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Sex and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Redefined, Classified in 'Typology of Modern Slavery'
Sex and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Redefined, Classified in 'Typology of Modern Slavery'

SUPPLY CHAIN - Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, has released a new report, The Typology of Modern Slavery, that breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories, detailing the unique trafficker profile, recruitment tactics, victim profile, and method of control for each different subset of modern slavery.

Consumption-Based Metrics: The Next Challenge for Zero-Waste Cities
Consumption-Based Metrics: The Next Challenge for Zero-Waste Cities

NEW METRICS - Cities are major contributors to – and battlegrounds of – climate change. According to a report from the UN Habitat, cities pump out roughly 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions whilst just occupying just 2 percent of the Earth’s land.

Twinings Puts Communities First with New SDG-Aligned Framework
Twinings Puts Communities First with New SDG-Aligned Framework

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Just days after WWF and ISEAL released a new report highlighting the importance of aligning sustainability standards with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tea brand Twinings announced a new framework designed to improve the lives of tea workers in its supply chain.

New Benchmarks, Empowerment Program Aim to Eradicate Worker Exploitation in Apparel Supply Chains
New Benchmarks, Empowerment Program Aim to Eradicate Worker Exploitation in Apparel Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Growing concerns over the environmental and social impacts of the footwear and apparel industry have kickstarted efforts to create more transparent and ethical supply chains and practices, but there is still a significant amount of work to be done, according to a new benchmarking system launched today by KnowTheChain (KTC), a resource for businesses and investors who need to understand and address forced labor abuse

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Cisco, Shell Earn Their Places in the DJSI, Others Get the Boot
Cisco, Shell Earn Their Places in the DJSI, Others Get the Boot

LEADERSHIP - It’s that time of year again: S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) and Sustainability Investing specialist RobecoSAM have announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review.

Personal Sustainability Alert: FordPass Just Might Help Take the Pain Out of Finding Parking
Personal Sustainability Alert: FordPass Just Might Help Take the Pain Out of Finding Parking

CLEANTECH - More than one-third of American adults agree: Finding parking in many major cities is such a pain that they’re ditching driving to avoid the hassle. But with Ford’s new FordPass® platform, drivers can eliminate that anxiety — and avoid a showdown over parking — before they even get into their car.

How LinkedIn Is Working to Connect Hard-to-Reach Job Seekers With New Opportunities
How LinkedIn Is Working to Connect Hard-to-Reach Job Seekers With New Opportunities

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 5th article in the series.

The Personal Triple Bottom Line: Insight, Impact, Income
The Personal Triple Bottom Line: Insight, Impact, Income

LEADERSHIP - Two decades ago, John Elkington introduced the Triple Bottom Line (TBL), a disruptive corporate tool to measure a company’s success based on three Ps: People, Planet and Profit. TBL and its derivatives are widely used by companies around the world. While some companies have embedded the TBL into the core of their business, many others loosely practice it to varying degrees.

Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Action on Forced Labor, Scale-Up of Low-Carbon Refrigeration
Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Action on Forced Labor, Scale-Up of Low-Carbon Refrigeration

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a group of about 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other global industry stakeholders, sent out two calls to action this month. The CGF is rallying the industry to fight forced labor – which affects 21 million people globally – in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The CGF also plans to ramp up its implementation of low-carbon refrigeration equipment among its members’ stores.

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Introducing PEF: A Game-Changer in LCA
Introducing PEF: A Game-Changer in LCA

NEW METRICS - The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach is a game-changing standard in LCA, with effects and ramifications that we are only just beginning to understand. That’s why PRé is devoting an article series to PEF, discussing it one aspect at a time.Today: How did PEF come about? And what are some of the lessons we have learned so far?

Consumers Aren’t Reading CSR Reports – Here's What You Can Do About It
Consumers Aren’t Reading CSR Reports – Here's What You Can Do About It

MARKETING AND COMMS - Although 82 percent of Americans expect companies to report on the progress of their social and environmental efforts, only 17 percent say they have read a CSR report in the past 12 months, according to the recently released 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study. And who can blame them? Reports tend to be so dull, it’s even a challenge to get them read internally. This illustrates a need for companies to be more creative with the ways they inform and engage consumers and other stakeholders of their progress against goals.

