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EU’s International Trade Committee Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation

EU’s International Trade Committee Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

On 24 January 2017, the European’s Parliamentary International Trade Committee (INTA) voted overwhelmingly to support the EU’s conflict minerals proposal.The Regulation sets up a Union system for supply chain due diligence for importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The Regulation, if finalized, is expected to become enforceable on 1 January 2021.

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Great to see so such involvement from the EU - looking forward for the regulation to be finalised. 

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More than 20 nations seek toughen climate goals by 2020

More than 20 nations seek toughen climate goals by 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than 20 nations ranging from Germany, France and Britain to Pacific island states said on Thursday they planned to "lead from the front" in setting new, tougher goals by 2020 to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement."We commit to exploring the possibilities for stepping up our own ambition," the 23 nations said in a statement, issued by the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, about goals for stepping up action by 2020.

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The Paris climate agreement obliges countries to set new climate goals every five years as part of a goal of phasing out polluting fossil fuels this century.

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Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to Kingfisher, the Screwfix store that recently opened in Peterborough is the first in the company's portfolio with net zero energy consumption. The store is powered by a combination of solar modules, solar battery storage and air heat pump.
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Kingfisher is reaching its sustainability targets, for instance, generating a third of group sales with products that make customers' homes more sustainable, as well as a reduction in absolute CO2 consumption of 16 per cent since November 2010.

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What is the UK plastic straw ban, which companies have banned them and what did Theresa May say about cotton buds?

What is the UK plastic straw ban, which companies have banned them and what did Theresa May say about cotton buds? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

PLASTIC straws, cotton buds and stirrers could be banned from sale in England as early as next year in a dramatic bid to help clean up the world's oceans. Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year, potentially contributing to the over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans.

With that in mind, Theresa May is to unveil a sweeping ban on a number of products.



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New regulations will make manufacturers and retailers shift their production strategy to be more environmentally-friendly.

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McDonald's to eliminate plastic straws from its UK and Irish supply chains 

McDonald's to eliminate plastic straws from its UK and Irish supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The fast food giant announced a phased rollout of paper straws in all 1,361 restaurants in the UK and Ireland with completion set for 2019 as well as plans to test alternatives to plastic straws in multiple markets throughout the globe later this year. The move supports McDonald’s goal to source 100% of guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025 and to have guest packaging recycling in all restaurants globally.

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Business Starts To Take Human Rights Seriously As Laws And Benchmarks Start To Bite

Business Starts To Take Human Rights Seriously As Laws And Benchmarks Start To Bite | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Many of the world’s biggest companies are starting to get to grips with human rights issues in their operations and supply chains, but there is still a long way to go before this becomes business as usual, a new report says.
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Human rights-related risks have re-emerged to grab the spotlight as a top issue for procurement and supply chain professionals. There has been a growth in human rights reporting and commitment to transparency since the launch of the pilot benchmark in 2017.

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EU agrees 32 pct renewables target for 2030

EU agrees 32 pct renewables target for 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The measures are aimed at helping the European Union meet its overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, following the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2 degrees.
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The most effective measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) have come from sub-national, national and multi-national regulations to put a price on carbon.

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How Driscoll's Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains

How Driscoll's Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Driscoll’s is adapting its agricultural innovation in order to support a shift to more sustainable and harvest-friendly farming practices. Although most berries are still field-grown, Driscoll’s is supporting the trend it sees among growers to adopt substrate and table-top berry production — which can be both easier on the environment and less physically strenuous for harvesters — as a way to attract labor and improve their impact.

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Great job Driscoll to switch to a more sustainable farming as consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding that suppliers demonstrate their sustainability.

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Mondelēz to use 100% sustainable wheat in UK products with Harmony programme

Mondelēz to use 100% sustainable wheat in UK products with Harmony programme | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Harmony Programme was set up in France 10 years ago and has led to a 20% reduction in pesticide use in Harmony fields between 2009 and 2016. According to Food Manufacture, it includes 1,700 farmers, 13 millers and 21 cooperatives are involved in the Harmony programme across Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland and Spain. 

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Consumers have increasingly high expectations of manufacturers to produce responsible products. Great to see industry leaders such as Mondelez promoting sustainable farming practices and improving biodiversity in their supply chain.

