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How to get suppliers to act on climate

How to get suppliers to act on climate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Less than one-quarter of the companies that responded to the CDP’s 2017 supply-chain questionnaire said that they are discussing climate change actions with their own suppliers.

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Large portions of the global supply chain network are not considering climate in their decision making; are you?

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BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer

BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

BASF was recognized for its continuing involvement and commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and as an SDG Pioneer during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. BASF cooperates with a number of relevant stakeholders to drive sustainable water action. For example, in 2017 BASF Corporation donated $1 million to the Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Engineering to create the BASF Sustainable Living Lab to promote problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions to global challenges.

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Britain asks experts to advise on net zero emissions climate target

Britain asks experts to advise on net zero emissions climate target | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain has asked its climate change experts to advise on whether it should set a date to meet a net zero emissions target, the government said on Monday. Britain has a target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent compared with 1990 levels by 2050, but campaigners have warned this does not go far enough to meet pledges made under the Paris climate agreement.
The move comes a week after a United Nations report warned the world needs to make unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to curb global temperature rises and limit the worst effects of climate change such as more extreme weather and loss of species. Under the Paris agreement more than 190 nations agreed in 2015 to pursue efforts to limit a rise in global temperatures this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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 The Paris agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate changeHigher temperatures lead to an increase in greenhouse effect, leading itself to higher temperature. Such global warming is believed to cause climate change.

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Indian state wins prize for showing 100% organic 'no longer a pipe dream'

Indian state wins prize for showing 100% organic 'no longer a pipe dream' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

India's first fully organic state won top prize in a U.N.-backed award on Friday, with organisers saying its policies had helped more than 66,000 farmers, boosted tourism and set an example to other countries. The small Himalayan state of Sikkim on India's border with Tibet was declared fully organic in 2016 after phasing out chemical fertilisers and pesticides and substituting them with sustainable alternatives. Sikkim's experience shows that "100 percent organic is no longer a pipe dream but a reality," said Maria-Helena Semedo, deputy director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which co-organises the Future Policy Awards.

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Mars Launches New Cocoa Sustainability Strategy

Mars Launches New Cocoa Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mars Wrigley Confectionery has decided to put smallholder farmers at the center of an ambitious new strategy. The maker of chocolate for more than 100 years and one of the world’s largest buyers of cocoa, has launched a new plan for overhauling its cocoa supply chain. Called Cocoa for Generations, the plan places the interest of the smallholder farmer at its center, helps to safeguard children and forests, and creates a pathway for cocoa farmers and cocoa-growing communities to thrive. The plan is backed by an investment of $1 billion over 10 years and is incremental to the Sustainable in a Generation Plan investment that Mars announced last year.  The Cocoa for Generations plan consists of two pillars:  Firstly, to have 100% of its cocoa from the Responsible Cocoa program responsibly sourced globally and traceable by 2025. Secondly, the company hopes to demonstrate that a step-change in farmer income and livelihoods is possible. In partnership with an initial global group of 75,000 cocoa farming families and cocoa suppliers, Mars plans to test ways to increase productivity, income, resilience, and overall sustainability through crop and income diversification, gender programs, village and savings and loan models and farm development plans.

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Great job Mars for recognizing the role of the smallholder farmer at the heart of any ambitious plan in cocoa sustainability.

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Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags

Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Co-op has announced an end to single-use plastic. It will see around 60 million plastic carrier bags removed in a phased rollout and replaced with an “environmentally-friendly” alternative, it says.
The move is part of a new “ethical strategy” to be launched later this week by the Co-op, which will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly.
The blue-print sets out how the Co-op will ban single-use own-brand plastic products and reduce its overall use of plastic packaging within five years and stop using hard to recycle materials, like black plastic. And as part of the commitment, lightweight compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, will be rolled out to almost 1,400 Co-op food stores, initially in towns, cities and villages where the bags are accepted in food waste collections, it says.

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LME reforms must meet international standards, Global Witness warns

LME reforms must meet international standards, Global Witness warns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

While Global Witness welcomes the London Metal Exchange (LME) commitment to introduce OECD-standard responsible sourcing requirements for its metal brands, it warns that the LME must ensure its members go beyond paper-based compliance activities to meaningfully change and improve supply chains and their impacts. "Disrupting global trading patterns that link minerals and metals to conflict financing, human rights abuses, environmental degradation and corruption demands change to business behaviours right along the trading chain”, said Global Witness’s campaign leader Sophia Pickles in a statement. EU and US supply chain laws consistent with the internationally recognized OECD due diligence guidance for responsible gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten supply chains are already in place, while  Chinese developments towards greener, more transparent mineral supply chains are now on the table.

