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Greenpeace activists protest coal mining

Greenpeace activists protest coal mining | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

“End the Coal Age!” reads a 15-metre-long banner placed on a mining tower situated at the complex of the Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza mining company in Nováky (Trenčín Region) by activists from Greenpeace Slovensko. “Ending the Coal Age means leave the coal in the earth and stopping its burning,” wrote Júlia Sokolovičová, energy expert in Greenpeace CEE, in a Facebook post. “The time has come for the government to stop discussing the budget of one company and focus on the real end of coal instead, protecting people’s health and the environment. Slovakia can do more.”

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Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability

Cargill unveils ‘Protect our Planet’ plan to improve supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cargill has launched a new sustainability programme called ‘Protect our Planet’ that aims to eliminate deforestation from its cocoa supply chain and achieve 100% cocoa bean traceability.
The plan expands Cargill’s sustainability efforts to five origin countries — Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana — as well as the indirect cocoa supply chain. Harold Poelma, president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate ,said that the firm recognises that there’s a “considerable urgency to address climate and deforestation challenges”.

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Dangote Group wins two sustainability awards 

Dangote Group wins two sustainability awards  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has received two awards at the 12th edition of the annual Sustainability Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS). The awards were in recognition of its 2017 Sustainability Report and progress in Sustainability Best Practices and Reporting in 2018. “Two DIL subsidiaries received the SERAS Sustainability Awards for ‘Best Company in Hunger & Food Security’ as well as ‘Best in Supply Chain Management’ categories. “In special recognition of its pioneering Sustainability Journey in 2018, Dangote Group was also named by SERAS one of the Top 5 ‘Most Responsible Business in Africa/Overall Winner.’

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Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable finishing technology company Jeanologia announced Wednesday that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Spanish company will begin using SAC’s suite of tools to measure the environmental impact of its own roster of finishing tools including laser, G2 ozone and e flow technologies, which help enhance productivity, reduce water and energy consumption and eliminate damaging emissions and waste, guaranteeing zero contamination.

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World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains. The company, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, made a new pledge on Monday (10 December) to ensure that its supply chains are classed as “deforestation-free” by 2020 – a commitment which builds on its 2013 “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NPDE) sustainability strategy. In order to achieve the new goal, Wilmar International will carry out a supplier audit by the end of January 2019, with all suppliers found to be driving forest loss then facing “immediate” suspension.

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Soybean and palm oil cultivation along with timber production and cattle rearing are major contributors to deforestation; and these economic commodities have been getting a lot of attention recently. 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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Printing industry sets sustainability goals for labeling

Printing industry sets sustainability goals for labeling | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, (SGP) has set its goals for the print manufacturing on how to acheive higher levels of responsibility and sustainability. The fifth anual SGP Community Day, held in Cincinnati, included in-depth discussions on a wide range of issues that the print and retail industries are facing, specifically with respect to the circular economy, green procurement and recycling. For the cosmetics and personal industry, printing plays a large part in the production of packaging, both for labeling and for the design of secondary packaging.

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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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ALOM Receives 2018 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award

ALOM, a global leader in sustainable supply chain management, has been awarded the SDCE 2018 Green Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation. This is the fifth consecutive year that ALOM has received this award.
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Six takeaways from COP24 Business and Industry Day

Six takeaways from COP24 Business and Industry Day | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As new scientific research elucidates the need to take urgent and comprehensive climate action on the global level, business charted paths to a low-carbon economy at a major event in Katowice, Poland.
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HSBC: Businesses turning the screw on supply chain sustainability

A third of global businesses are looking to improve the sustainability of their supply chains over the next three years, according to an extensive new survey from HSBC. The poll of 8,500 companies in 34 countries shows that those businesses making environmentally sustainable changes to their supply chains are motivated primarily by cost efficiencies (84%) and improved revenues (84%). Furthermore, one in five (20%) claim that they have taken greater control of their supply chains over the past two years.

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For financial service organizations with no physical supply chain, sustainability improvements stem from how and where they choose to spend money, and the partners they select to act on their behalf. The need for sustainable development is urgent. Businesses are increasingly responsible, both legally and practically for the actions of their suppliers, and their suppliers’ suppliers. This means that in the eyes of the law if your supplier is not compliant with a regulation or labour practice, you’re guilty by association. 

