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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For most businesses, the environmental impact of the supply chain will be larger than for its direct operations

UK supply chain survey reveals major lack of transparency on sustainability

Half of UK businesses admit they are not being transparent enough with consumers about the true sustainability of their supply chains, new research has revealed.

Suntory is aiming to use the bottles for its Orangina brand

Suntory Group unveils plant-based bottle prototypes

Beverage giant Suntory Group has unveiled a new prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based materials, as it strives towards a goal to eliminate all petroleum-based virgin plastics from its PET supply chain.

70% of the emissions associated with UK animal agriculture can be attributed to feed. Image: Morrisons

KP Snacks to scale regenerative farming, Morrisons turns to insect-based chicken feed

In two positive sustainability moves in the UK's farming sector, KP Snacks has outlined plans to scale regenerative potato farming and Morrisons will begin decreasing the use of soy - a commodity linked to deforestation - in chicken feed.

The report raises deep concerns over animal welfare and the sustainability of fish feedstocks 

Report: Supermarket giants 'turning a blind eye' to environmental damage in fish supply chains

A new analysis of how 33 major European food retailers are working to make fish supply chains more sustainable has found that three-quarters have a "near-total" lack of strong policies to safeguard the environment and improve animal welfare.

Sunderland (pictured) is one of six new additions to the A-List

Which UK cities are the new climate 'A-Listers' - and why?

CDP has just published its 2021 Cities A-list, with the UK having more than twice as many locations on the list than in 2020. Here, edie looks at the 10 UK cities to have made the cut, summarising their green plans and progress to date.

For most large fashion brands, emissions from production, manufacturing and materials will all be higher than from direct operations

Bringing fashion industry emissions to net-zero by 2050 'a $1trn investment opportunity', report finds

The global fashion industry is currently on a 3C temperature pathway and bringing it down to 1.5C, a new report has revealed, will take $1.04trn of investment in low-carbon solutions and moves to dramatically improve resource efficiency.

The results suggest that end-users are still struggling to properly address Scope 3 (indirect) emissions

Only one in four UK suppliers regularly asked for climate data by end-user businesses, survey reveals

Despite an uptick in corporate commitments to net-zero supply chains, just 25% of the UK suppliers polled in a recent survey stated that their buyers routinely ask them for emissions information.

EVs are just one manufacturing area that could be hit by supply issues

UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity

The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.

The UK introduced a similar requirement earlier this year

EU proposes mandatory due diligence to stop deforestation in supply chains

The European Commission tabled its plan on Wednesday (17 November) to introduce mandatory due diligence for products sold on the EU market to make sure they are not linked to deforestation or forest degradation.

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Starbucks and Arla to trial new sustainable dairy sourcing blueprint in the UK

Starbucks has partnered with Arla UK to support dairy farmers in reducing emissions, as the coffee chain strives to halve carbon emissions across its value chain by 2030.

Many corporates with multinational supply chains and operations will see Scope 3 emissions accounting for 90% or more of their absolute emissions footprint

Tackling Scope 3 emissions: New initiative launched to help businesses achieve net-zero value chains

In recognition of the fact that indirect (Scope 3) emissions typically account for the bulk of a business's climate footprint, a new initiative has been launched to help firms of all sizes and sectors measure and reduce them in line with climate science.

According to the IPCC, agri-food systems have driven 75% of man-made deforestation to date

UK food giants pledge to eliminate deforestation in soy supply chains by 2025

All of the UK's major supermarkets, as well as the likes of Danone, Nestle, Nando's, KFC UK&I and McDonald's UK&I, have signed a new joint commitment to eliminate soy that has resulted in deforestation or land degradation from their animal feed and product supply chains.

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Consumer goods giants plot first steps towards 'forest-positive' supply chains by 2030

A coalition of 20 consumer goods businesses, including Unilever, Mars and Nestle, has unveiled a portfolio of forest restoration schemes they will support in the next two years, as part of a commitment to become 'forest-positive' by 2030.

Video Unilever's Marc Engel on net-zero targets, Scope 3 emissions and nature-based finance

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief supply chain officer Marc Engel told edie that businesses need to figure out "how big their nets" are when setting net-zero targets that can too often rely on offsetting, while also welcoming some promising frameworks unveiled at COP26.

For most businesses, the supply chain will generate far greater levels of emissions than operations - yet indirect emissions remain more challenging to measure and manage

BT and Unilever among business giants supporting other firms to halve supplier emissions

A new collaborative platform for businesses striving to cut emissions sharply across their supply chains has been launched by a string of big businesses including BT, Unilever and Ikea.

