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Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh

Int'l retailer C&A launches fire safety audit in Bangladesh | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The international Dutch chain of fashion retailer C&A has launched an in-depth fire safety audit at all its suppliers in Bangladesh after the country's worst-ever industrial blaze at Tazreen Fashions.

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Good Practice Guidelines Published For RDF Supply Chain

Good Practice Guidelines Published For RDF Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
This involves a complex supply chain, and, for the first time, a group of industry representatives has published a Code of Practice (CoP) for the RDF market. The CoP sets out a framework that shares good practice across the in
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How Companies ‘Seeing Goldmines in Landfills’ Are Refashioning Textiles | Sustainable Brands

How Companies ‘Seeing Goldmines in Landfills’ Are Refashioning Textiles | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“It’s really important to design the supply chain so that there’s benefits for everybody in it,” Almack said. “The summary is that we're creating consistent livelihoods for those at the base of the supply chain, but where we've worked with brands and manufacturers, we've actually stabilized their raw material price. Brands also see the opportunity to add emotion and information at the point of purchase to connect with a certain demographic of consumers.”
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What drives supply chain innovation?

Supply chains are complex, interdependent networks of people, capital and infrastructure which deliver trillions of dollars each year in global trade, providing the material goods that people everywhere need or want. Global commerce is a direct reflection – and often an accurate predictor – of economic growth or decline on local, national and regional scales. Supply chains enable global commerce which, by its very nature, is highly competitive and value-driven. 
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Aviation Industry’s Uptake of Biofuels Could Spur Mass Deforestation, Critics Say | Sustainable Brands

Aviation Industry’s Uptake of Biofuels Could Spur Mass Deforestation, Critics Say | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The global airline industry is flying high — according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the sector is forecasted to make a net profit of $29.8 billion in 2017 and air passengers are expected to double over the next 20 years. But coupled with the industry’s success are unprecedented levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, sector-wide emissions in the European Economic Area (EEA) amounted to 61 million tons of CO2, an increase of 7.9 percent over 2015’s 57 million tons. Globally, emissions from aviation are expected to increase fourfold by 2050.
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Making Large-Scale Energy Efficiency Easier (and More Affordable) | Sustainable Brands

Making Large-Scale Energy Efficiency Easier (and More Affordable) | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency is a simple, quick and cost-effective method to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That’s why companies are scaling up their energy-efficiency projects in an effort to achieve greater results. And it’s important that they do: Buildings play a considerable role in GHG emissions: Commercial buildings, in particular, make up roughly 20 percent of total U.S. energy. So, it’s no surprise that optimizing building systems is on the rise.
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Over Half a Trillion Soybeans Later, Ford Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Bio-based Foam

Over Half a Trillion Soybeans Later, Ford Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Bio-based Foam | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to Ford, the use of soy-derived foam instead of such material made out of petroleum has prevented 288 million pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere. The 578 billion soybeans churned into foam, claims the company, are equivalent to 4 million trees removing carbon from the earth’s atmosphere over the course of a year.
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Shell buys NewMotion charging network in first electric vehicle deal

Shell buys NewMotion charging network in first electric vehicle deal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Demand for electric vehicles is expected to rise significantly in coming decades and Morgan Stanley estimates that 1-3 million public charging points could be needed in Western Europe by 2030. Currently, there are fewer than 100,000.
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Logistically Minded: DOT data backs 3 truths of modern supply chains

Logistically Minded: DOT data backs 3 truths of modern supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Here are three facts of supply chains in recent years for you to ponder: trucks are more scarce, trains are longer and ships are bigger. Altogether that means the transportation market — which is often limited by supply — is seeing greater demand pressures thanks to a stable economy.
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Emergence of CSR in ICT firms — Daily Times Nigeria

Emergence of CSR in ICT firms — Daily Times Nigeria | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a matter of fact, CSR has gone mainstream; today, thousands of people are involved in discussing and drawing up codes of conduct, and monitoring and auditing them. More and more universities and business schools offer courses in business ethics. There is near continuous growth in the number of ethical investment funds, in the number of articles in the press that assess companies’ social and environmental performance, and in the number of companies that issue sustainability and corporate responsibility reports.
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Geoengineering will not save us from climate change

Geoengineering will not save us from climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
No silver bullet for climate change has yet been found. And while geoengineering technologies remain mostly aspirational, there are proven mitigation options that can and should be implemented vigorously. These include scaling up renewable energy, phasing out fossil fuels (including an early retirement of existing fossil infrastructure), wider diffusion of sustainable agroecological agriculture, and increased energy and resource input into our economy.
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How do you feel about this somehow defeatist statement? 

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Cargill takes new steps to ensure integrity of cocoa supply

Cargill takes new steps to ensure integrity of cocoa supply | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Cargill aims to eliminate child labor from its supply chain by 2025 and deforestation by 2030. It has implemented a number of educational programs for its farmers to spot and avoid such practices. The company also continues to partner with CARE International, a well-known nonprofit, which is working to create economic opportunities for women and open schools for children.
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Google Wants To Help Cities Become Circular Economies

Google Wants To Help Cities Become Circular Economies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
One of the largest issues facing humans lies in our wastefulness. We waste food, resources, space and everything in between. To combat this, Google, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, are focusing on building a circular economy for cities to follow. Essentially it will encourage people to reuse things they normally would have thrown out.  By doing this, the cities could find more local resources to use on new technologies rather than entirely relying on larger companies to build them from the ground up.
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Shortage of truckers hits potato farmers

Shortage of truckers hits potato farmers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A trucking shortage is distressing Washington state potato farmers struggling to deliver their products out of state during this prime shipping season, Go Skagit reported last week.
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This might show the importance of transportation through the supply chain. What do you think?

