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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.