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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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Domino's 'failing' on chicken welfare, says campaign group

Domino's 'failing' on chicken welfare, says campaign group | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Campaign group World Animal Protection investigated the policies and reporting of chicken welfare in supply chains behind the top nine fast food companies: Domino’s (Inc), Domino’s (plc), Nando’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks and Burger King. The Pecking Order report ranked the fast food chains on existing policies to protect chickens, targets to improve chickens’ lives, and progress reporting.

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Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain on Monday pledged to fight air pollution and introduce new legislation this year on air quality to save lives and billions of pounds for the economy. The government said Britain would become the first major economy to adopt air quality goals based on World Health Organization recommendations regarding people's exposure to particulate matter.

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Cycling city Copenhagen sprints to become first carbon-neutral capital

Cycling city Copenhagen sprints to become first carbon-neutral capital | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Around the world, more than 70 major cities have pledged to end their reliance on fossil fuels and stop pumping out climate-changing emissions by 2050. But Copenhagen - a city of wind turbines, bicycles and reliable public transportation - thinks it can go even further: It intends to accomplish that shift in just seven years. It will require a complete reimagining of how the Danish capital is powered and designed - and a lot of cyclists, officials admit.

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Hong Kong lawmaker vows fresh push for UK-style anti-slavery law

Hong Kong lawmaker vows fresh push for UK-style anti-slavery law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A Hong Kong lawmaker vowed on Wednesday to launch a renewed push for an anti-slavery law, warning that there was "no room" for delay as thousands of victims are trapped in the city. There is little support within the Hong Kong government for a new slavery law but lawmaker Dennis Kwok said he had been lobbying international groups, including the United Nations, to put pressure on city officials.

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Ansell says worker rights abuse in its supply chains under investigation

Ansell says worker rights abuse in its supply chains under investigation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ansell chairman Glenn Barnes says the company is investigating allegations one of its major Malaysian suppliers is abusing worker rights, and will dump any supplier it finds is exploiting workers. The company, he said, also wants to improve conditions in its own factories in Malaysia, where there are concerns some workers — who want to work overtime to boost wages — are clocking 160 hours overtime a month.

EcoVadis's insight:

Addressing human rights issues has become more important for business across the world and businesses are increasingly linking human rights issues to their supply chains. Companies therefore often need to prioritize their business relationships for which it is most critical to conduct human rights due diligence. However, as a first step, they need to know who is in their supply chains. 

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Modern Slavery Bill Targets Canadian Imports Of Goods Made By Slaves

Modern Slavery Bill Targets Canadian Imports Of Goods Made By Slaves | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As many as 1,200 Canadian companies could be importing products made by children and forced labourers. A proposed federal bill is hoping to crack down on Canadian companies that import products tainted by child and forced labour. The Modern Slavery Bill, tabled in the House of Commons Thursday by Liberal MP John McKay, would require companies to publicly release a report every year, detailing what they've done to ensure their supply chains are transparent and free of goods and materials fully or partially produced by children and forced labourers.

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Child labour can be hard to see. Multinational enterprises may be linked  to it in international supply chains directly– through their own facilities, suppliers or subcontractors – or simply by having operations in areas where child labour is common. Industries such as textiles, food and agriculture, electronics, sports, construction, hospitality and housekeeping have been mostly connected to modern slavery. But there are steps that companies can take to help eradicate human rights violations.

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China, developing countries, lead in renewable and solar energy investment

China, developing countries, lead in renewable and solar energy investment | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Developing countries, with China at the forefront of the group, are leading in global investment in renewable power generation, according to a new report on global trends in renewable energy investment released Thursday.
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Energy remains a major contributor to global warming, accounting for 60 percent of GHG emissionsSustainable Development Goal 7 proposes to resolve this issue by promoting the use of renewable energy while decreasing the use of conventional energy. Before effectively engaging suppliers, companies should internally integrate the criteria of energy consumption and GHG emissions into their procurement decisions. 

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Italy rejigs measures to spur sale of green cars

Italy rejigs measures to spur sale of green cars | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Italy will offer subsidies of up to 6,000 euros (£5,391.3) to buyers of new low emission vehicles while slapping taxes on the purchase of larger petrol and diesel cars, according to measures approved in parliament. The measures, contained in Italy’s 2019 budget passed by the upper house on Sunday, made changes to rules proposed by Rome earlier this month which drew criticism from the car industry.

