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UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 2: What’s New in Mandatory Human Rights ’Due Diligence’ Law?

UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 2: What’s New in Mandatory Human Rights ’Due Diligence’ Law?

Companies are obliged to monitor and manage environmental and human rights standards in their supply chains. This week saw major steps forward in support for enforcing human rights due diligence by law, as well as major debates in shaping the new laws. Here are my 10 takeaways from the debates.

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Day 1: ‘The Most Vulnerable Are Always in Your Supply Chain’

What links the two major themes to emerge from the day — COVID and climate — is the need for companies to take steps to assist vulnerable people in supply chains, and to ensure their needs are always taken into account. 

Scarcity Breeding Increasingly Innovative Water-Saving Strategies in Agriculture

By incorporating new technologies and tactics into farming practices, agriculture can promote more efficient irrigation and water management — and play a major role in global water conservation and reuse.

Brands, Retailers Must Prioritize Data to Improve Purchasing Practices, Supply Chain Resiliency

After decades advocating for business that prioritizes workers and the environment alongside profitability, it is obvious to me that any efforts to pivot to address changing consumer demand and market uncertainty will be futile if workers are treated as commodities or taken for granted.

Chipotle’s Real Foodprint Tracks Sustainability Impact of Menu Items

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Guests ordering on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com now get a first-of-its-kind look into the brand’s sourcing efforts, down to the ingredient — and can track how Chipotle reduces its environmental impacts.

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Q&A: FSC on the Role of Brands in the Fight Against Climate Change

As Forest Stewardship Council Director General Kim Carstensen explains, the certification helps brands take climate action by offering a simple way for consumers to make a difference, connected to tangible impacts in forests.

Collaboration, Not Competition, Is the Key to Affordable and Sustainable Fashion

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is a knowledge-sharing platform and partnership for the entire cotton supply chain. It offers brands and retailers better access to the cotton data that they need to be more sustainable.

Did Lack of Transparency Invalidate Asia’s First Corporate Sustainability Bond?

The devil's in the details: Allegations of deforestation in Michelin’s natural rubber supply chain highlight the need for greater transparency in ‘green’ financing.

Soybean Farmer Takes Active Role in Biodiesel Industry

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Rob Shaffer — a fourth-generation soybean, corn and Angus cattle farmer — has been active in industry organizations for more than a decade. He was invited to join the National Biodiesel Board in 2012 and hasn’t looked back.

How the Cocoa Industry Can and Must Change to Tackle the Climate Crisis

Ceres’ new Investor Brief on Cocoa identifies three key challenges posed to the cocoa industry by shifting social and environmental conditions, and the actions companies can take today to mitigate the material financial risks embedded in cocoa supply chains.

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Growing the Market with Averted Plastic

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. “Averted Plastic” encompasses any mismanaged plastic waste. Oceanworks has expanded its marketplace to include this material — incentivizing entrepreneurs worldwide to divert all plastic waste into economical recycling programs.

Back to the Roots Fills Growing Need for Organic, 100% US-Grown Seeds

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The food and gardening startup furthers its mission to “undo food” with the release of organic, non-GMO, domestically grown seeds for 92 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers — in packaging made of 100% recyclable materials.

Cover Crops Helped Farmers Thrive During Difficult 2019 Weather

According to an annual farmer survey conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center, cover crops improved yields and made farms more resilient to the especially wet spring weather last year.

It Takes a Village: Driscoll’s Dives Deep into Water Stewardship

“One question we had to ask ourselves was: Are we a sustainability department or are we a company that holds water sustainability in high regard? We need to be the latter to really be successful.”

Strategies for Scaling Ocean Plastic Supply

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Brand commitments are the engine driving recycled plastic’s transition to scale. Making recycled plastic content part of your brand story is hands down the most important way to move the needle.

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MSC: Progress Has Been Made in Sustainable Fishing, But Change Needs to Happen Faster

According to a new report, over 17% of the world’s wild marine catch is now MSC certified; but consumers, brands and retailers must all help to accelerate the pace of change.

How Fairtrade Protects Company Supply Chains — and Brand Reputations

We caught up with Peg Willingham, newly minted Executive Director of Fairtrade America, to clear up the confusion around the concept of “fair trade”; and hear why Fairtrade is more important than ever.

Retailers Could Be the Most Important Player in Reducing Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. If we want to reduce food waste, we need consumer-led solutions — which can be sparked by retailers. Brands, manufacturers and other food system actors get their message through to consumers if retailers open the door for them.

Can We Halve Global Food Waste by 2030? Not Without Our Suppliers

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. While some nations and food companies have made encouraging progress and crossed the halfway mark towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, there’s still a long way to go.

Primark and CottonConnect: Bringing Sustainable Cotton from Field to Fashion

Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme — potentially the largest independent programme managed by a fashion retailer — enables it to trace the source of its sustainable cotton, right down to the community it was grown in.

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