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Tilting at windmills: Spain strains to meet record renewables goal

Tilting at windmills: Spain strains to meet record renewables goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is booking 14 colossal specialised cranes, has hired new staff and boosted capacity by up to 80 percent at its Spanish factories as developers strain to meet a 2020 deadline for cutting carbon emissions. More wind farms are set to be built across Spain in 2019 than in any previous year, the APPA association of renewable energy companies calculates, surpassing a pre-recession boom in 2008 and putting unprecedented pressure on the supply chain.

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Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production

Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable Development Goal number 12 is about consuming and producing within our planet’s natural limit, and for next generations to be able to fulfill their needs. As food is a basic need to be fulfilled and a shortage in large part of the world, goal number 12 is specified in a 50% reduction of the amount of food globally ending as waste throughout the whole value chain before 2030. Currently, 30-40% of all produced food globally is thrown out. At the same time, more than 842 million people in the world are starving. This goal is very tangible for all of us to understand and to act upon, but it also entails an obvious opportunity for companies within the food and service industry to work with their supply chain and production of food, as they can both become more responsible and save a lot of money at the same time. One of the most valuable places to start is in the large professional kitchens: A small behavioral change here can have a big impact on the pursuit of goal number 12.

EcoVadis's insight:

Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

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John Galt Wins Green Supply Chain Award 2018

John Galt Wins Green Supply Chain Award 2018 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Green Supply Chain Award recognizes companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy and are working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and supply chains. The awards will also recognize providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals.
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Dangote Group wins two sustainability awards 

Dangote Group wins two sustainability awards  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has received two awards at the 12th edition of the annual Sustainability Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS). The awards were in recognition of its 2017 Sustainability Report and progress in Sustainability Best Practices and Reporting in 2018. “Two DIL subsidiaries received the SERAS Sustainability Awards for ‘Best Company in Hunger & Food Security’ as well as ‘Best in Supply Chain Management’ categories. “In special recognition of its pioneering Sustainability Journey in 2018, Dangote Group was also named by SERAS one of the Top 5 ‘Most Responsible Business in Africa/Overall Winner.’

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It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles

It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One brand that is innovating through recycling is San Francisco-based Everlane. Over the past few years, it has become known for offering quality basics at reasonable prices, while operating with transparency on their ethical supply chain. Recently they announced a line called ReNew - outerwear, such as puffer jackets, parkas and fleeces - made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The range of classic garments comes in a selection of neutral tones, with offerings for men and women.

EcoVadis's insight:

Clothing production consumes resources and contributes to climate change. Therefore making stylish jackets out of plastic bottles will reduce both the level of plastics and the negative impact  on climate. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than previous generations and they’re increasingly calling for companies to make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a major part of their business practice. 

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UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain 

UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A restaurant chain with 260 branches across the UK has signed a contract that will see the company implementing an innovative and reliable approach to a number of issues faced in the world of food, drink and hospitality. The Pizza Hut chain boasts a commitment to ‘responsibly manage our resources to help our people, guests and planet’. Director of Supply Chain and IT for Pizza Hut Restaurants in the UK, Steve Packer, saw the integration of ARCUS® as the perfect way to ensure the chain adheres to those commitments.

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain.

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Palm oil bar codes launched to help consumers spot unsustainable supply chain

Palm oil bar codes launched to help consumers spot unsustainable supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Social enterprise Giki revealed last week it has built a new 'palm oil detector' into its mobile app, which shoppers can use to find out if a product has been made with palm oil from a certified source. The detector has been developed in collaboration with WWF, and gives products a 'sustainable palm oil' stamp if they have been made with palm oil traced from sources certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and the company has a commitment, by 2020, to achieve sustainable palm oil across their supply chain. Shoppers simply scan the bar code to retrieve the supply chain information. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainability app by Giki! 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.

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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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British brand Clipper promises slave-free tea

British brand Clipper promises slave-free tea | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

British tea brand Clipper released a list of its Indian suppliers on Thursday, joining a growing campaign to improve worker conditions in the state of Assam and rid the industry of widespread abuse. "We believe that providing transparency on where we source our tea from will help build a more sustainable supply chain by empowering all stakeholders in the tea industry," said Rebecca Vercoe, Clipper Teas brand controller.

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Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers 

Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pressure by big brands on suppliers to deliver more quickly and cheaply contributes to labour abuses in factories that manufacture garments, footwear and textiles, according to a report published on Wednesday. More than half the suppliers surveyed were affected by cost negotiation strategies that cut into their profits, according to the report by Better Buying, a Delaware-based group that rates purchasing practices of brands and retailers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Worker exploitation is rampant in the global fashion industry , according to countless investigations, studies and reports. If brands are to eradicate labour abuses they must take more control of their supply chain. Large companies face a big challenge when outsourcing operations, not to mention that the level of compliance on environmental regulations is not ensured in risk countries.

