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Vossloh AG Paves the Way for Sustainable Rail Infrastructure with Innovative Financing

Vossloh AG Paves the Way for Sustainable Rail Infrastructure with Innovative Financing | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Imagine a future where every dollar invested in infrastructure not only generates economic value but also contributes directly to the health of our planet. Vossloh AG, a titan in the rail industry, is making this vision a reality. On February 22, 2024, the company announced a groundbreaking syndicated loan agreement that not only secures its financial future but also ties its fate to the company's environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. This bold move could redefine how corporations approach financing, making sustainability a cornerstone of economic success.
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PVH launches supplier finance program tied to sustainability goals

PVH launches supplier finance program tied to sustainability goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
PVH, owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, recently teamed up with Standard Chartered Bank to create a new financing program for suppliers tied to the apparel company’s sustainability goals.
Under the program, PVH suppliers can finance day-to-day operations through a facility benchmarked to PVH’s metrics on environmental and social goals. Suppliers that meet certain standards can get discounted financing.
Suppliers will be benchmarked on metrics around PVH’s environmental goals as well as those related to health, safety, forced labor, child labor and harassment and abuse at their manufacturing sites.
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Report: Widescale shift to circular economy needed for NHS to meet 2040 net zero goal

Report: Widescale shift to circular economy needed for NHS to meet 2040 net zero goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
New research by the University of Exeter and Philips UK&I urges the NHS and its suppliers to systemically adopt circular economy (CE) practices in order to meet the NHS’s net zero by 2040 target and improve patient care.
The research follows a key commitment made by the Government to achieve a net zero NHS by 2040, a UK-led COP26 Health Programme and £280 million of funding to decarbonise the NHS estate between now and 2025.

The NHS’ Carbon Footprint and Carbon Footprint Plus (which includes the supplier footprint) are currently 6.1 MtCO2e and 24.9MtCO2e per year respectively.

Suppliers to the NHS are responsible for 62% of all NHS emissions. To achieve the target set by NHS Carbon Footprint Plus, the health service must achieve 8% CAGR reductions in carbon emissions from 2020 to 2036, a rate far higher than the 1% historical average.
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Analyzing Danone's Growth Strategy: How The CPG Giant Is Creating A More Sustainable Food Supply Chain

Analyzing Danone's Growth Strategy: How The CPG Giant Is Creating A More Sustainable Food Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
CPG giant Danone has honed its strategy for supporting a more sustainable food system with investments and partnerships ranging from consumer products to production energy optimization.  In 2017, the company refreshed its logo with the motto “One planet. One health.” Three …
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Make Your Supply Chain Resilient for the Post-COVID Future 

Make Your Supply Chain Resilient for the Post-COVID Future  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The CPG market has been growing in the last few years despite stiff competition from niche players, e-commerce occupying a larger market share, and the general shift in customer shopping behaviors.

COVID-19 has held the mirror to the vulnerabilities of our systems — from public health to global supply chains. There was an acute shortage of essentials across the globe. CPG and food and beverage (F&B) companies were struggling to move stock to places where they needed it. Even as enterprises are stabilizing themselves now, the dynamic nature of demand and the inevitable economic pressures that will follow, leave much to be desired. This is fundamentally due to the absolute lack of supply chain visibility. 

Today more than ever, enterprises need supply chains that not only recover from the present crisis but also steer stability in its aftermath. At EdgeVerve, we believe that two things define supply chain resilience: Their ability to be ‘connected and ‘cognitive.’ The TradeEdge suite of products is designed for enterprises to achieve this vision. We’ve enabled 25+ global enterprises — across CPG, apparel, beauty, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and technology industries to begin this journey. When you’re ready, we can help you navigate your next.

