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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What about the ‘S’ in ESG? New Guidelines for Evaluating Companies’ Social Performance

When it comes down to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, more and more investors are looking at how companies perform on human rights. Guarding long-term investments against a potential fallout from social grievances has become part of their fiduciary duty.

Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain

Cotton is often king in discussions surrounding the creation of a more sustainable apparel industry, yet over 120 million trees are felled every year — 30 percent of which originate from ancient and endangered forests — to produce textiles such as viscose and rayon.

Q&A: Tim Greiner on the Key Players in the Sustainable Agriculture Revolution

By 2050, our global population will grow by more than 2 billion, which will require 70 percent more food. In addition to rising demand, companies are facing increasing scrutiny on the environmental impacts across their value chains. While improvements in processing and packaging are helping brands progress on sustainability, interventions at farm level are essential for driving real change. We recently spoke with Pure Strategies’ Co-Founder and Managing Director, Tim Greiner, to learn more about how brands and farmers both are working together to usher the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Wrangler Launches Soil Health Pilot Program to Bolster Sustainable Cotton Supply

The fashion and textile industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift with key industry stakeholders working to drive sustainable cotton towards the mainstream.

Groundbreaking Digital Platform Helps Businesses Identify Climate Risks Across the Value Chain

A new digital transparency tool is making it easier than ever for businesses to pinpoint climate change risks along their supply chains. Launched by data specialists Everycs, the open-source data platform Makersite is the first of its kind and allows users to map carbon footprints and assess environmental impacts at different stages of the value chain.

Coalition Calls on Fashion Industry to Adopt Transparency Pledge

Human Rights Watch is calling on the fashion industry to adopt and carry out the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge. The organization contacted 72 apparel companies, asking them to publish information identifying the factories that produce their goods, addressing a key obstacle to rooting out abusive labor practices across the industry and helping to prevent disasters such as the Rana Plaza collapse.

Fashion Transparency Index Reveals Even Top Brands Lagging in Supply Chain Transparency

Four years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in which 1,134 people were killed, Fashion Revolution has released its 2017 Fashion Transparency Index, which ranks 100 of the biggest fashion companies on their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts.

Starbucks Helps Safeguard the Future of Coffee with Pledge to Replant 1B Coffee Trees

Building on its commitment to provide support to coffee growers around the world, Starbucks Coffee Company has announced that it will deliver 100 million healthy coffee trees to farmers who need them by 2025.

Walmart Launches Sustainability Platform to Reduce 1GT CO2 Emissions Across Value Chain

Walmart is the first retailer to adopt a science-based target emissions-reduction plan, in which it aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025, as well as reducing CO2e emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigton) between 2015 and 2030.

Call to Action: What Will It Really Take to Build Ethical Tech Supply Chains?

High-profile incidents, such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh in 2013 and the exposé of slavery and human trafficking in the Thai seafood and electronics industries in 2014 have rightly drawn the world’s attention to global supply chains. As shameful as these incidents are, they are not anomalies. Many unethical, unsafe and unsustainable practices persist, under the radar, three or four layers down the supply chain.

Hershey Traces It Back with New SourceMap Transparency Tool

As consumers increasingly demand to know more about their food, transparency is becoming a top priority for brands. Providing information not only about ingredients, but where and how ingredients are produced is becoming common practice — and those who abstain from such actions are at risk of falling behind.

Target Puts Responsible Sourcing Aspirations Into Action with New Forest Products Policy

Putting its responsible sourcing aspirations into action, Target has developed a new forest products policy. The policy will see the retailer source all of the wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood-based fiber used in its brand-owned products from well managed, credibly certified forests and post-consumer recycled materials.

New SALSA Platform to Promote Sustainability in Agri-Business Across SE Asia

In a bid to boost sustainability in Indonesia’s agri-business sector, PT SMART Tbk (PT SMART) — a subsidiary of Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) — and the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) have launched a new regional platform that will deliver research-based training and enhance sustainability standards in major commodity chains, including palm oil.

Sex and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Redefined, Classified in 'Typology of Modern Slavery'

Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, has released a new report, The Typology of Modern Slavery, that breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories, detailing the unique trafficker profile, recruitment tactics, victim profile, and method of control for each different subset of modern slavery.

Applied DNA Launches CertainT Platform to Improve Traceability, Boost Consumer Confidence

Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, has introduced a new supply chain platform known as CertainT that certifies authenticity and origin of products and brands.

Ford’s Enhanced PACE Program Could Cut 500,000 Metric Tons of CO2 from Supply Chain

Supply chain transparency, management and engagement are crucial components to the transition towards a more sustainable business model and with a growing arsenal of tools and research at their disposal, it’s now easier than ever for brands to engage in transformative activities.

2degrees Releases Sustainable Manufacturing Platform to Help Brands Engage Suppliers at Scale

Supply chains are where 80 percent or more of a company’s costs and risks lie and where most interventions geared towards helping companies stay competitive are focused. Squeezing supply chains alone, however, is no longer an effective measure to keep ahead of the curve — moving forward, brands will need to find new ways to collaborate with suppliers to achieve further savings and reduce risk and impacts. A new online platform created by 2degrees seeks to make this possible, for the first time, at scale.

Cocoa Giants Cargill, Nestlé, Mars Join Forces to Put an End to Deforestation

Twelve of the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies have agreed to collectively work towards ending deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The agreement commits the participating companies to develop and present a joint public-private framework of action to address deforestation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) meeting in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.

Companies Continue Progress in Erasing Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses from Supply Chains

A wave of efforts to increase transparency and ethics in complex global supply chains in recent years has not only unearthed grave ongoing issues, but a groundswell of private sector commitments to address them. Two that have risen to the forefront of concern for multinationals are deforestation and human rights abuses.

EILEEN FISHER, Patagonia, Target Join Committee to Advance Sustainable Artisan Supply Chains

Nest, a New York-based nonprofit focused on creating a better life for workers in the cottage industry, has announced the formation of the Nest Artisan Advancement Steering Committee, a coalition of heavy hitters in fashion and home design committed to addressing sustainability issues impacting the global community of homeworkers and artisans.

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