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Why Apple and Intel don’t want to see the conflict minerals rule rolled back

Why Apple and Intel don’t want to see the conflict minerals rule rolled back | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Companies say the conflict minerals law has created an expectation both inside their corporate headquarters and among consumers that their products will be “conflict-free.”
They do not want to back away from that now. But they worry their efforts will be undermined without the law to support them.

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How to Try Context-Based Sustainability in 3 Easy Steps

How to Try Context-Based Sustainability in 3 Easy Steps | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CBS is a superior form of sustainability accounting precisely because it takes contextually relevant social, economic and environmental factors explicitly into account. It is impacts that do not contravene the thresholds involved that we can say are sustainable, not ones that violate them. And whereas CBS attends to all of that, context-free measures do not.
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Can Technology Get Slavery Out of Food Supply Chains?

Can Technology Get Slavery Out of Food Supply Chains? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Global Slavery Index puts the worldwide number of people in “some form of modern slavery” at 45.8 million.
Modern food supply chains are complex and opaque and what transparency exists is largely focused on sustainability and environmental concerns. What’s more, a recent report by the Sustainability Consortium showed that even what large food and agriculture companies know and report about the sustainability of their supply chains is more a theoretical assessment of sustainability metrics, rather than a reflection of the actual agricultural practices used. 

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How waste audits can help cities and businesses

How waste audits can help cities and businesses | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Waste audits provide data on what's in our trash so that we can make smarter purchasing decisions, such as avoiding purchasing packaging that is not recyclable and asking suppliers to comply, rethinking product manufacturing and providing more specific and targeted recycling and organics diversion training programs.
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It seems that waste audits can help cities as well as business in their sustainable development. Is this something you are willing to try? 

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How the fashion supply chain could reduce carbon emissions

How the fashion supply chain could reduce carbon emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Early disposal after minimal use, a material recycling standard lower than 1%, and the half million tons of plastic microfibers shed during washing that lands in the ocean are symptomatic of the problem. Quickening production timelines — which doubled in the past 15 years and are likely to triple by 2050 — further aggravates the problem, The Cut reports.
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The fashion industry is getting pointed at for its carbon emissions and wastes. How do you think supply chain management can make the industry more ethical and sustainable? 

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Conflicts, drought drive hunger despite strong global food supply

Conflicts, drought drive hunger despite strong global food supply | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In Africa, the report details that urgently in need food of assistance are about 1.1 million people in the Central Africa Republic; some 7.7 million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which hosts more than 200,000 refugees and four million internally displaced persons; over three million in northern Nigeria; some 4.8 million in South Sudan; and 3.1 million in Somalia – a number that has tripled over the past year.
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CathNews - MPs call for new laws to tackle slavery

CathNews - MPs call for new laws to tackle slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"If you are a Woolworths or Coles and you're sourcing a product, you need to look into your supply chain to ensure there is no modern slavery practices or labour exploitation, or debt bondage," said Chris Crewther, chair of the committee.
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International rice clients are more interested to procure sustainable rice from Pakistan 

Talking to the farmers and RPL management, VSR official said, now the world and EU will focus on sustainable sourcing of rice from like Pakistan, which is already providing sustainable rice in the global market, he emphasised other rice mills to follow the RPL program to grow sustainable rice.
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Sustainable sourcing is becoming more and more important in the supply chain industry. How are you adapting your procurement methods? 

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How business can help fight corruption

Corruption continues to blight the global economy and is estimated to divert more than 5% of global GDP on an annual basis - yet it often goes unnoticed. Through integration of strategic compliance programmes that contribute to a culture of integrity across company departments, locations and sectors, business continues to play a vital role in tackling corruption in all forms.
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Callebaut Reveals Forever Chocolate Progress

In the past fiscal year, Callebaut mapped some 90,000 farmers and invested $7.6 million in Cocoa Horizons premiums in its supply chain. The premiums, which are paid for sustainable cocoa, are made up of direct support for growers through farm inputs including seedlings and fertilizer as well as direct cash payments to growers. Additionally, 175.5 hectares of cocoa were replanted during the period.
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Deforestation is becoming a major concern for companies operating in the cocoa industry. How are you affected? 

