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Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International

Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Conditions in the mines are rarely safe, and Amnesty International reports that most miners work without essential protective gear, such as gloves, work clothes, or face masks to protect their skin and lungs from disease. The organization says at least 80 miners died in the DRC between September 2014 and December 2015, and many more become ill from working in the poor conditions.
To make matters worse, many of the miners Amnesty International interviewed were children who said they worked for 12 hours a day to earn a mere dollar or two. UNICEF says that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in the DRC in 2014, and that the majority of them were mining cobalt.

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Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. Are you sure that your mobile phone is free from conflict minerals?

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Devoir de vigilance : la loi définitivement adoptée

Devoir de vigilance : la loi définitivement adoptée | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

150 à 200 entreprises sont concernées selon Bercy. Il s'agit de sociétés ayant plus de 5 000 salariés et dont le siège est situé en France, ou bien 10 000 salariés et un siège à l'étranger.
Concrètement, elles seront obligées de définir, de mettre en œuvre et de publier un "plan de vigilance" à compter du 1er janvier 2018.

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Un premier pas vers le respect des droits humains par les multinationales

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Levi’s dreams big to lead change in the fashion industry

Levi’s dreams big to lead change in the fashion industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

By 2025, the world’s oldest jeans brand plans to manufacture all of its products from recycled cotton. It would be the first company to do so.
So in just eight years, the family-run US$4.5 billion firm will stop using cotton sourced from cotton fields to make its famous 501s, relying instead on old clothes from people’s closets.

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Great to see leaders in the industry striving to use sustainable approaches in their business.

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HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change

HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP was one of only 29 global companies out of more than 3,300 assessed by CDP to earn a position on the inaugural supplier engagement leader board, which highlights the leading practices of companies working directly with their suppliers to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain in the past reporting year.
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Congrats to HP for leading the way in reducing GHG emissions and actively engaging its suppliers to commit to clean energy

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UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive

UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and BSR, a climate sustainability consultancy, the logistics provider has so far pledged to drive one billion miles on alternative fuel by 2017, plant 15 million trees across the globe worldwide by 2020 and reduce carbon intensity 20% by the end of 2020. 
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UPS has set ambitious goals on its path to sustainability, and the company is moving aggressively to meet them..

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Trump may suspend rules on African ‘conflict minerals,’ say human rights advocates

Trump may suspend rules on African ‘conflict minerals,’ say human rights advocates | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mr. Trump is considering an already drafted executive order to suspend the minerals rule for two years, which would loosen the rules on the trade of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from Congo, according to media reports in the United States.
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The conflict mineral law is an important way of stopping horrific human rights abuses in Africa - what will the future be if this law is suspended?

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How is Telstra leading the way on electronics recycling? | FM Magazine

How is Telstra leading the way on electronics recycling? | FM Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Telstra has a unique opportunity to lead the way in stewarding retired electronics, and providing solutions to e-waste, launching a refreshed and renewed commitment to address the growing problem of e-waste in a more holistic and coordinated manner.

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Great to see Tesla encouraging electronics recycling throughout its supply chain.

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Why green bonds are reaching record highs

Why green bonds are reaching record highs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Apple issued the largest green bond by a U.S. technology company, Poland issued the world’s first sovereign green bond and total green bond issuances grew to a record high.
According to a recent report by Moody's Investors Service, the rise of green bonds issuances in 2016 is projected to carry over into 2017 as well. The report projects that green bond issuances will increase to over $200 billion in 2017 from $93.4 billion in 2016 if green bonds grow at their 2016 rate.

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Apple and Toyota have issued green bonds to finance energy efficiency projects, green buildings and electric-powered cars. Looking forward to see more corporate issuers this year..

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Banks, UN set standards on channelling investments for sustainable development

Banks, UN set standards on channelling investments for sustainable development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 20 leading global banks and investors, totalling $6.6 trillion in assets, have launched a United Nations-backed global framework aimed at channelling the money they manage towards clean, low carbon and inclusive projects.
The Principles for Positive Impact Finance – a first of its kind set of criteria for investments to be considered sustainable – provide financiers and investors with a global framework applicable across their different business lines, including retail and wholesale lending, corporate and investment lending and asset management.

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Great to see leading finance institutions committing to such an ambitious and practical framework.

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Phoenix Teams Up with Recyclebank to Tackle Waste and Recycling Goals 

Phoenix Teams Up with Recyclebank to Tackle Waste and Recycling Goals  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The City of Phoenix, AZ and Recyclebank, a company that pioneered and patented an education and incentives platform to help cities encourage residents to make sustainable purchasing and disposal habits, formally announced today that they will be teaming up to amplify the city’s “Reimagine Phoenix” initiative, a program aimed at diverting 40 percent of the city’s waste from landfills by 2020.
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Over 1.5 million residents in Phoenix will be educated to reduce, reuse, recycle and reconsider eco-friendly consumption choices. Are your products adapted to this growing need?

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Supply Chain Slavery Index Identifies High-Risk Countries in Fashion Supply Chains 

Supply Chain Slavery Index Identifies High-Risk Countries in Fashion Supply Chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Russia, Slovakia, India and Pakistan have been identified as ‘severe risk’ source countries of ‘modern day slaves’ to the UK. Of the G7 nations, Italy is identified as a ‘high risk’ nation — partly due to the conflict in Syria. Greece and Turkey are additionally categorized as ‘high risk’ countries.

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Are you sourcing from those high-risk countries?

