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MEPs vote to make procurement rules more socially responsible

The European Parliament internal market committee has approved procurement reforms to ensure public authorities award contracts on the basis of the most advantageous economic, social and environmental criteria.
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glad to see that EU is making good steps towards integration of CSR criteria in procurement decisions. How long will it take to this tranlated into national laws?

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The transformational power of corporate clean energy purchasing

The transformational power of corporate clean energy purchasing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This summer alone, over 1,500 businesses with annual revenues of $1.6 trillion signed the "We Are Still In" declaration, pledging to help the U.S. deliver on its Paris Agreement targets. This is the single largest coalition of businesses in the U.S. ever assembled in pursuit of climate action, and today they stand shoulder to shoulder with hundreds more cities, states and universities. This unprecedented coalition shows that businesses, and other non-state actors, are crucial for climate action at scale — and not just in the United States.
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Eco-Business is now carbon neutral

Eco-Business is now carbon neutral | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Eco-Business is now committed to remain carbon neutral. For 2017, it intends to add the carbon footprint of its business-related travel in addition to its direct emissions generated by energy consumption for the year.
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How data, transparency and authenticity can drive food and beverage sales

How data, transparency and authenticity can drive food and beverage sales | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The internet, especially mobile devices, has changed everything. Consumers don’t need to see a product in their local stores to know about it and want to try it. The relative ease of breaking into stores with a hot new product also lowers the bar to entry. Today’s consumers do more research on brands, products and ingredients than in decades past. A whopping 94% of consumers say that food transparency is important and impacts their decision to purchase a product or not. Whether a product has healthy ingredients carries a value four times higher than whether the brand is recognized.
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To be competitive, CPG companies should do more when it comes to transparency. Are your customers aware of what they consume? 

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Corporate Social Responsibility in the Face of Disaster

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Face of Disaster | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Large corporations are taking the lead in terms of donating to disaster recovery organizations. But this doesn’t mean that your own business — small or large — can’t contribute as well! Consider implementing an employee donation matching initiative to encourage employees to donate to the relief efforts. Every donation will count in the months and years ahead.
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Large companies see payoffs in sustainability

Large companies see payoffs in sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The risks of climate change to business have now led half of the world’s 500 largest public companies to set sustainability goals. And a report released this April by several environmental researchers found energy efficiency projects saved these companies nearly $4 billion last year.
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Nestle, Coca-Cola top list of companies disclosing water risk

Nestle, Coca-Cola top list of companies disclosing water risk | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Climate change, water shortages and pollution pose severe risks to the $5 trillion food and agribusiness industry. Agriculture consumes 70 percent of freshwater and contributes about one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions globally — and the sector is growing rapidly to support a population nearing 9 billion by 2050. The responsibility to balance growth with water supply and negative environmental externalities is heavy.
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Samsung won’t partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia

Samsung won’t partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Samsung needs to remedy its human rights abuses on its own palm oil plantations and require its joint venture partner, Ganda Group, to adopt a strict forest conservation policy aligned with the industry standard for responsible production.”
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U.N. report links rise in hunger to climate change

U.N. report links rise in hunger to climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A collapse in crude oil prices last year had sweeping economic impacts for major oil-producing nations like Russia, Nigeria and Libya. The market mantra has been "lower-for-longer" as crude oil prices remain stuck at levels that are about half what they were three years ago.
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Somehow, this is an irony in the way that if we keep on relying on crude oil we destroy our environment but if we go for more renewable, economies are affected, thus people. Do you think we are ready for change?

