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Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton

Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fast fashion retailer Primark's first ever line of women's jeans made from organic cotton will soon be available in the U.K. and European Union — selling for the equivalent of less than $20, according to a press release. These jeans fall under the retailer's "Primark Cares Initiative" under which the company has used fabric made from recycled polyester and water bottles. Katharine Stewart, ethical trade and environmental sustainability director at Primark, said the brand intends to eventually employ organic cotton "across our entire product range."

EcoVadis's insight:

More and more companies in the fashion industry are revamping their business models and improving their supply chains to reduce overall environmental impacts, improve social conditions in factories, etc. One would remember the tragedies of the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, Bangladesh, where the victims were manufacturing clothes to be supplied to top fashion retail companies. Even when these top retail fashion companies did not own these suppliers, they were implicated in the investigations and suffered a negative association with their brands. 

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Retailers take aim at packaging waste

Retailers take aim at packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Retailers are looking for waste reduction strategies as packaging waste continues to grow, starting with decreasing the amount of non-recyclable packaging on the products they sell. The amount of packaging waste generated annually in the U.S. has increased by 185% between 1960 and 2015, from 27 million tons to almost 78 million tons. Recycling has become an increasingly common way to deal with this stream. Only 10% of this waste was recycled in 1960, but more than half was recycled in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The practice of curbside recycling didn't take off until around the 1990s. 

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Environmental group launches supply chain sustainability website

Environmental group launches supply chain sustainability website | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Environmental Defense Fund has partnered with 10 other organizations — including The Sustainability Consortium, BSR and GreenBiz — to launch the Supply Chain Solutions Center, a website where sustainability professionals can find resources on topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to green freight. 

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Nestle Pakistan partners with Clean Green Pakistan

Nestle Pakistan partners with Clean Green Pakistan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan to partner with the Clean Green Pakistan movement launched by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in October 2018. Clean and Green Pakistan Campaign is a much-needed initiative for Pakistan considering the low forest cover in most of the areas and poor cleanliness in rural/urban areas alike.

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Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy

Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustana Group, a recycled fibers and paper products provider, is a supply chain partner for many companies that are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, says chairman and CEO Fabian de Armas. With that in mind, the company has built a new sustainability strategy that will guide the company in its future business operations. The strategy focuses on environmental stewardship, workplace and communities, and a circular value chain. Sustana says it hopes to create a “sustainable, closed-loop fiber future,” and believes it can achieve this future through collaboration, transparency, and strategic decision-making and measurement.

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Environmental NGOs "deeply disappointed" by Tokyo 2020’s revision of timber sourcing policy

Environmental NGOs "deeply disappointed" by Tokyo 2020’s revision of timber sourcing policy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Seven enviromental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have released a statement saying they are "deeply disappointed" that Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers are still using timber associated with rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.

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MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion

MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UK politicians have called on the Government to change the law to require fashion retailers to perform due diligence across their supply chains and have recommended tax breaks for companies that comply with environmental and social standards – while at the same time, punishing firms that don’t.

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New report on corporate disclosure under EU Non-financial Reporting Directive finds co's fail to provide meaningful information about impacts on human rights & environment 

The EU Non-financial Reporting Directive which came into effect in 2018 requires large companies and financial corporations to disclose information regarding their impacts on society and environment. Civil society has however criticised that the EU Directive fails to specify in sufficient detail what information is to be disclosed. To address this, the Alliance for Corporate Transparency project aims to assess how European companies are implementing the requirements. 

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CDP report: World’s biggest businesses cut 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 from supply chains 

CDP report: World’s biggest businesses cut 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 from supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report, Cascading commitments: Driving upstream action through supply chain engagement, is based on data disclosed through CDP by 5,562 suppliers. It also reveals a 35% growth in targets for water use among suppliers, compared to 2017, while the number of companies disclosing information to their customers on their forests-related impacts has more than tripled, from 88 in 2017 to 305 in 2018. 

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Cargill targets sustainable red seaweed through new initiative

Cargill targets sustainable red seaweed through new initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill seeks to address key sustainability challenges for the harvesting and cultivation of red seaweed through a new programme. Called the Red Seaweed Promise, the initiative sees Cargill aim to enhance producer livelihoods and conserve the marine environment.  Cargill said the programme also answers food industry and consumer needs for more sustainable food ingredients, with a commitment to source 60% sustainable red seaweed by 2025.

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Stricter global standards needed for impact funds to work - OECD

Stricter global standards needed for impact funds to work - OECD | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Impact investment funds should be measured more strictly to ensure they are transparent about how much good their money is doing, the OECD said on Thursday, a day after a hoax letter on environmental investments hit global headlines. The funds, which promise social and environmental benefits as well as financial returns, could do more good if proper international standards were in place, said the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in a report.