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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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Mondelez pressures palm oil supply chain to go 100% sustainable

Mondelez International Inc. MDLZ, +0.34% said Monday that it has "amplified its calls" for palm oil suppliers, and the industry as a whole, to go 100% sustainable and act with 100% transparency. The company says "there is more the industry needs to do in the palm oil supply chain to prevent deforestation."
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North Korean labourer takes Dutch shipbuilder to court over claims of ‘slave-like’ working conditions

North Korean labourer takes Dutch shipbuilder to court over claims of ‘slave-like’ working conditions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A North Korean labourer has filed a landmark criminal complaint against a Dutch shipbuilding company that allegedly profited from the abuse of workers in its supply chain in Poland and was aware of the “slave-like conditions”, lawyers said on Thursday. The legal action could pile pressure on other companies in the Netherlands and beyond that profit from modern slavery in their global operations, according to lawyers and activists.

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Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery

Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Christmas holidaymakers have been warned by officials and campaigners not to inadvertently fund slavery with their gift lists as awareness grows over forced and child labour used in a list of products from princess dolls to sparkly make-up. Festive goods ranging from toys to novelty jumpers to counterfeit designer bags may be produced using child slaves or other abused workers in often-complex global supply chains and consumers should be asking questions, experts said.

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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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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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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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HSBC: Businesses turning the screw on supply chain sustainability

A third of global businesses are looking to improve the sustainability of their supply chains over the next three years, according to an extensive new survey from HSBC. The poll of 8,500 companies in 34 countries shows that those businesses making environmentally sustainable changes to their supply chains are motivated primarily by cost efficiencies (84%) and improved revenues (84%). Furthermore, one in five (20%) claim that they have taken greater control of their supply chains over the past two years.

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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. The need for sustainable development is urgent. Businesses are increasingly responsible, both legally and practically for the actions of their suppliers, and their suppliers’ suppliers. This means that in the eyes of the law if your supplier is not compliant with a regulation or labour practice, you’re guilty by association. 

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Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain

Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The British unit of Swiss insurance giant Zurich has launched a new accreditation scheme to encourage its suppliers to adopt sustainable business practices. The Supplier Accreditation Scheme is designed to help Zurich UK increase transparency in its own supply chain by measuring and tracking its suppliers’ environmental and community activities and scoring them accordingly. Companies could be awarded gold, solver or bronze accreditation depending on their approach to sustainability.

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Nespresso in new sustainable aluminium pledge for coffee pods

Nespresso in new sustainable aluminium pledge for coffee pods | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé’s Nespresso brand will commit exclusively to responsibly sourced and certified aluminium for its coffee capsules, after the company agreed a new partnership. It has signed a memorandum of understanding with metal processor Rio Tinto to work towards 100% sustainably sourced aluminium by 2020. Nestlé says that the use of aluminium certified to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard is “an important milestone towards reducing the impact that the world’s second most-used base metal has on the planet”.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable initiative by our client Nestle. There is a growing market for transparency and assurance in the supply chain of raw materials which is a positive step towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.”

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Top UK fashion brands team up with law enforcement to combat modern slavery

Top UK fashion brands team up with law enforcement to combat modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major British retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Next are joining forces with law enforcement agencies in a bid to eradicate labour exploitation and modern slavery from the fashion industry, Britain's anti-slavery body said on Tuesday. Six of the country's top fashion brands have vowed to raise awareness to stop worker abuses, protect at-risk and exploited employees, and root out modern slavery from their supply chains, according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

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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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Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery 'fairytales'

Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery 'fairytales' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major corporations who claim to be committed to tackling the threat of forced labor often tell "fairytales" that belie workplace exploitation and shirk responsibility for cleaning up their supply chains, academics and activists told a conference. From tea and chocolate makers to hotels, many companies sign up to anti-slavery certification schemes or codes of conduct at the expense of taking direct action to engage with their workers and stamp out abuse, experts said at U.S.-based Yale University.

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TAG Claims That A Clean Supply Chain Reduces Fraud By 84%

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) released a study on Thursday that found an 84% drop in fraud compared to the industry average when all members in the supply chain are vigilant, badged and on the level.
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UK's Tetley reveals tea suppliers in push for slave-free sourcing

UK's Tetley reveals tea suppliers in push for slave-free sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tetley, the world's second biggest tea company, has released a list of its suppliers, including those in India, to boost transparency in its supply chain, the British firm's owner Tata Global Beverages said on Friday. Tetley sources most of its tea from India, with 141 suppliers of a total 227 named in the list published last week.

Major brands are facing mounting regulatory and consumer pressure to ensure their products are free of slavery and other abusive practices.

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