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Caesars Makes Industry-Leading Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95% 

Caesars Makes Industry-Leading Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95%  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, announced it has set science-based targets to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the company and throughout its supply chain. The ambitious goals demonstrate Caesars’ ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and mitigating long-term risk.
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Caesars Entertainment has a well-established track record of successful environmental sustainability progress, and establishing science-based targets further demonstrates its commitment to reducing its impact on the planet.

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McDonald's to eliminate plastic straws from its UK and Irish supply chains 

McDonald's to eliminate plastic straws from its UK and Irish supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The fast food giant announced a phased rollout of paper straws in all 1,361 restaurants in the UK and Ireland with completion set for 2019 as well as plans to test alternatives to plastic straws in multiple markets throughout the globe later this year. The move supports McDonald’s goal to source 100% of guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025 and to have guest packaging recycling in all restaurants globally.

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Business Starts To Take Human Rights Seriously As Laws And Benchmarks Start To Bite

Business Starts To Take Human Rights Seriously As Laws And Benchmarks Start To Bite | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Many of the world’s biggest companies are starting to get to grips with human rights issues in their operations and supply chains, but there is still a long way to go before this becomes business as usual, a new report says.
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Human rights-related risks have re-emerged to grab the spotlight as a top issue for procurement and supply chain professionals. There has been a growth in human rights reporting and commitment to transparency since the launch of the pilot benchmark in 2017.

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How Driscoll's Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains

How Driscoll's Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Driscoll’s is adapting its agricultural innovation in order to support a shift to more sustainable and harvest-friendly farming practices. Although most berries are still field-grown, Driscoll’s is supporting the trend it sees among growers to adopt substrate and table-top berry production — which can be both easier on the environment and less physically strenuous for harvesters — as a way to attract labor and improve their impact.

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Great job Driscoll to switch to a more sustainable farming as consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding that suppliers demonstrate their sustainability.

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Olam International launches new technology to boost agricultural sustainability

Olam International launches new technology to boost agricultural sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The sustainable and traceable sourcing platform will provide data through a digital dashboard to track the social and environmental footprint of a product. In doing so, it will help Olam International assess and positively influence the environmental footprint of the 4.7mn farmers in its supply chain, the majority of which are smallholders growing crops like cocoa, coffee and cashews in emerging markets. 

 

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It is very difficult to state how much of the world’s food supply is truly sustainable. This technology can provide meaningful data on the product's origins to the customer.

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Beatings, Mutiny, Indifference in Taiwan's Seafood Industry

Beatings, Mutiny, Indifference in Taiwan's Seafood Industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Conducted over the course of more than a year, our investigations show that Taiwan’s fishery supply chain is still tainted by human rights abuses, despite the law change in early 2017 to protect migrant fishers on Taiwanese vessels,” said Yi Chiao Lee, Global Investigation Lead for the report Misery at Sea.
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It's sad to see that despite law enforcement, we are still witnessing exploitation in the fishery supply chain. 

One of the difficulties for seafood buyers is the opaque nature of global supply chains, exacerbated by rampant corruption and bribery in countries where vast amounts of seafood are sourced.

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Germany 'ahead of UK in supply chain tech'

Germany 'ahead of UK in supply chain tech' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In a survey of 150 supply chain executives, split equally between the two countries, a quarter of German buyers claimed their companies’ supply chains were fully digitised compared to just 5% of UK companies.
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What are your views on the digitisation of the supply chain?

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The Benefits of Supply Chain Visibility Tools Are Clear for Pharmaceutical Companies 

The Benefits of Supply Chain Visibility Tools Are Clear for Pharmaceutical Companies  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Under everyday circumstances, making sure shipments arrive on time and intact for the individuals who rely on them — without spoilage or breakage — is paramount to pharmaceutical companies. And in cases where medicine is needed for humanitarian crises, the importance of supply chain efficiency is magnified. Avoiding disruption and reducing costs are two very compelling business reasons for pharmaceutical companies to invest in tools to improve visibility.
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The pharmaceutical industry is a huge global business with a complex supply chain that demands visibility and transparency. 

