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Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A dairy firm is pledging to make its operations carbon-neutral from cow to supermarket by 2050, including more than 2,000 farms in the UK. This will require "radical changes" over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was "ambitious", but said it was achievable.

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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."

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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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Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts

Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Businesses looking to secure public sector contracts will need to do more to help improve society, the UK government is set to announce. Ministers want firms to tackle issues like modern slavery and climate change. The UK, which spends £49bn with outside organisations every year, will also try to award more contracts to small firms. It is "morally right" for the UK to make certain demands of companies taking taxpayers' money, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will say.

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Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa

Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

New Fairtrade Foundation campaign calls on the UK government and companies to end ‘shameful’ exploitation of cocoa farmers by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Cocoa farmers working in tough conditions are struggling on as little as 74p ($.97) per day, well below the world’s extreme poverty line, and yet for around £1.86 per day — the average price of a large bar of chocolate — farmers could live a decent life, according to a new Fairtrade International report launching during Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February –10 March), the highlight of the year for the Fairtrade movement in the UK.

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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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Britain's Drax becomes world's first biomass plant to capture carbon

Britain's Drax becomes world's first biomass plant to capture carbon | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain's Drax has started capturing carbon dioxide at its wood-burning power plant in North Yorkshire, a world first in technology it hopes could lead to carbon negative power plants in the future. Energy companies are seeking ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while also providing constant supplies of electricity when renewable power sources, such as wind and solar are limited by the weather. The pilot bioenergy carbon capture and storage project is expected to capture a tonne of carbon dioxide a day and Drax will also seek to find ways to store and use the CO2 captured.

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Sustainability goals hamstrung by competition law, Fairtrade body argues

Sustainability goals hamstrung by competition law, Fairtrade body argues | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A Fairtrade report has found that UK businesses perceive competition law as a hindrance to sustainability objectives across the supply chain. Results from 18 interviews with key stakeholders of retailers, grocery brands and industry bodies have informed the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Competition Law and Sustainability: A Study of Industry Attitudes Towards Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration in the UK Grocery Sector​’​ report, published on 25 January.
According to the research, almost all businesses perceive competition law a stumbling block to achieving sustainability goals, including increasing farm-gate prices and wages. While competition law helps to protect consumers from certain harmful practices, such as price-fixing, it does not allow for collaboration between competitors regarding prices paid to farmers, or wages paid to workers, the Foundation explained.

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Renewable energy supplier Bulb named UK's fastest-growing company

Renewable energy supplier Bulb named UK's fastest-growing company | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Bulb has grown since its launch in 2015 to become the UK's biggest renewable energy supplier after its founders recognised the energy industry was "broken". It’s been named the fastest-growing private company in the UK – now renewable energy supplier Bulb wants to expand at a quicker rate than any energy firm has ever achieved. Set up by friends Hayden Wood and Amit Gudka with the aim of keeping energy switching “simple, cheap and green”, it now supplies 850,000 UK households with 100% renewable electricity sourced from independent energy generators across the country – while 10% of its gas is renewable.

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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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Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries 

Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to establish a measure to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably.

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Food waste is a big issue in the world today however companies have begun to engage in sustainable food production. These businesses produce healthy food while engaging in sustainable business measures, as well as community and environmental programs.Reducing food waste is a meaningful way to stabilize and increase revenue.

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UK fashion retailers and law enforcement agencies to partner on tackling modern slavery

Some of the UK's largest fashion retailers, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer (M&S), have committed to work with law enforcement bodies to help identify and act on cases of modern slavery in the textiles industry.
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Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. "

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable initiative by Britain to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. Climate change has been acknowledged for a few decades now. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change.

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UK Supermarkets Lead in Commitment to Responsible Recruitment Throughout their Supply Chains

UK Supermarkets Lead in Commitment to Responsible Recruitment Throughout their Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UK supermarkets including Aldi, Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners have joined together as Founding Sponsors of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) to offer expert, pragmatic support to their suppliers in order to achieve responsible recruitment in their supply chains. Recruitment and labour provision have been identified as presenting amongst the greatest worker exploitation risks in supply chains. In response, leading UK supermarkets have taken proactive action to collaborate as Founding Sponsors of ResponsibleRecruitmentToolkit.org, the pioneering one-stop, practical capacity building tool supporting businesses to embed responsible recruitment practices in their supply chains.

