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Finally, Real Action from Big Banks on Deforestation
Finally, Real Action from Big Banks on Deforestation

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - This month BNP Paribas, the world’s seventh-largest financial institution, announced a new palm oil policy that sets responsible palm oil production as a pre-condition for financing. The policy requires that companies receiving financing protect forests and indigenous people.

Closed Loop Fund Impact Results Demonstrate Economic Benefits of Recycling for Municipalities
Closed Loop Fund Impact Results Demonstrate Economic Benefits of Recycling for Municipalities

WASTE NOT - Closed Loop Fund (CLF) has released the results of its latest impact report, which highlights recent successes such as the diversion of 100,000 tons of materials from landfill, a 230,000 metric ton reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of more than $530,000 in economic benefits to municipalities.

Sainsbury’s Ruffles Certifiers' Feathers with Launch of In-House ‘Fairly Traded’ Label
Sainsbury’s Ruffles Certifiers' Feathers with Launch of In-House ‘Fairly Traded’ Label

SUPPLY CHAIN - British supermarket group Sainsbury’s has launched its own in-house sustainability standard, provoking backlash from The Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade producers alike.

L'Oréal, McDonald's Commit to Nix Deforestation from Commodity Supply Chains
L'Oréal, McDonald's Commit to Nix Deforestation from Commodity Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Forests play a critical role in mitigating global climate change and deforestation is responsible for 10-15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, as well as habitat loss and social conflict. With the development of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the protection of forests has become a top priority for policymakers, investors and consumers.

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Coalition Calls on Fashion Industry to Adopt Transparency Pledge
Coalition Calls on Fashion Industry to Adopt Transparency Pledge

SUPPLY CHAIN - Human Rights Watch is calling on the fashion industry to adopt and carry out the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge. The organization contacted 72 apparel companies, asking them to publish information identifying the factories that produce their goods, addressing a key obstacle to rooting out abusive labor practices across the industry and helping to prevent disasters such as the Rana Plaza collapse.

European Parliament Votes to Phase Out Palm Oil-Based Biofuels by 2020
European Parliament Votes to Phase Out Palm Oil-Based Biofuels by 2020

LEADERSHIP - The social and environmental impacts of palm oil production are widely recognized. And while the issues of deforestation, habitat degradation and human rights abuses are gaining momentum within the international community, measures designed to curtail them — including certification — are plagued by inefficiencies and a lack of transparency.

Panera Launches Zero-Added Sugar Beverages, Challenges Industry to Be More Transparent
Panera Launches Zero-Added Sugar Beverages, Challenges Industry to Be More Transparent

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Transparency is increasingly becoming a food industry standard, with more and more brands sharing information regarding supply chain and nutritional content with consumers. This new wave of transparency is also joined by a greater focus on creating products that are made with “clean” ingredients derived from natural sources. Since the launch of its “Food as It Should Be” campaign back in 2014, Panera Bread has been sharing its journey towards serving only “100% clean” food.

Companies Continue Progress in Erasing Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses from Supply Chains
Companies Continue Progress in Erasing Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses from Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - A wave of efforts to increase transparency and ethics in complex global supply chains in recent years has not only unearthed grave ongoing issues, but a groundswell of private sector commitments to address them. Two that have risen to the forefront of concern for multinationals are deforestation and human rights abuses.

#BusinessCase: Championing Female Role Models Across the Cocoa Value Chain
#BusinessCase: Championing Female Role Models Across the Cocoa Value Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - International Women's Day (March 08) is asking each and every citizen to #BeBoldForChange to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender-equal world. Here, Taco Terheijden, Director of Cocoa Sustainability at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, reflects on why a thriving cocoa sector is predicated on successful female role models.

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Unilever Unveils Game-Changing Fragrance Transparency Initiative
Unilever Unveils Game-Changing Fragrance Transparency Initiative

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Multinational consumer goods company Unilever announced a new transparency measure today that will provide consumers with access to additional fragrance ingredient information for its personal care products.

#BusinessCase: Circular, EPR Schemes Could've Saved UK £72M in Holiday Waste
#BusinessCase: Circular, EPR Schemes Could've Saved UK £72M in Holiday Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Waste packaging and food leftovers from this Christmas alone will have cost councils £72 million1, according to new research from UK think tank Green Alliance. In England, local authorities spend roughly £300 million every year dealing with waste packaging and, after rising steadily since 2001, England’s recycling rates went down for the first time in 2015.