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Trending: Harnessing Big Data, IoT for Enhanced Supply Chain, ESG Performance

Trending: Harnessing Big Data, IoT for Enhanced Supply Chain, ESG Performance | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Arviem’s carbon emissions reporting is calculated based on effective transport data instead of less accurate planning data. It offers granularity down to each individual shipment. Additionally, Arviem’s pay-as-you-use monitoring service enables companies to monitor the carbon footprint of their logistics supply chain from day one, without the burden of introducing new processes or investing into equipment software.
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Protect the forests by going zero deforestation 

Protect the forests by going zero deforestation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Big names have already made the move down the path of zero deforestation. McDonald’s and Unilever are two examples of giant companies that have shown how it is possible to adopt a zero deforestation policy and remain profitable. Companies can take steps to remove commodities linked to deforestation from their supply chains, and for future security and for the health of the environment this is change that all companies need to commit to.
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Sustainable Textile Innovations: EcoVero, an alternative to viscose

Sustainable Textile Innovations: EcoVero, an alternative to viscose | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
What’s more, Lenzing also offers full supply chain transparency which makes EcoVero fibers identifiable in the final product through its innovative identification technology. “We are supporting the trend in the fashion industry towards greater transparency,” said Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer at Lenzing. “It is becoming increasingly important to know where the products come from and which path they have covered.”
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Is grocery e-commerce just hype, or a supply chain disruptor?

Is grocery e-commerce just hype, or a supply chain disruptor? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
See, a number of companies have been trying to break into the grocery space with e-commerce for over a decade — with mixed success — as people seem to prefer in-store shopping in the U.S. But when the e-commerce giant bought Whole Foods, analyses revealed it also acquired a new strength in its supply chain and data analytics, which could lead to better service and success.
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Diamond giant De Beers is introducing the blockchain to track diamond supply

Diamond giant De Beers is introducing the blockchain to track diamond supply | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
One of the most famous diamond companies in the world introducing a blockchain investing in the platform asset tracking. The President of the company De Beers announced that the organization plans to use technology to improve the transparency of the supply chain of diamonds.
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Sourcing methods is becoming a major issue for certain industries as they have to face conflict mineral cases in regards to their supply chain. This is why more and more supplier are trying to tackle those kind of issues by increasing traceability and visibility of their supply chain. 

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OPTEL acquires Verify Brand to set the stage for end-to-end traceability in Supply Chain

OPTEL acquires Verify Brand to set the stage for end-to-end traceability in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"With increased global regulations and consumer demand for greater transparency, brands need solutions that deliver true end-to-end supply chain visibility," said Verify Brand CEO, Michael Howe. Combining our mature, flexible serialization platform with OPTEL's Track & Trace capabilities will open up access to the data, analytics and reports that brands need to finally enable this level of visibility. We believe that the innovations we can deliver, in combination with the OPTEL team, will create solutions that meet the demands of brands both today, and into the future."
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Visibility and traceability in the supply chain are essential factors for a sustainable growth. How do you ensure visibility across your supply chain? 

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Tyson fires another poultry supplier for animal cruelty

Tyson fires another poultry supplier for animal cruelty | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tyson Foods fired a supplier after an undercover video was released Tuesday by animal rights group Compassion Over Killing, showing chickens at a Virginia chicken farm being beaten, stabbed, stomped upon, thrown down and run over by forklifts, according to The Washington Post.