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UK: Govt. to look at how co.'s address modern slavery & climate change before drawing up public sector contracts 

UK: Govt. to look at how co.'s address modern slavery & climate change before drawing up public sector contracts  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Businesses looking to secure public sector contracts will need to do more to help improve society, the UK government is set to announce. Ministers want firms to tackle issues like modern slavery and climate change. It is "morally right" for the UK to make certain demands of companies taking taxpayers' money, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will say.

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UK issues guidance on corruption in procurement

The government has focused its latest Procurement Policy Notice on strengthening and supplementing procedures on corruption, conflict of interest and whistleblowing. In a notice issued by the Cabinet Office, government agencies have been advised to familiarise themselves with their procurement obligations to exclude bidders who have committed serious offences and manage conflicts of interest in public procurement.

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Platform aims to increase UK’s supplies of sustainable soy

Platform aims to increase UK’s supplies of sustainable soy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Several regional platforms are materializing across Europe, alongside the global Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS), to encourage domestic retailers and traders to buy only responsibly sourced soy. One such is the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soy (UKRT). Launched last year, in March 2018, the UKRT is facilitated by EFECA, a group of experts providing advice on the sustainable and legal sourcing of natural resources, with a focus on agricultural and forest commodities.

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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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Study: Fear of breaching competition law stifling sustainability efforts

Study: Fear of breaching competition law stifling sustainability efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fear of breaching competition law is discouraging companies in the UK grocery sector from working together to tackle low pay and extreme poverty among farmers, according to new research from the Fairtrade Foundation. The study, seen exclusively by BusinessGreen, warns ending low wages in the food supply chain is crucial for tackling a host of inter-related sustainability challenges, including improving the sector's climate resilience and tackling deforestation.

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'Sustainable palm oil is the best solution to deforestation'

'Sustainable palm oil is the best solution to deforestation' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

While debate rages on the full impact of deforestation as a result of the production of palm oil, many organisations, including leading UK retailers, are making promises to eradicate this product completely, or have pledged to work with more sustainable sources and suppliers. There can be no doubt that consumers are becoming more concerned about how their spending impacts on the environment, a point which has been proven by the number of retailers making commitments to cut back on the use of palm oil or ensure the product is sourced in a sustainable fashion.

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Compelling evidence that people want repairable products

Compelling evidence that people want repairable products | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
There is strong evidence showing that UK and European citizens want longer lasting and more repairable products, on the eve of an important European member state vote and the UK’s Waste Strategy.

EcoVadis's insight:

The concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ has been growing in prominence over the past few decades, particularly as corporate social responsibility has become increasingly integrated into mainstream business strategy. This trend is likely to continue as the current linear economic system is challenged by growing resource scarcity.There are clear signs that major consumer goods companies are pushing to find more environmentally friendly solutions for their packaging needs.

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Supermarkets to face huge rise in recycling charges under £1billion scheme to slash Britain's plastic waste

Supermarkets to face huge rise in recycling charges under £1billion scheme to slash Britain's plastic waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Government wants supermarkets and other manufacturers and producers to pay more towards the cost of collecting and recycling the estimated 11million tons of package waste produced in the UK. Under a new waste strategy, one option is to increase ‘contributions’ from retailers and producers from £70million a year to between £500million and £1billion. There are also plans to increase the number of companies that contribute from the current 7,000, the Guardian said.

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Marks & Spencer tops list of major British firms tackling modern slavery

Marks & Spencer tops list of major British firms tackling modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major retailer Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) topped a list on Tuesday ranking Britain's biggest businesses on their efforts to tackle modern slavery, yet labour experts urged the country's top 100 companies to be more transparent and lead by example globally. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job by Marks & Spencer. In our global economy, supply chain management has proven to be a complex challenge. If your company provides goods or services to a large multi-national, you no doubt have been measured on the traditional criterias of quality, cost effectiveness, speed, and reliability. 

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Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told

Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain should pressurise fashion brands to design clothes that pollute less and are easier to recycle to reduce fast fashion's environmental impact, experts told lawmakers on Tuesday. Demand for cheap garments is also leading to poor working conditions and exploitation in global supply chains, the Environmental Audit Committee was told at the first hearing of its inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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