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Toyota, BMW, Daimler Join Forces to Drive Sustainability in the Auto Industry 

Toyota, BMW, Daimler Join Forces to Drive Sustainability in the Auto Industry  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The auto industry continues to look towards a sustainable future with the development of a new partnership between 10 of the world’s biggest automakers. Dubbed DRIVE Sustainability, the partnership is comprised of heavy hitters BMW Group, Daimler AG, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel/Vauxhall, Scania CV AB, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.
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Thomson Reuters Foundation (via Public) / Adidas, Walmart and Nestlé among shortlisted candidates for the Stop Slavery Award

'Increased globalisation means nearly every multinational corporation is exposed to the risk of forced labour and human trafficking in its supply chain.Although we are far from eradicating slavery, this initiative aims to play a key role in encouraging and rewarding transparency in business. We think this shortlist of companies is a good step in the right direction and represents tremendous progress from last year.'
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Costa, MSC et Royal Caribbean... Les grands croisiéristes épinglés pour pollution de l'air

Costa, MSC et Royal Caribbean... Les grands croisiéristes épinglés pour pollution de l'air | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Les opérateurs TUI et Hapag-Lloyd se placent en tête du classement 2017 grâce à l’installation sur certains de leurs bateaux de catalyseurs qui réduisent les émissions d’oxydes d’azote (NOx). Un pas vers des navires plus propres que l’ONG qualifie de "petit mais important". En revanche, tous les opérateurs continuent d’utiliser du fioul lourd pour alimenter leurs navires - jusqu'à 150 tonnes par jour pour un paquebot moyen estime l’ONG – contribuant à augmenter la pollution de l’air. Autour d’un bateau de croisière, l'air contient autour de 380 000 particules fines par mètre cube, contre 20 000 pour l’air d’une rue fréquentée et 2 000 pour de l’air propre.
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Citi Commits To 100% Renewable Energy By 2020 - North American Windpower

Citi Commits To 100% Renewable Energy By 2020 - North American Windpower | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Citi owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate, consisting of over 7,900 properties in 94 countries. Its new global base, currently under construction in New York City, is being targeted for LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification under the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the bank.
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Ceta : ce que dit le rapport d'experts sur le traité entre l'UE et le Canada

Ceta : ce que dit le rapport d'experts sur le traité entre l'UE et le Canada | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Le traité de libre-échange entre l'Union européenne et le Canada (Ceta) va entrer partiellement en vigueur ce jeudi 21 septembre, dans l'attente de sa ratification ou de son rejet par les parlements nationaux et régionaux européens. Plusieurs ONG, regroupées au sein du collectif Stop Tafta (le nom du projet de l'accord de libre-échange avec les États-Unis), sont toujours vent debout contre ce texte et dénoncent les risques pour l'environnement, la santé, ou encore l'agriculture européenne. Mercredi, elles ont présenté à l'Assemblée nationale leur rapport sur l'impact du traité, avec le soutien de La France insoumise ou encore du groupe Nouvelle gauche (PS).
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Mariage de Total et Greenflex : le pari risqué de la transition par acquisition

Mariage de Total et Greenflex : le pari risqué de la transition par acquisition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nos interlocuteurs, au sein du groupe, sont ceux de la nouvelle unité "Gas Renewables & Power" créée il y a un an. Elle doit représenter près de 20 % du portefeuille d’activité du groupe en 2035. Nous serons intégrés à sa branche "innovation et efficacité énergétique" et donc au cœur d’un grand groupe pour accélérer la transition énergétique. C’est une opportunité exceptionnelle même si je comprends que cela peut surprendre. Cependant, depuis que j’ai créé Greenflex, en 2009, j’ai toujours fonctionné sur le principe de la rupture. Cela nous a plutôt réussi.
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Employer des réfugiés : un tabou pour les entreprises françaises

Employer des réfugiés : un tabou pour les entreprises françaises | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Plusieurs entreprises ont choisi d'intégrer l’embauche de réfugiés à leur démarche RSE. "On note une vraie prise de conscience", souligne Alice Barbe, de l’association SINGA. Pourtant, très peu de grandes entreprises souhaitent communiquer sur cette insertion. "Il y a un réel tabou", explique Diane Binder, cofondatrice d’Action Emploi Réfugiés, "il s’avère difficile aujourd’hui pour une entreprise de justifier ce choix. Avec 10 % de chômage en France, le contexte est particulier". D’autant que les scores du Front National ont quelque peu refroidi les bonnes volontés.
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Taking aim at food waste, companies plan to simplify expiration labels

