under a lot of pressure to ensure their palm oil products are sourced responsibly.
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