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Supply Chain

How leading companies, NGOs and solution providers are working to address the myriad issues that can arise in any supply chain.

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Connected Products Platform Illuminates ‘Soul’ of Garments by Improving Supply Chain Visibility

Connected Products Platform Illuminates ‘Soul’ of Garments by Improving Supply Chain Visibility

By enabling raw material traceability at scale, Avery Dennison’s atma.io helps brands account for varying environmental footprints through more granular supply chain data, and empowers consumers to hold brands accountable to their sustainability promises.

Innovation and Data Driving Sustainability in US Cotton Industry

As pressures mount to make fashion more sustainable, brands, retailers, policymakers and industry leaders are all seeking assistance and assurances that global supply chains are using verified data and technology to improve the industry's footprint.

This Company Is Sowing the Seeds for a Scalable Regenerative Ag Revolution

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Regrow’s climate-smart digital platform is making regenerative farming accessible and scalable for scientists, farm advisors, growers and conservationists, while pushing food giants toward their net-zero goals.

Brands Are Only as Strong as the Weakest Link in Their Supply Chain

Demand for low-cost goods has pushed manufacturing into the farthest regions of the world — many of which are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and harsh conditions. Eliminating the most vulnerable links only creates more problems; brands are only as strong as the weakest link in their supply chain.

FTC Cashmere Models New Approach to a Truly Sustainable Supply Chain

The dire social and environmental consequences of opaque fashion supply chains have been laid bare; and consumers now demand that brands have clear, verifiable visibility throughout their supply chains. FTC shows that it can be done — but it requires a vastly different way of thinking.

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Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change

Diageo has committed to cultivating solutions to enable the farmers in its African supply chain — who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of increasing droughts and floods — to maintain steady farming cycles and income in a climate-changing world.

Tazo’s Transition to Regenerative Organic a Linchpin of Tea Industry’s Sustainability Ambitions

The tea brand’s ‘Regenerative Roadmap’ aims to completely reimagine the way Tazo creates its teas, and plays a key role in industry giant ekaterra’s overarching sustainability strategy.

Coca-Cola Bottler Launches Partnerships to Optimize Its Supply Chain — on a Financial and a Molecular Level

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and one of the world's leading consumer goods companies, has embarked on two potentially game-changing, collaborative initiatives to fast-track sustainability innovation throughout its supply chain.

Ben & Jerry’s, Tony’s Chocolonely Begin ‘Love A-Fair’ in Name of 100% Slavery-Free Chocolate

The two companies known for their passion for social justice and ethical chocolate have joined forces to end modern slavery and child labor in the cocoa industry.

4 Things We Must Get Right to Truly Transform the US Agriculture System

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As regenerative ag gains momentum in the US, how do we ensure that the transition of the food system materializes in a way that supports equitable economic prosperity while allowing people and planet to flourish long term? Here are four areas where today’s decisions will shape US agriculture’s future trajectory.

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Why Higher Commodity Prices Hurt Smallholder Farmers — and What Can Be Done to Help

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. By investing in SMEs in developing countries, we aim to help them enhance their businesses for the benefit of smallholders — proving they are credible to the local banking sector along the way. Ultimately, our core purpose is to tilt the economic balance back toward smallholders; so they can make a decent living in normal times and survive inevitable price shocks.

About You, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Zalando Partner on Climate Action Platform for Fashion Brands

In a unique industry collaboration, the three online retailers are launching a bespoke learning platform to support their brand partners in setting science-based emissions-reduction targets.

B Lab Aligns with IDH to Enable More Companies, Workers to Benefit from a Living Wage

B Lab has updated its B Impact Assessment guidance and standards to align with the IDH Living Wage Roadmap — highlighting more companies’ work on this front will illustrate the feasibility of providing living wages globally.

This Cacao-Free Chocolate Startup Is Ready to Show ‘Big Chocolate’ a Sustainable Way Forward

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. “Our alternative chocolate is saying that this industry can function in a different way — and it doesn’t have to be stuck doing things it has been doing for 60 years, making billions of dollars a year off the hard work of farmers in West Africa.” — WNWN co-founder Johnny Drain

New eCommerce Platform Will Decrease Supply Chain Opacity, One Purchase at a Time

Neuterra enables consumers to make data-driven purchasing decisions and helps brands gain valuable insights on sustainability trends, with the goal of revealing the true cost of consumption and taking an intersectional approach to addressing the climate crisis.

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GoodSam Foods Out to Scale Regenerative, Farmer-Driven Model for Sustainable Snacks

The three-year-old maker of snacks, coffee and other ethically sourced foods is aiming to show that brands can source from regenerative ag systems; but it will require a real commitment to working with rural communities who, for too long, have been left behind by the modern food system.

Toxnot: A Passport to Healthier Materials, Products, Supply Chains

Toxnot’s cloud-based software helps advance companies’ focus on material health and supply chain engagement. Shaw's Kellie Ballew spoke with Toxnot CEO and co-founder Pete Girard about the greatest challenges to supply chain engagement.

This Startup Is Determined to Provide ‘Plenty’ of Jobs and Leafy Greens All Year Round

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. By teaming up with retail leader Walmart, San Francisco-based Plenty is set to supply California (for starters) with healthy, sustainable food at an affordable price, using only 1% of the land needed for traditional farming.

Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’

Many companies still shy away from responsibility for what’s happening in the first mile of their supply chains; but First Mile, along with its nonprofit and brand partners, is actively engaging with these issues — and creating positive impacts for thousands of waste collectors around the world.

Why, for Bumble Bee, Certification Matters for the Future of Sustainable Seafood

Cross-Posted from Redefining Sustainable Seafood for the Future. As anyone who works on sustainable supply chains knows, getting transparency and/or certification on the final pieces can often be the most difficult. Bumble Bee’s goals will require ensuring better practices around catch reporting and verification of data, and working with and training consultants and vessel operators.

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