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The SDGs Should Be Like a Chocolate Advent Calendar

The SDGs Should Be Like a Chocolate Advent Calendar | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Undoubtedly, the SDGs are a groundbreaking framework that has united businesses and world leaders behind a shared vision of what a sustainable world looks like, which is incredible. But as a communications tool, I think they're flawed. Collectively, the Goals are too big and overwhelming to resonate with the average person — in the same way that talking about any international framework would be. People simply don't think and behave in numerical grids.
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Freightos focuses on sustainability with carbon transparency features

Freightos focuses on sustainability with carbon transparency features | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Online freight pricing platform Freightos is introducing new features to introduce transparency to the freight sector, including adding an estimate of the carbon footprint to every shipping service on Freightos and adding several free carbon dioxide (CO2) calculation tools that allow customers or third-parties to determine the carbon footprint along various routes and modes.
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Are Your Favorite Jeans Part of the Climate Problem?

Are Your Favorite Jeans Part of the Climate Problem? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sadly, instead of increased transparency and commitments, fashion CEOs are hiding behind greenwashed PR campaigns, like the disappointing announcement made by Levi’s, Gap, Guess, Wrangler, and Lee at a New York climate week event this past autumn. CEOs of the world’s famous denim brands said they would announce climate targets in two years, a deadline far longer than necessary to complete a basic step. While these CEOs continue to delay the climate commitment process, denim supply chains are continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere without recourse.
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Essity Pledges Responsible Sourcing of Fiber in Vancouver Declaration

Essity Pledges Responsible Sourcing of Fiber in Vancouver Declaration | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Vancouver Declaration is a public promise made by companies across the globe to work towards more sustainable sourcing of forest products. It also acts as an endorsement of FSC as our supplier of choice for certification of forest products. The Vancouver Declarations have also been signed by other sustainable companies, such as IKEA and H&M.  
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Alcantara's Annual Sales and Profits Have Shown Major Gains

Alcantara's Annual Sales and Profits Have Shown Major Gains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Alcantara is the first Italian industrial company and among the very first companies in the world to have achieved the status of Carbon Neutrality," Boragno notes. "Since 2009, we have published our own Sustainability Report, which provides transparency for everything we do. We also have worked very hard to build a supply chain that focuses on responsible procurement."
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The food industry in 2018 - bolder aims, broader horizons for sustainability

The food industry in 2018 - bolder aims, broader horizons for sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
So far, the food waste debate has centred on wastefulness in food industry supply chains. While efforts to tackle food loss in the supply chain will continue in 2018, the increased onus being placed on clearer labelling could be pivotal. The "call to action" to establish standardised food date labelling by 2020, announced by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and Champions 12.3 in September, is an important step forward. Further initiatives on food waste at a collective and company level are certain to follow during 2018.
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Bluesign signs Anubha as system partner in India

Bluesign signs Anubha as system partner in India | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Aditya Goyal, managing director of Anubha Industries said, “We are proud to become a bluesign system partner. With laser focused approach on increasing transparency and environmental management performance, we are determined to further improve the sustainability of our entire supply chain. We consistently commit to the goal of becoming the most sustainable denim company in India.”
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The case of Anubha and Bluesign highlights the importance of strategic partnership in sustainable development. Have you already found your partners?

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Building a Socially Responsible Supply Chain

Building a Socially Responsible Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Building long-term sustainability in a corporate supply chain involves taking into account an incredibly long and complex set of standards and issues. And often the social responsibility side of the sustainability equation is the most difficult to manage. In the areas of the world where sustainability problems are most likely to fester, workforce protections may be sparse, enforcement may be minimal, and workers may be desperate for income even if puts themselves at risk.
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What measure have you put in place to ensure a socially responsible and sustainable supply chain?

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Kraft Heinz setting goals for eggs, oil and generally being a good citizen

Kraft Heinz setting goals for eggs, oil and generally being a good citizen | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A year ago, the Kraft Heinz Co. team did not have systems in place to allow it to trace the sourcing of palm oil all the way back to the mill. Now it claims more than 90 percent of the oil it uses meets that standard, which is considered important in avoiding contributing to deforestation problems.
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Like Kraft Heinz Co., many companies are investigating their supply chain to eradicate issues such as modern slavery and/or deforestation. Are you following this trend? 

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