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Supply Chain Execs Say Sustainability Is Becoming More Important

Supply Chain Execs Say Sustainability Is Becoming More Important | Responsible Business | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of supply chain execs say supply chain sustainability is highly important today, but two-thirds say sustainability will play a more important role in the supply chains of the future. This is one of findings from PwC’s annual global supply chain survey of 500 executives in Asia, Europe and the Americas. According to the study, respondents see four main reasons for investing in sustainable supply chain management: to manage the risk of unintended environmental or social damage; to manage their company’s reputation and the expectations of its shareholders; to reduce costs and realize productivity improvements; and to create sustainable products, thereby increasing revenues and enhancing the corporate brand.


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Asia Pulp and Paper Reports Latest on No Deforestation Policy in Third 'Vision 2020' Update

Asia Pulp and Paper Reports Latest on No Deforestation Policy in Third 'Vision 2020' Update | Responsible Business | Scoop.it

Asia Pulp and Paper's (APP) new Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), implemented earlier this year to stop deforestation, identifies High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) through independent assessments that are set to be completed early next year. In its recent 'Vision 2020' update, the company announced an absolute deadline of August 31, 2013 for all natural forest wood felled prior to February 1, 2013, to have reached its pulp mills, after which no natural forest fiber will be allowed to enter APP log yards. APP has also unveiled a pilot online monitoring dashboard, which enables stakeholders to review progress on the ground and to see moratorium boundary maps, HCV/HCS progress, grievance and verification reports and FCP protocols. 


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Sustainable palm oil: how successful is RSPO certification?

Sustainable palm oil: how successful is RSPO certification? | Responsible Business | Scoop.it

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) counts 1300 member growers, processors, traders and retailers, far larger than similar sugar, soy and beef initiatives. But this also makes progress slow; having to pass everything via consensus generally means setting the bar low to keep everyone on board. Uptake by consumers of certified palm oil is also sluggish, with only 15% of the total palm oil market, and some certified oil being sold as conventional oil. However demand is in sawing in Europe: countries such as The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK have all pledged to import 100% certified palm oil by 2015, and the European Union is set to introduce compulsory labelling for all products that contain palm oil in late 2014. Rather than consumer awareness, however, the real need is buyers who have full transparency of their supply chain to take action. 


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Unilever plans to double its turnover while halving its environmental impact - Telegraph.co.uk

Unilever plans to double its turnover while halving its environmental impact - Telegraph.co.uk | Responsible Business | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Unilever plans to double its turnover while halving its environmental impact Telegraph.co.uk He wants to transform corporations such as his from the Aunt Sallies of environmental and social campaigners – from being the bad guys who...
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What global environmental risks mean to 10 sectors

What global environmental risks mean to 10 sectors | Responsible Business | Scoop.it

A new report from UNEP and SustainAbility, GEO-5 for Business, serves as a translation and primer written specifically for business leaders on GEO-5, a 500+ page compilation of environmental data, policy options and scenarios. It provides a clear picture of trends and impacts that should compel business leaders to take action, synthesises a large amount of research, provides a comprehensive view of what individual and collective environmental trends mean to 10 specific business sectors, and offers 5 actions for leaders. It draws the conclusion that environmental pressures will increase throughout the foreseeable future, causing major changes not only in physical landscapes, but in social, political and business landscapes as well.


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Sustainable palm oil: how successful is RSPO certification?

Sustainable palm oil: how successful is RSPO certification? | Responsible Business | Scoop.it

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) counts 1300 member growers, processors, traders and retailers, far larger than similar sugar, soy and beef initiatives. But this also makes progress slow; having to pass everything via consensus generally means setting the bar low to keep everyone on board. Uptake by consumers of certified palm oil is also sluggish, with only 15% of the total palm oil market, and some certified oil being sold as conventional oil. However demand is in sawing in Europe: countries such as The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK have all pledged to import 100% certified palm oil by 2015, and the European Union is set to introduce compulsory labelling for all products that contain palm oil in late 2014. Rather than consumer awareness, however, the real need is buyers who have full transparency of their supply chain to take action. 


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Qantas probes claims in-flight headphones made by abused Chinese inmates

Qantas probes claims in-flight headphones made by abused Chinese inmates | Responsible Business | Scoop.it

Two former inmates of Dongguan Prison, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, have alleged that they made headphones for numerous international airlines, including Qantas, British Airways and Emirates. They have also claimed that inmates were regularly beaten and held in solitary confinement if they failed to meet production targets. Qantas has launched an investigation into the allegations and has immediately suspended its dealings with Vietnam-based Airphonics, one of its main suppliers, which is accused of contracting out work to a third Chinese company that uses prison labour in China to fill large orders. A Qantas spokesman said the company was "very concerned" by the allegations.


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