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Two fifths of fish oil producers are sustainable

Two fifths of fish oil producers are sustainable | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report, from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), said the key to further improvement at reduction fisheries – where fish oil and fishmeal are produced – lies largely in Southeast Asia..

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It requires a multi-stakeholder effort to address environmental and social issues in the seafood supply chain but it's a journey which needs to be taken.

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Mars Australia to use 100% solar energy by 2020

Mars Australia to use 100% solar energy by 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The company’s goal is to completely eliminate greenhouse gases from its operations  by 2040. Through its sustainability plan, Mars says it also aims to "meaningfully improve the working lives" of one million people in its value chain by focusing on boosting income, unlocking opportunities for women and respecting human rights.

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Mars has made solid progress on the sustainability of its own operations since 2007. The company is also spending a billion dollars in the next three years to start transforming its supply chain to cut GHG emissions.

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Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech

Cargill & Partners to Reduce Beef Supply Chain Water Use with Smart Weather Tech | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More than 50% of water used in US beef production is dedicated to irrigating the row crops that become feed for cattle. By using new irrigation technology, farmers, can greatly reduce the amount of water needed for row crop irrigation and improve the environmental impact of the beef supply chain, the companies say.
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The Smart-weather sensor technology - expected to conserve up to 2.4 billion gallons of irrigation water over three years - will enable farmers to make more informed irrigation decisions. A good step to responsibly utilised our natural resources.

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China tops renewable energy ranking

China tops renewable energy ranking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Although it is the world’s largest emitter and is heavily dependent on coal, China is shifting towards clean energy and aims to source 20% of its energy in 2030 from low-carbon sources, said EY’s 2018 Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI).
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Good to see that China has been making progress during the past years. Many of the world’s largest oil and gas companies are making significant investments in low-carbon energy.

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Walmart suppliers reduce emissions by 20m tonnes

Walmart suppliers reduce emissions by 20m tonnes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In its latest global responsibility report, the retailer said more than 400 suppliers had signed up to its programme to reduce supply chain emissions in its first year, and already more than 200 had reported reductions.
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Impressive results! Walmart was the first retailer to set a science-based target for emissions reduction and is now aiming to reduce its supply chain emissions by one gigaton by 2030 through Project Gigaton

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Kenai Sports Partners with Milliken on Textile Recycling Contract with MassCor

Kenai Sports Partners with Milliken on Textile Recycling Contract with MassCor | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Kenai developed a unique “closed-loop” textile program in which the fabric waste generated from MassCor’s clothing shops will be recycled, instead of discarded, and a purchase credit amount will be created based on the amount recycled. The credit will apply to future contract orders from MassCor of Milliken fabric.
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Great job by Kenai, as the company has already recycled more than 40,000 pounds of textile waste with MassCor Industries in 2018 alone.

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Caesars Makes Industry-Leading Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95% 

Caesars Makes Industry-Leading Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95%  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, announced it has set science-based targets to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the company and throughout its supply chain. The ambitious goals demonstrate Caesars’ ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and mitigating long-term risk.
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Caesars Entertainment has a well-established track record of successful environmental sustainability progress, and establishing science-based targets further demonstrates its commitment to reducing its impact on the planet.

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Asics plans to cut 55% of its supply chain carbon emissions

Asics plans to cut 55% of its supply chain carbon emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a new sustainability framework set through FY 2030, sportswear brand Asics has promised to cut carbon emissions of its supply chain by 55% and of its own operations by 33%. The company reduced carbon emissions by 17.5% in 2017 from the 2015 baseline year, in part because of the installation of solar panel array at a Mississippi distribution center, according to a press release.

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Asics' focus on sustainability is nothing new for a retail company, but its commitment to cleaning up its supply chain takes the effort to another level of difficulty.

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CGF issues call to action on forced labour

CGF issues call to action on forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The CGF, which represents the world’s largest food and beverage brands as well as global retailers, said that the initiative demonstrated the commitment of its members to work towards the eradication of forced labour in the global supply chain.
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Forced labour has been identified as one of the biggest challenges for businesses since it is a complex issue that cannot be solved without cross-sectoral collaboration.