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Nestle Says Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rules For Slavery Could Cost Too Much

Nestle Says Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rules For Slavery Could Cost Too Much | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestle, owner of more than 2000 brands in 189 countries, has told a senate committee that Australia's proposed mandatory reporting requirements could add "cost and time" to businesses and suppliers "which will need to be borne somewhere". Nestle has addressed its own issues with slavery among its suppliers after hiring the nonprofit Verite to investigate its sites in Thailand, the Herald noted. Verite found vulnerable workers from Cambodia and Mynamar had been lured to Thailand, often under false pretences, and forced to work in dangerous and violent conditions. Nestle has also acknowledged issues with child labour in its cocoa supply chain and spoken strongly against the practice. On July 1 it implemented a new responsible sourcing standard with mandatory requirements of suppliers relating to pay rates, working hours and workers' ages.

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Bravo Nestle for taking such considerable sustainable initiative. Businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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UK agrees new principles to combat supply chain modern slavery

UK agrees new principles to combat supply chain modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The UK has developed four new principles for tackling modern slavery, in partnership with the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Announced at the UN General Assembly this week, the principles focus on mobilising private sector and legislative actors to prevent and address cases of human trafficking in supply chains. The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people across 167 countries are working in conditions defined as modern slavery. The UK Government estimated that around 13,000 people in Britain are living in modern slavery today. The UK Government has claimed that modern slavery costs the national economy around £4.3bn annually, with external reports noting that UK imports more than £13.7bn of “at-risk” goods, likely to have been produced through forced labour annually. The nations involved in the new set of principles believe that up to $600bn of purchasing power can be leveraged by governments and business to prevent forced labour across both sectors.

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Great job UK! EcoVadis can provide the information you need to make sure you are not knowingly employing slave labour in your supply chain. It maps supply chains to identify countries and sectors with the potential for slavery and human trafficking.

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Clothing Giant PVH Joins RE100 & Targets 100% Renewables By 2030

Clothing Giant PVH Joins RE100 & Targets 100% Renewables By 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Clothing giant PVH Corp — the parent company of such brands as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Speedo — announced this week that it has joined the RE100 initiative and has committed to sourcing 100% of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030. PVH Corp, which is one of the world’s largest clothing companies, boasts some of the world’s most famous brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Speedo, and Van Heusen. The company announced on Wednesday an ambitious target to source 100% renewable electricity throughout its owned-and-operated offices, distribution centers, and stores around the world by 2030. The company also set in place an interim target of securing 50% renewable electricity by 2025.

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Great job by Clothing giant PVH! RE100 is a collaborative initiative of 40 influential businesses (Swiss Re, Adobe, H&M, Johnson & Johnson amongst others) which committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase corporate demand for renewable energy.

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Help Save Endangered Gorillas, Recycle Your Electronic Waste

Help Save Endangered Gorillas, Recycle Your Electronic Waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

This year’s World Gorilla Day theme perfectly aligns with Sustainability Victoria’s latest “Divert Don’t Dump“ campaign encouraging residents to recycle technological devices to reduce toxic chemicals leaching out into the natural environment and to maximise use of existing materials to reduce the need to extract virgin materials. As global demand for electronic goods soars, the volume of raw inputs required to produce the goods also soars. But through proper recycling and resource recovery, up to 95 percent of the materials can be reused, reducing waste, preserving rainforests and saving endangered gorillas in the process. Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said: “One of our top priorities is making sure that all Victorians understand what e-waste is and why recycling it is so important to our planet.” According to Sustainability Victoria, an estimated 16 million TVs and one million mobile phones are discarded in Australia each year.

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Great initiative by Sustainability Victoria! As technology seeps into every aspect of our lives, electronic waste (e-waste) is a key challenge for the electronics sector. The number of electronic devices available to the average consumer is increasing – TVs, tablets, phones, kitchen appliances, wearable tech and more – and so too does the amount of production waste.

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Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050

Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Marshall Islands, an atoll-nation vulnerable to sea level rise from climate change, announced steps on Monday towards an ambitious plan to cut its greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050.
The Pacific country became the first small island nation to present such a strategy to the United Nations amid increasing interest from governments worldwide towards eliminating planet-warming emissions in a bid to curb man-made climate change. Heine upped the pressure on world leaders to go beyond current pledges to reduce their heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Worldwide, nine other countries have so far unveiled long-term plans to completely eradicate carbon emissions at home, from Britain to France and the United States under the administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama.

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Great initiative by Marshall Islands! The best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank

World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish. Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, according to a report, which calculated that a third of the world's waste is instead dumped openly, with no treatment.

