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Google hopes that the data collection will identify suspicious vessel activity and inform new sustainable policies

Google makes waves with new sustainable fishing data platform

Google has unveiled a new beta technology platform that utilises enhanced data collection and transparency to promote and improve policies and provide the "world's first global view" of sustainable fishing practices.

Currently, around 10% of the global palm oil industry is financed by equity investors, with US financial backing alone accounting for more than $5bn in funds

New transparency toolkit puts emphasis on investors to combat deforestation

A new online tool has been launched today (26 July) to highlight which global mutual funds and investment portfolios contain links associated to deforestation and palm oil holdings.

Kit Kat manufacturer Nestlé has adopted the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, while Milka maker Mondelez has increased the transparency of its palm oil and cocoa supply chains

Food giants show increased appetite for sustainable supply chains

Global food and beverage firms Nestlé and Mondelez International have both ramped up sustainable business efforts over the past year, with an increased commitment to supply chain transparency, according to their respective CSR reports.

Shooting for a ‘fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020, there is a case for suppliers and retailers to accelerate efforts to develop a fully transparent palm oil sector. Photo: Greenpeace

Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?

With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.

PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF have urged all companies using large volumes of cotton to set, report and deliver on time-bound targets for cotton sustainability

Majority of global companies 'failing to deliver' on cotton sustainability

An overwhelming majority of global companies using the highest volume of cotton internationally have "failed to deliver" on sourcing sustainably, with industry experts calling on companies "serious about sustainability" to source 100% more sustainable cotton by 2020.

Earlier this year, GAR completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills across Indonesia

Palm oil giant sets 'fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has told edie it wants to achieve "greater awareness of the production practices in the supply chain" as it sets itself an ambitious goal of 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

More than 83,000 hectares of the Tesso Nilo National Park in Indonesia have been converted into illegal plantations

Palm oil giant to address 'serious issues' of alleged illegal sourcing

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has revealed that it is engaging with individual supplier mills which have allegedly been using 'tainted and illegal' palm oil sources, in an attempt to clarify revelations uncovered in a recent report.

In response to the suspension, IOI has denied all wrongdoing and is in the process of appealing the decision

Unilever cancels palm oil sourcing contracts over deforestation concerns

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has cancelled its contracts with a Malaysian-based palm oil producer and trader which has been suspended over deforestation and community conflict issues.

Sedex and the SAI will collaborate to develop the platform and enhance the data collection services that they can provide to members

Data collection for agricultural supply chains set for streamlined upgrade

A host of big brand food producers including Mondelez, PepsiCo and Marks & Spencer will have their agricultural supply chain data collection and management streamlined through a new platform partnership between Sedex and the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI).

The University will be making substantial efforts to avoid conflict materials from Africa

Businesses warned over supply chains as Edinburgh University goes conflict mineral free

The University of Edinburgh has put pressure on its electronic suppliers, after it became the first higher education institution in the UK to ban the purchasing of supplies that contain controversial 'conflict minerals'.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims

PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.

The supply chain mapping project will ensure that more than seven million tonnes of palm oil and kernels are sustainably sourced from GAR’s mills

Palm oil giant completes extensive supplier maps for sustainable palm oil

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has today (25 February) completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills in Indonesia.

The ongoing migration crisis stretching out across the globe is an emerging driver in forced labour occurring in company portfolios, according to the report

Supply chain ethics and traceability among biggest business human rights issues, report finds

Increasing supply chain traceability and integrating human rights into the adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts are among the most significant human rights issues effecting sustainability and CSR professionals.

Clariant said its new commitments would secure the company's long-term future

Chemicals giant commits to zero-deforestation, using fewer resources

Swiss chemicals company Clariant has announced a series of new sustainability pledges, including a zero-deforestation policy and the removal of heavy-metal-based pigments from certain processes.

Coca-Cola is collaborating with Cranfield University to investigate the future needs of sustainable manufacturing

Coca-Cola bottler highlights six keys to sustainable manufacturing

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has released the first results from its partnership with Cranfield University, outlining six key themes in sustainability for the industry in the coming years.

The timber supply chain contributes substantially to the UK's construction and manufacturing industries

Industry body launched to support timber supply chain

The ethical, social and environmental risks in the timber supply chain are to be addressed by a newly-formed umbrella organisation which aims to provide a unified voice for the timber industry and ultimately grow the UK's low-carbon economy.

The Challenge the Label initiative encourages companies to dig deeper and ask important questions of their sustainability partners

Retailers asked to challenge credibility of eco-labels

Businesses that use sustainability labels for their product will be able to test the credibility of their claims with a new tool developed to increase transparency throughout the supply chain.

