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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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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.

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.

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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.

Business Resiliency: How Social Responsibility Has Strengthened Driscoll’s Farming Communities

Driscoll’s President Soren Bjorn discusses creating shared value within its business and local communities.

Why Self-Regulation of Cocoa Sourcing Is a Conflict of Interest

Without oversight or a watchdog, what imperative do companies have to make a tangible impact on the livelihoods of cocoa farmers over increasing profit margins? 

In a COVID-19 World, Brands Need to Earn Customers’ Trust Through Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. As fashion brands and retailers use the silver lining of COVID-19 to strengthen their sustainability commitments, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol can help them demonstrate their sourcing and supply chain commitments to meet customer demand.

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Report: Unlocking Manufacturer Innovation Key to Achieving Circular Fashion

With the COVID-19 and climate crises threatening industry’s dominant business model — which is based on continued growth in production — circular models will need to be at the heart of fashion’s growth plans going forward.

Building Back Better Demands More Thoughtful Tourism

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. COVID-19 has demonstrated that changes must be made in order to support and secure the future of travel. Along with elevated safety protocols, a genuine commitment to sustainability provides a roadmap to a more responsible travel industry.

Cosmetics Brands Leading Big Shift on Biodiversity

A new report reveals the top 10 lessons learned by a group of more than 50 leaders in the cosmetics, food and personal care industries that source with respect for people and biodiversity.

The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Forging a path that recognizes both the importance of recycling and the specific needs of manufacturers will enlist far more companies into the world of recycled plastic. The key to this happy medium is blending.

All Timberland Products to Be 100% Circular, Net Positive by 2030

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The brand is aiming to design 100% of its products for circularity, and source 100% of materials from regenerative agriculture.

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Growing Pressure on Brands to Cut Supply Link Tainted with Uyghur Forced Labor

State-sanctioned camps, forced labor and cultural genocide are something no company should be involved with, directly or indirectly.

US Soybean Industry Protocol Addresses Sustainable Farming Practices

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. As soy production and uses have expanded worldwide, so have calls for more responsible farming practices to conserve vital natural resources.

General Mills, Nestlé, Walmart CEOs Lead Coalition to End Food Waste Worldwide

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The Coalition of Action to End Food Waste aims to enact measures that benefit the environment and the global economy, and ensure more food makes it to stores and onto consumers’ tables.

Tiffany, Unilever Create New Standards for Supply Chain Transparency

Tiffany & Co has become the first luxury jeweler to share the full craftsmanship journey of its diamonds; while satellite tech is helping Unilever root out deforestation in its palm oil supply chain.

prAna’s Responsible Packaging Movement Aims to Foster Sea Change in Fashion

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Leading by example, the sustainable fashion brand has pledging to eliminate plastic from its consumer packaging by 2021, the use of Ancient and Endangered Forest by 2022, and to eliminate virgin forest fibers by 2025.

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