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Report: $100trn needed to get global supply chains to net-zero and up to half must go to SMEs

Up to half of the estimated $100trn investment needed to get global supply chains to net-zero by 2050 will need to go to SMEs, a new analysis from HSBC and Boston Consulting Group has concluded.

Regenerative agriculture improves soil quality and biodiversity, while reducing farm emissions and water consumption. Image: Unilever

Unilever-owned Knorr outlines plans to start 50 regenerative agriculture projects within five years

Unilever's largest food brand Knorr has revealed plans to initiate more than 50 regenerative agriculture projects by 2026, with schemes planned that cover 80% of its key ingredients.

The COP26 Climate Action Plan: Workshop summary report

Released just ahead of COP26, this report maps out a business action plan to accelerate change across the climate summit's key pillars of Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Nature-Based Solutions, Climate Adaptation and Green Finance.

Image: WWF Brazil, Adriano Gambarini 

HP increases $11m forests pledge to $80m, in bid to restore one million acres

HP Inc. has extended its partnership pledge with WWF, focused on forest restoration, from $11m over a five-year period to $80m over a decade, thereby creating the largest partnership between a US-based corporation and the NGO to date.

The research used a “digital twin” to create a virtual replica of the material that was tracked through the leather supply chain 

Jaguar Land Rover launches blockchain trials to source low-carbon leather

Transport giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has trialled blockchain technology to trace the carbon impacts of its leather supply chain, as part of its overarching net-zero commitment.

Ahead of COP26 Sunak has called on other G7 nations to support the IMF’s proposed Resilience and Sustainability Trust

G7 to explore carbon pricing and green finance for developing nations

G7 Finance Ministers have agreed on a new set of principles aimed at improving global supply chain resiliency and backing a new initiative from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aimed at helping developing countries boost green economic opportunities.

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How Salesforce became a net-zero business and what happens next

EXCLUSIVE: Last month, Salesforce announced it had become a net-zero business across its value chain. Here, edie explores how offsetting and location-based decarbonisation plans have created a unique road to combatting the climate crisis.

McDonald's has long been the target of green campaigners, over its climate impact, packaging footprint and meat and dairy supply chains

McDonald's targets net-zero value chain globally by 2050

Fast-food giant McDonald's has set a 2050 global net-zero target covering operations and the supply chain, while its UK & Ireland business has set a more ambitious 2040 deadline.

M&S’s Plan A strategy was launched in 2007

M&S refreshes Plan A strategy to deliver net-zero value chain by 2040

Retailer M&S has refreshed its iconic Plan A sustainability strategy to encompass a new commitment to reach net-zero emissions across its entire supply chain and product category by 2040.

According to the RSPB and WWF, an area equivalent to 88% of the UK's total land is required to produce imported forest risk commodities annually

UK businesses should be banned from sourcing and investing in goods that cause deforestation, MPs argue

The UK Government has been implored, once again, to strengthen its plans for eliminating deforestation from international supply chains, with MPs arguing for a clampdown on deforestation deemed legal overseas.

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Six top tips for getting to grips with your organisation's Scope 3 emissions

Most organisations find that a significant proportion of their total emissions footprint is indirect, making Scope 3 emissions a key focus for the net-zero transition. But how can these emissions be accurately measured and reported - and reduced at the pace needed?

Pictured: One of Tesc's fully electric home delivery vans

Tesco sets 2050 net-zero target for supply chain

Building on a commitment to reach net-zero operational emissions by 2035 and to cut supplier emissions by 35% within the same timeframe, Tesco ha updated its ambitions for decarbonising the supply chain.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet energy & carbon champion Lara Young

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards just one week away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Energy & Carbon Leader of the Year' award, Lara Young.

The masterclass is available to watch on-demand for those who have registered

Available to watch on-demand: edie's Scope 3 emissions masterclass

edie's most recent online masterclass took place on 23 September and was dedicated to helping professionals get to grips with their organisation's indirect (Scope 3) emissions on the road to net-zero. A recording is now available to watch, on-demand.

The move comes 15 months after the firm updated its overarching climate targets 

Unilever outlines plans to halve supplier emissions by 2030

FMCG giant Unilever has outlined plans to help suppliers representing two-thirds of its upstream emissions to decarbonise in line with climate science.

The paper are for the UK government to raise the minimum threshold for Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings required to lease or sell a property

UK's retrofit industry must grow by ten times to play role in reaching net-zero

The UK's retrofitting industry needs to grow by ten times its current size if the UK is to decarbonise its housing stock at a pace suitable for the wider net-zero emissions target, new research has revealed.