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Opinion: FTSE 100 not doing enough to tackle modern slavery | Ethical Corporation

Opinion: FTSE 100 not doing enough to tackle modern slavery | Ethical Corporation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At their meeting last week, Amber Rudd called on the FTSE 100 chiefs to “collaborate and share best practice”. Experience shows this is key to company success in liberating those in forced labour. Companies also need to collaborate with workers’ organisations in their supply chains; they usually know much more about where abuse of workers is occurring and why. As some of the richest companies on the world, the FTSE 100 have the opportunity to lead the charge to end modern slavery, we just need more of them to do it.
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Modern Slavery Guidance Updated by UK’s Home Office | Lexology

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 obliges commercial organisations with a global turnover of more than £36 million that supply goods or services to or from the UK to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each financial year. Each statement must set out the steps an organisation has taken to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains, or say that no such steps have been taken. The first statements required to be published were for financial years ending on or after 31 March 2016. (In other words, all businesses that meet the threshold will have to publish their statements in 2017.)
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KFC to "revolutionise" UK food service supply chain with DHL and QSL appointment | SCM | Supply Chain Digital

KFC to "revolutionise" UK food service supply chain with DHL and QSL appointment | SCM | Supply Chain Digital | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“To date there has been little variation in food service logistics but we have specifically chosen DHL and QSL for their reputation for innovation in logistics across other industries,” said Jens Hentschel, Supply Chain Director for KFC.
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Why India's wedding season is a boon for Dubai

Why India's wedding season is a boon for Dubai | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Dubai's gold souk in Deira, a large tourist draw, has not been without its controversies. In 2015 the UN documented jewelers willing to purchase gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo without questioning its origin or seeking proof of paid export taxes. Despite measures taken by the UAE government in 2013 to address the flow of gold from conflict zones, the UN said at the time that "those measures continue to fall short."
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The unseen scandal of hotel food waste

The unseen scandal of hotel food waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The issue of food waste is especially pertinent in the Asia Pacific region, which is home to major food-exporting countries such as the Philippines and China, and is also where most of the world’s 800 million hungry people live. 
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IKEA signs circular economy deal | Innovators magazine

IKEA signs circular economy deal | Innovators magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Now IKEA Finland is getting in on the action. It has signed a deal with natural gas company, Gasum, to use food waste from its Finnish stores to produce biogas. Gasum gas stations will be built at Finnish branches of IKEA as part of the agreement, with the first one due to be in place at IKEA Espoo before the end of the year.
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If freight forwarders don't digitize, they may get left behind

If freight forwarders don't digitize, they may get left behind | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Doing things the old-fashioned way works for some industries, such as those involving craftsmanship, but whenever information must be shared quickly and transparency is an asset, technology is key. In freight forwarding, there is also the issue of up to the minute rate availability, as well as RFID identifiers for containers, which alert shippers as to the whereabouts of their cargo at all times, avoiding the dreaded black hole of invisibility.
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South Australia goes all out on renewables despite federal focus on coal

South Australia goes all out on renewables despite federal focus on coal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In recent years Australia has been taking giant strides away from renewables. In 2014, it repealed its nascent carbon tax. The Renewable Energy Target has been slashed, coal is being championed, and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation — the government’s “green bank” — and Australian Renewable Energy Agency have both teetered on the brink of annihilation due to funding uncertainties and cuts.
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Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials | Sustainable Brands

Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Technology sector dominated the ranking, outperforming all other industry groups analyzed. On the other end of the spectrum, Oil & Gas, Steel, Business Services and Building Materials received the lowest scores, reflecting a compliance-only focus, instead of the proactive, due-diligence-based strategies implemented by the top five leading companies: Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and Royal Philips. This is consistent with last year’s report, demonstrating a greater need for transparency in these sectors.
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Smarter Warehouses and new strategic alliances to transform cargo industry by 2020: Unisys …

Smarter Warehouses and new strategic alliances to transform cargo industry by 2020: Unisys … | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“The cargo industry needs to embrace disruptive technologies from the consumer world, including Internet of Things (IoT), digital assistants and drones, to increase efficiency and meet customer expectation for greater transparency throughout the supply chain,” said Venkatesh Pazhyanur, senior industry director of Freight Solutions for Unisys Corporation.
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Consumer Label Confusion: What Lies Behind The Logos?

For many labelling schemes an audit process is used to assure the fair trade credentials of various actors in the supply chain (e.g. farmers, distributors, retailers). This audit process is usually conducted by an independent third party and it is interesting to note how it is usually the farmer that pays for the audit process. Once the audit is successfully completed, the label can be used. This seems fairly clear and offers a degree of transparency as many audit reports or summaries are available on the websites of the labelling schemes.
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Energy efficiency: Why not enough is being invested

Energy efficiency: Why not enough is being invested | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global energy intensity—the amount of energy used to produce a unit of GDP, and often used as a measure of energy efficiency—improved by 1.8 per cent in 2015 compared to 1.5 per cent in the previous year and three times more than the annual average of 0.6 per cent between 2003 and 2013, according to a 2016 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is certainly good news, as oil prices have been falling by as much as 60 per cent since 2014.
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