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UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain 

UK restaurant chain signs deal to solve modern slavery and allergen concerns in the supply chain  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A restaurant chain with 260 branches across the UK has signed a contract that will see the company implementing an innovative and reliable approach to a number of issues faced in the world of food, drink and hospitality. The Pizza Hut chain boasts a commitment to ‘responsibly manage our resources to help our people, guests and planet’. Director of Supply Chain and IT for Pizza Hut Restaurants in the UK, Steve Packer, saw the integration of ARCUS® as the perfect way to ensure the chain adheres to those commitments.

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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. The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain.

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Greenpeace activists protest coal mining

Greenpeace activists protest coal mining | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

“End the Coal Age!” reads a 15-metre-long banner placed on a mining tower situated at the complex of the Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza mining company in Nováky (Trenčín Region) by activists from Greenpeace Slovensko. “Ending the Coal Age means leave the coal in the earth and stopping its burning,” wrote Júlia Sokolovičová, energy expert in Greenpeace CEE, in a Facebook post. “The time has come for the government to stop discussing the budget of one company and focus on the real end of coal instead, protecting people’s health and the environment. Slovakia can do more.”

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New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution

New York City Just Unveiled A Historic Bill To Cut Its Biggest Source Of Climate Pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A top New York City lawmaker unveiled landmark legislation Tuesday to dramatically decrease emissions from big buildings, the city’s largest source of climate pollution. If passed, the bill would set a new standard for cities around the world and mark the most aggressive climate action yet taken by the nation’s largest and most financially and culturally influential city. Starting in 2022, the new legislation proposes cutting pollution 40 percent by 2030, a timeline roughly twice as fast as the original agreement brokered by the Urban Green Council, a nonprofit linked to the U.S. Green Building Council that published the framework as a report three months ago.

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Building green is one of the best strategies to temper negative climate change.It is very important to make a building as energy efficient as possible, use renewable energy and have low greenhouse gases associated with the production and use of envelope materials. Reducing a building's carbon footprint reduces its running costs, improves employee morale, raises property values and improves LEED scores.

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What You Need To Know About Climate Change Ahead Of Next Week’s UN Summit

What You Need To Know About Climate Change Ahead Of Next Week’s UN Summit | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A fresh round of international climate negotiations, called COP24, kicks off in Poland next week. This annual event brings together world leaders, scientists, campaigners, the private sector and local community representatives to debate how to address climate change and put in place policies to tackle it. Here are some of the key things you need to know. 

1. Climate Change Is Already Happening
2. Humans Have A Lot To Answer For
3. The Effects Are Being Felt Across The U.S.
4. Donald Trump Is In Denial
5. The U.S. Is Making Some Progress...
6. ... But Let’s Not Get Carried Away
7. The Big Picture: There’s A Lot More Work To Be Done

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The main aim of COP24 will be to adopt decisions ensuring the implementation of the Paris Agreement, in order to fight climate change. Many forward-looking businesses are not waiting for their countries or local governments to make laws or provide incentives. They are already committing: Thousands of businesses have stepped up to set public targets, some in the form of general climate pledges, but others are setting more specific goals.

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Praise after Australia's first federal Modern Slavery Act becomes law

Praise after Australia's first federal Modern Slavery Act becomes law | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Businesses with turnovers of more than $100 million will have to report what they are doing to stamp out slavery in supply chains after legislation got the final tick of approval in parliament.

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Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050

Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate change action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, its government said at U.N. climate talks in Poland this week. Four Ukrainian cities also reaffirmed their goal of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, announced this year.

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Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is making a new strategic investment from Loop Industries to purchase a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles.
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Collaborating and innovating with suppliers will be essential to  combating barriers and reaching the potentials of a circular economy, as well as motivating and educating consumers about their purchasing habits and its impact on sustainability.