Globally, food and agriculture account for more than one-third of annual emissions

World's biggest food companies accused of failing on climate action, human rights protections

Less than 10% of the world's largest food companies are aiming to reduce their emissions in line with climate science, while less than 13% are taking sufficient action to eliminate forced labour.

Globally, more than 100 billion garments and 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced every year

Fashion giants urged to decrease clothing production as part of their sustainability plans

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is urging big-name companies to go beyond setting headline sustainability targets to cut emissions and waste in-house, and reduce the number of garments they are producing.

The training will be available online to all ad professionals, in the UK and internationally, via the IPA’s CPD platform

Advertising industry launches net-zero training qualification for workers

Workers in the advertising sector will soon be able to access new training qualification programmes to create a better understanding of how the sector can reduce emissions and promote sustainable products and services as part of the wider net-zero movement.

the WorldGBC is now calling for businesses to account for the whole lifecycle impact of all new buildings and major renovations

'Reduction-first approach': WorldGBC updates net-zero buildings commitment

The World Green Buildings Council (WorldGBC) has today (15 September) unveiled an update to its longstanding Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, that aims to ignite a "reduction-first" approach to decarbonisation to halve emissions from the sector by 2030 and tackle lifecycle emissions.

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet the supply chain champions ADM

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our Supply Chain Excellence' award, ADM.

The Climate Action Plan details how replacing raw materials, embracing the circular economy and reducing carbon through better water usage will all assist with the wider net-zero goal

Plans before pledges: How P&G has evolved its climate strategy to target a net-zero value chain by 2040

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has unveiled a new climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, with the company's vice president for global sustainability Jack Mcaneny telling edie that the "absolute priority is reducing emissions".

To help deliver the goal of carbon neutrality, Hitachi will invest around €10bn over a three-year period

Hitachi targets carbon-neutral value chain by 2050

Hitachi, one of the Principal Partners to the COP26 conference, has revised its sustainability targets with a new plan to achieve carbon neutrality across its entire value chain by 2050.

The TUC based its analysis on data from the ONS and Catapult Energy Systems

660,000 jobs at risk unless UK improves approach to net-zero target, research warns

The UK's sluggish progress towards its net-zero emissions target for 2050 could see more than 600,000 jobs move to other countries that are better embracing the green transition, new analysis has warned.

Cisco targets net-zero by 2040, Illumina by 2050

Tech giant Cisco has pledged to reach net-zero emissions for operations by 2025 and the supply chain by 2040, while healthcare research and solutions firm Illumina has set a 2050 target.

Birds Eye's parent company will ensure that its most carbon-intensive suppliers develop their own science-based targets by 2025

Nomad Foods joins Race to Zero with pledge to cut supply chain emissions

Frozen food giant Nomad Foods has joined the UN's Race to Zero campaign, with a key focus on supporting its 75% most-emitting suppliers to develop their own science-based targets by 2025.

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Big-name businesses boost nature targets at global conservation congress

A string of businesses are using the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Congress this week as a backdrop for updating biodiversity strategies, with new announcements from the likes of L'Occitane, Walmart, Pernod Ricard and Kering.

Pictured: The i Vision Circular concept car is made using only recycled, reused and renewable materials, but it could be some time before a vehicle with these specs hits the commercial market. Image: BMW 

'New territory for us': How BMW is embedding circular economy principles to accelerate the low-carbon transition

EXCLUSIVE: BMW's VP for sustainability and mobility Dr Thomas Becker has spoken exclusively to edie about its new climate and circular economy commitments, stating that the company "will not get on a Paris-compliant pathway" without recycling and reusing materials.

#SustyTalk: Wincanton's Steve Tainton on low-carbon transport and the evolving ESG debate

edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-related interviews continues with an exclusive discussion with Wincanton's head of sustainability and CSR, Steve Tainton.

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Carlsberg Group adds 20 new electric trucks to fleet

Brewer Carlsberg Group has announced that it is now operating Switzerland's largest electric truck fleet, after taking delivery of 20 new vehicles from Renault Trucks.

Supply chains including coffee and tea (pictured) are already being affected by the physical impacts of the climate crisis. Image: Co-op

Don't neglect climate justice in net-zero transition, Co-op urges other businesses

The Co-operative Group is urging other businesses to follow its lead and pledge to protect the people and communities likely to be hit by physical climate impacts and affected by the transition to net-zero.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Tideway's award-winning infrastructure project

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: the winner of our Building/Infrastructure Project of the Year Award, Tideway Legacy.

