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G-Star RAW Unveils First-Ever C2C Gold Certified Denim
G-Star RAW Unveils First-Ever C2C Gold Certified Denim

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Denim has rightfully earned its reputation as a dirty business, but denim brand G-Star Raw is continuing its efforts to shape a new future for the fabric with the development of the first-ever Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold level certified denim.

CDP: Inaction on Deforestation Is Putting $941B at Risk
CDP: Inaction on Deforestation Is Putting $941B at Risk

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new report by CDP has revealed the extent to which deforestation threatens the global economy — and the numbers are staggering.

Report Reveals Tech Industry Giants Failing to Keep Child Labor Out of Cobalt Supply Chains
Report Reveals Tech Industry Giants Failing to Keep Child Labor Out of Cobalt Supply Chains

WALKING THE TALK - Cobalt is back in the news, as a new report from Amnesty International reveals that tech industry giants such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Renault and Vodafone aren’t doing enough to keep child labor out of cobalt battery supply chains in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and China.

Canopy Releases Viscose Producer Progress on Deforestation-Free Supply Chains
Canopy Releases Viscose Producer Progress on Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - As part of its CanopyStyle initiative, environmental NGO Canopy has released an updated and expanded edition of its Hot Button Report, a ranking of eleven viscose and rayon producers that represent 70 percent of global viscose production.

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Report: Digitizing Leftover Garment Data Could Unlock Billions for Fashion Industry
Report: Digitizing Leftover Garment Data Could Unlock Billions for Fashion Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - Companies operating in the apparel industry could be missing out on new opportunities for growth by not digitizing data on leftovers from garment factories, says a new report by H&M Foundation Global Change Award winner Reverse Resources.

UN Migration Agency, RBA Team Up to Target Forced Labor, Exploitation
UN Migration Agency, RBA Team Up to Target Forced Labor, Exploitation

SUPPLY CHAIN - The issue of worker exploitation and forced labor continues to gain global attention, as more and more companies rise to the challenge to align their operations with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Scope 3: The Serious Path Towards Sustainability
Scope 3: The Serious Path Towards Sustainability

SUPPLY CHAIN - More and more companies are making public commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions outside of their own operations. Why? Because compared to scope 1 and 2 emissions (from direct activities), avoiding scope 3 emissions can have the greatest impact on a corporate footprint. The numbers are clear: The majority of GHG emissions come from indirect activities, both upstream and downstream, in the supply chain. In fact, for most of consumer goods products manufacturing, scope 3 emissions account for over 70 percent of overall GHG emissions. Included is everything from purchasing raw materials to end of life treatment.

It’s All About the Chain, Gang: Procurement the Link to Sustainable Supply Chains
It’s All About the Chain, Gang: Procurement the Link to Sustainable Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - We are transitioning to a low-carbon, circular and inclusive economy. The latest arrival to the party is the procurement department — and none too soon, given the mammoth challenge ahead to make global supply chains sustainable and ethical. If you’re looking to fill your procurement cart with insights on tackling the challenges, read on for information about two tools and a city with a supply chain vision.

Ganaz: Putting Tech in Workers’ Hands to Improve Recruitment Practices
Ganaz: Putting Tech in Workers’ Hands to Improve Recruitment Practices

MARKETING AND COMMS - Brands have identified labor recruitment as one of the riskiest parts of their supply chains, and rightly so. Human trafficking, forced labor and wage theft often have their origin in recruiting practices.

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How Buckhorn's Reusable Packaging Is Cleaning Up Supply Chains
How Buckhorn's Reusable Packaging Is Cleaning Up Supply Chains

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Ohio-based Buckhorn manufactures different types of heavy-duty, reusable plastic packaging for the food processing, automotive, manufacturing, distribution, bakery and agriculture industries, with a focus on improving companies’ supply chain performance by reducing product waste and material handling costs. The company is also dedicated to keeping its own impacts in check by buying back end-of-life containers for recycling; the company then incorporates ground-up recycled materials, called ‘regrind,’ into the next generation of containers. We spoke with president Ken Kozicki to learn more about Buckhorn’s commitment to eliminating waste throughout its value chain.

