Producer responsibility obligation (PRO)

DEFINITION: A concept aimed at delivering sustainable development by making producers responsible for the end-of-life management of their products. Producer responsibility laws in the UK cover packaging, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), batteries and end of life vehicles (ELVs). The regulations require businesses to minimise waste arising from these products and promote their re-use.

See also: Supply chain

See also: Sustainable procurement

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General Motors aims to become carbon neutral by 2040

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Microsoft met and surpassed a target to secure the removal of one million metric tonnes of carbon

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The project states that more than 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be prevented between 2023 and 2032

Jaguar Land Rover targets emissions reductions through faster, lighter electric vehicles

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The company will also aim to tackle emissions from the supply chain, which accounts for more than 70% of Mastercard’s total carbon footprint

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Unilever will seek to equip 10 million young people with skills to prepare them for better job opportunities by 2030

Unilever sets supply chain living wage aim and €2bn diversity commitment

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The average company’s supply chain emissions are estimated to be around five-and-a-half times greater than those generated by their direct operations

'A game-changing opportunity to fight climate change': WEF pushes businesses on supply chain decarbonisation

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PepsiCo targets net-zero by 2040

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has selected six projects across the UK that will receive a share of £8m in funding to drive progress towards creating the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040.

The Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model (PRISM) will act as a single data collection point for corporates and NGOs to access data that will inform waste management decisions

IBM to launch new data platform to map plastics waste

IBM has partnered with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) on a new data platform to help track plastic waste and recovery globally.

Electric vehicles are seen as a key part of the transport sector's low-carbon emissions, but the metals and minerals used in their batteries aren't inherently sustainable

Jaguar Land Rover invests in blockchain for sustainable materials sourcing

Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) venture capital and mobility services arm has invested in a blockchain technology scale-up that will help it to make supply chains for battery materials more sustainable.

The Roadmap will help Lendlease align with the 1.5C trajectory

Lendlease outlines roadmap to reach zero carbon emissions in Europe

International property and investments group Lendlease has launched a new roadmap which outlines how eliminating diesel use on construction sites and procuring 100% renewable electricity will help the company reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Corporate members of the initiative represent a combined turnover of €284bn

Telefónica, Nestlé and Ragn-Sells commit to net-zero supply chains

Technology giant Telefónica, food manufacturer Nestlé and waste management firm Ragn-Sells are the latest businesses to sign up to a collaborative movement to reduce value chain emissions in line with the 1.5C ambition of the Paris Agreement.

No information has been released as to what the revamped Plan A will include, but M&S did commit to net-zero emissions in 2020

M&S to relaunch Plan A sustainability strategy

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Green Groups have welcomed the announcement, but more detail is still being required

An 'undisputed urgency to act': Green economy reacts to the Energy White Paper

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The company has also committed to becoming carbon negative across its operations and business travel by 2030

Jacobs reaches 100% renewables and net-zero emissions for business operations

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Gap targets 100% sustainably sourced cotton by 2025

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Coca-Cola's largest European bottler targets net-zero by 2040

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Sustainability leaders craft 10-point plan to revamp corporate purpose

Businesses in the vanguard of sustainability, including Unilever, Interface, Ikea and DSM, have come together to craft a new set of recommendations as to how the wider corporate community can embed a purpose aimed at tackling the climate crisis and social inequalities across the business.

CDP estimates that 90% of food sector emissions happen in the supply chain

CDP: Food giants are greenwashing, not addressing their climate impact

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MPs are concerned that bricks-and-mortar retailers are held to different requirements than online marketplaces

Government 'must hold businesses like Apple and Amazon to account over e-waste'

Electronics brands and online retailers have been "dodging responsibility" for their e-waste impacts - and new laws could help stop them from producing tech that is hard to repair or recycle.

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Diageo's Lagavulin distillery (pictured) will achieve carbon-neutral operations by the end of 2020

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Vodafone sets net-zero target for 2040

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While many circular economy programmes are in their infancy, customers seem to be responding well, warming to the idea of more sustainable, circular products

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Brands such as Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto and Tassimo have launched a new recycling initiative that aims to get the coffee sector collaborating on a simplistic way to enable consumers to recycle coffee pods in the UK.