Read Make Your Supply Chain Resilient for the Post-COVID Future now to help your CPG enterprise strengthen your supply chain for the turbulent present and volatile future. 
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Nestlé cuts sugar, adopts more sustainable packaging for Carnation Breakfast Essentials

Nestlé cuts sugar, adopts more sustainable packaging for Carnation Breakfast Essentials | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Nestlé Health Science is reducing the added sugar in its ready-to-drink and powder Carnation Breakfast Essentials brand by 25%, the food giant said in a statement.
The drink product also now comes in Tetra Pak cartons, said to be made with responsibly sourced paper, and the packaging has been overhauled with a new look.
The updated Carnation Breakfast Essentials is the latest product overhaul by Nestlé and other food makers to reduce ingredients like sugar and salt while shifting the packaging to a more modern, consumer-friendly look and material.
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Harmful chemicals in food packaging hamper the circular economy

Harmful chemicals in food packaging hamper the circular economy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Zero Waste Europe, CHEM Trust and ClientEarth have joined forces to illustrate how harmful chemicals in food packaging can hamper the circular economy and put our health at risk.

Recycling food packaging can be an important part of achieving a circular economy in the European Union. But recycled materials can still contain chemicals that may contribute to cancer, reproductive disorders and hormone disruption. The infographic launched today visualizes why we need more preventive EU regulation to ensure food contact materials are safe to use, reuse and recycle, in order to achieve a toxic-free circular economy.
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Environmental impact in Cisco's supply chain

Environmental impact in Cisco's supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Making the world a better place with technology begins with how we make that technology. This commitment is core to our desire to power an Inclusive Future. Cisco addresses environmental and social impacts across our supply chain to ensure we uphold human rights, promote worker health and well–being, and minimize negative environmental impacts. A responsible, resilient supply chain is critical to our business success and supports our ability to transition from a linear economy to a circular economy. 

GHG emissions from our supply chain are 5x greater than the footprint of our own operations, close to the average among global corporations. Engaging with suppliers is therefore a critical way for businesses to reduce their overall carbon footprint and address the increasing impacts of climate change. 

 As laid out below, we partner with our suppliers to drive forward progress on multiple aspects of environmental sustainability.
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European Commission adopts Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability under European Green Deal

European Commission adopts Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability under European Green Deal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Commission (EC) has adopted a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to further strengthen protection of human and environmental health, including a phase out of the most harmful substances and simplification of the risk assessment process.
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Sustainable aviation fuel: A journey to greener skies

Sustainable aviation fuel: A journey to greener skies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
About 15 years ago, Finnish energy company Neste decided to change its course. Since 1948, Neste was in the oil business, but the health of the planet and future generations began to weigh on the company’s leadership. 

With much of the world still viewing climate change as an inconvenient truth, Neste’s executive committee and board of directors decided to embark on an ambitious transformation from fossil fuels to renewables. Now, Neste is a global leader in renewable fuels and the third most sustainable company in the world, according to Corporate Knights.
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Chipotle Sets a Higher Bar for Sustainability

Chipotle Sets a Higher Bar for Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Chipotle has launched a sustainability and transparency tool for consumers — the latest effort from foodservice providers and food retailers to appeal to environmentally-focused consumers.

The retailer describes its new Real Foodprint tool as a sustainability impact tracker that compares average values for each of Chipotle's 53 real ingredients to their conventional counterparts against five (5) key metrics:

- Less carbon in the atmosphere (measured in grams).
- Gallons of water saved.
- Improved Soil Health (measured in square feet).
- Organic Land Supported (measured in square feet).
- Antibiotics Avoided (measured in milligrams)

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Textile firms 'not collecting enough supply chain data'

Over a third of firms in the fashion industry lack data on worker rights and safety in the supply chain, according to a survey.

A report, by cotton sustainability organisation US Cotton Trust Protocol, said 38% of fashion, textile and retail businesses in Europe and the US didn’t collect data on worker rights and workplace health and safety.

The survey found 41% tracked data on the amount of water and energy being used to produce raw materials sourced, while 45% collected data on greenhouse gas emissions from the production, manufacturing and distribution of products.

