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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.

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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Activist Groups Challenging Signet to Show Its Supply Chain Some Love This Valentine's Day
Activist Groups Challenging Signet to Show Its Supply Chain Some Love This Valentine's Day

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Despite being one of the most popular gifts for a loved one on Valentine’s Day, jewelry has been notorious for coming at a social and environmental cost that goes well beyond the price tag. Now Signet, the world’s largest jewelry retailer, is being challenged by social and environmental groups across the world to demand that its major diamond and gold supplier, Rio Tinto, clean up its act this Valentine’s Day.

As Stocks of MSC-Certified Fish Rise, Some UK Retailers Falling Behind
As Stocks of MSC-Certified Fish Rise, Some UK Retailers Falling Behind

SUPPLY CHAIN - The availability of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish is better than ever with a million tons of MSC certified cod caught last year, but there is a growing gap between supermarkets that offer their customers ecolabelled sustainable seafood choices and protecting ocean environments, according to new figures released by MSC.Since 2010, Sainsbury’s has led the pack in terms of numbers of products stocked, with 163 MSC-certified seafood products for the last financial year, MSC says. The retailer’s product numbers are almost twice its closest competitor, Waitrose, which is in second place with 79 certified seafood products and more than three times the number of products stocked by M&S.

Unilever Ice Cream Brands Now a Guilt-Free Indulgence Thanks to New Commitment to Sustainable Ingredients
Unilever Ice Cream Brands Now a Guilt-Free Indulgence Thanks to New Commitment to Sustainable Ingredients

SUPPLY CHAIN - Unilever has announced that its Breyers, Fruttare, Magnum and Lipton brand products have all made significant commitments to responsible sourcing.Beginning this month, Breyers will only use real vanilla from Rainforest Alliance-certified vanilla beans from Madagascar. The company will now also only source milk and cream from farmers who don’t treat their cows with artificial growth hormones, making Breyers the largest packaged U.S. ice cream brand to do so.

APP on Slow Progress of Zero Deforestation Policy: 'We Must Have the Courage to Continually Improve'
APP on Slow Progress of Zero Deforestation Policy: 'We Must Have the Courage to Continually Improve'

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - On Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), an unprecedented initiative aimed at defining a new standard and business model for achieving a deforestation-free paper supply chain, Rainforest Alliance (RA) released the results of its evaluation to gauge the paper giant’s progress on its commitments.

Largest Tuna Supplier in Western Pacific Agrees to Provide MSC-certified Tuna
Largest Tuna Supplier in Western Pacific Agrees to Provide MSC-certified Tuna

COLLABORATION - FCF Fishery Company (FCF) has announced that its joint investment, Nambawan, and its associated fleet, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PNAO/Pacifical as a commitment to maintaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability standards while trading tuna harvested from Pacific Island Nations (PNA) waters.Under the agreement, FCF will work with the PNA and Pacifical on criteria for certification and ensuring traceability and reporting from fish harvested to transportation, and processing into its semi-finished and finished products.

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Stonyfield Farm Continues to Drive Transparency with Ingredient Source Map
Stonyfield Farm Continues to Drive Transparency with Ingredient Source Map

MARKETING AND COMMS - Stonyfield Farm has taken the transparency of its supply chain to a new level by creating a source map for each of its ingredients.The New Hampshire-based organic dairy brand worked with SourceMap to create a map detailing the location, farm conditions and history for each of its ingredients, ranging from the dairy farms that supply its milk to the peaches, pears and raspberries that flavor its products.

New Global Traceable Down Standard Addresses Animal Welfare, Supply Chain Traceability from Farm to Factory
New Global Traceable Down Standard Addresses Animal Welfare, Supply Chain Traceability from Farm to Factory

COLLABORATION - In 2013, after years of efforts to develop the highest standard for animal welfare in the industry, outdoor goods retailer and manufacturer Patagonia published its 100% Traceable Down Standard to provide a roadmap for other brands to meet the same high bar and prevent needless animal suffering. Patagonia says it is the only company to date to have fully implemented this rigorous standard, which it achieved in 2014.

Sainsbury's Inching Toward 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
Sainsbury's Inching Toward 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

LEADERSHIP - UK grocery giant Sainsbury’s has announced that 95 percent of the palm oil used in its own-brand products is now certified as sustainably sourced. The supermarket revealed this statistic late last month, on the day it also became the first UK retailer to launch a dishwashing liquid made with palm oil certified as sustainable by mass balance analysis.

