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Levi’s dreams big to lead change in the fashion industry

Levi’s dreams big to lead change in the fashion industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

By 2025, the world’s oldest jeans brand plans to manufacture all of its products from recycled cotton. It would be the first company to do so.
So in just eight years, the family-run US$4.5 billion firm will stop using cotton sourced from cotton fields to make its famous 501s, relying instead on old clothes from people’s closets.

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Great to see leaders in the industry striving to use sustainable approaches in their business.

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Sustainable Supply Chains: Ralph Lauren Is Latest Corporation to Commit to Sourcing Materials from Responsible Suppliers 

Sustainable Supply Chains: Ralph Lauren Is Latest Corporation to Commit to Sourcing Materials from Responsible Suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The company says it will trace the source of wood-based fabrics, like viscose and rayon, used in its products, and will eliminate sources connected with rainforest destruction and human rights violations. The new policy will apply across its operations as Ralph Lauren “continues to work on its framework for tracking, assessing and developing purchasing guidelines for the raw materials used in its products.”
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Ralph Lauren Corp has developed sourcing guidelines to commit to better environmental management of its supply chain.

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Stolen Wood, Certified: FSC allows certification to continue, Despite Illegalities 

A scathing investigation report released today by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) details systematic illegal timber sourcing by one of Europe’s largest timber processors, the Austrian firm Holzindustrie Schweighofer. FSC’s 110-page report, produced by a panel of experts over nearly one year, states that Schweighofer “developed a culture” that incentivized illegal timber sourcing by putting cheap wood above legality in their sourcing of logs in Romania. FSC’s Board of Directors refused to accept the panel’s recommendation that Schweighofer lose its FSC status, instead putting the company on a three-month probation which allows products to continue to be sold under the FSC label.
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Shocking to see that FSC comes to this conclusion and yet allows it to continue..

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HP Expands Cartridge Recycling Options, Receives FSC Certification for Everyday Paper Line | Sustainable Brands

HP Expands Cartridge Recycling Options, Receives FSC Certification for Everyday Paper Line | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The HP Everyday Paper line in North America is now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which makes the company one of the region’s first major office paper providers to offer a complete portfolio of paper that is entirely FSC...
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An interesting move from HP in line with its global sustainable purchasing commitment.

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Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way

Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global gold authority and industry body the World Gold Council (WGC) is pleased with the industry’s reception of its Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS), which has been welcomed by various stakeholders – including WGC member companies...
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We know the Conflict-free Gold Standard was released by the World Gold Council in October 2012. Of interest here is the current development of third party audit schemes and external-assurance services to ensure conformance with the standards in 2013.

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Häagen-Dazs, General Mills Promote Sustainable Vanilla Farming in Madagascar | Sustainable Brands

Häagen-Dazs, General Mills Promote Sustainable Vanilla Farming in Madagascar | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Häagen-Dazs has partnered with General Mills to invest $125,000 dollars over two years in Madagascar’s Sava region to encourage sustainable agriculture in one of the world’s most important vanilla production centers.
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Of particular interest is General Mills' global sustainable sourcing model focusing on sustainable vanilla sourcing. We look forward to seeing how General Mills measures the impact of its supplier capacity building and the related lasting effects on the quality of supply chain management.

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Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception

Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Updated sourcing guidelines released this week by Wal-Mart have received a tepid reception at best, with industry watchers warning they are sceptical as to whether the new rules will be fully enforced.
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Despite doubts raised over Walmart's actual enforcement of sustainable procurement strategy, it recently stated a zero tolerance policy for any unauthorised subcontracting of its merchandise starting from 1 March 2013.  After the Tazreen incident, will Walmart indeed implement stricter rules and how is it possible for a company of Walmart size and scope of operations?  Here is an other related article from the Huffington Post.

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Wal-Mart Toughens Fire Safety Rules for Suppliers

Wal-Mart Toughens Fire Safety Rules for Suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Facing criticism for selling garments made at a Bangladesh factory where 112 workers died in a fire last November, Wal-Mart Stores told its worldwide suppliers Tuesday that it was adopting tougher rules on fire safety at its contractors and would have “zero tolerance” for suppliers that used unauthorized subcontractors.

