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Australian government launches formal enquiry into establishing a UK style modern slavery legislation

‘The appalling practice of modern slavery is a scourge that regrettably continues to affect millions of people around the world, including in Australia,’ Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee Chair, Mr Chris Crewther MP, said. The inquiry ‘seeks to build on this work to explore what further changes could be made to strengthen Australia’s efforts to combat modern slavery.

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CHEP: Shared and reusable assets are key to circular economy, sustainability

“We know 90% of efficiency and sustainability opportunities come through the supply chain,” said Juan Jose Freijo, Global Director of Sustainability, Brambles. “While there are barriers to scaling up globally and we have a long way to go in creating a truly circular economy powered by a circular supply chain, this data shows the vision is achievable and the strategy is working.”

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How does a company create a circular supply chain? CHEP believes the answer may lie in extending the design process of a product to include considerations of that product's global supply chain.

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What To Do When Slavery Is Revealed In Your Supply-Chain - Blog | Procurious

What To Do When Slavery Is Revealed In Your Supply-Chain - Blog | Procurious | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Read about What To Do When Slavery Is Revealed In Your Supply-Chain - Blog | Procurious on Procurious' blog, to learn more about how to develop your procurement professional network and knowledge. Find out more!
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Modern slavery, First rule: Don't panic -transparency is step 1. Second: Don't systematically 'pull out' of a country.

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Over 80% of supermarket seafood now sourced responsibly

Over 80% of supermarket seafood now sourced responsibly | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) report published this week, found that responsible sourcing was up from 68% in 2011 - when a study by environmental law firm ClientEarth claimed supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer were potentially misleading customers with sustainability claims.
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Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just 'Nice to Have,' Say Retailers - Environmental Leader

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just 'Nice to Have,' Say Retailers - Environmental Leader | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Packaging materials are extremely visible to the consumer, and retailers, packaged product suppliers, governments, regulators, NGOs and environmental groups are placing intense and growing pressures on packaging manufacturers to develop environmentally-friendly materials, packaging designs and end-of-life processes.

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Fashion Transparency Index 2017 Released: How Do Your Favorite Brands Rank?

Fashion Transparency Index 2017 Released: How Do Your Favorite Brands Rank? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Just in its second year, the Fashion Transparency Index ranks 100 of the biggest global fashion and apparel brands based on how much information they disclose about their suppliers, supply chain policies, and social and environmental consequences.

Adidas and Reebok scored the highest and Dior, L.L. Bean and Forever 21 scored among the lowest in this year’s Fashion Transparency Index. 

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People want to know how their clothes are made - how important is transparency to you?

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Renewable energy trends to keep an eye on in 2017

Renewable energy trends to keep an eye on in 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Power For All, a global campaign to accelerate the deployment of market-based, decentralized renewable energy (seen as the key to achieving universal energy access) have said the following: “The international community is united by a global mandate and moral imperative to deliver, in just over a decade, affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy access to the billions of people who live in energy poverty.”

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Using “Storied Plastics” in Consumer Product Packaging

Using “Storied Plastics” in Consumer Product Packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Consumers say they are more likely to patronize companies committed to making positive social and environmental impacts, and one of the mos
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Circular economy principles with a twist, more pressure to digitize supply chains for packaging traceability...

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Trump hesitates over global climate deal

Trump hesitates over global climate deal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The postponement of the Trump administration meeting on the Paris agreement has meant the global climate community continues to live in uncertainty about what the US will do.

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UN forum highlights importance of stronger partnerships for financing sustainable development

UN forum highlights importance of stronger partnerships for financing sustainable development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
We are at a time when we must foment a global conversation bringing all stakeholders together to discuss how we can mobilise the right mix of resources to achieve the SDGs.
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There’s a Leadership Vacuum on Climate Change. Business Should Fill It

There’s a Leadership Vacuum on Climate Change. Business Should Fill It | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
There’s much more to keeping the economy clean. It’s increasingly strange to have to say this, but workers struggling to breathe are not productive, places without access to safe water, like Flint, Michigan — not to mention 3,000 other U.S. counties where lead rates are even higher — have trouble building a strong economy, and people in cities fighting rising seas or extreme drought do not make great customers. In short, the economy can’t thrive if people and the planet suffer.
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Interesting article from our new Scientific Committee member Andrew Winston that has some great examples of supply chain emissions reduction efforts by large multinationals
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Cut fossil fuel use ‘dramatically’ to meet climate goals, says Shell-backed report

Cut fossil fuel use ‘dramatically’ to meet climate goals, says Shell-backed report | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global coal use must be cut by 70 per cent within 25 years, oil use must fall 30 per cent and gas can increase by only 2 per cent out to 2040. The growing global population will instead get its energy from a huge expansion of renewables, combined with more efficient energy use and other low-carbon technologies.