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Tackling environmental pollution is no easy task, especially in developing countries where environmental laws and regulations are not strictly enforced. In the absence of a strong legal framework, companies have an even greater responsibility to ensure that they adopt a proactive approach within a comprehensive environmental management system that encompasses all stakeholders.

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Nestlé will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation

Nestlé will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé plans to use satellite monitoring service to limit deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, according to a company release.  Starling satellite service, developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust, will monitor all of the company's global palm oil supply chain by the end of this year to provide high-resolution radar and satellite imagery documenting land cover changes and forest cover disturbances. The Swiss company said 63% of its global supply chain was deforestation-free as of last year, and it has committed to shifting all of its global products to that status by 2020.

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Great initiative by our client Nestle! The sustainability of palm oil is a growing concern for consumers and a tough issue for manufacturers who use the product. 

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Yokohama launches sustainable rubber procurement policy

Yokohama launches sustainable rubber procurement policy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Yokohama Rubber has launched a new procurement policy aimed at sourcing rubber more sustainably, amid concerns around deforestation in southern Asia where it is farmed. The policy outlines the company’s commitments on how it will source natural rubber, the basis for the production of Yokohama’s tyres, without causing deforestation or harming biodiversity. It states that Yokohama will work to conserve areas of forest with high conservation value, as defined by monitoring group High Conservation Value Resource Network, and commits to not engaging in cultivation, development or slash-and-burn farming of peatland areas.

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With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal

With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Bangladesh's electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 percent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant - boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say. The solar plants come on top of the widespread use of solar home systems in the low-lying country, considered one of those most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

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Great Sustainable step by Bangladesh. Despite the advances in solar power technology, it still costs significantly more to produce electricity from solar panels than it does from using traditional coal, gas or nuclear sources. But as energy prices continue to increase, the future looks bright for solar power.

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PepsiCo signs multi-year supply agreement for 100% sustainable PET with Loop Industries

PepsiCo signs multi-year supply agreement for 100% sustainable PET with Loop Industries | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Loop Industries Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic based in Montréal, QC, and PepsiCo Inc. have entered into a multi-year supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint-venture facility in the United States. It will incorporate Loop PET, which is 100% recycled material, into its product packaging by early 2020, when the company’s first commercial plant will be commissioned.
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Great initiative by PepsiCo.  The sheer volume of packaging means the industry has a significant potential to impact the sustainability of supply chains, and makes it a crucial element to achieving a circular economy.

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UK Fashion Retailers Urged To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Their Clothes

UK Fashion Retailers Urged To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Their Clothes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh MP has written to the chief executives of the UK’s ten leading fashion retailers to find out what steps they are taking to reduce the environmental and social impact of the clothes and shoes they sell. The request for evidence will inform the Committee’s inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry, which is investigating how the UK’s fashion industry – that is worth £28bn a year to the UK economy – can reduce its environmental footprint. Environmental Audit Committee Chair Mary Creagh MP said: “The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on our planet. Fashion and footwear retailers have a responsibility to minimise their environmental footprint and make sure the workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage. We want to hear what they are doing to make their industry more sustainable.”

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Reimagining the ‘Outdated’ Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Reimagining the ‘Outdated’ Pharmaceutical Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The pharmaceutical supply chain that delivers needed medicines to patients around the world is complex and critical. It also appears to be outdated. The pharmaceutical supply chain is highly complex and opaque. Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) originate in one country and then go through the various stages of manufacturing all the way to packaging and shipping through one or more other countries. Greater transparency is not only important for consumers, it also is becoming increasingly important for regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is advancing new laws such as the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) outlining ways that pharmaceutical companies and their supply chain partners must operate to bring about greater security for consumers.

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With disruption in the pharma industry continuing to change the face of treatment, and competition at an all-time high, organizations need a new approach to drive supply chain innovation and differentiation.

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PepsiCo and Nestlé sever ties with Indonesia’s largest palm oil supplier in wake of alleged human rights abuses

PepsiCo and Nestlé sever ties with Indonesia’s largest palm oil supplier in wake of alleged human rights abuses | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé announced it closed its joint venture with the Indofood Group last month, while PepsiCo reiterated its stance to not source palm oil – either directly or indirectly – from the company and its subsidiaries, purportedly linked to deforestation and human rights abuses. In January 2017, PepsiCo announced its Indonesian joint venture (JV) with Indofood – IndoFood Fritolay Makamur – was suspending the procurement of palm oil from Singapore-listed IndoAgri, a subsidiary of Indofood. The company updated its “PepsiCo sourcing of palm oil from Indonesia” document in September 2018, reiterating the suspension. It did, however, note it will continue its JV with Indofood, which is the sole producer of PepsiCo products in Indonesia.

