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Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries 

Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to establish a measure to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably.

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Food waste is a big issue in the world today however companies have begun to engage in sustainable food production. These businesses produce healthy food while engaging in sustainable business measures, as well as community and environmental programs.Reducing food waste is a meaningful way to stabilize and increase revenue.

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85% Of Retailers Haven’t Completed Supply Chain Digitization

85% Of Retailers Haven’t Completed Supply Chain Digitization | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Retailers are missing out on gaining full control of their supply chain, according to new research released on Feb. 13 from Gravity Supply Chain Solutions. Eighty-five of U.S. retailers haven’t completed the digitization processes (using a cloud-based platform with real time visibility, and automation capabilities). “Clearly, the supply chain is the final frontier of retail digitization, and while retailers are anxious about the cost, not moving from manual spreadsheet-based supply chain management towards digitized processes could cost them a whole lot more.” says Graham Parker, CEO of Gravity Supply Chain Solutions.

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Rabobank earns top spot in global sustainability ranking

Rabobank earns top spot in global sustainability ranking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainalytics has placed Rabobank at the top of the sustainability rankings for major banks. This means the bank received the highest score for how it applies Environmental Social Governance (ESG) data in its services and approach to risk. Sustainalytics has concluded that the risk of Rabobank incurring financial damage due to environmental and social policy is negligible.

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Athens aims to ensure goods and services are slavery-free

Athens aims to ensure goods and services are slavery-free | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Athens is planning a pilot procurement scheme that aims to ensure all goods and services bought by the local government are free of forced labour. Mayor of Athens Georgios Kaminis said a plan would be developed including concrete steps such as grievance mechanisms, capacity building, mapping of suppliers, and risk assessment and management to eliminate human trafficking from government supply chains. A pilot project will then take place from January 2020 to December 2021. The plan, which will involve consulting procurement experts, suppliers and law enforcement, was announced during a conference in the city focused on the prevention of human trafficking in supply chains.

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German Development Ministry drafts law on mandatory human rights due diligence for German companies 

German Development Ministry drafts law on mandatory human rights due diligence for German companies  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As reported by German newspaper TAZ (“Die Tageszeitung”) on 10 February 2019, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has drafted an as of yet unpublished law on mandatory human rights due diligence for German companies and their supply chains. According to TAZ, the draft text dated 1 February 2019 lays out in detail the human rights responsibilities of German companies with regard to subsidiaries and contractors abroad as well as containing proposed changes to the Commercial Code.

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WWF launches blockchain platform to promote transparency in supply chains

WWF launches blockchain platform to promote transparency in supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A blockchain platform has been launched by WWF-Australia to trace products throughout supply chains. WWF-Australia has partnered with BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) to create OpenSC, which tracks food and products and enables businesses and consumers to avoid produce linked to environmental damage and unethical practices such as slavery.

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Eleven EU states already met 2020 renewable energy target 

Eleven EU states already met 2020 renewable energy target  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The European Union produced 17.5 percent of its power needs from renewable sources in 2017, while 11 of the bloc's 28 members had already achieved a 2020 goal of 20 percent or more, the latest data released by Eurostat showed.

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Ford pushes for supply chain transparency in cobalt mining using IBM blockchain technology 

Ford pushes for supply chain transparency in cobalt mining using IBM blockchain technology  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ford is preparing to use blockchain technology to trace supplies of cobalt — a key ingredient for electric car batteries — in a bid to clamp down on labour exploitation. The US carmaker has teamed up with Korean battery company, LG Chem, and China’s largest cobalt producer, Hayou Cobalt, for the pilot. The project will be conducted at Huayou’s industrial mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and will ensure that the in-demand mineral has been ethically sourced.

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CDP report: World’s biggest businesses cut 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 from supply chains 

CDP report: World’s biggest businesses cut 633 million metric tonnes of CO2 from supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The report, Cascading commitments: Driving upstream action through supply chain engagement, is based on data disclosed through CDP by 5,562 suppliers. It also reveals a 35% growth in targets for water use among suppliers, compared to 2017, while the number of companies disclosing information to their customers on their forests-related impacts has more than tripled, from 88 in 2017 to 305 in 2018. 