The global fashion sector is responsible for around 5-8% of annual emissions - more than aviation

Major fashion brands accused of failing to phase out fossil fuels, despite net-zero pledges

A new index ranking 47 large fashion brands on their efforts to remove fossil fuels from their supply chains and products has given most a failing grade, with the likes of Primark, Uniqlo and Marks & Spencer named as laggards.

The UN estimates that more than one-third of the global population is living in water-stressed regions

Fashion, finance and fossil fuels creating 'critical' water risks, CDP warns

The apparel, fossil fuel and financial services sectors are among those dealing the most damage to the world's water systems, according to a new analysis from CDP.

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What is sub-metering? What are the different ways an organisation can use submetering? What are the business benefits of sub- metering? What is the cost of installing sub-meters? And, how can sub-metering support other aspects of a business’ net-zero journey? This new Explains guide from edie answers all of these questions and more.

Ceres assessed companies at various points in the food value chain, from suppliers, to manufacturers, to retailers and restaurants 

US food giants including Costco and JBS accused of failing to tackle Scope 3 emissions

An analysis of how 50 of North America's largest food companies' climate efforts has found that less than half (38%) disclose their indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

Less than 1% of surplus food from Gousto fulfillment centres ends up as waste

Gousto and DPD launch new courier scheme to redistribute surplus food

UK recipe kit firm Gousto has built on an existing partnership with food distribution charity to FareShare to reduce wastage across the supply chain by launching a new courier service with DPD.

JBS’s chief executive Gilberto Tomazoni met with Alok Sharma, President-Designate of COP26

World’s largest meat company JBS joins Race to Zero initiative

The world’s largest meat company, JBS, met with COP26 President Alok Sharma to formally join the Race to Zero campaign, building on a net-zero commitment set earlier this year.

The pilot will run for nine months. Image: UKFT

Fashion giants collaborate for blockchain-powered supply chain transparency trials

Retailers including H&M Group, New Look and Next have joined a new pilot scheme assessing how digital technologies can be used to improve supply chain transparency, thereby enabling targeted improvements to environmental sustainability and efficiency.

Pictured: Representatives for Levy UK & I and the Scottish Events Campus at the site in Glasgow. Image: Levy 

No air-freighted food on the menu for COP26, in bid to cut emissions

The catering company for the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow, which is set to host COP26 in November, has announced plans for a total ban on air-freighted produce in the UK.

The UK Government's vision involves bringing seven Gigafactories online by 2027 

UK's plans to scale battery production 'insufficient for net-zero transition'

The UK Government's plans to support the battery manufacturing sector to scale up are not sufficient to deliver the transition to net-zero, nor to ensure that the UK remains a leader in this market globally, a Lords Committee is warning.

Last month, the company revealed that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040

Asda to move entire company car fleet to EVs by 2025

Asda has confirmed it will move its entire company car fleet of 600 vehicles to electric by 2025, a move that will save more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on the road to net-zero.

As well as destroying fragile marine habitats, deep-sea mining also impacts the oceans' ability to absorb and sequester carbon

Automakers urged to move away from 'destructive' deep-sea mining

Carmakers looking to increase the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) across the globe have been urged to pre-divest from deep-sea mining companies, with a coalition of NGOs warning that failing to do so will cause irreversible damage that will contribute to the climate crisis.

The report features a host of recommendations to capture the benefits of CCUS in the UK

UK urged to level-up regions through CCUS supply chains

The trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in the UK has noted that a successful rollout of the technology could create a thriving supply chain in the UK which would deliver job growth, provided enabling policies are introduced.

Anglian Water will also develop an offsetting strategy for residual emissions by planting 50 hectares of woodland on its sites

Onsite renewables and EVs: Anglian Water outlines net-zero routemap for 2030

Anglian Water has published a detailed routemap outlining how onsite renewables, electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen and biogas production will deliver its ambition to reach net-zero by 2030.

The Commitment has more than 150 signatories, covering big names from across the food value chain

UK food and drink sector to halve emissions by 2030, under updated WRAP targets

WRAP's Courtauld Commitment, which has been singed by more than 90% of the UK's food retailers as well as major businesses across the food value chain, has been extended to 2030, with a new ambition to halve absolute emissions.

Customers using the restaurants or Drive-Thru can pay a £1 deposit that is redeemed if they return the cup to a participating McDonald’s UK restaurant

McDonald's to trial deposit return scheme for coffee cups in Northampton

McDonald's has chosen six restaurants in Northampton to trial a £1 deposit on reusable coffee cups in a bid to cut back on waste.