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Trending: Dow, CLF Uncover New Opportunities in Previously Unrecyclable Plastics | Sustainable Brands

Trending: Dow, CLF Uncover New Opportunities in Previously Unrecyclable Plastics | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Investors and supply chain leaders are looking for opportunities to catalyze recycling of flexible packaging, but there is a lack of real investable opportunities at the stage of commercialization. We identified a critical need to support the industry and investors by creating a roadmap for investing in flexible packaging,” said Rob Kaplan, Managing Director of Closed Loop Foundation.  
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August oil production from Norway lower than expected

August oil production from Norway lower than expected | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apart from Russia, Norway is one of the leading energy suppliers to the European economy, designating nearly all of its offshore production for exports. The National Petroleum Directorate reported preliminary figures for August at 1.55 million barrels of oil per day on average.
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Do you know where your oil and gas supply comes from?

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Supply chains absorb significant friction costs, but is automation the answer?

Supply chains absorb significant friction costs, but is automation the answer? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Those advocating for the automation of mundane processes including invoicing and payment certainly have logic on their side. While the calculation of friction related benefits might be up for discussion, there are indeed savings to be had. But those advocating for wholesale process changes, many outside of the supply chain management function, need to be sensitive to those suppliers who may not be willing or able to comply. 
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What alternatives have you planned if your suppliers are not willing to change?

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Schneider Electric Expands New Energy Opportunities Network | Sustainable Brands

Schneider Electric Expands New Energy Opportunities Network | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
C&I companies have played an increasing role in the demand for renewable energy, adding more than 8,000 GW of wind and solar power to the global grid since 2010. In Europe, 60 corporations have joined the U.K.-based RE100 and committed to source 100 percent of electricity from renewable resources. A further 150 European companies have agreed to set science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, many of which will rely on renewable energy and other clean technologies to meet their goals.
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“Even though there’s been a dramatic uptick in corporate adoption of clean, renewable energy, the complexity of today’s market can hinder many organizations,” said John Hoekstra, VP of Sustainability and Cleantech Services at Schneider Electric. “Technology, partners, financing and location are all variables that provide an endless array of opportunities, but can slow progress. The growing NEO Network community confirms the need for simplicity and clarity.”
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PepsiCo Reports on First Year of Progress Against Its 'Performance with Purpose' 2025 Goals | Sustainable Brands

PepsiCo Reports on First Year of Progress Against Its 'Performance with Purpose' 2025 Goals | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While critical progress has been made across the Performance with Purpose 2025 Agenda goals, Dr. Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer for Global Research and Development, emphasized that coordinated action at scale is vital in addressing interrelated challenges in public health and nutrition, climate change, resource scarcity and human rights.
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“Last year, we doubled down on Performance with Purpose, our vision to deliver top-tier financial results over the long term in a way that’s responsive to the needs of the world around us,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi. “Since then, we’ve been working hard to advance our 2025 Agenda, from making more nutritious products, to limiting our environmental footprint, to empowering people and the communities where we do business. As this year’s Report shows, we are making real, meaningful progress all over the world.”
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CVS, Levi Strauss, Nike Among Latest US Companies to Commit to Science-Based Emissions Targets | Sustainable Brands

CVS, Levi Strauss, Nike Among Latest US Companies to Commit to Science-Based Emissions Targets | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Other new companies committed to set science-based targets include Cummins, Epsom, Mahindra Sanyo, Merck, CVS Health, Olam, Telefónica, Veolia Environnement, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, amongst others. Together, companies that have joined the Science Based Targets Initiative to date represent an estimated $6.5 trillion in market value and are responsible for 750 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year — the equivalent of 158 million cars being driven for one year. The companies span 35 countries and represent a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, power, retail, consumer goods, technology, chemicals, apparel, hospitality and banking.
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SC Johnson Expands Sustainable Product Portfolio, Acquires Method, Ecover | Sustainable Brands

SC Johnson Expands Sustainable Product Portfolio, Acquires Method, Ecover | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ecover has also been active in its pursuit of sustainable packaging for its non-toxic, plant-based products. Ecover’s bottles are made of 75 percent Plantplastic® — plastic derived from sugarcane rather than petroleum — and 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, all of which are 100 percent reusable and recyclable.
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Improving traceability in the supply chain