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Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking and slavery

Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking and slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pope Francis urged governments on Sunday to take decisive action against the $150 billion-a-year human trafficking business and the plight of millions of modern-day slaves. An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Migration has become a dominant and highly-politicised issue in Europe, though the peak of more than 1 million asylum seekers arriving in 2015 has tapered off since then. Many migrants arrive via traffickers, often in dire conditions and for large sums of money.

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Modern slavery and poor working conditions are tough challenges to circumvent for any industry. Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. However, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More)

Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More) | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Carbios — a French sustainable chemistry company specializing in technologies enabling recovery of plastic waste and the production of bio-polymers — has embarked on a joint development agreement between itself, leading enzymes producer Novozymes, and Carbios subsidiary Carbiolice. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Novozymes will upscale and produce Carbios’ proprietary enzymes — which will produce and commercialize a new generation of products enabling single-use plastics to be fully biodegradable in any environmental condition — and become the long-term exclusive supplier of plastics degrading enzymes to Carbiolice. According to Carbios, the collaboration is an industry first in the field of bioplastics that aims to catalyze the production of single-use plastics that are environmentally friendly and cost competitive.

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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. Thus, the industry must educate its customers on the disposal of single -use plastics.

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Industry wants to keep working on Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations

Industry wants to keep working on Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The influential Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition hailed the new Safe Food For Canadians Act regulations that began to take effect across Canada Tuesday, promising to continue work to make them “world class.” The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) replaced 14 sets of regulations as of Jan. 15 this year. The new single regulatory framework allows the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to enforce Canada’s new Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA). The new regulatory system shifts Canada’s food safety enforcement to prevention with a rigorous risk management and traceability focus.

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Outdoor and snowsports industries stand united against climate change 

Outdoor and snowsports industries stand united against climate change  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Trump administration’s sustained attacks on conservation areas in the USA has mobilised the outdoor industry in unprecedented ways. Now the key forces in the outdoor and snow sports industries – the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) have joined forces to step up action on climate change solutions.

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CDP: Corporate demand for supplier transparency increased eight-fold since 2008

More than 110 of the world's largest companies are now requesting sustainability data from their suppliers, up from just 14 in 2008, new research from the CDP has found. Released today, the non-profit’s ‘cascading commitments’ report reveals that more than 5,500 large suppliers disclosed information regarding their carbon, water and waste footprints to key corporate clients in 2018.

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The growth of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a trend for intrinsically motivated companies, or those for which it is assumed that their large size drives its necessity. The business implications for embedding sustainability into core business practices have become ever more clear for companies across industries, countries, and even sizes.

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Third of Canadian fish mislabelled within supply chains

Third of Canadian fish mislabelled within supply chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Mislabelling of fish is taking place throughout the supply chain in Canada, according to a report. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada found that almost a third (32%) of fish samples analysed were mislabelled. Using DNA barcoding, researchers examined over 200 fish samples, collected from various retailers, processing plants and importers throughout Ontario to analyse where mislabelling of fish is most commonly happening within the supply chain.

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New report on corporate disclosure under EU Non-financial Reporting Directive finds co's fail to provide meaningful information about impacts on human rights & environment 

The EU Non-financial Reporting Directive which came into effect in 2018 requires large companies and financial corporations to disclose information regarding their impacts on society and environment. Civil society has however criticised that the EU Directive fails to specify in sufficient detail what information is to be disclosed. To address this, the Alliance for Corporate Transparency project aims to assess how European companies are implementing the requirements. 

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France adopts strategy to stop ‘deforestation imports’ by 2030

France adopts strategy to stop ‘deforestation imports’ by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Accused of being complicit in not only deforestation but also related human right abuses, the EU and its members are keen to reduce the impact of their commercial activities. The aim of France’s new strategy, announced in November, is stated on the French government’s official website as, “To encourage every actor (producers, businesses, investors and consumers), to change their practices in order to reduce deforestation.” A handful of planned measures are listed, too, including 60 million euros ($69 million) per year in “development aid” to help exporting countries and regions offer more sustainable produce, tackle deforestation and implement reforestation projects.

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KFC working with suppliers to cut plastic

KFC has pledged that all its plastic-based packaging that reaches the consumer will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The chain said the goal supported its long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants by developing and using sustainable packaging options and eliminating plastic packaging items.

