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The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017

The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Joint Audit Cooperation held its sixth corporate and social responsibility forum bringing together with 133 representatives from large ICT companies, i.e. telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, organizations active in Corporate Social Responsibility issues (CSR), academia, auditing companies, International NGOs to further develop sustainable business practices.
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Nespresso Launches First Major Sustainability Campaign | Sustainable Brands

Nespresso Launches First Major Sustainability Campaign | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Though not discussed in the campaign, recycling — primarily of its single-use aluminum pods — is another key issue for Nespresso. The company currently offers a recycling scheme to recover its packaging, only 24 percent of capsules are actually recycled. Nespresso says that aluminum continues to be the best way to preserve its coffee’s quality and freshness, it is researching alternative materials and packaging options that maintain quality of freshness while reducing impacts.
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Confidence in UN's global goals faltering amid slow progress - survey

Confidence in UN's global goals faltering amid slow progress - survey | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Ambitious global goals aimed at ending poverty and inequality by 2030 are moving more slowly than expected and would struggle to get approval from United Nations members if put to a vote today, an exclusive survey showed on Tuesday.
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China Pollution Inspections Disrupting Supply Chains

China Pollution Inspections Disrupting Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Crotty said the environmental inspections are significantly impacting his home textile business supply chain mostly located in Zhejiang—which is part of the current central government inspection campaign—and Jiangsu provinces, with “thousands upon thousands” of dye and print mills closed or forced to work shortened weeks. “Many are not sure when they can reopen,” he said. “Hundreds of smaller mills will likely never reopen.”
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DSNY says the hard work of reaching 'zero waste' by 2030 is just beginning

DSNY says the hard work of reaching 'zero waste' by 2030 is just beginning | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Thanks in part to a changing waste stream, New York has decreased its residential waste tonnage by 12% since 2005, even as population increased by 6%. However, as of FY17, more than 3.2 million tons of DSNY-collected material was still being disposed. The annual cost to export this material grows each year and is projected to reach $420 million by 2021.
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Why failure to achieve the SDGs is bad news for business

Why failure to achieve the SDGs is bad news for business | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Business solutions aligned with the SDGs enable companies to better manage their risks, as well as anticipate consumer demand, build positions in growth markets, secure access to needed resources, and strengthen their supply chains, all while moving the world towards the delivery of the Global Goals,” Bakker added.
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Pizza Hut Manager’s Letter Threatening Employees Fleeing Irma Offers Painful Lesson for Brands

Pizza Hut Manager’s Letter Threatening Employees Fleeing Irma Offers Painful Lesson for Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More companies have taken ownership of their supply chains, as they realize one wayward supplier can cause an uproar that puts their reputation and long-term financial health at risk. Franchises need to be included in these initiatives and programs. After all, the evolving restaurant sector is already beset by several challenges, such as younger consumers’ changing dining habits and the effects they have exacted on the fast food industry. The last thing these companies need is to give consumers another reason to find other meal options.
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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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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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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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HP, IKEA, Unilever Among First to Commit to All-Electric Fleets by 2030 | Sustainable Brands

HP, IKEA, Unilever Among First to Commit to All-Electric Fleets by 2030 | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The only initiative of its kind to encourage global business commitments on electric transport, the EV100 will see members transitioning their large diesel and petrol vehicle fleets to electric vehicle fleets and/or installing electric battery charging infrastructure by 2030. Baidu, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Heathrow Airport, HP Inc., IKEA Group, LeasePlan, METRO AG, PG&E, Unilever and Vattenfall are the first companies to join the EV100.
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This new Ben & Jerry's flavour raises money for refugees

This new Ben & Jerry's flavour raises money for refugees | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Rebecca Baron of Ben & Jerry’s said: ‘It’s time to come together for refugees.

‘We know that people power works, and we hope fans will join us in urging our leaders to do more for people in search of safety.’
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New Legislation Would Require NYC Building Owners To Drastically Cut Emissions

New Legislation Would Require NYC Building Owners To Drastically Cut Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Failure to comply with the fossil fuel caps carries hefty penalties set by the proposed legislation that would go up with building size and the amount of fossil fuel use that exceeds the targets. For example, if a 30,000-square-foot residential building operates significantly above its energy target, the owner would pay $60,000 for each year that happens starting in 2030, according to a press release.
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How the Arbor Day Foundation Brought Brands Together to ‘ReGreen’ Detroit | Sustainable Brands

How the Arbor Day Foundation Brought Brands Together to ‘ReGreen’ Detroit | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The success of the tree planting was two-fold. The trees — co-sponsored by General Motors and Procter & Gamble — were part of Detroit’s broader reforestation initiative to revitalize the city’s bleak riverfront where new housing developments were planned. The park is a central gathering space for the surrounding community and a gateway to adjacent Lafayette Park. These new trees will not only add value to the neighborhood but will benefit the city for generations.
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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey put the construction supply chain to the test

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey put the construction supply chain to the test | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A survey of supply chain managers done by the Institute for Supply Chain Management after Hurricane Harvey’s landfall showed that 67% felt that input materials pricing would be at least somewhat negatively impacted over the next three months, and 27% believed that prices would be negatively or very negatively impacted. They were also concerned about building materials being in short supply in the next three months.
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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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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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