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Norway's $1 trln fund to beef up scrutiny on sustainability, ocean pollution

Norway's $1 trln fund to beef up scrutiny on sustainability, ocean pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund wants companies in which it invests to follow stricter guidelines on global sustainability and strengthen efforts to combat plastic pollution of the oceans, it said on Wednesday. The fund, the world's largest, invests the revenues of Norway's oil and gas production and is a global investor with stakes in some 9,000 companies across 72 countries. The fund's ambitions as an investor significantly overlap with the United Nations' goals of achieving sustainable economic, social and environmental development by 2030.

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Great sustainable initiative by Norway! EcoVadis sustainability ratings and scorecards help procurement teams monitor supply chain Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/ESG practices across 190 sectors and 150 countries.

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Starbucks commits to 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ by 2025

Starbucks commits to 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Starbucks has announced an initiative to design, build and operate 10,000 ‘Greener Stores’ globally by 2025, with wider aims to help the wider retail industry operate more sustainably. The ‘Starbucks Greener Stores’ framework is being set up to outline comprehensive performance criteria so that the design, building and operation of Starbucks’ locations will set new standards for ‘green retail’ – this will then be open sourced so that the wider retail community can benefit from the framework and work toward the standards. Developed with the help of experts such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), some key elements of the framework are set to include energy efficiency and water stewardship; renewable energy; healthy environment; responsible materials; waste diversion; and engagement (promoting a culture of sustainability).

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Great job Starbucks! Multinational organizations play a crucial role in the success of sustainability. These supply chains employ more than one in five workers and touch more than 80 percent of global trade, making collaboration across suppliers and industries critical to long-term success.

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Giant Food store is now zero waste

Giant Food store is now zero waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Giant Food stores is moving straight towards its zero waste goal through its dedication towards becoming one of the most environmentally friendly grocers in the U.S. As part of its sustainable retailer commitment, the company announced that it's Cleona, PA store located at 481 West Penn Ave., is the first in the chain to reach zero waste. A recognized definition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, zero waste means 90 percent or more of a store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration. Currently, 77 percent of all waste generated by its stores is diverted through recycling and composting.

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Great job Giant Food Store! Countries often don’t have the infrastructure required to ethically or efficiently handle waste recycling, leading to a buildup of harmful chemicals that affect populations near dumping sites

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Walmart Canada planning to use all alternative-power semis

Walmart Canada planning to use all alternative-power semis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walmart Canada is hoping to reduce its carbon footprint and taking a big step in the right direction, but it could be a while before that’s visible in Cornwall. The company recently announced it was planning on making its whole fleet of trucks powered by alternative power by 2028. The move makes Walmart Canada the company with the largest electrified fleet in Canada and reaches an initial milestone to convert 20 per cent of its fleet to electric power by 2022. “We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain in a press release. “By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by Walmart in order to be more sustainable. There are multiple international and European initiatives looking to curb carbon emissions, including the Paris Agreements and European Council’s commitment to a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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Why we're hunting for treasure—in old landfill sites

Why we're hunting for treasure—in old landfill sites | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Each year more than 300 tonnes of processed gold are dumped in landfills. What if we could mine landfills for gold and other precious metals, ask researchers from Keele University. Humans are generally getting better at dealing with their mess. In the UK, for instance, 45 per cent of household waste is now recycled—yet that still means more than 12 million tonnes are buried in the ground every year.

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Tackling environmental pollution is no easy task, especially in developing countries where environmental laws and regulations are not strictly enforced. In the absence of a strong legal framework, companies (especially those with large supply chains) have an even greater responsibility to ensure that they adopt a proactive approach within a comprehensive environmental management system that encompasses all stakeholders.

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UBS doubles sustainable assets to $2.5bn

UBS doubles sustainable assets to $2.5bn | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Financial services form UBS has announced it now has a total of $2.51bn (£1.98bn) in ‘sustainable’ assets under management.
 UBS Group AG, a Swiss multinational investment bank, has a sustainable portfolio which it launched in January by migrating $1.2bn (£947mn) from a previous portfolio. Seven months later, this has increased by almost $1.27bn (£1bn). The portfolio aims to invest in shares of companies which are doing more to manage sustainability issues than their counterparts. It invests in World Bank bonds, green bonds, ESG equity funds, and companies with products or services to help solve environmental or social issues.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by UBS! For financial service organizations with no physical supply chain, sustainability improvements stem from how and where they choose to spend money, and the partners they select to act on their behalf.

