Supply chain

DEFINITION: A system of product production which links together suppliers, resources and technologies within a company. Supply chain sustainability encourages good governance practices throughout the lifecycles of goods and services.

See also: Sustainable procurement

See also: Producer responsibility

See also: Traceability

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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

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is urging businesses to do more to tackle their supply chain emissions, which often represent the bulk of their total climate footprint, and has published new advice on how to do so.

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

Unilever has today (21 January) unveiled a raft of new commitments aimed at building a more equitable and inclusive society by vowing to ensure the people across its value chain earn at least a living wage by 2030 and spending €2bn annually with suppliers consisting of under-represented groups by 2025.

From net-zero strategy to personal sustainability skills, the Forum has a topic for everyone to make 2021 a super year for sustainability

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Five ways to ignite behavior change on energy use

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PepsiCo owns brands including 7UP, Tropicana and Pringles, as well as its namesake, Pepsi 

PepsiCo targets net-zero by 2040

PepsiCo has committed to reducing emissions across its value chain by 40% by 2030 before reaching net-zero by 2040, as part of new climate plans it claims are Paris-Agreement-aligned.

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After completing a placement in Unilever's sustainable manufacturing team during her studies, Marta joined the FMCG giant permanently in 2015

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Funding allocated to six projects aiming to develop world's first net-zero industrial cluster

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.

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

M&S is planning to relaunch its industry-leading Plan A sustainability programme in 2021 to reflect on the changing environmental and social needs globally, with a new ESG Board Sub-Committee to be set up to scrutinise the strategy.

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.

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

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The Government has unveiled the long-awaited Energy White Paper today (14 December), with green groups welcoming the focus it provides to both job growth and rapid decarbonisation in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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

Engineering firm Jacobs has revealed it is now powered by 100% renewable energy and has reached net-zero emissions for its operations and business travel, pledging to become carbon negative by 2030.

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Gap targets 100% sustainably sourced cotton by 2025

Fashion giant Gap Inc has pledged to only source cotton which is certified as sustainable within five years, through the US Cotton Trust Protocol.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 12; Responsible Production and Consumption

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

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has committed to reducing net emissions across its value chain by 30% by 2030, before bringing them to 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

While many major food brands are launching "green" or plant-based products, less than two in ten are measuring and disclosing emissions from their supply chains - which are likely to be the most-emitting parts of their business.

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.

Eshcon director Anya Ledwith (left) and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present the award

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The targets will set up the required decarbonisation rate to allow Vodafone to eliminate Scope 3 emissions completely by 2040

Vodafone sets net-zero target for 2040

Vodafone has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2040 and will eliminate emissions from its activities and energy and halve scope 3 emissions by 2030.

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

Diageo targets net-zero operations by 2030

Brewing giant Diageo has committed to achieving net-zero operational emissions within a decade and to halving its indirect (Scope 3) emissions within the same timeframe, as part of a new ten-year strategy.

Podback is discussing kerbside collection for the pods with Exeter City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council

Podback: Coffee brands join forces on UK pod recycling scheme

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.

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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Amali joined Lidl GB in 2017 and has helped to develop its first responsible sourcing strategy

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Global Action Plan's Chris Large (left) and compere Julia Bradbury presenting the Barry Callebaut team with the award

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

Half of corporates unable to prove they are protecting human rights, report reveals

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.

Around 80% of deforestation to date is linked to agriculture

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

New measures designed to stop UK-based businesses from importing products or materials linked to deforestation abroad have been added to the Environment Bill - but some green groups argue that loopholes will remain.

The announcement for the BRC comes at a challenging time for the retail sector

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

More than 60 leading retailers, including Pret UK, Burberry, Sainsbury's and Missguided, have pledged to support a new collaborative roadmap to transform the sector and its supply chain to net-zero emissions by 2040.

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

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

Poorly-made and hard-to-recycle electronics could "flood" the UK market after Brexit, resulting in an e-waste mountain, unless ministers act now to protect standards. That is according to a new report from Green Alliance.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (right) presents the Ella's Kitchen team with their award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet supply chain champions Ella's Kitchen

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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

Can business models act as carbon sinks to reach net-zero?

To kickstart edie's Net-Zero November, carpet manufacturer Interface's head of sustainability Jon Khoo reflects on the company's own ambitious Climate Take Back strategy, as well as discussing how business mindsets and models can "act like carbon sinks" to transform corporates into zero-impact organisations.

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

Banks and agribusiness linked to biodiversity loss

Some of the world's largest banks have been linked to industries that are causing mass deforestation and biodiversity loss, with some in the finance sector providing loans and underwriting worth more than $2.6trn to climate-wrecking initiatives.