The report said while “brands understand that data can help them to measure progress towards sustainability targets, most do not collect a wide variety of data”. 
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Mars achieves deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil

Mars achieves deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mars Incorporated’s Palm Positive Plan was set up in September 2019 to reduce the number of palm oil mills it sources from and to award longer-term contracts to suppliers that could showcase strong environmental expectations, including no cases of deforestation.

Through the plan, Mars is reducing its sourcing mills from 1,500 to fewer than 100 by 2021. Plans are also in place to reduce the number of mills by 50% by 2022.

Mars Incorporated’s chief executive Grant Reid said: “Supply chains – the engines behind global business – are broken. The pandemic has made this even clearer, highlighting the systemic vulnerabilities impacting supply chain communities and health of our planet as well as the urgent need for business to transform buying and supply strategies and practices. Business as usual will not drive the transformational change that’s needed.
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The power of digital ecosystems to improve pharma supply chain operations

The power of digital ecosystems to improve pharma supply chain operations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Covid-19 created the perfect storm for the pharma industry’s already challenged supply chain network. The pandemic augmented supply chain risk and exposed weak areas such as the lack of end-to-end visibility. That’s an observation from Daniel Carchedi, Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy, Microsoft Health and Life Sciences. 

Carchedi led a panel discussion, “Digital ecosystems and how to future proof supply chains,” on how tech companies, such as Microsoft and Accenture, are closely collaborating with the pharma industry as they seek to repair and improve manufacturing supply chain issues exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Samsung Announces Plans To Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Samsung Announces Plans To Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Samsung has announced its environmental sustainability plans for the future. The company has formulated a new strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. It is also planning to invest in new technologies to develop energy-efficient products.

Samsung is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050
At the heart of today’s announcement is Samsung’s net zero carbon emission target. The Korean behemoth is aiming to achieve that for all operations in the Device Experience (DX) division by 2030. It includes operations across smartphones, displays, digital appliances, network equipment, and Health & Medical-related businesses.
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Benefits of supply chain sustainability

Benefits of supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Supply chain sustainability is a business strategy implemented by an organization to ensure its supply chain network has a minimum impact on people (human rights, the health and safety of employees) and the planet. In this blog, we’ll focus on the environmental side of supply chain sustainability, which aims to: 

- Reduce energy and water consumption
- Generate less waste 
- Adapt more energy-efficient systems/processes
- Manage inventory to avoid overstocking
- Reduce logistics-related impacts (emissions) 

 

According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), global supply chains account for 80% of the planet’s carbon emissions. Of these, more than 90% of the companies in the supply chains are small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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5 ways Cisco’s supply chain catalyzes positive impacts for workers and communities

5 ways Cisco’s supply chain catalyzes positive impacts for workers and communities | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Here are five ways Cisco’s supply chain catalyzes positive impacts for workers and communities:

Promoting responsible minerals sourcing: We conduct due diligence aligned with our Responsible Minerals Policy to source responsibly and collaborate with other stakeholders to support miners and improve their livelihoods.


Upholding baseline expectations for responsible conduct: We help protect workers’ rights, health, and safety by ensuring compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct across the value chain. This includes holding our manufacturing partners, components suppliers, and key logistics partners accountable for meeting our expectations.


Protecting the environment where our suppliers operate: We work to find and stop pollution violations within multiple tiers of our supply chain and build suppliers’ capabilities to conserve natural resources.


Improving conditions for workers: We work with suppliers to identify opportunities to improve working conditions and to remediate impacts workers experience. We enable workers to have a voice and provide feedback on their working conditions without reprisal.


Raising the bar: We participate in multistakeholder groups to advocate for more robust standards across the industry, encourage better worker engagement practices among manufacturers, and design solutions that influence better outcomes for rightsholders and the environment.

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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) eBook

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) eBook | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

ESG is quickly emerging as the common framework to evaluate the overall health of a business’s operating model and the company’s long-term resiliency. Key stakeholders are searching for, and are increasingly demanding, thoughtful, forward-looking policies and programs in all three of these areas. This ebook from Antea Group takes a deep dive into why and how developing and implementing an ESG program can be systematic, yet flexible enough to fit the scope and scale of your business operations.

