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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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How SAP's Purposeful Customer Network Solves Business & World Challenges

“Be authentic. You may have lost it for whatever reason: acquisition, merger, leadership changes, a value prop has evolved … but never forget where you came from.” — Alicia Tillman, SAP

EDF Unveils Crowdsourced Platform to Accelerate Sustainable Supply Chains

Site offers tools to help supply chain professionals meet corporate environmental targets.

Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa

New Fairtrade Foundation campaign calls on the UK government and companies to end ‘shameful’ exploitation of cocoa farmers by 2030, in line with the SDGs.

That’s the Spirit: Optimizing the Inputs, and Outputs, of Alcohol

Players large and small are innovating to optimize what goes into — and comes out of — alcohol production.

Global Investors Challenge Fast Food Companies on Climate, Water Risks

Over 80 investors warn that “animal agriculture is the world’s highest-emitting sector without a low-carbon plan.”

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EMF: Unhealthy Food Production Making Healthy Eating Impossible

Hidden killers caused by food production are making healthy eating impossible for people around the world, according to a new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Reducing Transport Emissions in Electronics Supply Chains, the 'SmartWay'

Electronics manufacturers are asking for more sustainability data from suppliers as the demand for CSR extends throughout the supply chain.

Tiffany & Co. Begins New Era of Diamond Transparency

Tiffany begins disclosing the provenance of its diamonds, commits to 100% geographic transparency.

World's Largest Palm Oil Trader Gives Forest Destroyers Nowhere to Hide

After an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace, Wilmar International has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor its palm oil suppliers. This week, the world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, published a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. If implemented, this would put the palm oil giant — which supplies 40 percent of the world’s palm oil — one step closer to finally eliminating deforestation from its supply chain, and would have major implications for the rest of the industry.

'Value Change' Program to Help Companies Handle Tricky Scope 3 Emissions

The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sounds an alarm: “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C …requires rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban infrastructure … and industrial systems.”

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The Art of Failure: Lessons for Brands from the Bottom of the Pyramid

Let me tell you a few things about failure — a subject on which I’m something of an expert.

When it Comes to Climate Change, Holiday Feasts Are Mostly a Mystery

This year’s holiday feasts will feature a bounty of meats, vegetables and other foods, many that people don’t know are big contributors to global warming.

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Launches New Partnerships to Help Farmers Scale Sustainably

This week, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN (LOLS) has launched two new partnerships aimed at helping farmers scale their sustainability efforts.

New Global Map of Ancient, Endangered Forests Brings Conservation Science to Boardrooms

Today marks the public launch of a new online tool that will enable global companies to identify the world’s ancient and endangered forests.

Q&A: MSC on Its Plan to Put Fishing on a 'Pathway to Sustainability'

With the Our Ocean conference taking place in Bali, Indonesia, this week, ocean sustainability has been a hot topic: The event burst with sweeping commitments from the public and private sector alike aimed at cleaning up and protecting this precious resource. One such commitment came from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which launched a £1 million Ocean Stewardship Fund.

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Target, ADM Join Food Giants Rising to Ceres' AgWater Challenge

Today, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announce the addition of Target and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, to the AgWater Challenge. The two companies’ new water stewardship commitments were shared today at the Financial Times Water Summit in London.

Addressing SDG 5: 5 Steps to Promote Gender Equality in the Supply Chain

In 2015, the world got one step closer to a better future when 193 countries committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework for addressing the global community’s most critical economic, social and environmental challenges. These goals aim to eliminate poverty and hunger, promote global access to healthcare and education, protect earth’s natural resources, achieve gender equality, and more.

Nespresso Pilots Weather Index Insurance Program for Colombian Smallholder Coffee Farmers

Nespresso has partnered with Blue Marble Microinsurance — a startup with the mission of providing socially impactful, commercially viable insurance protection to the underserved and incorporated by nine insurance entities — to launch a pilot weather index insurance program for smallholder coffee farmers in Colombia.

4 Steps to Building a Brand That Supports Smallholder Farmers

This summer, whilst working in Barbados, I got my hands on an old drum set and learnt how to play the classic four-on-the-floor disco beat. It felt great to (just about) crack something so quickly, partly because it makes a nice change from the day job — building ethical brands, which takes a lot longer than a couple of weeks.

Tips from Dr. Bronner’s, Sun World, Wrangler on Advancing Regenerative Ag Supply Chains

The winds are changing. Companies that have operated many steps removed from the farms and people that produce their raw materials are building stronger connections to their agricultural supply chains. This shift stems from interest to replenish soil and water supplies, and boost overall resilience and output through regenerative and thriving agriculture. Pure Strategies’ latest report, Connecting to the Farm, points to the best practices companies are using to get closer to the farm while advancing these critical sustainability aims and gaining valuable business benefits.

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