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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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Canadians Rethinking Brand Choices Following Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Following the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April that claimed the lives of 1,127 workers, DIG360 Consulting Ltd. commissioned a survey, powered by Asking Canadians, to ask Canadians about their awareness of the incident, their perceptions around Canadian retailers sourcing overseas and, specifically, their attitudes about Canadian fashion brand Joe Fresh.

Nike, Levi Strauss Publish Updated Hazardous Chemical Plan

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Nike, Levi Strauss, H&M and several other members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group have committed to publishing a list of chemicals targeted for phase out or research by 2015 as part of a plan to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020.

RSN Releases Guide to Help Textile Buyers Trace Their Supply Chains 'To the Spinner'

The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) is quickly becoming the go-to place for informative and useful white papers and reports on supply chain management.

Investors Continue to Express Support for Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Investors representing more than $450 billion of the world’s assets released a statement today expressing their support for the "Conflict Minerals" final rule, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, according to the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN). The statement comes exactly a year before companies will have to send the U.S.

LaborVoices Using Worker Feedback To Paint More Accurate Pictures of Supplier Practices

In the final week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will feature daily articles introducing our semi-finalists. Today, meet LaborVoices.As an AAAS Science Policy Fellow for the U.S State Department’s Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility office, Dr. Kohl Gill was inspired to found LaborVoices while on a trade and labor delegation to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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Efficiency Exchange Leading 'Charge' To Improve Supply Chain Sustainability from the Ground Up

In the final week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will feature daily articles introducing our semi-finalists. Today, meet Efficiency Exchange.

Nestlé USA Commits to Sourcing 100% Certified Cocoa Beans For Its Crunch Bars

Socially conscious Nestlé® Crunch® lovers can soon enjoy their favorite chocolate bar even more. At the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago today, Nestlé USA announced that it will source 100% certified, Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa beans for the entire line of Nestlé Crunch bars.

Indigenous Helps 75% of Artisans in Its Fashion Supply Chain Escape Poverty

Fashion company Indigenous says some 75 percent of the artisans in its supply chain are no longer at risk of poverty and many have achieved milestones of financial security, with some even starting their own artisan workshops.

Walmart Partners with LaborVoices To Ensure Factory Safety in Bangladesh

LaborVoices has announced a new partnership with Walmart that will provide visibility into the retail giant's supply chain through real-time, anonymized worker feedback, to help Walmart ensure safe factory working conditions throughout its Bangladeshi supply chain.

Swoosh and Sustainability: Nike's Emergence as a Global Sustainable Brand

The current controversy over supply chain practices of global corporations such as Disney, Walmart and Sears in Bangladesh reminded me of Nike’s past and its subsequent corporate sustainability evolution. Fifteen years ago, Nike underwent arguably more intense scrutiny and brutal attacks for its global supply chain management policies and priorities.

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H&M, M&S, Benetton, Zara Commit to Fire and Building Safety Agreement in Bangladesh

H&M announced Monday it has publicly committed to supporting the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which was initiated by IndustryALL Global Union and UNI Global Union in response to last month’s deadly building collapse that has claimed some 1100 lives.

EcoShift Launches Enterprise Supply Chain Sustainability Platform

An Ecoshift development team led by three PhD environmental scientists and policy analysts has developed a cloud-based system to help companies engage with their suppliers and use sustainability information to improve supply chain performance and reduce risk.

5 Ways to Make Transparency a Brand Advantage

Pink slime. Pan-European traces of horsemeat. Escolar masquerading as white tuna. Some 30 states considering GMO-labeling legislation.The challenges and opportunities surrounding transparency affect consumers in ways that are deeply personal (if not downright intestinal) and raise the stakes for brands.

The Sustainable Value of "Brand Disney": Strategic Implications of Its Withdrawal from Bangladesh

I do not speak Bangla. But I do know that if I walk up to an eight-year-old kid in the streets of Dhaka or Kolkata and show him a picture of Mickey Mouse, he will bond with me instantly. Such is the global power and influence of love, joy and friendship that beloved Mickey has been exercising for decades.

Timberland Leading the Charge on Improving Lives Throughout Its Supply Chain

Corporate social responsibility has become more mainstream and developed a deeper sense of purpose in the past few years, and we should acknowledge the progress companies and their brands have achieved in this area.

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GreenBlue Launches Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products

Non-profit design and strategy group GreenBlue has released a set of guidelines aimed at protecting forests by taking a holistic approach to the life cycle management of paper products.

United To Launch Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

Hot on the heels of its announcement earlier this week of a goal to save 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013, United Airlines is launching a Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC) initiative in an effort to better understand the environmental performance of and deepen relationships with its suppliers.

Polluting Paradise: Gap, Inc Among Companies Exposed in Indonesian Toxic Water Scandal

In its latest investigation into the polluting effects of the textile industry, Greenpeace International has uncovered the dumping of industrial wastewater containing a cocktail of toxic and hazardous chemicals, and caustic water, directly into the Citarum River in West Java, Indonesia.

Sustainable Harvest Launches Disaster Relief Effort For Organic Coffee Farmers in Latin America

Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers (SHCI) has embarked on a relief effort to help Latin American coffee farmers facing an outbreak of Coffee Leaf Rust Disease, known as Roya in Spanish — a parasitic fungus that is expected to destroy between 30 and 70 percent of the region’s organic coffee harvest.

New Earth Launches Online Tool to Analyze Supply Chain Social Conditions

Non-profit New Earth has released a new online portal to help supply chain stakeholders to better manage social responsibility issues and create incentives to collaborate and drive progress.

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