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As shown from this New York Times article, Walmart has subsequently thoughen its ethical sourcing standards  after the November 2012 tragedy at Tazreen factory.

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De quel bois se meuble-t-on chez IKEA ?

De quel bois se meuble-t-on chez IKEA ? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

IKEA s’est fixé pour objectif que d’ici à 2020, 100 % du bois IKEA serait issu de sources plus durables, c’est-à-dire certifié FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) ou recyclé. 
Cet objectif est déjà atteint sur les zones prioritaires que sont la Russie, la Chine, l’Europe du Sud-Est et l’Asie du Sud-Est. Au niveau mondial, IKEA progresse de 10 % par an sur cet indicateur. Nous avons ainsi atteint 61 % de bois certifié FSC ou recyclé en 2016.

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IKEA souhaite agir au-delà de ses propres besoins en participant activement à la transformation de l'industrie forestière.

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IKEA Group Reports Strong Sustainability Progress During Critical Year for Climate Action

IKEA Group Reports Strong Sustainability Progress During Critical Year for Climate Action | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
IKEA Group has now allocated over EUR 3 billion for sustainability investments. This includes a financial frame of EUR 1 billion, announced today, to secure a long-term supply of sustainable materials by investing in forestry as well as companies active in recycling, renewable energy development and biomaterial developments. And it includes the EUR 1.5 billion invested in wind and solar energy projects since 2009 and EUR 600 million allocated for further investments in renewable energy.
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Great to see such a big brand investing an important amount on Sustainability. 

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Lenzing ranked number one globally for sustainable wood sourcing by Canadian environmental organization Canopy Planet Society 

The Lenzing Group was rated number one globally with respect to the procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. This was the conclusion of the latest global ranking compiled by the Canadian non-profit environmental organization Canopy Planet Society, who cooperates with 68 leading retail brands in the textile industry worldwide and is a driver in evaluating sustainable sourcing processes. Lenzing has been focusing on optimizing the sourcing of the renewable raw material wood for more than 20 years in accordance with the principle of sustainability. Close to 100 percent of the wood and pulp used by the Lenzing Group is already certified by FSC® or PEFC™ or is controlled in line with these standards.

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Congrats to Lenzing for this achievement! Great to see more and more companies leading the way to sustainable sourcing.

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Samsung admits to using tin linked to child labor, deforestation; Apple mum on sourcing

Samsung admits to using tin linked to child labor, deforestation; Apple mum on sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mobile device giant Samsung has admitted to using tin sourced from a controversial mining operation on the Indonesian island of Bangka, where unregulated mining kills 150 miners a year and causes substantial environmental damage, reports The Guardian and Mongabay-Indonesia....

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With ever increasing scrutiny of supply chain from NGOs, third sector and advocacy organizations, it is now crucial for large corporations to proactively develop CSR risks management strategy in worldwide supply chains.

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The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing

The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Strategic Sourceror: Dunkin' Donuts to revise palm oil sourcing, procurement, strategic sourcing, cost reduction and supply chain news by the Strategic Sourceror
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An interesting first move from Dukin' Donuts towards sustainable procurement...

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HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain

HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP issued new guidelines to its suppliers conducting operations in China that according to the company are the first for the information technology sector.
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Another example of toughened supplier requirements on social conformances. The real question is: why are those stricter compliance  mechanisms reactive only and not part of a medium term strategy?

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Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo

Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tech giant Apple has come a long way on conflict minerals. In 2010, they were one of the worst consumer electronics companies in their response to this serious problem, and Enough Project, Campus Progress, and A Thousand Sisters protested the opening of their store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. But Apple has started to turn the corner on conflict minerals with some substantial steps.


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Apple recently joined the Public Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade.  With such large players entering the game,  conflict minerals due diligence is gaining momentum. Of particular interest is Apple's transparency effort and policy to require its supplier to source from certified smelters. Ongoing monitoring is recommended!

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Sustainable Packaging at Dell

Sustainable Packaging at Dell | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The attitude of many companies is changing when it comes to prioritizing “green” initiatives and focusing attention on sustainability in the supply chain.

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This article shows how sourcing materials responsibly for packaging can actually help cut costs.

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