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edie scoops another prestigious award for Sustainability Leaders Forum

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Sectors assessed are classed as high-risk for potential human rights failings

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A new analysis of 229 of the world's largest companies has found that almost half are unable to prove they are protecting human rights in line with the UN's requirements - with more than one-third scoring zero on due diligence.

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Environment Bill: UK businesses to be banned from sourcing through deforesters overseas

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UK retail sector pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2040

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Globally, e-waste is the fastest-growing domestic waste stream

Boris Johnson urged to prevent e-waste mountain in Brexit planning

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Khoo outlined how Interface was aiming to have zero impact through its products and operations, and how that has changed the mindset of the business

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Primark is one of the world's largest fashion retailers with 385 stores and more than 70,000 employees 

Primark commits to deliver net-zero value chain by 2050

Fashion giant Primark has signed the UN's Fashion Charter, committing it to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050.

On average, each of the 50 banks was linked $52bn in finance that is causing biodiversity loss risk

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Beer made using the tracked barley will go on sale early next year

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Data is captured using mobile phones and QR code IDs. Image: The Estée Lauder Companies / Aveda

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Burberry and IBM collaborate on blockchain initiative to boost fashion supply chain traceability

Burberry has revealed that it has supported IBM interns to develop a prototype cloud and blockchain tool aimed at tracing materials and products across the fashion supply chain, including information about their environmental and human impact.

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Mars achieves deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil

Mars has confirmed it is now operating with a deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil, following a year-long process to streamline the number of mills that it sources from.

About 17% of the Amazonian rainforest is estimated to have been destroyed over the past 50 years

Plans to halt deforestation not strong enough, Tesco, Nestle and Nandos tell UK Government

McDonald's, Nandos, Nestle, Mondelez and all of the UK's 'big seven' supermarkets have urged the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to bolster its proposed legislation for tackling deforestation in supply chains.

Martin Baxter, chief policy advisor, IEMA (second right) and Julia Bradbury (far right) present the Willmott Dixon team with the award.

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The rate of deforestation in the Amazon is the highest it's been in more than a decade

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The strategy will also aim for the company’s supply chain partners to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2040

Willmott Dixon to become zero-carbon business by 2030

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has committed that all new build and refurbishment projects it delivers from 2030 onwards will be net-zero carbon in operation, as part of a new sustainability strategy that will see the company become zero-carbon in its own operations over the next decade.

Funding from the grant will also enable the farmers to conduct their own research into soil and water usage

Sustainable MacFries Fund: McDonald's to invest in climate-friendly farming practices

McDonald's has launched a "Sustainable MacFries Fund" in partnership with McCain to improve the resilience of British potato farmers, while also collaborating with the Walmart Foundation, WWF and Cargill in the US to improve land use practices.

With rates of forest loss accelerating, the private sector is under increasing pressure to increase ambition and action on forest protection 

Consumer goods giants worth $1.8trn team up to tackle deforestation

Nestle, Mars and Unilever are among the 17 multinational consumer goods firms leading a new corporate coalition dedicated to tackling deforestation, forest degradation and land conversion in supply chains.

Princes' partnership with Provenance will also see QR codes added to selected seafood products

Princes turns to QR codes and blockchain for sustainability storytelling

Princes is printing QR codes on its Napolina brand tomato products which, when scanned, will provide consumers with information about supply chain sustainability.

Water scarcity now affects more than 40% of the global population

Microsoft to become water positive by 2030

Microsoft has built on its ambitious emissions reduction targets by committing to becoming a "water positive" business by 2030, pledging to replenish more water than it uses.

Some report suggest that business compliance with the Act still falls below 50%

Big businesses face mandatory digital modern slavery reporting

The UK Government has made the first major changes to the Modern Slavery Act since its introduction in 2015, extending requirements to public bodies including local authorities and tightening rules for big businesses.

For many businesses, supply chain emissions are far greater than those attributable to operations 

Ikea, Unilever and BT spearhead net-zero supply chain initiative

Ikea, Unilever, BT, Ericsson and Telia are among the founding corporate members of a new initiative designed to help multinational supply chains align with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory.