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New reporting guidelines set benchmark for palm oil transparency

New reporting guidelines set benchmark for palm oil transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Recently launched, the 16-page Reporting Guidance for Responsible Palm was jointly developed by green groups, sustainable investment advocates, and human rights organisations, with input from the private sector.
The guidelines lay out 21 indicators that palm oil growers, processors, and traders (GPT) should include in their corporate reporting.

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This guideline will help oil companies, manufacturers, and retailers communicate their sustainability efforts in a transparent way; are you following this guidance?

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Eighty-two per cent of construction industry investing in sustainability strategies according to Tata Steel report

Eighty-two per cent of construction industry investing in sustainability strategies according to Tata Steel report | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Barry Rust, Energy & Sustainability Manager at Tata Steel stated: “Sustainability is becoming a critical issue in the construction industry, as shown by the results detailed in our report. Responsible sourcing emerged as a particularly important theme, with the industry clearly prioritising a need to understand the provenance and impact of the materials used in construction. As a manufacturer of construction products certified to BES 6001 responsible sourcing standard, we are pleased to see such a positive response to responsible sourcing and plan to use the findings from the report to encourage greater adoption of sustainable materials in the construction industry."
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Leaders in the construction industry are already investing in responsible sourcing; are you also following the tren?

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Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S

Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Louise Nicholls, M&S Head of Responsible Sourcing and Packaging: “The next big challenge we’ve got is that the world of labour rights is changing. It’s no longer about ethical trade which is a risk to business, but rather a risk to rights holders and we need to set up our business to understand what that looks like.
It’s about how well you understand those risks in the extended supply chain in what is a much more hyper-transparent world. We are now in a very different space and it’s much more open, to the point where you need to be talking about what you’re doing to address these issues, and how well you’re doing your due diligence.”

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Companies such as M&S are proactively finding solutions to fight modern slavery; how engaged are you towards eradicating it from your supply chain?

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Tiffany & Co. Details Progress, Opportunities in Quest for Sustainable Luxury | Sustainable Brands

Tiffany & Co. Details Progress, Opportunities in Quest for Sustainable Luxury | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report highlights Tiffany’s efforts to responsibly source its diamonds and metals; the jeweler says it has implemented a strategy that gives it a strong chain of custody, direct oversight of its internal manufacturing and a voice for improving global standards and conditions.

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Great to see efforts being put Tiffany to deal with environmental and social issues

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Transparency in sustainable forestry aids paper packaging procurement | Packaging Digest

Transparency in sustainable forestry aids paper packaging procurement | Packaging Digest | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
One of today’s trending topics in sustainable business is transparency. After decades of eroding consumer confidence in corporations, it is no longer acceptable for businesses to make baseless claims about the quality, safety and origin of products. Consumers are demanding more transparency in supply chains; they don’t just want to know you make a quality product, they want to know you make a quality product with quality components. They want to know where the product comes from and how it was produced.
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Customers' demands are influencing the way businesses interact with them; and one of the outcomes is the growing supply chain tools across sectors on how to further enhance transparency

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Lingerie maker Victoria's Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues

Lingerie maker Victoria's Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret has pledged to trace the sources of its wood-based fabrics, joining the ranks of fashion companies addressing human rights and deforestation, its parent company said.
In a new policy statement, parent company L Brands said it aimed to eliminate sources of wood pulp, used to make rayon, viscose and modal, that contribute to rainforest destruction or violate the rights of local people.

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Great to see brands beginning to take responsibility for their supply chains

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Is your T-shirt clean of slavery? Science may soon be able to tell

An estimated 46 million people are living as slaves, according the 2016 Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation, which said Uzbekistan - the world's fifth-largest cotton exporter - Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were forcing people to work in the annual cotton harvest.
Over 264 brands have signed up to a global pledge set up by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), run by the California-based charity As You Sow, vowing not to use Uzbek cotton until the government stops using forced child and adult labor.
"I think many consumers would be appalled to contemplate the notion that their garment they're wearing could be the product of human trafficking," Hayward said.

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There are rising concerns about the global cotton industry using child and forced labor in harvesting and during the production process. Do you face similar issues in your supply chain?

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How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change

How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Transforming an unsustainable global supply chain can seem daunting. As much as a single company may be committed to change, it’s almost impossible to do it alone. There is a need for peers and competitors to become colleagues and mentors to enable all. Collective action possesses a raw power that enables us to imagine a different reality. And once that happens we put solutions squarely within the realm of the possible and probable.

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Global companies are together pledging to end the use of ancient and endangered forests in their stylish creations. How are you engaging other companies in your industry to be responsibly engaged?

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Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020

Kroger expands sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Our goal is to be a positive force for change in our communities and to drive sustainability and innovation across the supply chain,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We believe that our 2020 goals set the course for this important, ongoing journey.”
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Great to see companies such as Kroger setting sustainability goals to achieve zero waste, optimize brand packaging and better manage supply chain.

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Fairtrade Foundation and TfL announce five-year uniform partnership

Fairtrade Foundation and TfL announce five-year uniform partnership | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The five-year deal will make TfL the first UK company and public sector body to source cotton under Fairtrade’s new Cotton Sourcing Programme, which aims to deliver more market opportunities for cotton farmers to sell on Fairtrade terms.
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Great effort towards a more sustainable sourcing in the public sector and encouraging for cotton farmers to see their efforts rewarded fairly.

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