Palm-oil is  used as an ingredient in everything from soap to cookies to frying oil

Fast-food giants clogging up sustainable palm-oil progress

Nearly three-quarters of the world's biggest palm-oil users have improved their commitment to sustainable sourcing in the past year, but fast-food brands are evidently lagging behind.

The FSC Chain of Custody certification allows wood fibres in FSC labelled products to be traced at every step through the supply chain

Tetra Pak's entire supply chain certified for FSC-labelled products

Tetra Pak can now supply packaging from responsibly-managed wood sources from any of its 92 facilities worldwide, having received full Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC).

Asia Pulp & Paper has been implementing a policy of zero deforestation from suppliers since the start of 2013

Cutting deforestation: A business imperative

With a number of rainforest conservation pledges being made at the recent climate talks in Lima, Aida Greenbury from Asia Pulp & Paper believes businesses must act on these commitments to end deforestation.

Orange Business Services steps up e-waste recycling

Global IT and communications firm Orange Business Services has partnered with recycling specialist Stone Group to recycle its end-of-life hardware and dispose of its data-bearing ICT securely, in line with EU data laws.

Krispy Kreme has committed to a deadline for compliance across its global operations

Krispy Kreme follows competitor into sustainable palm oil commitment

US doughnut supplier Krispy Kreme has made a pledge to only source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil less than 24 hours after rival firm Dunkin' Donuts made its own commitment.

The SSC unveils a new 'labelling code' and 'sourcing code'

Seafood businesses launch sustainable labelling and sourcing codes

A coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants has agreed and published two codes of conduct regarding its environmental labelling and sourcing policies.

Old Rapanui clothes can be returned in exchange for store credit, to avoid sending waste to landfill

Rapanui hopes to set sustainable trend for fashion industry

Eco-clothing brand Rapanui has come up with a novel solution to the problem of 'throwaway fashion' by offering store credit to customers who return last season's clothes.

Over 100 million farmers in the developing world are responsible for 90% of the world's cotton production

Cotton supply chain urged to help reduce water footprint

More support is needed for smallholder cotton farmers in the developing world as they grapple with the effects of water scarcity which could put the global cotton industry at serious risk.

Sainsburys claims that its new initiative will create a sustainable packaging cycle

Sainsbury's claims UK first with 100% recycled plastic food crate launch

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is claiming that it is the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100% recycled material.

The North Face wants to tackle end-of-life product waste in the clothing industry

The North Face pushes 100% recycled polyester clothing goal by 2016

Outdoor clothing retailer The North Face has set a goal to use 100% recycled polyester fabric by 2016 - material that will be mainly sourced from post-consumer water bottles.

The Square Meal report demonstrates the need for 'major changes to national food and farming policy'

New report calls for 'major changes' to food and farming policy

Ten UK organisations including the Soil Association, Friends of the Earth and the National Trust have united to challenge future Governments 'to fix our broken food system' and invest in sustainable farming.

The main raw material for the production of cartons is wood fibre, which is a renewable resource

Carton manufacturers focus on verified traceability

The UK's largest producers of beverage cartons are well on track to meet their commitment to source 100% 'fully traceable' wood fibre by 2015, according to a new industry report.

The BRC calls on consumers to be educated about food labelling in order to prevent food waste

BRC: EU proposal to scrap 'best before' labels could lead to more food waste

Scrapping 'best before' dates on jam, rice and coffee packaging could lead to more food waste, according to the British Retail Consortium.

The new reform will require companies to disclose information about the policies and due diligence processes in place to assess risks and to prevent adverse impacts of their operations

New EU reform to strengthen corporate accountability

A reform to strengthen corporate accountability and transparency regarding the impact of businesses' activities on human rights, the environment and society has been adopted by the European Parliament (EP) today.

MP Vince Cable has been urged to investigate the pricing tactics of UK retailers on bananas

EXCLUSIVE: Ben & Jerry's: Multinationals must lead us to a Fairtrade future

Multinational corporations must advance Fairtrade in order to see it become routine industry practice, says Ben & Jerry's global valuesled sourcing manager Cheryl Pinto.

Larger MRFs will be required to measure both input and output quality levels and allow businesses to inspect recyclate samples

Business waits to see if MRF regulations have 'closed loop clout'

Business leaders have cautiously welcomed Defra's announcement today that regulations to improve material recycling standards have been laid in Parliament.

EXCLUSIVE: Complex supply chains 'no excuse' for poor traceability says APP

Timber product supply chains are notoriously complex but this cannot be used as an excuse to avoid the issue of deforestation and unsustainable practices, says Asia Pulp and Paper's (APP) Aida Greenbury.

News Release: Casella Cel Re-introduces UKAS Calibration Service

Casella CEL’s Laboratory is now up and running and complying with the new UKAS accreditation.

Casella CEL re-introduces UKAS Calibration Services

Casella CEL’s Laboratory is now up and running and complying with the new UKAS accreditation.

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