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The Cement Industry, One of the World’s Largest CO2 Emitters, Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The Cement Industry, One of the World’s Largest CO2 Emitters, Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Cement is the second most-consumed resource in the world, with more than 4 billion tons of the material produced globally every year. As a result, the industry generates approximately 8 percent of global CO2 emissions, not far behind the agriculture industry, which accounts for 12 percent. Ranked with CO2 emissions from individual countries, the cement industry would be the third-highest emitter after China and the United States.
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Major Funding Pledges Won't Close the Clean Energy Investment Gap

Major Funding Pledges Won't Close the Clean Energy Investment Gap | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Several major financial institutions have made massive sustainable-investment pledges surrounding COP24, the new round of global climate talks that concluded earlier this month in Poland. The World Bank announced $200 billion in funding for projects tackling climate change in developing countries. Five of Europe’s largest banks, managing more than $2.7 trillion, promised to reassess their lending and reduce their carbon impact. And several countries increased their funding to the Green Climate Fund, which supports renewable energy and climate resilience projects in developing countries, bringing the funding to $7 billion.
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China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom

China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chinese government has issued standards to promote sustainable packaging materials in its billion-dollar logistics industry, as it looks to reduce waste in a country where millions of packages are delivered to consumers every day. In a meeting attended by senior post officials, State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng said the industry should adopt Chinese president Xi Jinping’s mindset of “ecological civilisation” to “revolutionise” production and promote the development of sustainable packaging and lower the carbon footprint of the industry.

EcoVadis's insight:

Sustainable packaging has started to receive increased attention, and rightly so. This has encouraged leading brands across all sectors to review their use of plastics and consider alternative, recyclable materials. But even more than fear of penalties, consumer demand is leading the way.

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Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production

Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable Development Goal number 12 is about consuming and producing within our planet’s natural limit, and for next generations to be able to fulfill their needs. As food is a basic need to be fulfilled and a shortage in large part of the world, goal number 12 is specified in a 50% reduction of the amount of food globally ending as waste throughout the whole value chain before 2030. Currently, 30-40% of all produced food globally is thrown out. At the same time, more than 842 million people in the world are starving. This goal is very tangible for all of us to understand and to act upon, but it also entails an obvious opportunity for companies within the food and service industry to work with their supply chain and production of food, as they can both become more responsible and save a lot of money at the same time. One of the most valuable places to start is in the large professional kitchens: A small behavioral change here can have a big impact on the pursuit of goal number 12.

EcoVadis's insight:

Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

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FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate

FIU, Walmart Foundation to help farmers respond to changing climate | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FIU is working to help build stronger agricultural systems in the face of climate change. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of tomatoes, tropical fruits and winter vegetables, and climate change is expected to increase the occurrence and strength of droughts, floods, pest infestations and disease infestations. These effects of climate change can harm farmers, their crops and the country’s food supply. “The goal of this project is to develop a blueprint for a food certification program of which all parties across the strawberry and tomato supply chains can agree,” said Mahadev Bhat, project director and co-director of FIU’s Agroecology Program. “The study can improve our understanding of production, environmental and labor welfare issues, as well as competition between domestic and imported crops and the certification process.”

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Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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Britons say willing to pay more for fair fashion but trust in brands lacking

Britons say willing to pay more for fair fashion but trust in brands lacking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Most British consumers would pay more for their clothes if factory workers received fairer wages, but lack trust in the ethical pledges made by brands, a poll found on Thursday, amid growing concerns around labour abuses in the fashion industry.
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Worker exploitation is rampant in the global fashion industry, if brands are to eradicate labour exploitation, they must take more control of their supply chains. Industry and producers need to distribute better information to consumers about their products.

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US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns 

US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A US sportswear company has stopped using a Chinese supplier following concerns it was using forced labour in camps in Xinjiang.
Badger Sportswear, a company based in North Carolina, said it would stop sourcing clothing from Hetian Taida in north-western China. The company said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday: “Out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any concerns about our supply chain given the controversy around doing business in north-western China, we will no longer source any product from Hetian Taida or this region of China.”

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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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U.S. carbon emissions spike in 2018 on industry, fuel demand

U.S. carbon emissions spike in 2018 on industry, fuel demand | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, spiked last year after falling for the previous three, as cold weather spurred natural gas demand for heating and as the economy pushed planes and trucks to guzzle fuel, an estimate released on Tuesday showed. The Rhodium Group, an independent research group, said emissions rose 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest jump since 2010, when the economy bounced back from the Great Recession.

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The environmental impact of a company is a growing concern for many customers, so keeping your carbon footprint low is important for your bottom line as well as protecting the natural world. Cutting your emissions will also usually mean a cost saving, meaning your profit margins will be higher.

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Procurement predictions for 2019

As 2019 begins, SM rounds up some of the key trends for the year.

 

  1. The rise of partnerships - From strategic alliances to joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, the rate of companies partnering up is at an all-time high.
  2. Adaptability will be key to managing risk -  Procurement is operating in an uncertain environment, with negative impacts from Brexit, trade relations, and economic instability.
  3. The march of technology will continue - Innovative technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things are all investments that procurement leaders will recognise as vital to revolutionise supply chains. 
  4. There will be a need for strategy planning and assessment - Strategy planning and more regular assessments will be necessary to ensure the continued smooth running of supply chains.
  5. Supply chain transparency will become a must-have - Companies are becoming increasingly transparent, with many pledging to ensure transparent and sustainable supply chains.