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Mica and cotton: How TDH is fighting exploitative child labour across Asia

Mica and cotton: How TDH is fighting exploitative child labour across Asia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Over 152 million children are involved in child labour worldwide, with 72 million working in conditions that are seriously hazardous to their health and wellbeing. It is a violation of children’s rights to force them to sacrifice their health, their education and their future to work. To combat this, Terre des Hommes is working with companies to check their commercial supply chains are completely free of child labour.

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Terre des hommes is helping millions of children trapped in exploitative and dangerous work across the globe in order to achieve the target set by the Sustainable Development Goals that is to end child labour by 2025.

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Tractor Supply hits sustainability milestones

Tractor Supply hits sustainability milestones | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tractor Supply has actively invested in projects that not only reduce its impact on the environment, but also give back to communities by donating to those in need and supporting nonprofit organizations that provide educational and leadership opportunities for younger generations living the rural lifestyle.
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Tractor Supply is committed to become a more environmentally sustainable company through energy saving, recycling, community engagement, donations and providing products for sustainable living. 

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Fifa ups its sustainability game 

Fifa ups its sustainability game  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The green stadiums initiative—introduced for the first time at the 2018 WC—refers to a ‘green certification’, meaning the construction of the stadium in consideration was undertaken in adherence with international green standards. These standards include energy conservation through alternative heating and lighting procedures, usage of water-saving technology at stadiums during matches and tree plantations in relevant areas. As of May 2018, all host stadiums in Russia have been successfully certified under this scheme by ‘RUSO The Football Stadiums’.
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Great initiatives by Russia for the protection of the planet. The tournament has been taking climate friendly measures ever since the 2006 event in Germany. 

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Adidas, Nike urged to ensure fair wages for Asian workers making World Cup kits

Adidas, Nike urged to ensure fair wages for Asian workers making World Cup kits | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Adidas and Nike, that are kitting out 22 of 32 teams at the football event in Russia that kicks off this week, have moved most of their sourcing to Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam, the place wages are decrease and labour abuses rife.

In the three nations, garment staff’ average salaries are 45 to 65 % under the so-called “dwelling wage” that might permit them to cover their households’ primary needs, stated the worldwide coalition of commerce unions, staff and human rights teams.

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Great to see leaders obliging their suppliers to pay at the least the minimum wage in a view to ending extreme exploitation. Shouldn't they also ensure that every supplier is being accompanied throughout the journey of achieving sustainable and ethical practices?

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Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030 

Ikea pledges to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ikea aims to be entirely using renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030. The company hopes that this could help reduce its environmental footprint by 80 per cent by 2030 compared with 2016.

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Great initiatives by IKEA as it joins a growing list of global companies striving to make their operations more environmentally sustainable.

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Olam International launches new technology to boost agricultural sustainability

Olam International launches new technology to boost agricultural sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The sustainable and traceable sourcing platform will provide data through a digital dashboard to track the social and environmental footprint of a product. In doing so, it will help Olam International assess and positively influence the environmental footprint of the 4.7mn farmers in its supply chain, the majority of which are smallholders growing crops like cocoa, coffee and cashews in emerging markets. 

 

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It is very difficult to state how much of the world’s food supply is truly sustainable. This technology can provide meaningful data on the product's origins to the customer.

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Dairy sector celebrates hitting host of green targets

Dairy sector celebrates hitting host of green targets | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UK dairy producers and processors have made significant strides towards reducing the industry’s environmental footprint over the past decade, including meeting a 2020 target for renewable energy production two years early.
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Great improvements have been made in the dairy industry in reducing its environmental footprint during the past ten years!

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Michelin Sets Goals to Use 80% Sustainable Materials in Tires

Michelin Sets Goals to Use 80% Sustainable Materials in Tires | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At the Movin' On sustainable mobility conference, Michelin announced two new goals: to use 80 percent sustainable materials in the manufacture of its tires and to invest in technology to make its tires 100 percent recyclable by 2048.
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Great step forward by our client Michelin who has announced these ambitious goals! While it will imply leveraging partnerships and making acquisitions, meeting these goals will nonetheless result in a number of savings that are equivalent to 33 million barrels of oil saved per year.

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