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

'From barley to bar': AB InBev pilots blockchain to boost transparency and traceability

The world's largest brewer is piloting blockchain technology to trace barley throughout its European supply chains and to provide customers with more sustainability-related information.

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

The Estée Lauder Companies turns to blockchain to boost supply chain traceability

The Estée Lauder Companies will introduce vanilla that has been traced throughout the supply chain using blockchain technology to more than 125 of its Aveda-brand products next spring.

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How sustainable is the new iPhone 12?

When the iPhone 12 launched earlier this week, all eyes were on the tech specs and the price. But what about the cult smartphone's impact on the environment and society?

Many luxury fashion brands see digital technologies playing a role in creating more transparent and sustainable supply chains

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.

Mars is also taking steps to improve human rights across the palm oil supply chain

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

Investors 'failing to act on zero-deforestation commitments'

Just 14% of the 235 investor signatories of a statement asking the companies in their portfolios to stop deforestation in the Amazon rainforest have followed through by introducing their own zero-deforestation policies.

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.

More case studies can be found in edie's green manufacturing report

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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.

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.

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.

Walmart has also pledged to protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030

Walmart targets zero emissions by 2040, won't rely on offsetting

US retail giant Walmart has committed to becoming a zero emissions business by 2040 by pledging to become carbon neutral across its global operations without relying on carbon offsets.

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.

The targets have now been approved by the SBTi as consistent with levels required to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement

Tate & Lyle has carbon goals approve by Science Based Targets initiative

Food and drink ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has had goals to reduce operational and value chain emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

A more in-depth analysis of Nespresso's carbon footprint will also be conducted by teams in the UK & Ireland

Nespresso targets carbon neutrality by 2022

Nespresso has outlined plans to reduce supply chain emissions, invest in insetting at coffee farms and purchase carbon offsets to reach carbon neutrality by 2022.

Iceland has today published its own plastic footprint, which totals 32,000 tonnes across its UK and international operations

Iceland joins campaigners to call for better corporate reporting on plastics

Retailer Iceland had today (16 September) joined forces with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, A Plastic Planet and Surfers Against Sewage in calling for corporates to better disclose their plastics consumption.

Pictured: An ROC-certified, California-based apricot farm which supplies to Patagonia Provisions. Image: Keri Oberly for Patagonia

Patagonia: Regenerative agriculture is the next sustainability frontier for fashion and food

EXCLUSIVE: Patagonia's vice president for social & environmental responsibility has told of how she witnessed a "groundswell" in regenerative farming in recent months, of a scale that has been unprecedented during her 10+ years working across supply chains.

AIM, the European Brands Association, has gathered more than 85 companies to join the HolyGrail 2.0 project 

HolyGrail 2.0: Major brands sign up to explore digital watermarks to improve packaging recycling

More than 80 major European brands, including P&G, PepsiCo and Mondi will collaborate to explore the feasibility of using "digital watermarks" to improve the sorting of recyclable packaging across the European Union (EU), as part of the HolyGrail 2.0 project spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

By 2036, the circular economy could add £35bn to the UK economy

Report: Circular economy can halve emissions of UK infrastructure projects

Transitioning to a circular economy can assist in the net-zero transition, with a new report supported by AECOM stating that carbon reductions of up to 50% can be delivered and £35bn generated for the UK economy by using closed-loop materials throughout the design process of infrastructure projects.

Pictured: Lithium mine at Salinas Grandes salt desert, Jujuy province, Argentina

EU to launch raw materials industry alliance

The European Commission will announce the launch of a new industry alliance this week, with a view to building a complete EU supply chain for raw materials like lithium, which are seen as critical for the bloc's digital and green transitions.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

A group of the world's leading producers of cement have issued a new industry commitment to deliver carbon-neutral concrete by 2050.

Supply chains are a major source of emissions for the fashion sector

Report: Global fashion sector will emit double its Paris Agreement limit by 2030

The global fashion sector is currently generating more emissions each year than the UK, Germany and France combined, and will fail to align with the Paris Agreement without transformational change over the next decade.

Pictured: A small cobalt mine in the DRC. Image: Fairphone

Businesses including Glencore launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains

A coalition of businesses including Signify, Glencore and Fairphone have launched a joint initiative to improve the economic, working and social conditions of those working in the cobalt supply chain.