 

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No matter what industry you operate in, procurement can create immense value — in some sectors, for instance construction, as much as 80 percent of revenue goes into the supply chain. And given that sustainable procurement benefits go way beyond cost savings, organizations worldwide are embracing the principles of transparency, fairness and collaboration when developing their procurement strategies.

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UAE waste to fuel facility set to start operations in 2020

UAE waste to fuel facility set to start operations in 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a concession agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to develop and operate a refuse derived fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain. The project will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme and is co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. It will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from the two emirates into an alternative energy source. This product, named refuse derived fuel (RDF), will be used in cement factories as a fuel. It will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal.

EcoVadis's insight:

Every area of industry will be impacted by climate change. Just as business operations are important, it is imperative to consider the impact of climate change on business operations, and potential impacts on sustainability. Business has a key role to play in addressing the challenges of climate change. It is the world’s most powerful economic force, and it is responsible for the majority of spending, wealth creation and investment.

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Kahlúa to source 100% sustainable coffee by 2022

Kahlúa to source 100% sustainable coffee by 2022 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pernod Ricard-owned coffee liqueur brand Kahlúa has launched a new programme with an aim to source 100% of its coffee sustainably by 2022. The brand’s first sustainable development initiative will address the environmental, social and economic impact coffee farming has as it strives to “bring positive change to the lives of Mexican coffee farmers and their families”. 

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 15 is committed to protecting, restoring and promoting “sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managed forests, combating desertification reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss” by 2030. Coffee is already the most widely traded tropical agricultural commodity, and demand for it is rising in places such as China and India that have traditionally favored tea. This rising demand could encourage expansion of coffee production into new areas, leading to more deforestation. Coffee will, in turn, suffer from the effects of climate change, as will the communities that depend on the other services that those forests provide.

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Tilting at windmills: Spain strains to meet record renewables goal

Tilting at windmills: Spain strains to meet record renewables goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is booking 14 colossal specialised cranes, has hired new staff and boosted capacity by up to 80 percent at its Spanish factories as developers strain to meet a 2020 deadline for cutting carbon emissions. More wind farms are set to be built across Spain in 2019 than in any previous year, the APPA association of renewable energy companies calculates, surpassing a pre-recession boom in 2008 and putting unprecedented pressure on the supply chain.

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Shell could 'double green spend to $4bn' 

Shell could 'double green spend to $4bn'  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anglo-Dutch energy major Shell is aiming to double its investment in clean technology to about $4bn a year, up from the $1bn to $2bn commitment the company has already made. In an interview in the UK Guardian newspaper, Shell head of gas and new energy Maarten Wetselaar declared the intention for the company to boost its low-carbon energy spending. Wetselaar said that if initial investments show a good rate of return then he could make the case to increase green spending further from 2020, the article said.

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor bags CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2018 for "Environment Management"

Toyota Kirloskar Motor bags CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2018 for "Environment Management" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) was recently honoured with the prestigious award for ‘Significant Achievement in Environment Management’ awarded by CII-ITC Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Development [CESD] under the category ‘Environment Domain’ of CII ITC Sustainability Award 2018. The company is awarded for its multifold efforts recognizing the eco strengthens in incorporating green technologies for production, optimization of renewable energy utilization within the plant, its green product portfolio and handholding its supply chain partners in enhancing their environmental performance.
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Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery

Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Christmas holidaymakers have been warned by officials and campaigners not to inadvertently fund slavery with their gift lists as awareness grows over forced and child labour used in a list of products from princess dolls to sparkly make-up. Festive goods ranging from toys to novelty jumpers to counterfeit designer bags may be produced using child slaves or other abused workers in often-complex global supply chains and consumers should be asking questions, experts said.

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Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion

Henkel to lead the sustainable fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global chemical leader Henkel AG is putting sustainability as one of its top priorities, as China pursues more high-quality growth that balances economy, environment and society. Jeremy Hunter, President of Henkel China, who is proud of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and pioneer work in many areas in China, discusses Henkel’s sustainability strategy, experience and accomplishments. Henkel has been a crusader for sustainability over the past 90 years, continuously devoted to creating an eco-friendly business market.

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The main responsibility of fashion companies is obviously to change their production, distribution and marketing practices and strategies towards greater sustainability. But companies also have the possibility to contribute to more sustainable consumption patterns.

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Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules

Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators on Saturday delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them.

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Any modern business is likely to feature low carbon strategies in their business plan. In today’s world, businesses want to play their part in a sustainable future by helping the UK cut its carbon emissions. Carbon emissions don’t just impact the environment either – they impact the finances and livelihood of every business too. But with solutions such as renewable energy and free solar, cutting carbon emissions have never been easier. 

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