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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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RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards

RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has adopted new standards that will prohibit its member companies from clearing any type of forest for palm plantations. RSPO-certified companies were previously permitted to clear secondary forests and peat forests with a peat layer no deeper than 3 meters (10 feet). The move comes amid a growing consumer backlash that has prompted companies to make zero-deforestation commitments. Environmental activists have welcomed the RSPO’s deforestation ban with cautious optimism, noting that enforcement of the certification body’s standards has historically been lax.

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Oreo maker linked to destruction of orangutan habitat in Indonesia

Oreo maker linked to destruction of orangutan habitat in Indonesia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mondelēz International, the company behind Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, continues to source palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia, according to a Greenpeace report. The report said the company’s suppliers had cleared an area of rainforest greater than the city of San Francisco from 2015 to 2017, of which more than a third was orangutan habitat.Greenpeace says Mondelēz’s supply chain continues to be tainted with palm oil produced on deforested land because it uses the weakest certification model for its supply.

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Change the way you do business to tackle labour abuses, big companies told

Change the way you do business to tackle labour abuses, big companies told | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Big companies too often offload responsibility for tackling labour abuses onto suppliers, while pushing them to cut corners and demanding a quick turnaround, experts said on Friday, calling for a re-think of global business practices. Businesses face growing regulatory and consumer pressure to ensure workers in their supply chains are paid fair wages as campaigners estimate some 25 million people globally are trapped in forced labour in 2016.

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Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products could backfire 

Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products could backfire  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
‘Iceland’s move to ban palm oil in its products is unsurprising given the recent news that 100,000 orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, most attributed to deforestation. Much of this deforestation has been associated, rightly or wrongly, with palm oil production. Retailers are therefore under a lot of pressure to ensure their palm oil products are sourced responsibly.
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A new partnership in the bioeconomy: Neste and Clariant signed an agreement 

A new partnership in the bioeconomy: Neste and Clariant signed an agreement  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Neste, the Espoo-based world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, signed an agreement for a new partnership to join forces in developing and making new sustainable material solutions accessible to a variety of industries.
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Mondelēz excludes 12 suppliers from its palm oil supply chain

Mondelēz excludes 12 suppliers from its palm oil supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mondelēz International has called on palm oil suppliers to act faster to eliminate deforestation, and has excluded 12 suppliers from its supply chain as a result of breaches against its sustainable palm oil commitments.
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Remarkable efforts by Mondelēz for undertaking such a complex challenge by collaborating with all actors in the palm oil supply chain, from growers to suppliers and buyers. An increasing number of major multinational companies are committing to tackle deforestation issues in their supply chains in a view to enhancing environmental and social impacts through responsible sourcing. If current deforestation levels continue, the world’s rainforests may completely vanish in as little as 100 years, according to National Geographic, and this will have a disastrous effect on our world if we don’t act.

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Axion Polymers believes Brexit could drive UK circular economy

Axion Polymers believes Brexit could drive UK circular economy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to Axion Polymers, Brexit offers fresh opportunities for the UK and its manufacturers to secure their raw material supplies, such as recycled plastics, from a stable domestic market and stimulate a circular flow of materials.
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UK fashion retailers and law enforcement agencies to partner on tackling modern slavery

Some of the UK's largest fashion retailers, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer (M&S), have committed to work with law enforcement bodies to help identify and act on cases of modern slavery in the textiles industry.
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Modern slavery promotes overfishing

Modern slavery promotes overfishing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are 'hidden subsidies' that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.
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While environmental repercussions of overfishing have traditionally been the focus among seafood consumers, labor practices in the seafood industry supply chains have recently emerged as the most discussed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issue plaguing the sector.

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Mondi partnerships focused on waste diversion and plastics recycling initiatives

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper has partnered with One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, on the Lead2030 initiative - a competition to find youth-led practical solutions to drive progress on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mondi has committed $50,000 to fund a project that will make a tangible contribution to SDG12 ‘Responsible Consumption and Production'.
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UK's Tetley reveals tea suppliers in push for slave-free sourcing

UK's Tetley reveals tea suppliers in push for slave-free sourcing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tetley, the world's second biggest tea company, has released a list of its suppliers, including those in India, to boost transparency in its supply chain, the British firm's owner Tata Global Beverages said on Friday. Tetley sources most of its tea from India, with 141 suppliers of a total 227 named in the list published last week.

Major brands are facing mounting regulatory and consumer pressure to ensure their products are free of slavery and other abusive practices.

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Electric car demand fuelling rise in child labour in DR Congo

Electric car demand fuelling rise in child labour in DR Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Demand for electric vehicles is fuelling a rise in child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, experts said this week, urging companies to take action as the industry expands. Cobalt is a key component in batteries for electric cars, phones and laptops, and Congo provides more than half of global supply.

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P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers

P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. P&G aims to be able to recycle absorbent hygiene products (AHP), as diapers, incontinence pads, and feminine hygiene products are known, in 10 cities by 2030, according to its latest sustainability agenda. In the long term, it hopes to use 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.

