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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Tony’s Chocolonely Aiming to Spark Further ‘Conversation’ with UK Chocolate Lovers

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The ethical chocolate maker has released three ‘Conversation Bars’ — available exclusively online and at Waitrose through January 25 — designed to provoke discussion around systemic issues in the chocolate supply chain.

European Retail Giants Drop Brazilian Beef Over Deforestation Linked to Meat Giant JBS

The move comes following an investigation by Repórter Brasil and Mighty Earth that tracked deforestation-linked beef to European retail store shelves. JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has long been on the radar of environmental NGOs and forward-looking investors due to its destructive practices.

Cotton Laundering Shows Risk of Business as Usual with China

China’s importance to global supply chains as a key source of raw materials and labor puts brands at high risk of inadvertently supporting forced labor. Right now, the focus is on the garment industry; but other industries should pay close attention and ensure they are closely monitoring their entire supply chains.

Integration Technology Can Improve Resiliency, Sustainability in Supply Chain Management

The pandemic-induced supply chain hurdles represent a reboot opportunity for companies. Here, we examine how companies can leverage modern integration technology to both improve supply chain performance and address sustainable supply-chain management practices.

Attention, Business Leaders: Environmental Rights, Human Rights Inextricably Linked

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Perhaps the takeaway of the week is that the ‘next 10 years’ of business and human rights coincide with the 2030 deadline for us to halve carbon emissions — and that environmental rights are now very clearly seen as human rights. Companies pursuing a net-zero strategy must make human rights central, too.

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2021 a ‘Landmark’ for Corporate Human Rights Litigation

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. On day two of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, delegates discussed how environmental damage is being viewed as a human rights violation in a growing number of court cases around the world — and that the UN Guiding Principles may increasingly be criteria in court judgements.

Where Is the New Roadmap for Business and Human Rights Taking Us?

As delegates from the UN launched the roadmap at day one of this year's Business and Human Rights Forum, full respect for human rights by business was described as a strategic — not just an operational — issue, requiring a change of corporate culture and of business models.

Natural Resources: Brands Partnering with Indigenous Communities on Forest Conservation

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Consumer goods brands and retailers aiming to diminish their climate impacts or even become forest positive can find cost-effective solutions to protect forests when they partner with indigenous communities on the ground.

Roots of Change: How Fairtrade Is Unlocking Climate Resilience, Fairer Incomes for Cocoa Farmers

In a recent webinar, representatives from throughout the Fairtrade ecosystem, along with partners Lidl and Tony’s Chocolonely, discussed how the NGO and its partner brands are working to finally make cocoa farming sustainable for producers.

VF Corp Shows How Science-Based Targets Can Help Measure True Progress on Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Setting climate targets is one thing, but achieving them has often proven a challenge. According to VF Corp’s VP of Global Sustainability, Jeannie Renne-Malone, part of the reason for the company’s success was due to making sustainability a company-wide effort rather than a niche project.

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HowGood Augments Ingredient Sustainability Database with OP2B’s Regenerative Ag Metrics

Brands and retailers using HowGood’s Latis platform can now further improve product impacts using uniform metrics and thus contribute to a global agricultural transition.

How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains

At SB’21 San Diego, innovators in the agriculture, electronics, food and plastics industries shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at closing loops and optimizing value chains for a circular, regenerative future.

From Silicon Valley to Rural Africa: Boosting Energy Access with the D-REC Initiative

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The potential for D-RECs as an instrument for transformative change is limited only by the corporate appetite for renewables, which at this point sees no signs of waning. While the infrastructure is currently being built and finalized, the chance to funnel investments is just around the corner.

Trending: Beauty Brands Building Biodiversity, Better Packaging Solutions

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Aveda and L’Occitane Group continue to raise the bar for beauty industry sustainability ambitions with new packaging innovations and a ‘nature-positive’ biodiversity strategy.

Scope 3: The Holy Grail of Walking Our Climate Talk

Managing these external emissions is hard, as they often lie outside of a company’s direct control. How do you get a supplier to change its practices? How do we capture these emissions data points? How do we assess the data quality?

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Cartier, Kering Lead Initiative to Future-Fit Watch and Jewelry Production

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The two luxury giants and the Responsible Jewellery Council have partnered on an industry-first initiative to broaden and strengthen efforts to transform the jewelry industry for climate resilience, with the SDGs at their core.

1.8M Fairtrade Farmers to World Leaders: 'Keep Your Climate Promises'

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Signed by Fairtrade producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the letter warns governments of developed nations that their lack of climate action is threatening farmers' livelihoods and global food supplies.

Holistic Approach to US Cotton-Growing Yielding Benefits for Flora, Fauna and Farmer

As consumers demand that brands and retailers provide more sustainable products and ask for transparency, companies understand that these need to start at the very beginning — in the dirt, so to speak.

A Just Transition: How Nestlé is Taking a New Approach Across Our Value Chain

Whether in our personal lives or in business, doing only what is required or expected is generally unsatisfying. If your plan of action means doing the bare minimum, the status quo is the likely result.

Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As the global chip shortage drags on and demand for electronics exceeds supply, we hope that the market for refurbished electronic devices and a circular economy will gain more traction.

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