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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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Human trafficking risks in Asia's supply chains: How should businesses respond?

Human trafficking risks in Asia's supply chains: How should businesses respond? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Given the complex nature of any supply chain used throughout a production process, there can be a number of risks to companies associated with human trafficking. Awareness of these risks and knowledge of the ways that traffickers may use a company’s workplaces or supply chain in connection with their trafficking activities can help companies avoid reputational damage, business interruptions, potential lawsuits, community conflicts, protests and a loss of consumer trust, all of which can impact on financial performance.
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The human aspect of CSR must be taken into account. Companies should assess their supply chains so as to make sure they are not supporting action in contradiction to the Human Rights Act. 

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Scared about supply chain cybersecurity? 5 reasons you aren't scared enough- Part 1 - IoT Now - How to run an IoT enabled business

Scared about supply chain cybersecurity? 5 reasons you aren't scared enough- Part 1 - IoT Now - How to run an IoT enabled business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The vulnerability of the supply chain in the midst of the biggest cyber security breach to hit the shipping industry – the breach on Danish maritime giant AP Moller-Maersk’s information technology systems in June 2017- is nerve-racking to say the least. The breach is still causing the international shipping industry to reel.
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The risk of cyber security within the supply chain must not be neglected. 

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Singaporean Shipping Giants Partner IBM for Blockchain Trial

Singaporean Shipping Giants Partner IBM for Blockchain Trial | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Singapore is among the world’s largest hubs for trade and travelers whilst commonly seen as the gateway to Asia from the west. Any implementation of blockchain technology for regional supply chain operations and trade finance will prove to be a significant endorsement of the decentralized innovation most prominently known as the core technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
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A promising partnership!

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The Cyber Security of Supply Chains: Who’s the real risk, Man or Machine?

The Cyber Security of Supply Chains: Who’s the real risk, Man or Machine? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The digital transformation of the global supply chain has brought us mind-boggling innovations: complex big data storage, artificially intelligent beings, a connection of the physical and cloud, an emergence of predictive analytics, e-purchasing, e-sourcing, a transcendence of logistical efficiency and much more.
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Cyber-security issues involve people as much as technology. Did you think about it?

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Just 22% of companies address child labour in supply chain

Just 22% of companies address child labour in supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Multinational firms are the architects of global supply chains. As such they must deal with the shifting economic, technological, political and social forces and pressures operating on their supply chains, employees, customers and regulators. It is not much of an exaggeration to say that their ability to navigate and respond will be one (perhaps the) decisive factor for the future of a reasonably integrated and sustainable global economy,” says Nobel Prize winning economist Michael Spence of the University of New York, in a note accompanying the report.
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Are you among those 22%?

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IKEA’s 7 imperatives for scrapping food waste

IKEA’s 7 imperatives for scrapping food waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Last month, IKEA, which serves hot meals, take-home products and coffee to 650 million annual visitors at nearly 400 of its stores in 48 countries, publicized its goal of halving the food waste from those operations by August 2020. The "Food is Precious" initiative trains employees to use an electronic "smart scale" and data analysis tool to identify what is being wasted (and why) and to find creative solutions to reclaim the profit.
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Great initiative from IKEA!

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New standard launched to accelerate and measure progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and climate targets

New standard launched to accelerate and measure progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and climate targets | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The standard is set to help those who fund life-changing climate and development projects around the world – including businesses, governments and investors – to measure, report and track the full range of benefits they have contributed to.

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HSBC triggers investigation into palm oil company over deforestation allegations

HSBC triggers investigation into palm oil company over deforestation allegations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Campaigners say banks have traditionally lagged behind companies when it comes to supporting ethical palm oil practices. But Greenpeace says HSBC’s move is the first public evidence that the bank is taking its palm oil policy seriously. “After years of turning a blind eye, the financial sector is finally starting to take a tougher line on rogue palm oil companies,” said Jamie Woolley of Greenpeace UK.

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Banks are gearing up to support sustainable palm oil practices, how are you supporting this?

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Qu'attendent les grandes entreprises françaises pour parler plus de leurs engagements ?

Qu'attendent les grandes entreprises françaises pour parler plus de leurs engagements ? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Entre 40 et 45% de l’image que les consommateurs ont d’une entreprise est lié à sa RSE, c’est-à-dire ses relations d’éthique et de gouvernance, son respect des normes sociales et environnementales, ou encore sa qualité de vie au travail. Ainsi, si une entreprise a une mauvaise image en termes de respect des individus ou de l’environnement, cela compte pour près de la moitié de l’image que s’en font les consommateurs.

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Et vous, comment communiquez-vous vos engagements RSE avec vos consommateurs ?

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Number of Responsibly-Caught Tuna Products Quadruples: How Sustainable Is Your Tuna Brand?

Number of Responsibly-Caught Tuna Products Quadruples: How Sustainable Is Your Tuna Brand? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Well-known eco brands top this year's ranking with Raincoast Trading (1st), Wild Planet Foods (2nd) and Whole Foods Market (365 Everyday brand) (3rd) placing in the green category for their commitments and dedication to only offering more sustainable and socially responsible tuna under their brands. Canada's second largest tuna company, Ocean Brands, teetered into the green category for achieving its goal to source its "light meat" tuna from more sustainable fishing methods, along with its revamped labour standards and wider plans to tackle its longline-caught albacore to reduce bycatch of non-tuna species.

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95% of youth say firms are not doing enough to fight climate change

95% of youth say firms are not doing enough to fight climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More than half of those polled, between 18 and 35 years of age, said they want business leaders to raise the ambition of their organisations, whether that is thinking about closed loop cycles of production or ensuring there is zero carbon footprint in a firm’s value chain.

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How are you ensuring that future generations are preserved from the damages of climate change.