Consumer Goods Firms Prioritizing 'Common Principles' to Eradicate Forced Labour
Consumer Goods Firms Prioritizing 'Common Principles' to Eradicate Forced Labour

COLLABORATION - There are an estimated 21 million victims of forced labour in the world today, with labour exploitation fast becoming the dominant form – in 2015, it overtook sexual exploitation for the first time in the UK. The insidious nature of forced labour, coupled with the growing complexity of global supply chains, makes it a tough problem for corporations to identify, let alone stamp out.

ICTI CARE Piloting Supply Chain Solutions to China's Left-Behind Children Problem
ICTI CARE Piloting Supply Chain Solutions to China's Left-Behind Children Problem

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Domestic migrant workers make up a substantial percentage of the workforce in China's manufacturing industry. Latest figures estimate that there are 247 million migrant workers in the country. These workers often originate from towns and villages hundreds or thousands of miles away from the factories where they work. The majority of these workers are parents, and due to childcare needs and the Hukou system – a household register that has tied people's access to social services to their hometowns, making it difficult for millions of domestic migrant workers to take their children with them.

Collaboration Key to Catalyzing Broadscale Shift to Net Positive
Collaboration Key to Catalyzing Broadscale Shift to Net Positive

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Tuesday, day 2 of New Metrics ’16, Greg Norris of the International Living Future Institute, Jane Abernethy of HumanScale, John Pflueger of Dell, Johanna Jobin of Biogen and Daniel Aronson of Valutus discussed the next stages of the business world’s efforts to become Net Positive.

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How2Compost Label Aims to Facilitate Proper Packaging Disposal
How2Compost Label Aims to Facilitate Proper Packaging Disposal

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - With private and municipal composting programs becoming more mainstream, as well as more companies turning to more sustainable packaging designs, composting is now easier than ever. The next step in the crusade to reduce waste? The Sustainable Packing Coalition (SPC)’s launch of the new How2Compost label program.

CLF Impact Report Reveals Groundwork for Robust Recycling System, Circular Economy in U.S.
CLF Impact Report Reveals Groundwork for Robust Recycling System, Circular Economy in U.S.

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Closed Loop Fund (CLF), a private sector investment fund that finances recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies to advance the circular economy, released its first public progress report. Details reveal investment opportunities in the recycling industry that deliver clear environmental and financial returns for cities, companies, and private investors, despite the headwinds of low commodities prices.

How Nestlé and Unilever Are Gaining Value by Leading in Sustainable Agriculture
How Nestlé and Unilever Are Gaining Value by Leading in Sustainable Agriculture

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Nestlé and Unilever are helping set the standard for sustainable agriculture, according to a survey of over 150 global sustainability heads conducted by Pure Strategies. The responses identified these firms as the leaders and revealed that farm-level engagement is a top priority across industries such as apparel, home and personal care, and life sciences.

Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories
Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories

SUPPLY CHAIN - Many clothes are now made in Turkey because of its proximity to Europe, allowing retailers to fill last-minute orders and get new designs into shops more quickly. But Turkey is a challenging place to do business, especially following the influx of almost 3 million refugees escaping war and bloodshed in Syria. With under-resourced humanitarian assistance, jobs and wages are critical to refugee families’ well-being and security.

KnowTheChain Taking Food, Beverage Brands to Task for Failing to Address Forced Labor Risks
KnowTheChain Taking Food, Beverage Brands to Task for Failing to Address Forced Labor Risks

SUPPLY CHAIN - Every day we eat and drink products tainted by forced labor, a new report has found. Agricultural workers in particular, including migrants and women, are some of the poorest paid and most exploited workers in the world. Many work in harsh conditions on isolated farms, where employers can have complete control. According to KnowTheChain’s latest industry benchmark, the 20 largest global food and beverage companies are failing to address these risks, with an average company score of 30 out of a possible 100.

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Trending: Chicken of the Sea, Google Set to Make Waves with Seafood Traceability Platforms
Trending: Chicken of the Sea, Google Set to Make Waves with Seafood Traceability Platforms

CLEANTECH - Following numerous reports of slave labor in seafood supply chains, traceability seems to have (finally) become a priority for the industry.

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