The legislation would apply only to large businesses, with supermarkets, FMCG brands and fashion majors likely to be among the most affected 

Defra plans crackdown on deforestation in UK corporates' supply chains

Large companies in the UK could soon be mandated to prove that their supply chains are free from illegal deforestation or face hefty fines, under new due diligence legislation being developed by the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The technology could improve the traceability of the "first mile" of the supply chain.

Unilever trials geolocation tech to tackle deforestation in palm oil supply chains

Unilever is piloting new geolocation technology in a bid to ensure it meets its zero-deforestation targets, which cover supply chains including palm oil, soy and paper and board.

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McCain is also supporting British potato growers from the impacts of Covid-19

McCain to invest £25m to support sustainable farming

The UK's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain, has today (12 August) launched a new £25m investment to support British potato farmers during the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging sustainable growing practices.

Diageo updated its goals in 2015, to align them with the SDGs. Image: Diageo

Diageo celebrates halving emissions since 2007

Beverage giant Diageo has exceeded a 2020 sustainability target of halving its direct operations since 2007, after investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

60% of the products listed on ASOS are from third-party brands

After ditching Boohoo, ASOS sets new sustainability and ethics requirements for brands

ASOS will require third-party fashion brands to comply with new ethical manufacturing and supply chain sustainability standards if they wish to be listed on its website, after it dropped Boohoo over allegations of human rights abuses at a supplier factory.

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Get to grips with Scope 3 emissions using edie's new Explains guide for businesses

edie has published a new explains guide, detailing everything businesses need to know to measure and act on scope 3 emissions.

The company’s 17 production sites generate, on average 7g of carbon per dollar of sales. Image: HelloFresh

HelloFresh to offset entire carbon footprint

Meal kit provider HelloFresh has announced its intention to offset 100% of carbon emissions from internal operations and offices, corporate travel and deliveries.

ITV has committed to Albert certification for programmes across all of its channels, and aims to achieve this by the end of 2021

ITV commits to 46% reduction in emissions through 1.5C science-based targets

Broadcaster ITV has outlined new targets to reduce emissions by more than 46%, reach 100% renewables and certify its studios and programmes to sustainability standards.

edie Explains: Scope 3 carbon emissions

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The supply chain can account for more than 90% of a company's environmental footprint

Scope 3 and the supply chain: How businesses are taking sustainability leadership to a new frontier

Not too long ago, sustainable leadership was defined by those 'getting their own house in order' through emissions reductions, but as the pace required to reduce emissions grows, so too does the efforts from businesses to assist the supply chain in decarbonising. Here, edie looks at some of the transformational ways businesses are engaging with suppliers.

Regenerative Organic farming builds healthy soil to trap in more carbon and the Certification also focuses on social prosperity for farmers

Patagonia ups regenerative agriculture efforts

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has launched new campaigns to highlight the benefits of regenerative organic agriculture in tackling the climate and ecological crises, having launched a new range of cotton T-shirts sourced from farms promoting sustainable agriculture methods.

Microsoft has set aside $1bn to help develop carbon reduction and removal technologies across its supply chain

Microsoft targeting one million tonnes of carbon removal by October

Microsoft has unveiled plans to capture one million metric tonnes of carbon from the environment by the end of the fiscal year, as part of its commitment to become carbon-negative by 2030.

Of the freshwater used by humanity each year, 70% is attributable to agriculture. Image: Cargill

Cargill pledges to restore 600 billion litres of water by 2030

Food and agribusiness giant Cargill has pledged to dramatically improve water management practices across its operations and priority watersheds in its supply chain by - a move it claims will restore 600 billion litres of water within a decade.

Apple has committed to sharing its approach and progress towards carbon neutrality through a roadmap that will be shared with other companies

Apple targets net-zero emissions across operations, value chain and products

Apple has announced major plans to become net-zero emissions across its business, supply chains and products by 2030, pledging to reduce emissions by 75% and develop carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25%.

P&G is partnering with NGOs to restore, protect and improve habitats including the Atlantic Forest.  Image: WWF US/ Adriano Gambarini 

P&G targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has pledged to ensure that its operational emissions are neutralised by 2030 - an aim is striving to achieve through investment in nature-based climate solutions.

Comparisons have repeatedly been drawn between Covid-19 and the climate crisis, with businesses observing issues such as air pollution and supply chain stewardship in a new light

Three-quarters of UK businesses 'reconsidering their environmental credentials due to Covid-19'

In a survey of 500 UK-based business decision-makers, almost three-quarters (72%) said that the pandemic has made them reconsider the environmental credentials of their organisation.