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Only one in 10 food companies committed to health and sustainability, report claims

Only one in 10 food companies committed to health and sustainability, report claims | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Only one in 10 of the world’s largest food companies are committed to promoting healthy and sustainable diets, according to new research.

A report, called Fixing the Business of Food, analysed the world’s 100 largest food companies to reveal the “progress and gaps in sustainability strategies across the agri-food sector”.

The report was conducted by the Barilla Foundation, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Santa Chiara Lab, University of Siena (SCL).

The companies were assessed against its ‘Four Pillar Framework’, which was developed in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Fashion brands sign new pledge to protect garment workers

Companies including H&M and Inditex have signed up to a new agreement to protect garment workers in Bangladesh following talks between unions, retailers and factory owners. 

The agreement will replace the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety agreement, which was formed after 1,100 workers were killed in the Rana Plaza factory collapse. 

The 2013 agreement marked the first time companies could face legal action if they failed to meet health and safety standards within factories. It committed companies to carry out independent inspections at the sites, and to contribute to safety training and factory improvements.
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Environmental impact in Cisco's supply chain

Environmental impact in Cisco's supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Cisco addresses environmental and social impacts across our supply chain to ensure we uphold human rights, promote worker health and well-being, and minimize negative environmental impacts.
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Encouraging EU shoppers to make the right choice: ‘Food sustainability is in consumers’ hands’

Encouraging EU shoppers to make the right choice: ‘Food sustainability is in consumers’ hands’ | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Commission’s Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy, unveiled in May 2020​, aims to engage all players along the supply chain – from, as the name suggests, farm-to-fork.

In an effort to improve human and planetary health, the Commission has set a host of actions directed at the agricultural sector. These include reduction targets for chemical and hazardous pesticides, and fertilisers, as well as improved animal welfare.

On the fork side of things, targets will be set to reduce food loss and waste, and plans are underway to bring in a mandatory and harmonised front-of-pack (FOP) labelling scheme.

Is this enough to ensure consumers are onboard with the strategy? Because as MEPs argued at a European Food Forum (EFF) event last week, much of the success of the F2F lies in consumers’ hands.
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UK 'sourced slave labour-made PPE' 

UK 'sourced slave labour-made PPE'  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The British government is investigating claims that it has sourced PPE made using slave labour by North Korean women working at factories in China.

The Guardian claimed that the UK's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had bought hundreds of thousands of protective coveralls from factories using North Korean labour in the Chinese city of Dandong.

The newspaper said its investigation had also found evidence of North Korean labour being used in factories exporting PPE to the US, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Myanmar.
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nib's fight against modern slavery 

nib's fight against modern slavery  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Health insurer nib Group has joined thousands of Australian organisations that are working on their respective modern slavery reports, in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. Insurance Business spoke with group executive legal and chief risk officer Roslyn Toms (pictured) to find out how the process is progressing for nib.

“Our efforts have centred on improving the visibility and understanding of our supply chain and ethical procurement practices as we focus on creating a more sustainable supply chain,” said Toms.
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Biogen Puts $250M Toward Protecting the Climate, Human Health, Social Justice

Biogen Puts $250M Toward Protecting the Climate, Human Health, Social Justice | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
With its commitment to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2040, Biogen aims to accelerate progress on improving air quality and addressing the harm being done to vulnerable communities around the world.

The pace of progress moves fast, especially when it comes to sustainability. For corporate commitments around climate, what was groundbreaking just a few years ago can be sorely lacking today — as the consensus need for stronger, bolder action grows.

In 2014, Biogen — a multinational biotechnology and health company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts — was praised for its then-industry-leading climate-neutrality pledge. Just six years later, the company has gone even further — committing to completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2040; to address climate change, but also something that is often given less attention when it comes to sustainability — human health.
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