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Ford looks to bamboo to grow its use of sustainable composites - Plastics News

Ford looks to bamboo to grow its use of sustainable composites - Plastics News | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"One of the things we've been trying to do is develop materials that are valuable waste products, side products, in various parts of the globe," said Deborah Mielewski, who leads the sustainable materials team of Ford's research department. "Instead of shipping materials, as we currently do, all over the place ... we're trying to look at what's readily available and plentiful in various parts of the globe and then develop the materials around that."

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A step in the right direction: As a fast-growing and resource-efficient crop, bamboo and bamboo fibers offer Ford a way to be environmentally sustainable, while the fact that they are 15% to 20% lighter than traditional reinforcing materials- such as glass fiber - offers them a way to be economically efficient.

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What To Do When Slavery Is Revealed In Your Supply-Chain - Blog | Procurious

What To Do When Slavery Is Revealed In Your Supply-Chain - Blog | Procurious | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Read about What To Do When Slavery Is Revealed In Your Supply-Chain - Blog | Procurious on Procurious' blog, to learn more about how to develop your procurement professional network and knowledge. Find out more!
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Modern slavery, First rule: Don't panic -transparency is step 1. Second: Don't systematically 'pull out' of a country.

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Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists

Apple cracks down further on cobalt supplier in Congo as child labor persists | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the technology giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of thousands of people in what is one of the world's poorest countries.
Now, Apple says it has stopped — for now — buying cobalt from artisanal mines.

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Apple said it continues to improve conditions for workers and stop child labour - how are you fighting this issue?

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P&G launches world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic

P&G launches world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
P&G says its move to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic in its production is part of an effort to establish a “unique supply chain” that will rely on thousands of volunteers and hundreds of non-government organisations to collect plastic waste from beaches. 
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It is one of a series of high-profile moves by global manufacturers to use plastic in a more sustainable way. How are you dealing with plastics in your supply chain?

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80% of Companies Don’t Know If Their Products Contain Conflict Minerals

Only about 1% of the companies were able to declare that their products were conflict-free beyond a reasonable doubt. Of the rest, 19% declared that they had no reason to believe their products contained DRC conflict minerals. The remaining 80% admitted that they were unable to determine their raw materials’ country of origin.
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Disturbing stats show how companies are not monitoring their supply chain; are you?

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Asics plans to cut 55% of its supply chain carbon emissions

Asics plans to cut 55% of its supply chain carbon emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a new sustainability framework set through FY 2030, sportswear brand Asics has promised to cut carbon emissions of its supply chain by 55% and of its own operations by 33%. The company reduced carbon emissions by 17.5% in 2017 from the 2015 baseline year, in part because of the installation of solar panel array at a Mississippi distribution center, according to a press release.

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Asics' focus on sustainability is nothing new for a retail company, but its commitment to cleaning up its supply chain takes the effort to another level of difficulty.

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CGF issues call to action on forced labour

CGF issues call to action on forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The CGF, which represents the world’s largest food and beverage brands as well as global retailers, said that the initiative demonstrated the commitment of its members to work towards the eradication of forced labour in the global supply chain.
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Forced labour has been identified as one of the biggest challenges for businesses since it is a complex issue that cannot be solved without cross-sectoral collaboration.

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Mica and cotton: How TDH is fighting exploitative child labour across Asia

Mica and cotton: How TDH is fighting exploitative child labour across Asia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Over 152 million children are involved in child labour worldwide, with 72 million working in conditions that are seriously hazardous to their health and wellbeing. It is a violation of children’s rights to force them to sacrifice their health, their education and their future to work. To combat this, Terre des Hommes is working with companies to check their commercial supply chains are completely free of child labour.

EcoVadis's insight:

Terre des hommes is helping millions of children trapped in exploitative and dangerous work across the globe in order to achieve the target set by the Sustainable Development Goals that is to end child labour by 2025.

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Adidas, Nike urged to ensure fair wages for Asian workers making World Cup kits

Adidas, Nike urged to ensure fair wages for Asian workers making World Cup kits | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Adidas and Nike, that are kitting out 22 of 32 teams at the football event in Russia that kicks off this week, have moved most of their sourcing to Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam, the place wages are decrease and labour abuses rife.

