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285 Companies’ Science-Based Targets Signal Significant Progress Toward Paris Agreement Goals

285 Companies’ Science-Based Targets Signal Significant Progress Toward Paris Agreement Goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
New report reveals that by meeting their science-based targets, these companies — with more GHGs than France and Spain, combined — will eliminate 265 million metric tons of emissions from their operations, equivalent to closing 68 coal-fired power plants.
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ICLEI Brief Urges Reduced Emissions from Food and Agriculture

ICLEI Brief Urges Reduced Emissions from Food and Agriculture | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A policy brief by the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and 13 other organizations calls on governments and the climate community to address food and agriculture as a key driver of land-use change and the climate crisis, by taking measures to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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Mineral supply for green tech should be part of climate negotiations

Mineral supply for green tech should be part of climate negotiations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers published a paper in Science stating that the global low-carbon revolution could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals.
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Hemp in good hands for food and beverage companies

Hemp in good hands for food and beverage companies | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Finally, food and beverage manufacturers can use hemp with certainty.
With over 20 years of experience in developing functional ingredients, Applied Food Sciences is now bringing confidence to beverage manufacturers looking to include hemp into their formulations. By securing a GRAS determination for their proprietary broad-spectrum hemp extracts, AFS.Hemp™ is now the first ingredient of its kind to be recognized as safe for food and beverage applications within the U.S.
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SAICM Details Efforts to Reduce Chemicals of Concern in Textiles, Toys, Building Materials and Electronics 

SAICM Details Efforts to Reduce Chemicals of Concern in Textiles, Toys, Building Materials and Electronics  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a policy brief that addresses chemicals of concern in products, and efforts to minimize their adverse effects on human health and the environment. The policy brief titled, ‘Understanding Chemicals in Products,’ is a contribution from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded project on ‘Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under SAICM.’
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Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged 'forced' labour

Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged 'forced' labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tesco has suspended production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside one.

The note, found by Florence Widdicombe, was allegedly written by prisoners in Shanghai claiming they were "forced to work against our will".

"Please help us and notify human rights organisation," the message said.

Tesco said it was "shocked" by the report, adding: "We would never allow prison labour in our supply chain."
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Apple, Foxconn Broke a Chinese Labor Law for IPhone Production 

Apple, Foxconn Broke a Chinese Labor Law for IPhone Production  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apple Inc. and manufacturing partner Foxconn violated a Chinese labor rule by using too many temporary staff in the world’s largest iPhone factory, the companies confirmed following a report that also alleged harsh working conditions.
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Golden Agri-Resources says 62% of palm oil is fully traceable

Palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has announced more than 80% of suppliers have achieved full traceability to the plantation.

GAR, which uses palm oil from a combination of mills it owns and third-party suppliers, said it was on track to achieve a fully traceable palm supply chain by the end of 2020. Currently 62% of its palm oil is fully traceable.

Singapore-listed GAR achieved 100% traceability to the plantation (TTP) for its own mills in 2017 and has been working with suppliers to help them achieve the same goal.
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R.B.I. and Tyson commit to sustainable use of soy

R.B.I. and Tyson commit to sustainable use of soy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Restaurant Brands International and Tyson Foods, Inc. have joined the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (R.T.R.S.) as members of the organization in its Industry, Trade and Finance constituency. The R.T.R.S. promotes responsible production, processing and trading of soy on a global level and its members represent all parts of the soy value chain and members of civil society from around the world.

As part of its commitment to the R.T.R.S., Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson plans to enhance the sustainability of its supply chain specific to animal feed, said Maggie Jo Hansen, senior commodity analyst, international and sustainability, at Tyson Foods.
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6 circular economy trends that will shape 2020

6 circular economy trends that will shape 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Circular economy approaches advanced in 2019, particularly for plastics and packaging. The explosion of media interest in the ocean plastics crisis has driven both consumers and regulators to seek action. Companies are responding with new strategies to reduce waste.

1. Policymakers seek to hold producers responsible for waste
2. Companies collaborate to reuse materials and packaging.
3. Consumer brands explore refill models
4. Chemical recycling moves closer to commercial scale
5. Fast fashion is the new ocean plastics
6. Tensions rise over toxics

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Asos raises recycled denim content to 20%

Asos raises recycled denim content to 20% | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Asos has worked with suppliers to increase the amount of recycled denim in its products.  The “fibre-to-fibre” pilot project increased Asos’ use of recycled denim in its women's and men's jeans from 7% to 20%, according to a review of eight sustainability pilot schemes in the garment sector.

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Precompetitive, systemic action needed to accelerate sustainable feed, says UK group

Precompetitive, systemic action needed to accelerate sustainable feed, says UK group | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Across the food industry, there is still little awareness of the need to address the impacts of feed production within the meat, dairy and fish sectors, finds a report from the sustainability focused organization, Forum for the Future.
That publication​​ outlines how the production and consumption of protein is in need of rapid transformation, and it analyses the public commitments of 132 of the world’s largest and most influential food businesses, from meat and dairy producers to high-street retailers, foodservice providers, as well as feed manufacturers, to such change.
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GGGI Partners with H&M in Cambodia to Promote Sustainable Garment Manufacturing 

GGGI Partners with H&M in Cambodia to Promote Sustainable Garment Manufacturing  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Cambodia Team signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cambodia Textile Sector Energy Efficiency Project Development” with apparel retail giant, PULS Trading Far East Limited (H&M), to promote energy efficient production processes among H&M’s Cambodian suppliers. The agreement was signed by GGGI Cambodia’s representative, Mrs. Karolien Casaer-Diez, and H&M’s Sustainability Manager of Cambodia and Vietnam, Ms. Remheden Deeba.
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Fishcoin initiative aims to solve traceability challenges in first mile for sustainable seafood production

Fishcoin initiative aims to solve traceability challenges in first mile for sustainable seafood production | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Singapore-based Eachmile Technologies has developed Fishcoin, a blockchain-based traceability system that it believes can increase the stability and security of the seafood industry.
Asia accounts for 90% of the global production of seafood, with most harvested in developing nations by small scale fishers and farmers. Yet, of all the wild fish catch, more than 30% are said to be caught by illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishers.