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The value of SDG-focused business models

The value of SDG-focused business models | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

What does the chief executive of the world’s largest consumer goods company have to say about the business case of the Sustainable Development Goals? Listen to Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman in this exclusive interview

 

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Very inspiring video

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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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What businesses can do to stamp out slavery in their supply chains

What businesses can do to stamp out slavery in their supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Any proposed solution to eliminating modern slavery from supply chains ironically does not need to start with looking at the suppliers, but needs to begin with an interval review of a business’ procurement department or division. Change must come from within the business.
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An example to follow specially knowing that about 45 million people around the world are suffering from modern slavery in one form or another. 

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Disrupt The Food Chain – And Stop Food Waste

According to the EU, around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU, with associated costs estimated at 143 billion Euros. According to the UN, the food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people. The food currently lost or wasted in Latin America could feed 300 million people. And the food currently lost in Africa could feed 300 million people. And globally, food losses and waste are enough to feed 3 billion people – in a world where every ninth child, woman and man are starving. Not to forget the fact that if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter.
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People need to be more conscious about their consuming habits. 

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Is your Business mitigating the risk of Modern Slavery?

Is your Business mitigating the risk of Modern Slavery? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Keeping a close eye on suppliers is a tall task for any supply chain management organization. Between sourcing, category, sustainability, and purchasing managers, there must be clear strategies in place to weed out disingenuous suppliers and provide stakeholders with sustainable products.
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Is your business unknowingly supporting modern slavery?

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Bangladesh to digitally map supply chain to tackle garment sector abuse

Bangladesh to digitally map supply chain to tackle garment sector abuse | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Bangladesh, the second largest garment producing country in the world, will digitally map its entire garment industry in the first such initiative to bring transparency in the supply chain in an effort to stop abuses.

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Great transparency initiative which would significantly complement the efforts towards more risk-averse supply chains.

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Trending: Target, Stella McCartney Strike Up New Partnerships to Drive Sustainable Textile Solutions

Trending: Target, Stella McCartney Strike Up New Partnerships to Drive Sustainable Textile Solutions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Retail giant Target and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have teamed up to accelerate sustainable cotton research. The partners have launched the ISS Cotton Sustainability Challenge, an innovation challenge aimed at improving the sustainability of cotton using the International Space Station (ISS) as a research and development testing platform.
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Greenpeace and Thai Union reach ceasefire on sustainable tuna

Greenpeace and Thai Union reach ceasefire on sustainable tuna | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
After two years of heated campaigning and butting heads, Greenpeace and seafood giant Thai Union have reached a joint agreement on how to drive sustainable change in the company’s operations and the rest of the seafood industry.
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If Thai Union implements these reforms, it will pressure other industry players to show the same level of ambition and drive much needed change. 

 
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Dow Launches Grant Program to Increase Plastics Recycling

Dow Launches Grant Program to Increase Plastics Recycling | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today it has teamed up with national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful, to award two $50,000 grants for organizations to establish Hefty® EnergyBag™ programs in their communities. The program is an innovative approach to diverting traditionally non-recycled plastics – like chip bags and juice pouches – from landfills and converting the materials into valuable energy sources.
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Découvrez #DerrièreMaBouteille, l'édition limitée de la marque Heineken®

Découvrez #DerrièreMaBouteille, l'édition limitée de la marque Heineken® | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
En traduisant ses engagements responsables à travers sa marque emblématique Heineken®, HEINEKEN France poursuit sa démarche de progrès. À l’occasion de la publication de son rapport RSE 2016 et du lancement de son Edition limitée, Sandra Benjilani (Responsable Pôle communication Externe et RSE) revient sur la mobilisation de l’entreprise et le rôle de la marque Heineken®, dans l’illustration des engagements RSE du groupe.

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Chapeau pour cette initiative !

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Coconut Oil Supply Chain Slides toward Sustainability via P&G, BASF, Cargill Partnership 

Coconut Oil Supply Chain Slides toward Sustainability via P&G, BASF, Cargill Partnership  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies that source coconut oil from the Philippines and Indonesia – the world’s two largest producers and exporters of coconut-based products – face several challenges: little or no economies of scale, lack of financing and training resources, and a rigid supply chain all serve to increase the farmers’ dependence on middlemen and perpetuates inefficient and unsustainable agricultural practices. Now, Procter & Gamble, Cargill and BASF are working together with German development agency GIZ to solve the problems by creating a sustainable certified and transparent supply chain of coconut oil in that area of the world.

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Great advancement in the sector!

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Research: Supply Chain Performance, Not Profitability, Behind Food Firms' Traceability Schemes 

Research: Supply Chain Performance, Not Profitability, Behind Food Firms' Traceability Schemes  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Small businesses were also found to be more likely to implement a high level of traceability complexity. This is thought to be associated with their low bargaining power within the supply chain, which spurs them to adopt rules and procedures that protect them from the opportunistic behavior of economic agents.

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Food for thought!

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Is sustainability reporting working?

Is sustainability reporting working? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More companies are now reporting the impact they have on the environment and society. But where is the value in doing this, and what affect does it have in the real world? Eco-Business asked the new chief executive of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Tim Mohin.
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The biggest barriers we’re seeing are confusion and reporting burden - how are you dealing with these?

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13 Energy Giants Call on EU to Cap State Subsidies for Major Polluters 

13 Energy Giants Call on EU to Cap State Subsidies for Major Polluters  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A coalition of 13 major energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell, Statoil, Solar Power Europe and Total have launched a new initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies that are sent to highly polluting power plants across the European Union.
The Make Power Clean initiative comes as a response to the European Commission’s proposal to create a carbon eligibility criteria which requires companies receiving state aid for power generation to limit their CO2 emissions.

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