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Sprouts hits sustainability milestone

Sprouts hits sustainability milestone | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than 80 Sprouts Farmers Market stores are saving an average of $76,000 per store due to new sustainable operating practices. Sprouts Farmers Market has received Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) for 84 of its stores in Texas, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, recognizing their commitment to operational practices that reduce a store's environmental impact and save resources.

EcoVadis's insight:

Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program helps food retailers save money and resources by increasing operational sustainability. The program gives the tools to reduce overhead costs, boost employee engagement, and benchmark store performance without needing to make major capital investments.

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IKEA ‘LEEDs’ the way on sustainability

IKEA ‘LEEDs’ the way on sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

IKEA is making a big statement about its commitment to sustainability with its new distribution center in Illinois. The Netherland-based retailer announced that its Midwest distribution center, which is under construction about 30 miles outside of Chicago, Ill., has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council, a first for IKEA properties in the U.S.  Having our distribution center in Joliet certified LEED Gold is a prime example of how IKEA believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. It is consistent with our goal of being energy independent by 2020.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Big achievement by IKEA in relation to its sustainability. Leaders across the globe have made LEED the most widely used green building rating system in the world with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day. LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting people, planet and profit.

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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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Scottish designers to feature at UK jewellery fair Elements 4

Scottish designers to feature at UK jewellery fair Elements 4 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Perspectives exhibition, which is curated by Fair Luxury, an independent group of jewellers working towards greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability, will be on the upper floor. It will explore sustainability issues such as the origin of metals or stones and the environmental impact of creating a finished piece.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by the Scottish designers in order to provide greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability in the jewellery industry.

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Target, CVS join Walmart in collecting emissions data from suppliers

Target, CVS join Walmart in collecting emissions data from suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Three of the top 20 retail companies — Target, Tesco and CVS Health — are joining Walmart in collecting data from suppliers, seeking ways to cut carbon emissions throughout the supply chain, according to a press release from environmental non-profit group CDP .

EcoVadis's insight:

Walmart was one of the major retailers at the forefront of working with suppliers to cut carbon emissions in its supply chain. Reducing emissions upstream in the supply chain begins with transparency into a supplier's operations.

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Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech

Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More than 50% of water used in US beef production is dedicated to irrigating the row crops that become feed for cattle. By using new irrigation technology, farmers, can greatly reduce the amount of water needed for row crop irrigation and improve the environmental impact of the beef supply chain, the companies say.
EcoVadis's insight:

The Smart-weather sensor technology - expected to conserve up to 2.4 billion gallons of irrigation water over three years - will enable farmers to make more informed irrigation decisions. A good step to responsibly utilised our natural resources.

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UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

He also said that environmental concerns must be addressed in a much more integrated and horizontal way as they are inextricably connected to economic considerations, to social development, to human rights...

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Supply chain sustainability is a giant lever for changing those 'old habits'!

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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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Netherlands switches gears with world's first used-plastic bike path

Netherlands switches gears with world's first used-plastic bike path | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dutch cyclists rode down the world's first bike path made entirely of discarded plastic this week, in a move aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes wasted every year. The 30-metre (100-ft) cycling path in the 1,300-year-old northern town of Zwolle contains the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bottle caps and is estimated to be two to three times more durable than traditional roads. Eight million tonnes of plastic – bottles, packaging and other waste – are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme has said. "This first pilot is a big step towards a sustainable and future-proof road made of recycled plastic waste," the path's inventors Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma said in a statement. Leading environmental expert Guus Velders welcomed the new initiative by Dutch engineering firm KWS, pipe maker Wavin and French oil major Total, saying it was a "positive step" towards a more circular use of materials.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by Netherlands! Most plastic packaging is used only once; 95% of the value of plastic packaging material, worth $80 billion-$120 billion annually, is lost to the economy

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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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Google to team up with UN for sustainability goals

Google to team up with UN for sustainability goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UN Environment is teaming up with internet giant Google to help improve the environment through data analytics. The organisations will work together to monitor the impact of human activity on the environment. Google will help to establish a platform for open-source data and analysis of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The data can then be used by governments and NGOs as well as the public to track progress in terms of targets for environmental development. Organisations will then be able to see which areas are falling short and where investment is needed, as well as monitoring the progress they make with various initiatives.