Taking aim at food waste, companies plan to simplify expiration labels | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Confusion over expiration labels costs families up to $29 billion annually in the United States alone, according to CGF, which represents some 400 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers from 70 countries.
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5 Ways You Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace Immediately -- and Why You Should

5 Ways You Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace Immediately -- and Why You Should | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Inclusion isn't some glorified term that human resource management teams throw around. It's real, and it matters whether you're an organization that's 50 percent female, 40 percent minority or 55 percent white. Inclusion gives everyone an opportunity to contribute, and divergent perspectives and approaches can be discussed openly. A woman in a male-dominated company can disagree without being labeled with the "b" word. A recent hire -- regardless of gender, ethnicity or origin -- can initiate something new without being told it's not "the company way." No one is being told to conform or called out for not being a "cultural fit."
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Inclusion also forms part of good CSR practices. Learn to improve your performance in the field. 

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China aims to turn farm waste into biofuel under ethanol plan

China aims to turn farm waste into biofuel under ethanol plan | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Some 5 per cent of the 170 million tonnes of corn and cassava China trades on the international market each year could generate 3 million tonnes of biofuel, according to the statement. But 30 per cent of its straw stalks and other agricultural waste could produce 20 million tonnes of ethanol.
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[Ces start-ups qui changent le monde] TIPA : un packaging aussi biodégradable qu’une peau d’orange

[Ces start-ups qui changent le monde] TIPA : un packaging aussi biodégradable qu’une peau d’orange | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"La régulation aide mais le marché a déjà compris", assure Daphna Nissenbaum. Au niveau mondial le marché des emballages souples est évalué à 91 milliards de dollars par an. Il devrait grimper à 114 milliards d’ici 2020. Le marché, celui de l’emballage compostable, qui reste un marché de niche, pourrait grappiller quelque 3,4 milliards d’euros. Les concurrents ne sont aujourd’hui pas légion. Les consommateurs sont de plus en plus demandeurs. Et les entreprises sont de plus en plus soucieuses de réduire l’empreinte environnementale de leurs emballages. "C’est le premier argument qu’ils avancent", assure l’entrepreneuse.
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500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what? - Into the Wind

500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what? - Into the Wind | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
First, there’s the nearly 150 mayors who have signed on to the Sierra Club’s “Mayors for 100 Percent Clean Energy” initiative to push their cities to adopt 100 percent targets. Hundreds more signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution to go 100 percent clean energy by 2035, on top of many other pledges by cities.
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UN General Assembly kicks off as Guterres addresses global challenges

UN General Assembly kicks off as Guterres addresses global challenges | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The science of global warming is "unassailable" and the frequency and strength of extreme weather incidents has required the world to create new terms to describe them, such as megahurricanes, superstorms and rain bombs, Guterres added.
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Toys R Us owes suppliers more than $200M, may not be able to repay

Toys R Us owes suppliers more than $200M, may not be able to repay | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While strong business relationships are important, at the end of the day, suppliers have a responsibility to manage their own operations, so sometimes a supplier needs to take a step back from a buyer in order to alleviate financial risk. Toys R Us suppliers started stepping back a little too late — reminding suppliers everywhere that paying attention to your buyer's financial health is as important as managing your own.
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There are many ways that companies can do good in this world, and now is the time to do it (Paid Content by M&M'S & Mars)

There are many ways that companies can do good in this world, and now is the time to do it (Paid Content by M&M'S & Mars) | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mars has been working on cutting its own emissions for many years and in 2015 achieved its interim target of reducing its GHG emissions from its direct operations by 25 percent. While Mars has set a goal to eliminate 100 percent of its GHG emissions from its direct supply chain by 2014, the business recently announced that it will go even further, setting its sights on a much bigger goal. Mars has begun focusing not just on its direct operations, but its whole value chain, seeking to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by 27 percent by 2025, and 67 percent in the 25 years following. 
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The clean electricity revolution is about to kill off fossil fuels for good

The clean electricity revolution is about to kill off fossil fuels for good | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the $10.2 trillion likely to be invested in power generation by 2040.
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Is climate change driving you to despair? Read this.

