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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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.

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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.

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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.

New Benchmark Finds M&S, Nestlé, Unilever Leading on Human Rights

The first-ever public ranking of corporate human rights performance launched today, seeking to highlight the moral and commercial advantages for companies with a strong human rights record.

#BusinessCase: Championing Female Role Models Across the Cocoa Value Chain

International Women's Day (March 08) is asking each and every citizen to #BeBoldForChange to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender-equal world. Here, Taco Terheijden, Director of Cocoa Sustainability at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, reflects on why a thriving cocoa sector is predicated on successful female role models.

VF Corp Joins Over 65 Apparel Giants Acting to Minimize Impacts on Endangered Forests

Today, VF Corporation, the US' largest fashion conglomerate - parent company of lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories brands including Timberland, The North Face, Lee and Wrangler – released its first-ever Forest Derived Materials Policy, which sets formal guidelines for the company’s purchasing preferences and use of sustain

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Social & Labor Convergence Project Surpasses 100 Signatories

The Social and Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) — an initiative led by the world’s leading manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, intergovernmental organizations, service providers and civil society organizations — has secured more than 100 signatories in the year since it launched. The missions of the SLCP is to develop a common assessment framework and data collection system for the apparel, footwear and textile industry, dramatically increasing industry efficiency and reducing audit-related costs.

Supply Chain Slavery Index Identifies High-Risk Countries in Fashion Supply Chains

The fashion industry is in the midst of a revolution, with more and more companies ramping up efforts to clean up their supply chains, eliminate polluting practices from manufacturing and imbed circular principles into their business models. Just last week, luxury goods holding company Kering released the next phase of its sustainability strategy and H&M launched its “Bring It” campaign and film, which draws attention to its Garment Collecting Initiative and closed-loop commitment.

CDP: Suppliers Eliminate 434M Tons of Emissions as Big Buyers Flex Purchasing Muscle

As the global economy moves towards implementation of its new climate goals, the world’s largest purchasing organizations are using their buying clout to drive down emissions across their supply chains.

New Reporting Guidelines Aiming to Shed Further Light on Palm Oil Industry

With rainforest destruction and forced labor still urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations, organized by Ceres, today released shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.

Creating the World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic

Today, Procter & Gamble announced that it has teamed up with us at TerraCycle and SUEZ, the largest waste management company in Europe, to source, develop and put out the first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 percent recycled beach plastic, for the world’s #1 shampoo brand, Head & Shoulders.

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