EcoVadis's insight:

In today’s globalized world supply chains are often stretched to their limits and very vulnerable to disruptions. Companies worldwide need to act to gain greater supply chain transparencyEnvironment is one of the four themes in the EcoVadis sustainability rating process, along with labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

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AKR Textiles Hopes to Set Up a Zero-Discharge Textile Mill Too

AKR Textiles Hopes to Set Up a Zero-Discharge Textile Mill Too | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
AKR is one of the largest dyers in South Asia (dyeing 50 tons of fabric daily), and over time, it grew increasingly concerned with the toll that the textile dyeing industry was taking on the environment. So it decided to do something about it. In 2008, AKR built a 100-percent zero-discharge dyeing facility. How does this work? Wastewater goes through reverse osmosis to remove chemicals. The clean water (about 80 percent of the total) is rerouted back into the dyeing process. Remaining water is evaporated from the resulting chemical sludge and the dried chemical waste is formed into small bricks that are then sent to cement factories and other chemical factories where they are used as one of the raw materials in the finished products. Voila! Zero discharge, zero waste.
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Companies without a well-established supply chain management system or that do not undertake regular assessment for their suppliers stand a relatively high risk in being linked to incidents.

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Axalta Continues to Reduce Environmental Footprint and Announces New Sustainability Goals

Axalta Continues to Reduce Environmental Footprint and Announces New Sustainability Goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, today issued its Sustainability Report 2016-2017, highlighting the company’s advancements in sustainable business practices, including technology and operations. Axalta’s Sustainability Report was prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards, the most widely adopted global standards for public sustainability reporting. “Axalta’s dedication to sustainability and corporate responsibility is fundamental to our culture and ensures we conduct our business in a socially responsible manner along our entire value chain, from the materials we buy and process to the ways our products are used, and by supporting the communities in which we live and work,” said Axalta Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shaver.

EcoVadis's insight:

Sustainability is central to Axalta’s business. ​GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being.

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Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Leaders of some of the world’s biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change. From London to Tokyo, 19 mayors said they would put in place regulations requiring all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 and all existing ones to reach the same goal by 2050. Cities, scientists unite in battle against climate change at UN summit. “Climate change poses an existential threat to New York City, and making our buildings more sustainable and efficient is a key part of the solution,” said Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio in a statement.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by the biggest cities since buildings are a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so to meet reductions set out in the Paris Agreement, it’s critical that they tackle this problem.

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Weis Markets embraces sustainability trend

Weis Markets embraces sustainability trend | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Weis Markets is trying to stay ahead of sustainability trends in food retail. Weis Markets has just opened a new store in Randolph, N.J., that was built with multiple sustainability measures, including the company’s first CO2 refrigeration system, which significantly reduces its carbon footprint and overall energy use. The company also incorporated LED lighting to reduce electrical needs; low-flow devices to support water conservation efforts; energy control through demand response programs to reduce power usage during peak days and to reduce the store’s load on the power grid; and enclosed refrigeration cases to reduce energy use as well as advanced refrigeration technologies to reduce refrigerant use by 60 percent when compared to conventional systems.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Packaging producers are not doing enough to convince consumers on sustainability costs

Packaging producers are not doing enough to convince consumers on sustainability costs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A leading market research firm has suggested the responsibility to communicate to consumers why packaging costs increase in line with levels of sustainability falls to packaging producers themselves. Packaging producers should convince consumers that sustainable materials are worth the cost, GlobalData has said. The market research firm suggests that interest in sustainability is creating new opportunities for packaging producers, and it should be down to them to continue the consumer education on the associated costs.“Many companies across the globe are scrambling to develop sustainable packaging materials to reduce environmental impact,​” explains the firm. 

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The biggest challenge for producers is to convince consumers that these sustainable packaging materials are worth the cost  .

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Coca-Cola Rewards Recycling at UK Theme Parks with 50% Discounts 

Coca-Cola Rewards Recycling at UK Theme Parks with 50% Discounts  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Last year, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners launched their sustainable packaging strategy in Great Britain alongside a global goal to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030. Since its launch, Coca-Cola has introduced clearer on-pack recycling messaging on its bottles, and aired a dedicated recycling television commercial called ‘Love Story’ which the company says has reached over 30 million people.
EcoVadis's insight:

 Great initiative by Coca-Cola as this will help to reduce waste volume by up to 90 per cent, more bottles can be stored and therefore less transportation is needed to get them to recycling facilities – a win for consumers and the environment.”

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Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030 

Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ikea aims to be entirely using renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030. The company hopes that this could help reduce its environmental footprint by 80 per cent by 2030 compared with 2016.

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Great initiatives by IKEA as it joins a growing list of global companies striving to make their operations more environmentally sustainable.

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Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative

Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A checklist to help companies choose sustainable packaging systems has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (Incpen).
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Great to see relevant regulation and guidance put into place to help companies exceed legal requirements.

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