UN Global Compact Unveils Website to Spur Sustainable Business
UN Global Compact Unveils Website to Spur Sustainable Business

LEADERSHIP - The UN Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a new official website aimed at spurring corporate sustainability action.Designed to support business at all stages along the corporate sustainability journey — from those companies that are just learning how to integrate sustainability into their business, to the most advanced companies operating on the leading edge — the website helps make the business case for corporate sustainability and shows how companies can engage on specific issues, such as gender equality and climate. It also provides ideas for leadership practices, such as engaging boards of directors and setting long-term sustainability goals.

Interface Set to Scale 'Net-Works' Program That Turns Fishing Nets Into Carpet
Interface Set to Scale 'Net-Works' Program That Turns Fishing Nets Into Carpet

WASTE NOT - Net-Works, a social entrepreneurship initiative from carpet manufacturer Interface and conservation charity Zoological Society of London (ZSL), has since 2012 collected more than 66,860 kilos of nets from residents in 14 collection sites in Danajon Bank and the Bantayan Islands, according to a recent announcement.In addition, the program has yielded 508 memberships in community banks, with the opportunity to earn supplemental income through the sale of nets, as well as access to financial infrastructure via locally-established CoMSCAs (Community Managed Credit and Savings Associations) or local microfinance initiatives.

Report: UK Public Sector Embracing Smart Tech, But Financing and Implementation Hurdles Remain
Report: UK Public Sector Embracing Smart Tech, But Financing and Implementation Hurdles Remain

CLEANTECH - A majority (87 percent) of public sector sustainability professionals in the UK have begun to embrace smart technologies, but future projects are stymied by lack of finance and poor implementation strategy, according to new research by GE Lighting and the Carbon Trust.The most common areas where there has been significant smart technology adoption are building efficiency (77 percent), LED lighting (57 percent) and water and waste technologies (24 percent). The smart technologies most commonly installed include intelligent features such as sensors, which combined with internet connectivity and control systems, enhance performance and efficiency and reduce resource consumption, costs and carbon emissions.

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With G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans Collection, You Can Help Clean Up the Seas — and Get Free Dry Cleaning for Life
With G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans Collection, You Can Help Clean Up the Seas — and Get Free Dry Cleaning for Life

WASTE NOT - The Eco Laundry Company, the world’s first certified B Corp dry cleaner and laundry service franchise, has announced a strategic partnership with famed denim heavyweight G-Star RAW. As part of the partnership, The Eco Laundry Company will offer free dry cleaning for life for any piece of clothing from G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans collection, a clothing line curated by Pharrell Williams and made with fabric spun from recycled ocean plastic.

Uber and Goodwill Partner to Make Spring Cleaning Simple and Easy
Uber and Goodwill Partner to Make Spring Cleaning Simple and Easy

WASTE NOT - Spring cleaning this year just got a little easier: On Saturday, May 2nd, donating old clothes will be a breeze thanks to a partnership between Goodwill and Uber. Donors can open the Uber app on Saturday, select the GIVE option at the bottom of the screen and request a pickup for their donations to be delivered directly to their local Goodwill, free of charge.

New Tools Helping Companies Holistically Reduce Impacts of TV Productions
New Tools Helping Companies Holistically Reduce Impacts of TV Productions

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Anybody that has seen an episode of Ross Kemp’s “Extreme World" might forgive the production crew if environmental footprint reduction wasn’t top of their agenda when making the show. As the former soap star dodges bullets among far-right factions in Eastern Ukraine or confronts sexual predators in one of South Africa’s most deprived and lawless townships during the latest series, cutting carbon and reducing power use probably isn’t centre of mind.

80 Organizations with $100 Billion in Purchasing Power to Pilot Sustainable Purchasing Program
80 Organizations with $100 Billion in Purchasing Power to Pilot Sustainable Purchasing Program

SUPPLY CHAIN - Eighty organizations with more than $100 billion in purchasing power have signed up to pilot a multi-sector program designed to help organizations reduce their risks and contribute to a more sustainable future.The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s (SPLC) Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 offers purchasers detailed advice for promoting market innovation and optimizing the environmental, social and economic performance of their supply chains.

Dow, TNC Building Tool to Help Companies Better Understand Value of Natural Capital
Dow, TNC Building Tool to Help Companies Better Understand Value of Natural Capital

CLEANTECH - Dow and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have designed a new tool to help companies estimate the business value from nature on and adjacent to their sites, as well as the public value from lands on-site, according to a new progress report on Dow and TNC's six-year Collaboration.

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Tesco Developing Online Sustainability Community for 5,000 Suppliers
Tesco Developing Online Sustainability Community for 5,000 Suppliers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has appointed Anthesis Group to develop and manage a single online sustainability community spanning the retailer’s supply base.

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