Electronics Industry Will Conduct Shadow Audits to Root Out Forced Labor in Malaysia
Electronics Industry Will Conduct Shadow Audits to Root Out Forced Labor in Malaysia

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor.The EICC says it has been working for more than a decade to support the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. Although the EICC Code of Conduct bans trafficked and forced labor, completely eradicating it in the global electronics industry supply chain remains a challenge for everyone—including EICC members.

Panera Bread Reports Strides in Achieving Its Standard for Responsibly Raised Livestock, Poultry
Panera Bread Reports Strides in Achieving Its Standard for Responsibly Raised Livestock, Poultry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Panera Bread today offered details regarding its progress on sourcing only responsibly raised livestock and poultry, following the introduction of its new Food Policy in June.As part of Panera’s commitment to have a positive impact on the food system and provide transparency, the company is sharing progress on further reduction of antibiotic usage and confinement for farm animals in its U.S. supply chain for Panera Bread and St. Louis Bread Company bakery-cafes.

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Leading Up to Fair Trade Month, Keurig Green Mountain Ramping Up Efforts to Develop Resilient Supply Chains
Leading Up to Fair Trade Month, Keurig Green Mountain Ramping Up Efforts to Develop Resilient Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - With Fair Trade Month beginning tomorrow, Keurig Green Mountain Inc. (KGM), formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, has revealed its strategy for building a more resilient supply chain. By continuing its support of fair trade, the company is aiming to build lasting relationships with its suppliers, and help communities become more robust in tackling climate-driven issues that could impact their supplies over the coming decades.

Whirlpool Launches First Refrigerator Water Filter Recycling Program
Whirlpool Launches First Refrigerator Water Filter Recycling Program

WASTE NOT - Whirlpool has announced a new recycling initiative that offers consumers a responsible alternative to throwing out their used refrigerator water filters.Whirlpool typically recommends that consumers replace their refrigerator water filter every six months for optimum performance. However, consumers can now take advantage of the company's Refresh & Recycle mail-in program; a simple way to recycle used refrigerator water filters. Recycled filters will be tested for material content and transformed into concrete aggregate used to build roads and other concrete structures. To make this all happen, Whirlpool says it is partnering with recycling company g2 revolution.

Cargill, Doughnut Companies Promise Sustainable Palm Oil, But NGOs Say Devil Is in the Details
Cargill, Doughnut Companies Promise Sustainable Palm Oil, But NGOs Say Devil Is in the Details

SUPPLY CHAIN - This week, three more major food companies announced new policies around the sourcing of palm oil.

H&M Unveils Conscious Denim, Signs Agreement for More Conscious Supply Chain Management
H&M Unveils Conscious Denim, Signs Agreement for More Conscious Supply Chain Management

COLLABORATION - H&M announced two new initiatives this week centered on the betterment of its supply chains, one from the social perspective and one from the environmental.First, the apparel company signed a unique agreement with ILO, under which the partners will address industrial relations, wages, capacity-building for social partners and skills development throughout H&M’s supply chain.

Unilever, Solidaridad Partner to Help 1 Million Smallholder Farmers
Unilever, Solidaridad Partner to Help 1 Million Smallholder Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Unilever and Solidaridad have announced a new partnership to improve the lives of one million people in Unilever’s extended supply chains.As part of this new partnership agreement, both parties will raise a mix of public and private grants, credit and investments to finance the smallholder farmer initiatives. They also will share the cost of three full time employees to execute the joint program.This builds on Unilever’s and Solidaridad’s history of creating sustainable supply chains that already engage more than 150,000 smallholder farmers and workers in India, Mexico and Colombia.

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Groups call on Walmart, P&G, Coke to Back Proven Recycling Approaches, Not Closed Loop Fund
Groups call on Walmart, P&G, Coke to Back Proven Recycling Approaches, Not Closed Loop Fund

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, a group of public interest organizations called on Walmart and the eight other companies involved in the recently launched $100M “Closed Loop Recycling” loan fund, to instead support proven policies to boost recycling, such as extended producer responsibility (EPR), which holds consumer goods companies financially responsible for the collection of their packaging post-use (rather than having taxpayers and local governments foot the bill) and meeting recycling targets.

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