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Current policies will fail to decarbonise transport by 2050

Current policies will fail to decarbonise transport by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"Technology will  provide about 70 per cent of the possible CO2 reductions to 2050. The rest will come from doing things differently, and this is where there is still a lot of potential."
José Viegas, secretary-general, International Transport Forum

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Co2 emissions is expected to rise up to 60% in the transportation sector. Read more in the recent report.

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The State of Green Business, 2017

The State of Green Business, 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies and markets dislike uncertainty, of course, so the coming year or two may see head-snapping policy shifts as the public and private sector grapple with two seemingly unstoppable forces: the political momentum of an increasingly nationalist and protectionist world, and the wrath of a changing climate on a civilization ill-prepared to cope.
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The interest of companies in understanding the value of natural capital is surging, as companies look to reduce their exposure and communicate the benefits of their operations or products.

Download the report to explore more.

 

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How Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, Other Major Purchasers Helped Suppliers Save $12.4 Billion by Reducing Emissions 

How Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, Other Major Purchasers Helped Suppliers Save $12.4 Billion by Reducing Emissions  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Hewlett-Packard, General Motors and Bank of America are among the major purchasers that are saving billions and reducing emissions by working with their suppliers to improve environmental management, according to a Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report.
Hewlett-Packard, for example, helped its suppliers avoid 800,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions and save more than $65 million through developing energy-saving action plans targeting local efficiency improvements.

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New report lists companies awarded a position on CDP’s first-ever supplier engagement leader board.

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Sustainability in the Beverage Industry 2025: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Toolkit for Future Planning

Sustainability in the Beverage Industry 2025: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Toolkit for Future Planning | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In an effort to provide informed future planning guidance, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has launched the Future Scenarios Toolkit. With this toolkit, companies have a clear and robust framework to analyze potential future scenarios regarding impacts (social, environmental, governmental, etc.) to their business, their supply chain, and their production, as well as successfully prepare to tackle those scenarios.
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New toolkit to enable companies to better identify and manage future risks.

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EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement

EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Climate Analytics has calculated that to stay within the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature limits of “well below” 2˚C and “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C,” the EU’s C02 emissions budget for coal in the power sector is around 6.5Gt by 2050. The EU will exceed its Paris Agreement-compatible coal emissions budget by 85% if its existing coal-fired power plants continue operating to their full lifespan.
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The report  by Climate Analytics sets out the first science-based analysis of when and where each of EU’s 300+ coal power plants would need to be phased out.

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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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Bacardi Limited Continues to Deliver Upon Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments

Bacardi Limited Continues to Deliver Upon Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
From the critical importance of quality ingredients and how we source our materials to the impact we leave on the world around us and the need to reduce alcohol-related harm, we actively strive to fulfill our broader responsibilities to society at large.
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Great to see Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, striving to improve their responsible commitments. 

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Corporate Procurement Officers Say Sustainability Now Key Criteria For Purchases

Corporate Procurement Officers Say Sustainability Now Key Criteria For Purchases | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Almost all procurement managers now look for sustainably-produced material in their purchases, according to a new survey – which comes as analysis of corporate deforestation commitments shows a dramatic rise in disclosure. Also, companies that hopped early onto the sustainability bandwagon say it’s paying off financially.

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Renewables: Europe on track to reach its 20% target by 2020

Europe as a whole is performing well in its deployment of renewables. In 2011, renewables generated 21.7% of the EU's electricity; three years later, this figure has reached 27.5%, and it is expected to climb to 50% by 2030. The EU's initial efforts in promoting the use of renewables facilitated this continued growth which resulted in lowered renewable costs: the prices of photovoltaic modules fell by 80% between the end of 2009 and the end of 2015. Renewables have now become cost-competitive, and sometimes even cheaper than fossil fuels.
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The European Union is working its way to become world's number one in renewables

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Electronic waste in Asia is piling up

Electronic waste in Asia is piling up | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A recent study issued by the United Nations University’s Sustainable Cycles programme (UNU) indicates that the amount of e-waste in Asia has risen by 63 percent in the last five years. In China, the generation of e-waste more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, with Hebei, Hunan, Guangdong and Jiangxi Provinces being the most prominent.
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Proper disposal is critical and requires support from all stakeholders - how are you dealing with e-waste?

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Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles PepsiCo and TD Bank sign on to Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles PepsiCo and TD Bank sign on to Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As of January 2017, 65 companies have signed on, representing over 48 million MWh of annual demand by 2020, equivalent to powering 4.4 million American homes with clean, renewable energy.
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Great to see PepsiCo and TD Bank take bold initiatives!

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Achieving Breakthrough Results in Sustainability

Achieving Breakthrough Results in Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Bain research on corporate transformation programs shows only 12% achieve or exceed their aims. For sustainability, that figure is just 2% (see Figure 1). Why? Sustainability transformations add another dimension of challenge. Often, enthusiastic leadership teams overlook the difficulties frontline employees confront when implementing new approaches.
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While many CEOs want to make a difference, momentum fades throughout the journey. Read the report to see the obstacles to sustainability efforts.

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Can China meet its 2017 air quality goals?

Can China meet its 2017 air quality goals? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

When China launched its five-year Air Pollution Action Plan in 2013 it was recognition that the country’s smog problem needed to be brought under control. As the plan enters its final year, official data indicates that long term progress is being made to improve air quality overall.
Yet the continued occurrence of major air pollution events shows that there’s still a long way to go.

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Despite the rapid progress, it will take some more time to meet the goals..

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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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Railsponsible joins UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Program

Railsponsible joins UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Program | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Railsponsible, a non-profit business organisation formed by seven rail companies: Alstom, Bombardier Transportation, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and SKF, became the 109th partner of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Program led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Great to see Railsponsible, supported by EcoVadis, engaging to make sustainable procurement a reality.

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