EcoVadis's insight:

Companies should contribute to economic, social and environmental development with the aim of achieving sustainable development. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises recommend that enterprises conduct due diligence in order to identify, prevent or mitigate and account for how actual and potential adverse impacts are addressed. 

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Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste

Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
An alliance of global companies from the plastics, chemicals and CPG value chain has banded together to advance solutions to plastic waste in the environment.
EcoVadis's insight:

With consumers becoming increasingly concerned about its environmental impact - from the production of plastic using fossil fuels to the unsustainable disposal at its end of life and accumulation in the natural environment - there are real issues for businesses to address throughout the supply chain.

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FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate

FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FIU is working to help build stronger agricultural systems in the face of climate change. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes, tropical fruits and winter vegetables, and climate change is expected to increase the occurrence and strength of droughts, floods, pest infestations and disease infestations. These effects of climate change can harm farmers, their crops and the country’s food supply. “The goal of this project is to develop a blueprint for a food certification program of which all parties across the strawberry and tomato supply chains can agree,” said Mahadev Bhat, project director and co-director of FIU’s Agroecology Program. “The study can improve our understanding of production, environmental and labor welfare issues, as well as competition between domestic and imported crops and the certification process.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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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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Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint

Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc's ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan. Finland, which will take over the EU's rotating presidency in the second half of 2019, has called for leadership in combating climate change after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the global Paris deal. The EU executive proposed last year that the bloc aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT

Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global professional services firm Accenture is working with major global firms including Mastercard to introduce a blockchain-based circular supply chain, according to a press release published on Feb. 25. An active user of blockchain and digital ledger technology, Accenture now intends to employ the tech as a key component to boost the circular supply chain. The term circular supply chain encompasses all stages on the supply chain, from the beginning to the end, in order to eliminate waste and improve sustainability for the environment.

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General Mills to advance regenerative agriculture practices to grow sustainable supply chain

General Mills to advance regenerative agriculture practices to grow sustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

General Mills has announced that it will advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030, as part of a major supply chain environmental responsibility initiative. The leading global food company, with a 2018 revenue of US $17bn, will partner with organic and conventional farmers, suppliers and trusted farm advisers in key regions to drive the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.

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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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UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal

UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles. The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months. "We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling," Gove said in a statement.

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Rabobank earns top spot in global sustainability ranking

Rabobank earns top spot in global sustainability ranking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainalytics has placed Rabobank at the top of the sustainability rankings for major banks. This means the bank received the highest score for how it applies Environmental Social Governance (ESG) data in its services and approach to risk. Sustainalytics has concluded that the risk of Rabobank incurring financial damage due to environmental and social policy is negligible.

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WWF launches blockchain platform to promote transparency in supply chains

WWF launches blockchain platform to promote transparency in supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A blockchain platform has been launched by WWF-Australia to trace products throughout supply chains. WWF-Australia has partnered with BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) to create OpenSC, which tracks food and products and enables businesses and consumers to avoid produce linked to environmental damage and unethical practices such as slavery.

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Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More)

Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More) | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Carbios — a French sustainable chemistry company specializing in technologies enabling recovery of plastic waste and the production of bio-polymers — has embarked on a joint development agreement between itself, leading enzymes producer Novozymes, and Carbios subsidiary Carbiolice. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Novozymes will upscale and produce Carbios’ proprietary enzymes — which will produce and commercialize a new generation of products enabling single-use plastics to be fully biodegradable in any environmental condition — and become the long-term exclusive supplier of plastics degrading enzymes to Carbiolice. According to Carbios, the collaboration is an industry first in the field of bioplastics that aims to catalyze the production of single-use plastics that are environmentally friendly and cost competitive.

EcoVadis's insight:

It’s paramount to dispose of single-use plastics properly. Every person who selects single-use products has the obligation to make sure these items are recycled or disposed of in a trash can and kept out of the environment. Thus, the industry must educate its customers on the disposal of single -use plastics.

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Environmental NGOs "deeply disappointed" by Tokyo 2020’s revision of timber sourcing policy

Seven enviromental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have released a statement saying they are "deeply disappointed" that Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers are still using timber associated with rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.
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Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment

Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

An ambitious scheme to replant about a fifth of the land under palm oil in Indonesia is running far behind schedule, marking a blow to efforts by the world's top producer to lift yields and fend off attacks on the sustainability of the crop. The target of replanting 2.4 million hectares of palm grown by smallholders with quality seedlings by 2025 comes as Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's No. 2 producer, face a backlash in Western countries over the environmental toll of the edible oil.

EcoVadis's insight:

The demand for palm oil is huge and rising. However, palm oil cultivation is a major contributor to deforestation. Sustainable agriculture is the only way to maintain economic performance while halting the damage to the environment and farming communities. 

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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