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Tesco and Carrefour pilot reusable packaging

Tesco and Carrefour are to pilot refillable containers in their stores as part of an initiative designed to change the world’s reliance on single-use packaging. The containers are part of the “Loop” programme developed by TerraCycle and consumer product companies including PepsiCo, Unilever, Mars Petcare, The Clorox Company, The Body Shop, Coca-Cola European Partners, Mondelez International and Danone. Carrefour said it would initially test the system in France but it plans to sell around 20 products, such as honey, oil and spices, in returnable containers. 

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Report: Sensors can reduce food waste by 7%

Report: Sensors can reduce food waste by 7% | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Applying sensor technology to the food supply chain to increase traceability could reduce food waste by between 5% and 7%, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). WEF said 35% of fruits and vegetables are lost or wasted in post-harvest, processing or distribution in  Sub-Saharan Africa. That number goes down to 15% in Europe, highlighting differences around the world. Enhanced food supply chain traceability will make it easier to identify where losses are occurring, so the issues can more quickly be addressed. "Once the primary causes of food loss and waste have been identified ... the appropriate stakeholder can better address the problem," the report said.

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Youfoodz Australia implements Oracle NetSuite to increase visibility and control over supply chain 

Youfoodz Australia implements Oracle NetSuite to increase visibility and control over supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One of Australia’s fastest growing food delivery service companies has implemented key cloud technology to revolutionise its delivery service visibility and gain greater control over its supply chain and financial processes.

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Britain's Drax becomes world's first biomass plant to capture carbon

Britain's Drax becomes world's first biomass plant to capture carbon | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain's Drax has started capturing carbon dioxide at its wood-burning power plant in North Yorkshire, a world first in technology it hopes could lead to carbon negative power plants in the future. Energy companies are seeking ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while also providing constant supplies of electricity when renewable power sources, such as wind and solar are limited by the weather. The pilot bioenergy carbon capture and storage project is expected to capture a tonne of carbon dioxide a day and Drax will also seek to find ways to store and use the CO2 captured.

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How Danone, Kashi and Land O'Lakes are backing sustainable farming

How Danone, Kashi and Land O'Lakes are backing sustainable farming | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Less than 1 percent of United States farms had an organic certification in 2017, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Due to its environmental and health benefits, organic agriculture is one sustainable agriculture method many farmers are hoping to adopt. Many companies have begun encouraging, requiring or changing their suppliers towards more sustainable methods. For example, four of the largest food companies in the United States, Danone North America, Mars, Nestle USA, and Unilever United States, came together in 2018 to form the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance. This response to consumer demands for more organic products is being seen across the industry.

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Unilever discloses tea suppliers amid consumer pressure

Unilever discloses tea suppliers amid consumer pressure | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Unilever published a list of tea plantations supplying to its brands including Lipton, PG Tips and Tazo, according to a press release from Freedom United, an advocacy group seeking to end human trafficking. "As a next step in our journey to become more transparent, we are happy to share this information with all of you who drink and love our tea," Unilever said.

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries such as the United States, and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, 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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Battery manufacture must take a global leap forward to ensure a sustainable and just transition

Battery manufacture must take a global leap forward to ensure a sustainable and just transition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The global battery market is surging. By 2040 the global energy storage market is projected to attract $620 billion of investment. Over the past decade, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery market doubled on average every three years. To cope with this growth, we need the development of a sustainable and low-carbon value chain for batteries in order to contribute to the implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, says Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF and Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group.

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Lithium-ion batteries are a crucial component of efforts to clean up the planet. As the world scrambles to replace fossil fuels with clean energy, the environmental impact of finding all the lithium required to enable that transformation could become a serious issue in its own right.

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Cargill targets sustainable red seaweed through new initiative

Cargill targets sustainable red seaweed through new initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill seeks to address key sustainability challenges for the harvesting and cultivation of red seaweed through a new programme. Called the Red Seaweed Promise, the initiative sees Cargill aim to enhance producer livelihoods and conserve the marine environment.  Cargill said the programme also answers food industry and consumer needs for more sustainable food ingredients, with a commitment to source 60% sustainable red seaweed by 2025.

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