While some buyers and retailers are already tracing their products, the firm thinks the start of the supply chain is lacking in this area.
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Report: Scottish farmers could 'comfortably' slash emissions by over a third

Report: Scottish farmers could 'comfortably' slash emissions by over a third | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A focus on more climate-friendly farming techniques rather than major land use change could deliver deep decarbonisation from sector.

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5 Challenges Facing Retail in 2020 

5 Challenges Facing Retail in 2020  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The start of a new decade shines a spotlight on the hurdles and opportunities that lay ahead for the retail industry. In a new report, research company GlobalData identified the key challenges retailers must address to maintain success in 2020 and beyond.
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Tommy Hilfiger, Lewis Hamilton Team Up For Most Sustainable Collab Yet 

Tommy Hilfiger, Lewis Hamilton Team Up For Most Sustainable Collab Yet  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton are teaming up yet again. This time for a collaboration celebrating sustainability. For their fourth collection together, more than 75% of the styles are sourced with more sustainable materials, including organic cotton, vegan leather alternatives and low-impact denim washes, among others.
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H&M, Muji, Uniqlo and Adidas under scrutiny over Chinese “forced labour” supply chain

H&M, Muji, Uniqlo and Adidas under scrutiny over Chinese “forced labour” supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A new report detailing the alleged use of forced labour at Chinese cotton production plants has brought Western fashion brands and their supply chains under renewed scrutiny.

Adidas, H&M and Gap were described by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as among those at the end of supply chains beginning in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang.

According to the WSJ’s investigation, Xinjiang residents are routinely forced into programmes to supply workers to local factories.
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The Dark Side of the Glittering World: A Report on Exploitation in Toy Factories in China

The Dark Side of the Glittering World: A Report on Exploitation in Toy Factories in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The toy industry’s long-lasting existence has brought joy to children all over the world. However, when we take into account the supply chains that produce these toys, we see Chinese workers being forced to work overtime to make ends meet. Since 2001, China Labor Watch has published a series of toy factory investigation reports, exposing many immoral and illegal practices. Through these reports, we hope to improve workers’ working and living conditions by revealing how these major toy factories exploit their workers shamelessly. Sadly, even though China Labor Watch has been monitoring these major toy factories for a number of years, a lot of issues persist today.
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Nestlé ceases to source Brazil soy from Cargill

Nestlé ceases to source Brazil soy from Cargill | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, has stopped buying Cargill’s Brazilian soy because of concerns about the link to deforestation.
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H&M to investigate slave labour allegations

H&M to investigate slave labour allegations | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
H&M has become the second high street retailer to investigate whether its products were made in a Chinese jail, after Tesco was hit with slave labour allegations.

On Sunday, the Big 4 grocer stopped selling Christmas cards after a six-year-old girl found a message in the charity Christmas cards alleging it was packed using forced labour.
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Denim Made Strides In Sustainable Dyes, Fibers and Finishing In 2019 

Denim Made Strides In Sustainable Dyes, Fibers and Finishing In 2019  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As the market of ethical and health-conscious consumers expands, so does the demand for more sustainable fabric. A recent report from global technology research and advisory company Technavio, said the global denim jeans market is expected to grow by more than $14 million by 2024. And much of the growth, Technavio said, will be attributed to the industry’s adoption of organic cotton. Global production of organic cotton increased 56 percent in the 2017-2018 crop year—the largest output of organic cotton since the recession.
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New Nike Atsuma shoe aims to reduce material waste 

New Nike Atsuma shoe aims to reduce material waste  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new Nike sneaker released this week (1 January) aims to reduce material waste by using scraps created during the production process.

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Brazil’s Shrinking Rainforest Prompts Nestlé, H&M, Others to Shake Up Supply Chains

Brazil’s Shrinking Rainforest Prompts Nestlé, H&M, Others to Shake Up Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Brazil’s accelerating deforestation is pressuring food makers, retailers, investors and commodity traders to shake up supply chains in an effort to push back on land-clearing and achieve environmental goals.
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Macpac supplies sustainable BreakdownPET trays for ‘ethical’ bakers

Macpac supplies sustainable BreakdownPET trays for ‘ethical’ bakers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Thermoforming manufacturer Macpac has produced a tray design and raw material solution to ensure bakers and food processors OGGS keeps its supply chain as sustainable as possible.

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Maersk And Syngenta Focus On Supply Chain Innovation, Signing New 4PL Contract

Maersk And Syngenta Focus On Supply Chain Innovation, Signing New 4PL Contract | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
As a leading player in the agrochemical industry, Syngenta continuously looks for ways to optimise its supply chains to deliver on its ambition of producing food efficiently and responsibly and thus increasing productivity without harming the planet.

Long-Term cooperation with Maersk, the global integrator of container logistics, enables both parties to jointly develop solutions that not only respond to the current logistics needs of the industry, but also to those of the future.
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