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Renewable energy supplier Bulb named UK's fastest-growing company

Renewable energy supplier Bulb named UK's fastest-growing company | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Bulb has grown since its launch in 2015 to become the UK's biggest renewable energy supplier after its founders recognised the energy industry was "broken". It’s been named the fastest-growing private company in the UK – now renewable energy supplier Bulb wants to expand at a quicker rate than any energy firm has ever achieved. Set up by friends Hayden Wood and Amit Gudka with the aim of keeping energy switching “simple, cheap and green”, it now supplies 850,000 UK households with 100% renewable electricity sourced from independent energy generators across the country – while 10% of its gas is renewable.

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Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw"

Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sipping on a gin and tonic hasn’t been the same recently for many drinkers as plastic straws have been cast aside for environmental reasons in some countries – but Finnish inventors are hoping to help the world out with renewable straws. Environmentally-friendly packaging companies Stora Enso and Sulapac have based their straw on biocomposite material made of wood and natural adhesive, which is biodegradable in marine environments and recyclable via industrial composting.

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It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles

It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One brand that is innovating through recycling is San Francisco-based Everlane. Over the past few years, it has become known for offering quality basics at reasonable prices, while operating with transparency on their ethical supply chain. Recently they announced a line called ReNew - outerwear, such as puffer jackets, parkas and fleeces - made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The range of classic garments comes in a selection of neutral tones, with offerings for men and women.

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Clothing production consumes resources and contributes to climate change. Therefore making stylish jackets out of plastic bottles will reduce both the level of plastics and the negative impact  on climate. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than previous generations and they’re increasingly calling for companies to make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a major part of their business practice. 

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We need to step up our efforts to ensure food safety in the era of climate change. | SNV World

We need to step up our efforts to ensure food safety in the era of climate change. | SNV World | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Marjolijn Sonnema, Netherlands Vice Minister Agriculture calls for urgent action on food safety and security in the face of climate change...
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COP24: World is politically unwilling to fight climate change

COP24: World is politically unwilling to fight climate change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

At a time when carbon dioxide emissions have started to rise after three years of stability, there is a “lack of political will” in most nations to phase out fossil fuels with the necessary speed, according to a report released at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019, released December 10, 2018 by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute, shows that only few countries have started working towards limiting global warming below 2°C or even at 1.5°C.

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DWTC leads with sustainability and energy diversification initiatives

DWTC leads with sustainability and energy diversification initiatives | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC, continues its commitment to support Dubai’s vision for leadership in energy security and efficiency through its energy diversification initiatives. In line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy’s aim of generating 75 percent of its energy consumption from clean sources by 2050, the DWTC is championing a range of resource and energy optimisation measures.

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The collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain. From combining educational, informative and preparatory actions to anticipating regulatory requirements like the imposition of corruption prevention and control plans, joining together through industry-wide initiatives speeds up processes. 

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Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain

Zurich UK banks on new accreditation to green supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The British unit of Swiss insurance giant Zurich has launched a new accreditation scheme to encourage its suppliers to adopt sustainable business practices. The Supplier Accreditation Scheme is designed to help Zurich UK increase transparency in its own supply chain by measuring and tracking its suppliers’ environmental and community activities and scoring them accordingly. Companies could be awarded gold, solver or bronze accreditation depending on their approach to sustainability.

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Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Wood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to complaints filed with organisers. At least 134,000 large sheets of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia have been used as concrete moulds to build stadiums, causing what campaigners say is irreversible harm to precious biodiversity reserves.

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Deforestation occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted and it can have wide reaching environmental effects. Scientists have predicted that by 2050, deforestation could reduce rainfall across the Amazon by 21 percent during dry seasons and 12 percent during wet seasons. However, 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. 

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Shell Becomes First Energy Company To Link Executive Pay To Carbon Emissions

Shell Becomes First Energy Company To Link Executive Pay To Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Royal Dutch Shell caved in to growing investor pressure over climate change on Monday, setting out plans to introduce industry-leading carbon emissions targets linked to executive pay. Rivals BP and Total have already set short-term targets on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but these are limited to their own operations. Shell’s targets, which will be introduced in 2020, will be more extensive with inclusion of the so-called Scope 3 emissions from the burning of fuels sold to millions of customers around the world, the company said.

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Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled

Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tetra Pak has joined forces with global resource management company Veolia in a game-changing partnership that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025.
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