Is climate change driving you to despair? Read this. | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Referring to an ocean reef she has studied since 2002, she added, “It’s gotten to be so depressing that I’m not sure I’m going to go back to this particular site again, because I just know I’m going to see more and more of it dead, and bleached, and covered with brown algae.”
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Protecting the environment might also mean protecting our mental health. Have you thought about that?

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Exclusive: Retailers don't think fast, free shipping is important to consumers

Exclusive: Retailers don't think fast, free shipping is important to consumers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
For retailers and other e-commerce sites, finding a way to cut costs in order to meet consumer expectations is easier said than done. If they're going to keep up with Amazon's prowess and manage to stay in business, they need to develop bigger, stronger logistics networks and supply chains more efficient at saving and cutting costs.
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Palm oil giant makes debut in global sustainability index

Palm oil giant makes debut in global sustainability index | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In 2015, GAR introduced methane capture facilities and processes to recycle waste from the palm oil to lower the company’s greenhouse gas emissions. Methane emissions from the waste water, which is produced during palm oil processing, account for about one third of the warming potential of greenhouse gas release from rainforest and peat swamp degradation in Indonesia.
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How to Get Men Involved with Gender Parity Initiatives

How to Get Men Involved with Gender Parity Initiatives | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Unless men and women both feel that their ideas and concerns have a place in the conversation, they will not equally feel responsibility for the success of such programs, and fundamental change in organizational culture toward gender parity might not be realized. Our findings indicate that organizations can take actions to increase men’s participation. In particular, increased attention should be devoted to how such programs are explained to members of the organization. When men are made to feel that they have a legitimate role to play in such programs, they may be more likely to participate. Hence, organizational leaders need to explicitly communicate that all employees, regardless of their gender, have a stake in and can meaningfully contribute to gender parity programs.
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Trending: New Tools, Solutions Attempt to Accelerate Apparel Industry Sustainability Progress | Sustainable Brands

Trending: New Tools, Solutions Attempt to Accelerate Apparel Industry Sustainability Progress | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nike worked with E-Leather, which pioneered the process, to develop the new material, which they claim is 40 percent lighter and five times as durable as traditional leather due to its innate structural strength and stability. The process to produce Flyleather also uses 90 percent less water and has an 80 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional leather manufacturing. And because Nike Flyleather is produced on a roll, it improves cutting efficiency and creates less waste than traditional cut-and-sew methods for full-grain leather.
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Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants develops sustainability reporting guide

"As the concept of sustainability reporting may be new to many, we developed the roadmap to help organisations formulate and execute their plans to achieve a smooth implementation of sustainability reporting."
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French oil major Total in talks with Google as energy sector turns to AI

French oil major Total in talks with Google as energy sector turns to AI | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
French oil company Total is in talks with tech giants Google and Microsoft to help develop bespoke artificial intelligence (AI) in the energy sector’s race to tap digital technologies.
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How Evian Automated Its Factory Without Laying Off Workers

How Evian Automated Its Factory Without Laying Off Workers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Between 2011 and 2020, Evian will spend more than US$335 million on upgrades to its bottling plant. Included in that total is a broad-sweeping retraining initiative designed to empower employees for tomorrow’s workplace and ensure they have a spot at the new factory.

“Around 600 out of 1,200 jobs have been modified,” Véronique Penchienati, president of Evian, told TriplePundit after the plant opening.
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Malgré l'interdiction par la loi, Carrefour va commercialiser des fruits et légumes issus de semences paysannes

Malgré l'interdiction par la loi, Carrefour va commercialiser des fruits et légumes issus de semences paysannes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Au-delà de l'image du groupe, l'enjeu est aussi de sensibiliser l'opinion publique. "Qui est au courant que 80 % des fruits et légumes vendus proviennent de semences issues de l'agrochimie ?", s'interroge la directrice de la Fondation Carrefour, Sophie Fourchy-Spiesser. "On espère créer le buzz. Carrefour devrait normalement distribuer des semences paysannes, une activité totalement interdite par la loi", témoigne René Léa.
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There's an untapped opportunity in organic kids' food, says Mintel

There's an untapped opportunity in organic kids' food, says Mintel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
European parents are consistently willing to pay more for organic, says Mintel. Yet while organic claims are common on baby food, they are less used on food and drink aimed at kids. Are manufacturers missing a trick?
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