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

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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New Traceability Playbook Aims to Accelerate Sustainable Transformation of Fashion Supply Chains

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The open-source playbook from TrusTrace, Fashion Revolution and Fashion for Good offers a one-stop guide for fashion brands wanting to fulfill on the new business imperative for transparency.

Fashion’s Supply Chain Visibility Comes Into Focus

It remains to be seen whether the SEC’s proposed climate-disclosure rules will go into effect; but with the EU bringing in sustainable textile regulations and states passing laws on supply chain due diligence, increased scrutiny over the climate impacts of brands and retailers will continue to grow.

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Mandates Supply Chain Due Diligence

The law is a direct response to the widespread, well-documented reports of crimes against humanity in the Uyghur regions — and the fact that the reactions from most global brands to the issue have been, to put it lightly, disappointing.

Collaboration, Communication Key to Scaling Sustainable Forestry in Supply Chains

In a recent webinar, FSC, Procter & Gamble and Stok discussed how companies can fulfill their role in the responsible sourcing and manufacturing of products derived from forests.

New Guide to Aid US Food Sector’s Climate Transition Plans as Investors Ramp Up Pressure

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Investors can use the guide to engage companies by emphasizing the importance of disclosing their full-scope GHG emissions and setting 1.5°C emissions-reduction targets — ahead of forthcoming mandates.

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Tattersall Distilling Offers Proof of Concept for Locally Produced, Circular Spirits at Scale

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The microdistiller not only sources grains, fruit and materials from local suppliers — it repurposes as many byproducts of the distilling process as possible, in what’s likely one of the most scalable examples of circularity so far in the spirits business.

Tesco, WWF Tapping Sustainable Food Startups to Fast-Track Supply Chain Innovations

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The Innovation Connections accelerator program aims to fast-track vital food system innovations; Tesco is also calling on the UK government to help accelerate scale-up of late-stage innovations in food supply chains.

Country Crock’s Cover Crop Whiskey Shows Benefits of Regenerative Farming Practices

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Kansas City distiller J. Rieger & Co. has crafted a one-time edition of Cover Crop Whiskey, made with cereal rye from local farms, to raise awareness of more sustainable farming practices.

Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care

A new report by TRAFFIC, the FAO and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Medicinal Plant Specialist Group looks at 12 common, wild-harvested plant ingredients and their effects on local sourcing communities and ecosystems.

New Partnerships Putting Mycoprotein at Center of Sustainable Food Future

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. A new MycoTechnology partnership will scale production of mycoprotein and eliminate food waste in Oman; while Quorn and Drew Barrymore expand their partnership with a new educational series, “Myco101.”

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New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Through the seven-year partnership, Kia will support The Ocean Cleanup’s work and construction of new plastic-collection devices, and integrate portions of the harvested plastic into its value chain.

40 Acre Co-Op Sowing Seeds for Financially Sustainable Future for Black Farmers

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. The first national Black farmer co-op since the Reconstruction era is on a mission to revive and support Black farmers — which have dwindled to a mere 1.4% of farmers in the US — and cultivate a national network of growers of regeneratively farmed hemp.

Why Restaurants Overusing Their Fry Oil Are ‘Fresh’ Out of Excuses

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Who knew that overused fry oil represented such an untapped health and sustainability market opportunity? FreshFry CEO Jeremiah Chapman breaks it down.

Curbing Ocean Plastic Waste: Is Your Brand Missing the Boat?

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Reducing plastic waste is a winning issue for consumers. With so many examples of early success and ROI, there’s no better time to join the movement by committing to reduce plastic pollution and limiting the need for virgin plastic.

Startups Continue to Cultivate Alternative, Animal-Free Food Offerings

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Singapore-based Karana and Montreal-based Opalia both have the potential to lead the growing markets for lower-impact, cruelty-free food options.

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