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Supply Chain

How leading companies, NGOs and solution providers are working to address the myriad issues that can arise in any supply chain.

New Campaign Aims to Teach Cannabis Users Benefits of Regenerative Farming

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. While the herb is heralded as a natural solution for pain, anxiety and other ailments, conventional growing practices across the industry are far from earth friendly.

When It Comes to Cotton Production, Sustainability Is in the Water

Through new technologies, data collection and third-party verification, brands and retailers now have the critical assurances they need to show that the cotton fiber in their supply chain is more sustainably grown, with lower environmental and social risk.

Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability

As consumer demand for organic cotton soars, so does skepticism over the sustainability of the sector. The response must not be to retreat from organic cotton, but to invest more in supporting farmers to help them make the often-difficult conversion to organic on the ground.

Aleph Farms Reveals Plan to Replace the Whole Cow as Alternative to Intensive Cattle Farming

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Bringing to market cell-cultured collagen is the company's next step in a system-based approach to providing a sustainable alternative to complex animal agriculture.

Conquering the Grass Ceiling: Female Farmers Feeding America and the World

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it seems only fitting to focus on the women working to feed our country. From raising dairy and beef cows to vegetables and other crops — women are slowly becoming the face of the next generation of US farmers.

Now More Than Ever, Food Companies Need to Show Their Work on Climate Commitments

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Detailed disclosure is critical in climate action plans. An emissions-reduction target is insufficient without baseline emissions data to compare it to; because investors and stakeholders have no way of knowing if major sources of emissions are going unmeasured, undisclosed and unaddressed.

Transparency and Traceability Must Drive Sustainable Fashion

Traceability is the foundation upon which we can truly revolutionize the fashion industry, revealing the actual costs of products and ensuring that the wealth generated from production gets redistributed more fairly.

New Platform to Help Apparel Brands Illuminate Darkest Corners of Supply Chains

Laudes Foundation’s Transparency in Action portal features best practices, expert advice, tools and resources — including information on existing and upcoming legislation — for brands to take informed steps towards transparency and expand their current efforts.

EU Proposes Plan to Hold Companies Accountable for Human Rights Violations

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence would oblige companies to identify, prevent, and mitigate human rights and environmental violations in their value chain. But there is debate over whether companies can be reasonably expected to control their entire value chain, down to the smallest suppliers.

From Shores to Shelves: Codifying Ocean Plastic Supply Chains

Brands committed to increasing sustainability by putting ocean plastic to good use deserve the infrastructure and data they need to verify their products and meet the standards that consumers demand.

Knorr Gives Our Favorite Comfort Food a Planet-Friendlier Makeover

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Knorr’s ‘Plizza’ is the brand’s updated take on the classic dish that features plant-based, nutrient-rich ingredients from crust to toppings — in honor of World Eat for Good Day.

Meat Industry Conditions Still Perfect Petri Dishes for Next Pandemic

Marking two years of COVID-19, new research from FAIRR warns failure to improve crowded, high-stress conditions in animal agriculture fosters ideal breeding ground for new, zoonotic diseases.

Report: Regenerative Ag Practices Fundamental to Long-Term Health of Fashion and Textile Industries

Far from simply the latest buzzword, regenerative agriculture is an opportunity for brands to invest in a fundamentally different system that drives numerous benefits for people and the planet — from boosting climate resilience and reversing biodiversity loss to prioritizing justice, equity and sustainable livelihoods.

Driscoll’s Working to Scale Circular Plastics Economy, from Field to Clamshell

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Driscoll’s leads the produce industry in increasing the circularity of packaging and landfill diversion of agricultural plastics. It’s the first berry company to make public commitments and inject serious funding into innovation — with a goal to create economies of scale.

When It Comes to Sustainable Cotton, Transparency Is Material

Raw material sourcing is more important than ever. Evolving attitudes among brands, retailers and consumers are creating demand for greater sustainability and transparency — starting at the seed and throughout the entire supply chain.

Thai Coconut Giant Partners to Root a Rare Type of Labor Abuse Out of Its Supply Chain

It seems human rights abuses aren’t the only labor issues companies need to watch out for in their supply chains. Here, Thailand-based Theppadungporn Coconut Company details how it partnered to create the first audit scheme specifically designed to uncover monkey labor.

Climate Action Plans: How Do We Know If We’re Making Real Progress?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. In our experience, it’s challenging to proceed from knowing your company’s emissions profile to crafting a climate action plan to reduce it. Successful companies will adopt the right mix of strategies for them — which is where the bigger challenge comes in.

Different Paths, Common Goal: How More Companies Are Providing Living Wages

Paying living wages throughout supply chains can mean changing business models, which can seem insurmountable. But a series of case studies from IDH shows how companies and coalitions are making real progress on their commitments.

5 Consumer Trends That Will Shape How Brands Source, Produce Goods in 2022

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Consumer insights demonstrate need for brands to make good on their sustainability and human rights claims, and make it even easier for shoppers to shop their values.

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.