As a 'non-essential' industry, fashion is still feeling the fallout of the pandemic

Fast fashion giants face mounting pressure to protect supply chain workers through Covid-19

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists are gathering on London's Oxford Street this week to urge fast fashion brands to financially support suppliers overseas throughout the pandemic, as media exposés drawing links between Leicester's Covid-19 spike and its garment manufacturing industry emerge.

#SustyTalk: PepsiCo's Chris Daly on climate action in the time of Covid-19

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with PepsiCo Europe's vice president for supply chain, Chris Daly, who provides insight as to how the food & beverage sector is managing the twin challenges of Covid-19 and climate action.

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'Good all round': Exploring Innocent Drinks' first sustainability report

EXCLUSIVE: Innocent drinks has launched its first "good all round" report, the company's innovative take on the traditional sustainability report outlining progress against its carbon-neutral, circular economy and staff engagement ambitions.

LRS has already reduced emissions through investments in CHP, recycled materials and distribution centre consolidation

Lucozade Ribena Suntory targets net-zero value chain by 2050

Beverage giant Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire multinational value chain by mid-century. 

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Kimberly-Clark vows to halve emissions by 2030

Kimberly-Clark has pledged to halve its direct, power-related and supply chain emissions by 2030, as part of a string of new climate targets approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

Deforestation will be mitigated through supply chain engagement, recycled material sourcing and investment in innovation

World Rainforest Day: Dozens of retailers commit to deforestation-free fashion supply chains

Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Sainsbury's and Asda are among a coalition of 45 major businesses jointly pledging to eliminate deforestation from their fashion supply chains, as part of a collaborative initiative coordinated by non-profit Canopy.

Pictured: Plastic pollution in Long Beach, California. Image: As You Sow

Report: Big-name brands failing to address plastic pollution crisis, despite improved pledges

A survey of 50 of the largest consumer-facing goods firms, including PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and Kellogg, has found that companies are generally failing to take ambitious action on plastic pollution, despite lofty pledges to do so.

The new commitments will also focus on supply chain emissions and regenerative practices 

Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments, pledging to end its contribution to deforestation, promote regenerative agriculture, transition to biodegradable ingredients and reach net-zero emissions for products by 2039 - all supported by a new €1bn Climate and Nature fund.

No company assessed could prove that workers across the supply chain had the right to unionise

World's largest ICT companies failing to tackle human rights abuses in supply chains

In a new analysis of how the world's 49 largest ICT businesses are protecting against human rights abuses in their supply chains, the average score is just 30%.

The tool's purpose is to give brands and retailers deeper insight into environmental impacts at all tiers of their supply chains

Google partners with WWF on digital data platform for sustainable fashion sourcing

Google has joined forces with WWF to develop an environmental data platform for sourcing professionals in the fashion industry, providing them information on the pollution and emissions impact of their business decisions.

Beck's brewery, Bremen, Germany

AB InBev launches sustainable supplier platform

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev has unveiled a new supplier forum to assist with environmental stewardship across the value chain, giving suppliers the option to receive educational materials to help reduce emissions and lower water usage.

The coronavirus pandemic has added additional strains on an already under-pressure sector

Coronavirus: Is this the beginning of the end for the 'self-sabotaging' meat sector?

The coronavirus could end up being the "straw that breaks the meat industry's back" with a new report warning that almost three-quarters of the world's largest meat, fish and dairy companies are at high risk from an array of criteria that could spark future pandemics.

BT has also reached some key sustainability targets

BT launches innovation platform and UK electric fleet alliance

BT has today (1 June) launched two new platforms to help accelerate green innovation in the UK and drive the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) fleets, both of which the tech giant believes will contribute to a green post-Covid19 recovery for the UK.

Klyk has joined the O2 Direct Partner Network, where it will offer its closed-loop solution to O2 clients 

O2 targets e-waste with new Klyk partnership

O2 has agreed to a new partnership with technology refurbishment start-up Klyk to tackle the growing issue of electronic waste (e-waste) in the sector.

The pricing of an $800m revolving credit facility, which was extended last month, has been linked to its waste, water and carbon targets

Tate & Lyle to cut emissions by 30% by 2030

Food and drink ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has published a new set of environmental targets, pledging to reduce operational emissions by 30% by 2030 and a 15% reduction in value chain emissions.

Iceland is launching a national rollout of a successful trial that gave store colleagues the option to take surplus food home from stores at the end of the day. Image: Iceland/Webershandwick 

Iceland cuts food waste by 23%, aims for 50% reduction by 2030

Retailer Iceland has revealed it has reduced food waste by almost a quarter in the past two years, having reduced wastage by around 2,500 tonnes through redistribution schemes as the company targets a 50% reduction by 2030.