Improving traceability in the supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In addition to meeting regulations, manufacturers can improve customer satisfaction and create a cost-efficient supply chain by investing in technology. Manufacturers can achieve just in time (JIT) delivery and lean manufacturing through increased tracking and tracing. Both these processes promote a zero-waste factory, preventing defective products from leaving the factory and decreasing overall waste.
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The business opportunity in sustainability

The business opportunity in sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Today, environmental sustainability is a hot-button issue. Leaders are recognising that geopolitical stability and economic growth are intrinsically linked to sound environmental practices – and that ignoring scary statistics is grossly irresponsible. From an industry and private sector point of view, business leaders are under increasing pressure to ensure that they follow sound environmental best practices – or risk severe reputational and financial damage in the long term.
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#CSR | The #business #opportunity in #sustainability

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Let's not greenwash the SDGs

The answer is, "Yes, but." We don’t think that linking the SDGs to business action was intended to be a contest to see if you can check all the boxes. It was intended to be a catalyst for action, innovation, transformation and real change.
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Do you think you are taking SDGs right?

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Pope says humanity will 'go down' if it does not address climate change

Pope says humanity will 'go down' if it does not address climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The accord, agreed on by nearly 200 countries, aims to cut emissions blamed for global warming. The United States committed to reducing its own by 26 to 28 percent, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025. Many world leaders criticized Trump for pulling out.
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Advertising that promotes SDGs to be awarded at Oscars of adland

Advertising that promotes SDGs to be awarded at Oscars of adland | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The SDG Lion could have a positive impact if it encourages more clients and agencies to think about how they can communicate the value of sustainability, commented Scott McClelland, the former Asia Pacific chief creative officer of award-winning ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty.
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Is your chocolate bar fuelling deforestation in West Africa?

Is your chocolate bar fuelling deforestation in West Africa? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ivory Coast's now has about 2.5 million hectares (6 million acres) of natural forest, a fifth of what it had at independence in 1960, according to European Union figures. Most of the losses have been due to expanding agriculture.
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The deforestation caused by the cacao industry is creating more and more concerns. If your supply chain is linked to the issues in one way or another, we would like hear what solutions you might have found out. 

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En annonçant la fin des véhicules essences et diesel, la Chine impose au monde la voiture électrique

En annonçant la fin des véhicules essences et diesel, la Chine impose au monde la voiture électrique | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
U n autre monde par rapport aux -seulement - 30 000 voitures électriques qui parcourent les routes allemandes ou même les 100 000 qui sillonnent celles de la France. De plus, l'industrie automobile chinoise représente déjà plus de 50 % de la production mondiale des véhicules électriques. Elle fournit aussi 70 % de la demande mondiale de batteries.
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La Chine prend bel et bien les problèmes climatiques au sérieux. Mais avons-nous pensé aux impactes que cela aura au niveau mondial? 

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India to offer jobs to manual sand miners after deaths exposé

India to offer jobs to manual sand miners after deaths exposé | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sand mining has been declared illegal in many parts of India with countless court petitions highlighting the danger it poses to coastlines, marine life, and sand reserves.
Most of India's sand is extracted by suction pumps from rivers, often illegally, and manual mining is also common in many places, driven by rising demand from the country's fast growing cities.

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Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay

Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Charges of gender discrimination have swirled at Alphabet Inc.-owned Google since the U.S. Labor Department sued in January to bar Google from doing business with the federal government until it released thousands of documents related to an audit over its pay practices. The sides have been battling in court over how much information Google must turn over.
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Gender equality is not only meant to be a CSR concern but a day-to-day practice for the welfare of your employees. 

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Control Union, H&M Launch Tool to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry | Sustainable Brands

Control Union, H&M Launch Tool to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The new program provides companies with full visibility over their entire supply chains. It also collects a variety of data, helping them to assess the risks and their impact on communities and the environment. Initial trainings have already been rolled out within a select group of H&M’s viscose suppliers.
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