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Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging

Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Across the EU’s five largest economies vendors selling through Amazon will now be asked to package their products prior to shipping to fulfilment centres according to specifications that avoid the need for additional preparation before Amazon ships them. European partners that certify their packaging before October 2019 will receive an early adopter credit to help subsidise the investments in optimising their packaging.
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Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers 

Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pressure by big brands on suppliers to deliver more quickly and cheaply contributes to labour abuses in factories that manufacture garments, footwear and textiles, according to a report published on Wednesday. More than half the suppliers surveyed were affected by cost negotiation strategies that cut into their profits, according to the report by Better Buying, a Delaware-based group that rates purchasing practices of brands and retailers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Worker exploitation is rampant in the global fashion industry , according to countless investigations, studies and reports. If brands are to eradicate labour abuses they must take more control of their supply chain. Large companies face a big challenge when outsourcing operations, not to mention that the level of compliance on environmental regulations is not ensured in risk countries.

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How Tiffany, Chopard and Boucheron are adding an ethical shine to their gemstones

How Tiffany, Chopard and Boucheron are adding an ethical shine to their gemstones | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainability is a core value of the Chopard business, and in March co-president Caroline Scheufele announced that the brand would be using 100 per cent ethical gold in all of its jewellery and watches by July. It is the first major player in the industry to make such a commitment as part of the “Journey to Sustainable Luxury” programme it introduced in 2013. Tiffany, Forevermark and Boucheron have also taken an increasingly ethical approach to the sourcing of precious materials.
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California’s new ban on small cages for chickens, pigs, and calves could force the entire egg industry to go cage-free 

California’s new ban on small cages for chickens, pigs, and calves could force the entire egg industry to go cage-free  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

California already had a law on the books about cruelty-free eggs: it says egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal must be given enough space "to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs." But that still allowed for some variations based on interpretation. Now, under the new regulation, farmers have until the start of 2020 to provide each egg-laying hen at least one square foot of floor space. By 2022, all the state's hens need to have completely cage-free housing.

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Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery 'fairytales'

Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery 'fairytales' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major corporations who claim to be committed to tackling the threat of forced labor often tell "fairytales" that belie workplace exploitation and shirk responsibility for cleaning up their supply chains, academics and activists told a conference. From tea and chocolate makers to hotels, many companies sign up to anti-slavery certification schemes or codes of conduct at the expense of taking direct action to engage with their workers and stamp out abuse, experts said at U.S.-based Yale University.

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BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy

BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The BBC has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, which sets out commitments to achieve zero waste to landfill and source 100% renewable energy, with the broadcaster also revealing it has cut out more than 500,000 pieces of single-use plastics since April 2018.
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Bravo to BBC for taking such sustainable initiatives. It’s paramount to dispose of single-use plastics properly. Every person who selects single-use products has the obligation to make sure these items are recycled or disposed of in a trash can and kept out of the environment. Regulations specifically aimed at limiting damage to the environment have forced companies to consider their impact on the environment. As public awareness regarding sustainability has grown, companies have faced increasing pressure to adopt sustainable policies. 

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Supermarkets to face huge rise in recycling charges under £1billion scheme to slash Britain's plastic waste

Supermarkets to face huge rise in recycling charges under £1billion scheme to slash Britain's plastic waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Government wants supermarkets and other manufacturers and producers to pay more towards the cost of collecting and recycling the estimated 11million tons of package waste produced in the UK. Under a new waste strategy, one option is to increase ‘contributions’ from retailers and producers from £70million a year to between £500million and £1billion. There are also plans to increase the number of companies that contribute from the current 7,000, the Guardian said.

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Addison Lee drivers challenge clients to uphold UN pledges 

Addison Lee drivers challenge clients to uphold UN pledges  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Taxi drivers are ramping up a campaign for better pay and union recognition from Addison Lee by challenging the company’s major corporate clients to uphold commitments signed under a UN accord obliging them to use ethical suppliers.

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TAG Claims That A Clean Supply Chain Reduces Fraud By 84%

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) released a study on Thursday that found an 84% drop in fraud compared to the industry average when all members in the supply chain are vigilant, badged and on the level.
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Mondelez pressures palm oil supply chain to go 100% sustainable

Mondelez International Inc. MDLZ, +0.34% said Monday that it has "amplified its calls" for palm oil suppliers, and the industry as a whole, to go 100% sustainable and act with 100% transparency. The company says "there is more the industry needs to do in the palm oil supply chain to prevent deforestation."
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Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows

Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Most big companies operating in sectors at high risk of labour abuses are failing to meet human rights standards set by the United Nations, according to an analysis of 100 major companies published on Monday. From tackling child labour to ensuring equal treatment for women, U.N. principles require all businesses prove they are committed to human rights and treat workers fairly. But an analysis of more than 100 major apparel, agricultural and extraction firms by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a British charity, found many had little to show for.

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Tire manufacturers promise to put the brakes on deforestation

Tire manufacturers promise to put the brakes on deforestation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Environmental groups welcomed an initiative by global tire manufacturers to stop the destruction of forests to make way for rubber plantations, but warned that the industry-backed organization must act independently to be effective. The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) - which includes Michelin and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co – will begin operations in March at its headquarters in Singapore, according to a statement from the organization.

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