Microsoft, Pact Expand Partnership to Eradicate Child Labor in DRC Mining
Microsoft, Pact Expand Partnership to Eradicate Child Labor in DRC Mining

SUPPLY CHAIN - Microsoft Corp. and international development organization Pact have announced an expanded partnership to address child labor mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Microsoft has made a new three-year financial commitment to support Pact’s work to address child labor in mining and will build on the successful Watoto Inje ya Mungoti (Children Out of Mining) project.

How Dell Is Leading the Pack on Supply Chain Diversity
How Dell Is Leading the Pack on Supply Chain Diversity

SUPPLY CHAIN - While eliminating human trafficking and sourcing from environmentally responsible suppliers are now common topics in supply chain management, in fact they are just two of many ways a company can have a positive impact on communities through its supply chain. Dell is one company showing that increasing the diversity of suppliers, with a focus on women and minority-owned companies, can not only help bring opportunities to new sectors, but build a better business, as well.

Report: Migrant Crisis Escalating European Modern Slavery Risk
Report: Migrant Crisis Escalating European Modern Slavery Risk

SUPPLY CHAIN - Approximately 21 million around the globe are victims of modern slavery, a number that has grown significantly over the last year as a result of the escalating migrant crisis in Europe, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

Solidaridad, QuizRR Roll Out Digital Trainings to Boost Textile Industry's Workers’ Rights Performance
Solidaridad, QuizRR Roll Out Digital Trainings to Boost Textile Industry's Workers’ Rights Performance

SUPPLY CHAIN - With their sights set on creating more ethical, responsible and sustainable supply chains, international development organization Solidaridad and QuizRR, an educational tool and platform for suppliers and global buyers, have announced a new partnership.

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Trending: Cross-Industry Partnerships Propel New Plastics Economy
Trending: Cross-Industry Partnerships Propel New Plastics Economy

WASTE NOT - As the circular economy continues to gain steam, two new public-private partnerships have emerged, driving the widespread reuse of recycled plastics towards the mainstream. In an effort to make good on its goal to design 100 percent of its packaging to be recoverable or recyclable by 2025 and to increase packaging recovery and recycling rates, food and beverage giant PepsiCo has partnered with nonprofit The Recycling Partnership.

5 Top Tips for Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain
5 Top Tips for Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Taylors of Harrogate prides itself on quality teas and coffees, but beyond the brew the company has also established a reputation as an industry leader in ethical trading.

Trending: New Tech, Cross-Industry Accord Seek to Eradicate Forced Labor from Global Supply Chains
Trending: New Tech, Cross-Industry Accord Seek to Eradicate Forced Labor from Global Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Across the globe, brands, manufacturers and employers are becoming more aware of the urgent need to address worker exploitation in global supply chains. Through the development of new cross-industry collaborations and technological solutions, industry leaders hope to put an end to forced labor.

EICC Cross-Industry Initiative Aims to Eliminate Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains
EICC Cross-Industry Initiative Aims to Eliminate Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - CO2 emissions and plastic waste aren’t the only problems plaguing the electronics industry — forced labor and dangerous working conditions are major points of contention for the sector.

Consumer Goods Forum Shares Best Practices to Eradicate Forced Labor from Global Supply Chains
Consumer Goods Forum Shares Best Practices to Eradicate Forced Labor from Global Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - In a bid to eradicate forced labor in global supply chains, a problem that affects 21 million people worldwide, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has released a new report, Business Actions Against Forced Labor, highlighting best practices in tackling the issue.

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3M Report Reveals Better Supplier Engagement Could Help Drive Innovation
3M Report Reveals Better Supplier Engagement Could Help Drive Innovation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Supplier collaboration and sustainability can drive innovation and growth in top supply chains, but only 43 percent of suppliers feel fully empowered to collaborate with their partners, says new research from 3M. Surveying 237 suppliers across the U.S., the report uncovers insight on the most urgent trends, opportunities and challenges facing suppliers today.

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