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Trending: Stakeholders Continue, with Mixed Success, to Push Brands on Contentious Ingredients
Trending: Stakeholders Continue, with Mixed Success, to Push Brands on Contentious Ingredients

SUPPLY CHAIN - This week has seen another concerted push by concerned stakeholders to clean up major brands’ supply chains.On Tuesday, for the second time in a month, hundreds of activists once again took part in a Week of Action in grocery stores and public spaces across the United States, rebranding grocery store shelves and engaging shoppers to warn them that products from PepsiCo’s Quaker brand may contain Conflict Palm Oil.

adidas Partners to Help End Ocean Destruction, Releases Sustainability Progress Report
adidas Partners to Help End Ocean Destruction, Releases Sustainability Progress Report

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, the adidas Group announced a partnership with Parley for the Oceans, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the beauty and fragility of the oceans and to collaborating on projects that can end their destruction. Together, the organizations will implement a long-term program that builds on three pillars: communication and education; research and innovation; and direct actions against ocean plastic pollution.

With Heinz-Kraft Merger, RAN Calls on Food Giant to Step Up Efforts for Sustainable Palm Oil
With Heinz-Kraft Merger, RAN Calls on Food Giant to Step Up Efforts for Sustainable Palm Oil

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Last month’s announcement that Heinz will acquire Kraft Foods opens a bevy of questions for a company that as a combined force will have annual sales of at least US$28 billion. At a time when consumer food tastes are changing, especially amongst millennials, some will question the viability of a company that relies on sales of ketchup and mac and cheese. But this massive company’s reach also brings up questions about its environmental and human rights impacts — particularly when it comes to palm oil.

New Platform Aims to Help Companies Overcome Barriers to Living Wage for Garment Workers
New Platform Aims to Help Companies Overcome Barriers to Living Wage for Garment Workers

COLLABORATION - On Tuesday, the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) — a Dutch non-profit that works with companies and factories to improve labor conditions for garment workers – launched the Living Wage Portal, a platform through which FWF aims to uncover and overcome the many obstacles that prevent garment workers around the world from earning a living wage.FWF says the best wage is a negotiated wage, set by businesses and workers together. But in major garment-producing countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia, productive dialogue between workers and factories is rare — a key roadblock to better wages. Other major obstacles addressed in the portal include:

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EICC Strengthens Code of Conduct, Adds Key Worker Protections in Fight Against Forced Labor
EICC Strengthens Code of Conduct, Adds Key Worker Protections in Fight Against Forced Labor

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has made the eradication of forced labor a high priority in 2015, as evidenced by a series of recent actions taken to strengthen its Code of Conduct. Today, the Coalition — whose members include Apple, Cisco, Dell, Eastman Kodak, HP, Microsoft and many more — announced changes to its Code designed to protect workers and a membership vote to ban all recruitment fees paid by workers.

General Mills Makes ‘Significant Progress’ Toward Sustainable Palm Oil Goals
General Mills Makes ‘Significant Progress’ Toward Sustainable Palm Oil Goals

NEW METRICS - General Mills made “significant progress” in 2014 toward its commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020, according to the company’s annual Global Responsibility Report.It is furthest along towards the goal of sustainably sourcing 100 percent of two raw materials: palm oil (83 percent) and fiber packaging (99 percent).The 10 ingredients represent more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases and cover a broad range of raw materials including oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets.

Rhode Island Considering Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging
Rhode Island Considering Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Rhode Island lawmakers have introduced two bills that could put end-of-life product management duties onto the shoulders of packaging producers. If passed, Rhode Island will become the first state to enact legislation for extended producer responsibility (EPR) for printed paper and packaging (PPP).

NGOs Say Yum! Brands' New Palm Oil Commitment Is a Good Start, But It Lacks Meat
NGOs Say Yum! Brands' New Palm Oil Commitment Is a Good Start, But It Lacks Meat

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Today, Yum! Brands, the second-largest fast-food giant in America thanks to its KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands, became the latest food company to commit to sourcing deforestation- and peat-free palm oil. NGOs including the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Greenpeace are applauding Yum! for being the biggest global fast food company to commit to sourcing better palm oil, but note that the commitment falls short of perfect.According to Yum!'s new palm oil policy:

Trending: Scorecards Find Unilever, Nestlé Walking Their Talk on Efforts to End Poverty, Deforestation
Trending: Scorecards Find Unilever, Nestlé Walking Their Talk on Efforts to End Poverty, Deforestation

MARKETING AND COMMS - This week, two scorecards revealed how major brands are stacking up when it comes to living up to their commitments to improve their social and environmental stewardship, with Nestlé and Unilever apparently neck and neck for the lead in several areas.

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AP: Your Seafood May Come From Slaves
AP: Your Seafood May Come From Slaves

SUPPLY CHAIN - Major seafood-selling brands such as Safeway, Walmart and Sysco are potentially benefiting from slave labor, a new AP investigation has unveiled.