In the three nations, garment staff’ average salaries are 45 to 65 % under the so-called “dwelling wage” that might permit them to cover their households’ primary needs, stated the worldwide coalition of commerce unions, staff and human rights teams.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great to see leaders obliging their suppliers to pay at the least the minimum wage in a view to ending extreme exploitation. Shouldn't they also ensure that every supplier is being accompanied throughout the journey of achieving sustainable and ethical practices?

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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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Health Care Supply Chain Requires Regulatory Expertise And Execution

In the U.S. health care supply chain, before a medical device or drug can be shipped -- state and county licenses must be secured, FDA Quality Systems regulations must be complied with, and accreditations must be earned. The health care supply chain plays a key role in patient safety by ensuring the integrity of products from the time they are manufactured to the time they are delivered to a health care provider or patient.
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The health care supply chain is particularly complex, intense and dynamic. 

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Do you have slaves in your supply chain? 

Do you have slaves in your supply chain?  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ethical sourcing and supply chain management in the fashion industry has come under intense public scrutiny in recent years. As brands compete to produce high volumes of affordable clothing, with clothing ranges changing every season, it can be increasingly difficult for businesses to monitor their suppliers and prevent exploitation in complex multi-national supply chains.
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How are you mitigating risks of modern slavery within your supply chains?

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The Unlikely Heroes of Climate Change

The Unlikely Heroes of Climate Change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
We all know we should recycle, and turn lights off when we aren’t in the room, and not take extra showers just because we’re bored or need a break from our kids. These are all important individual…
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No matter what sector you are in, supply chain is where the leverage is to make impact on climate change (and just about every CSR criteria)

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New CDP Data Reveals US Suppliers Represent One-Third Global Carbon Reduction Opportunities | Sustainable Brands

New CDP Data Reveals US Suppliers Represent One-Third Global Carbon Reduction Opportunities | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

“Businesses in the United States are well aware of the enormous benefits from taking climate action, which is good for both the bottom line and the planet. They are now taking what they have learned and cascading it down into their supply chains,” said Dexter Galvin, Head of Supply Chain at CDP.

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Especially in light of recent decisions made on the part of the U.S. federal government, it is now more important than even that sustainability leadership comes from businesses. The supply chain of many U.S. companies provides an ideal opportunity to do just that.

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Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons from Supply Chain 

Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons from Supply Chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Companyhas launched an enhanced version of its Partnership for a Cleaner Environment (PACE) program in an effort to reduce the environmental footprint of its supply chain. The program, which originally focused on water and energy conservation, has now grown to more than 40 suppliers in 40 countries and offers best practices for reducing waste, carbon dioxide and air emissions.
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Ford has set initiatives to ensure a sustainable supply chain. What have you put in place in your business?

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Study Identifies Best Practices for Supply Chain Transparency

“Consumers want to know where a product came from, all the way to the cashmere goat herd on the slopes of the Himalayas,” Mike Burnette, director of the Global Supply Chain Institute and a co-author of the study said. “A lack of ability to provide that kind of information in the face of safety or environmental violations can create a negative perception of the brand that may require immediate remediation and could take a brand years to recover from, if at all.”

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A new study outlines the best practices for leveraging transparency in supply chains for financial profit.

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HaydenK's curator insight, March 13, 2017 11:54 PM

8. Transparency is important because it allows you to have visibility to all the activities taking place so it helps you better manage them and ultimately avoid troublesome situations.

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CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions

CDP: Big businesses are driving huge cuts in supply chain emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CDP new report reveals that global supply chain emissions fell by 434 million tonnes last year - more than France’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2014.
The emissions reduction, which led to £10bn in cost savings, was driven by the world’s seeking to exploit the opportunities presented by the low-carbon transition, CDP says.

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Business community is increasingly aware of the benefits of assessing indirect carbon emissions in the supply chain which include efficiency gains, savings to the bottom line and ultimately increased revenue. Are you following the same trend?

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