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H&M accused of failing to ensure living wage for supply chain workers

H&M has been accused by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) – an alliance of labour unions and NGOs aimed at championing ethical garment production - of paying its factory workers across Bulgaria, Turkey, India and Cambodia wages below the poverty line. In some facilities in Bulgaria, the CCC claims, workers are paid less than 10% of what they would need to be kept above the poverty line. The claims, which H&M has denied, come just days after the retailer announced that more than 930,000 garment workers located in its supply chain are now covered by its "fair living wage" approach, with 84% of the company's product volume now produced in factories that are improving wage standards and human rights approaches. The CCC claims that H&M previously pledged to cover 100% of garment workers located in its supply chain with the scheme by 2018 and has accused the company of “moving the goalposts” to make its actions seem more impactful.

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Singapore MP calls on government to curb single-use plastic and introduce 'selective' charge for carrier bags

Singapore MP calls on government to curb single-use plastic and introduce 'selective' charge for carrier bags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Environmentalist turned politician Louis Ng is to urge parliament to cut use of single-use plastic in the public sector and introduce a “discerning, selective” charge on plastic bags in the city-state.

In a speech to parliament on Monday, Ng, MP for Nee Soon and the founder of animal welfare group Animal Concerns Research & Education Society, will be calling on the government to tackle plastic waste by cutting single-use plastic use in the public sector and introducing a “discerning and selective” charge on plastic bags. Singapore produced 800 million kg of plastic trash last year, with Singaporeans using an average of 13 plastic bags a day, according to a calculation by the Straits Times. Only 6 per cent of Singapore’s plastic waste was recycled last year—the rest was incinerated.

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Great job by Louis Ng! One alternative is to use storied plastics, which are collected by waste stream, sorted by material type and traced to a point of origin. A commitment to sustainable practices is a commitment to ensuring compliance in each step of the package’s life cycle, which is only done with full visibility of every step of the process.

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UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030

UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants on Tuesday backed a drive to halve Britain's food waste by 2030 and save the nation at least 10 billion pounds ($13 billion) a year. Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up to a government-backed plan to cut the amount of food that is wasted annually in Britain - estimated to be about 10 million tonnes to the value of 20 billion pounds. Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger, as well as environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted. "Crucially, these companies are committing to halving food waste from farm to fork by 2030, including waste in supply chains and not just the lower hanging fruit of waste in operations," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Great  job by Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola!  A Circular Economy could bring 2 million jobs by 2030 and up to €600 billion in savings per year.

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In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover

In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In Hong Kong, more than 340 tonnes of textile waste is dumped each day into the city's overflowing landfills, according to the city's Environmental Protection Department. But a new textile spinning mill - the first to open in this former textile manufacturing powerhouse in half a century - aims to reuse that waste, harnessing pioneering recycling technology to try to make the fashion industry more sustainable. "These technologies may be the gateway to a fashion industry decoupled from the use of virgin natural resources," said Erik Bang, who heads innovation efforts for the H&M Foundation, a non-profit funded by the family, founders and main owners of H&M Group. The clothing retailer has already placed a first order at the mill, as part of its bid to become "fully circular and renewable," according to Cecilia Brännsten, the group's environmental sustainability manager.

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Great job Hong Kong! The concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ has been growing in prominence over the past few decades, particularly as corporate social responsibility has become increasingly integrated into mainstream business strategy. This trend is likely to continue as the current linear economic system is challenged by growing resource scarcity. 

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Supermarkets recognise slavery risk in seafood supply chains

Supermarkets recognise slavery risk in seafood supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The SCC, whose members include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Lidl, now states members must comply with the Modern Slavery Act and have policies that “consider social and ethical challenges in seafood sourcing in their supply chains”. The seafood sector has come under fire for cases of forced labour and modern slavery, mostly in Southeast Asia. SCC coordinator Oliver Tanqueray said: “The risk of modern slavery is taken very seriously by the seafood industry and it’s positive that these leading UK seafood businesses formally agree to recognise the challenge

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Current legislation regarding forced labor in supply chains, including the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, require companies to disclose their efforts to identify and prevent supply chain forced labor.

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U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs'

U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods "to safeguard American jobs", signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue. The new approach was revealed in the Department of Labor's biennial list of goods that it "has reason to believe" are produced by child or forced labor, which became a crime to import in 2016 under a law introduced by President Barack Obama. "American workers cannot compete with producers abroad who use child labor or forced labor" U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said in a foreword to the list of 148 goods produced in 76 countries. If "a trading partner" engages in child or forced labor, "the U.S. will do what it takes to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation, safeguard American jobs, and create a fair playing field for countries that play by the rules", he added.

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Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. To illustrate the scale and reach of human rights abuses, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries most likely made by forced and child labour.

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