Social Auditing: A New Tool for Sustainable Development?
Social Auditing: A New Tool for Sustainable Development?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Can social auditing be repurposed for greater good? That was the question posed during a breakout session of the Sedex Global Responsible Sourcing Conference in London last week. Muriel Johnson, AAG Project Manager at Sedex, asked a panel of leading business representatives if social auditing could be used to advance sustainable development within global enterprise, rather than as a simple mechanism to manage risk in the supply chain.

Trafficking Survivor Launches 'Freedom Seal' to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery
Trafficking Survivor Launches 'Freedom Seal' to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today the Tronie Foundation — a Washington-based non-profit organization founded by trafficking survivor Rani Hong, dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery — announced the availability of a new “Freedom Seal” that companies can earn for taking steps to eradicate slavery from their supply chains. Marking the launch of the Seal is a corresponding social media campaign, through which concerned consumers can encourage companies to #AdoptTheSeal.

Hitting the Bull’s-Eye With Your Product Sustainability Program
Hitting the Bull’s-Eye With Your Product Sustainability Program

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It can be daunting to ramp up a sustainability program. This is especially the case when moving from an operations focus, where most programs start, to successfully leveraging the many opportunities associated with product materials and sourcing, design, and production. Yet companies that take aim at their products and measure, improve, and communicate the environmental and social attributes across the life cycle are able to achieve significant improvements that dwarf those they could realize otherwise.

Railsponsible Initiative Out to Rope Railroads into CSR Commitments
Railsponsible Initiative Out to Rope Railroads into CSR Commitments

COLLABORATION - Last week, EcoVadis, operator of a collaborative, sustainable global supply chain platform, announced the launch of Railsponsible, an initiative to drive sustainability throughout the railway supply chain. Six companies in the railway industry - Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen ("NedTrain") and SNCF - participated as founding members of Railsponsible for the launch on March 4th in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Trending: NGOs Prompt Sweeping Improvements to Animal Welfare in the Dairy Supply Chain
Trending: NGOs Prompt Sweeping Improvements to Animal Welfare in the Dairy Supply Chain

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Animal welfare NGOs Mercy for Animals (MFA) and The Humane League declared victories this week, having motivated more large food companies to reform their animal treatment policies, this time after exposing supplier cruelty toward dairy cows and veal calves.

HP Setting Industry Standard with Zero-Tolerance Policy on Forced Migrant Labor
HP Setting Industry Standard with Zero-Tolerance Policy on Forced Migrant Labor

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Last fall, HP became the first company in the IT industry to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in its supply chain with the release of the HP Foreign Migrant Worker Standard.Three months after HP the release of this new standard for preventing exploitative labor practices and forced labor, Sustainable Brands spoke with Bob Mitchell, Global Manager of Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility, to learn how the program is enabling HP to ethically recruit and manage foreign migrant workers.

Why Transparency and Collaboration Are Vital to the European Commission’s CSR Strategy
Why Transparency and Collaboration Are Vital to the European Commission’s CSR Strategy

LEADERSHIP - As the European Commission (EC) prepares its new five-year strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), delegates at their Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR on 3rd and 4th February urged the EC to pick up the pace. Given that this 2015–2020 strategy is still in the making, they have a point.The forum attracted over 450 delegates interested in shaping the EC’s future CSR strategy, many of whom see the formulation of the strategy as a key mechanism to drive innovation, competitiveness and growth for Europe, whilst furthering sustainability goals.

adidas Group Exceeds 2014 Better Cotton Target
adidas Group Exceeds 2014 Better Cotton Target

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, the adidas Group announced that in 2014, it sourced more than 30 percent of all of its cotton as Better Cotton, exceeding the originally planned 25 percent target. This marks the sportswear giant’s highest volume of sustainable cotton use to date. The Better Cotton used in 2014 was predominantly sourced from farmers located in India, Pakistan and Brazil.

Apple Cuts Ties to 18 Suppliers After Sustainability Code Violations
Apple Cuts Ties to 18 Suppliers After Sustainability Code Violations

SUPPLY CHAIN - Apple has terminated its relationships with 18 suppliers to date due to sustainability code violations, according to a new report from the technology company.

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Inditex Bans Use of Angora, Donating Leftover Stock to Syrian Refugees
Inditex Bans Use of Angora, Donating Leftover Stock to Syrian Refugees

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Inditex, one of the world's biggest fashion firms, has banned the sale of angora wool after activists highlighted the cruel treatment of rabbits by farms in China.The parent company of Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka said it would stop selling angora garments in all of its 6,400 shops after facing months of pressure from animal rights campaigners.A PETA campaign against angora wool showed videos of live angora rabbits screaming while fur is pulled from their skins on ten Chinese farms. The video also showed rabbits being stretched on boards and cut as their fur is hacked off.

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