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World first international sustainable procurement guidelines published

World first international sustainable procurement guidelines published | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The guidelines offer routes for integrating sustainability into organisations’ procurement policy strategies and process, helping them to make purchasing decisions that, they claim, will address social, economic and environmental issues such as sustainable communities and responsible consumption and production.

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Australia must legislate to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains

Australia must legislate to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Modern slavery also permeates the global supply chains of Australian businesses supplying goods to the Australian market from overseas. Major retailers, including Rip Curl, Woolworths, Coles and Aldi, have all been implicated in recent scandals involving exploitation in their supply chains. No company wants the curse of slavery in their products, yet too often that is the reality.
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Unilever moves to close the loop on polluting plastic sachets

Unilever moves to close the loop on polluting plastic sachets | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

"There is a “clear economic case” for more circular production processes, Chaudhury said. She pointed to research that has found that 95 per cent of the value of plastic packaging is lost after its first use, which totals some $80-$120 billion."

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What is good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line! Great to see clients taking action on plastic recycling in this important but often overlooked sector of the market.

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It’s Standard Practice To Be Sustainable | An Interview with Standard Issue

It’s Standard Practice To Be Sustainable | An Interview with Standard Issue | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Today, Standard Issue, and brands like this, are considered progressive and advanced [they are a minority] in lessening the environmental impact of textile wastes and contributing to the socio-economic factor of a sustainable practice.  Tomorrow, let’s hope this will be the norm [the majority] for the industry.
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India ​to legalise mica mining in bid to tackle endemic child labour

India ​to legalise mica mining in bid to tackle endemic child labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The announcement comes nearly a year after a series of Guardian investigations into mica found that crippling poverty forces many families and their children to mine the highly prized mineral, with as many as 20,000 children believed to be working in the mines, about 90% of which are illegal.
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The G20's time for climate leadership

The G20's time for climate leadership | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The G20 must confront its biggest challenge, which is a lack of climate action by global superpowers such as the United States, says Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations director Teresa Ribera.
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Can Apple close the loop? Tech giant targets 100% recycled material

Apple is aiming to use 100 percent recycled materials to make its iPhones, Macbooks and other electronics products in the future in a bid to reduce its reliance on mined raw materials, the company revealed last week.

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New ratings system at Audi: sustainability is decisive for placing orders with suppliers 

New ratings system at Audi: sustainability is decisive for placing orders with suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
AUDI AG has introduced sustainability ratings for its suppliers this April. The objective is that in the future, orders will only be placed with suppliers that obtain a positive rating. Audi is therefore increasing its commitment to achieving a sustainable value chain. The ratings are based on checks carried out at the suppliers’ production plants as well as on self disclosure.
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Minerais du conflit : encore des obstacles à la transparence

Minerais du conflit : encore des obstacles à la transparence | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
La législation destinée à lutter contre les minerais du conflit s’est renforcée depuis quelques années. Reste une difficulté majeure : l’appliquer de façon efficace sur le terrain. C’est ce qu’il est ressorti de la plénière d’introduction du 11ème forum CIRGL-OCDE-Groupe d’experts des Nations Unies sur les chaînes d’approvisionnement en minerais responsables qui se tient du 2 au 4 mai au siège de l’OCDE à Paris. 

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Walmart’s plan to lift a gigaton of carbon from its supply chain

Walmart’s plan to lift a gigaton of carbon from its supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Today, the retail giant announced Project Gigaton, a goal to remove 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain by 2030, equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off the road for a year, the company said.

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Infographic: What do Euro 6 emissions standards mean for you?

Infographic: What do Euro 6 emissions standards mean for you? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Union (EU) ranks third in the world for global CO2 emissions from road transport, according to a European Commission report that cited 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) data. China tops this chart, followed by the United States.

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Europe : EC takes action to make garment sector more sustainable

Europe : EC takes action to make garment sector more sustainable | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Commission (EC) has presented a set of focused actions to make garment sector's value chains more sustainable. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, presented the Staff Working Document on 'Sustainable garment value chains through EU development action' at an event organised by the European Parliament and EC.
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P&G Wants to Cut $1 Billion In Media Spend And Supply Chain Inefficiencies | AdExchanger

P&G Wants to Cut $1 Billion In Media Spend And Supply Chain Inefficiencies | AdExchanger | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At least $1 billion will come from media, specifically by lowering rates and getting rid of supply chain waste, said Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller.

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We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest

We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
One of Australia’s best-known business figures says he uncovered slavery in at least 12 suppliers as he tried to stamp out forced labour from the business chain of his mining company.

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