Both businesses are aiming for net-zero by 2040 at the latest

Inditex and Elsevier commit to net-zero emissions by 2040

Clothing giant Inditex and research publishing firm Elsevier are the latest corporates to have updated their corporate strategies, setting ambitions to reach net-zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.

The UK consumes natural resources at more than twice the rate considered sustainable

Report: Circular economy could deliver 80% of UK's next carbon budget

By embedding circular economy principles in major policy frameworks, the UK could deliver 80% of the additional emissions cuts needed to meet its Fifth Carbon Budget, which covers 2028-2032.

The UK's manufacturing sector employs some 2.7 million people and represents 69% of the national private sector's annual R&D investment

Survey: 3 in 4 manufacturing executives don't understand their company's carbon footprint

A survey of more than 150 C-suite executives at UK-based manufacturers has revealed a gap in understanding about calculating and reducing emissions in line with climate science and the national net-zero target.

Asos has also confirmed plans to set science-based emissions goals next year

Asos reduced emissions by 13% in 2020, despite pandemic parcel boom

Online fashion giant Asos has revealed a 13% year-on-year reduction in its carbon footprint for 2020, despite a surge in sales as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

The Barometer report has been published today (7 July) and is free to access 

How are UK businesses approaching the net-zero transition? Find out with edie's new Barometer

The first edition of edie's new bi-annual Net-Zero Business Barometer, providing a regular temperature check and progress update regarding the decarbonisation of organisations across the UK, is now available to download.

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Hyundai joins RE100 as Porsche urges suppliers to source 100% renewable electricity

Hyundai Motor Group's five largest affiliate brands are applying to the Climate Group's RE100 scheme this month, the business has revealed, shortly after Porsche unveiled new measures to help suppliers procure renewable electricity.

For most large fashion brands, emissions from production, manufacturing and materials will all be higher than from direct operations

Most fashion brands 'failing to disclose supply chain emissions', despite net-zero pledge

Just one-quarter of apparel giants are disclosing emissions from manufacturing and processing and less than one-fifth have revealed the carbon footprint of their raw materials, Fashion Revolution's annual ranking of 250 of the world's largest fashion retailers and brands has revealed.

The UN estimates that food and drink production alone has been the driver of 75% of deforestation by area size to date

Current nature targets 'not enough': WWF calls for UK to cut global environmental footprint by 75%

If the UK is to properly address its climate impacts, it must reduce the environmental impact of products made domestically and imported by 75% this decade.

The gigafactory looks set to provide batteries to power up to 100,000 Nissan EVs annually

Nissan unveils plans for £1bn electric vehicle hub and battery gigafactory in Sunderland

Nissan looks set to transform its flagship Sunderland manufacturing facility into a £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub that will feature a 9GWh battery production gigafactory - the first of its kind in the UK.

The report forms part of the Foundation's ongoing 'Fossil Fashion' campaign

Report: 60% of sustainability claims by fashion giants are greenwashing

A study of the websites of 12 of the biggest British and European fashion brands, including Asos, H&M and Zara, has found that 60% of the environmental claims could be classed as "unsubstantiated" and "misleading".

Businesses from the UK, France, US and Asia were assessed by BCG

Report: UK telecoms giants leading sector's global net-zero transition

Four in ten of the world's biggest telecommunications companies are behind on the delivery of their environmental targets, but British firms are decarbonising far more rapidly than their international counterparts, new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis has found.

Cotton has a market value of $12bn and accounts for 31% of raw materials used in the textile market

Global cotton-growing regions facing increased exposure to climate risks

Global cotton production is vastly unprepared for the looming climate crisis, with more than half of the world's growing regions set to be exposed to water scarcity and extreme weather events that will disrupt the market.

The company also unveiled a biodiversity net-gain target

Spirax-Sarco 'refreshes' sustainability strategy with net-zero and biodiversity goals

Engineering firm Spirax-Sarco has 'refreshed' its sustainability strategy, unveiling new pledges towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and waste management.

The business guide to net-zero carbon reporting

The past 12 months have seen thousands of businesses announce net-zero strategies in line with national targets and in response to increased stakeholder pressure. So, what exactly makes a credible net-zero strategy, and - crucially - how should businesses be measuring and reporting their climate impacts to deliver decarbonisation at scale?

The 2027 target for UK operations will assist with a global net-zero target for 2040

Vodafone to reach net-zero carbon emissions in UK by 2027

Vodafone plans to eliminate carbon emissions from its entire UK operations by 2027, as part of a sweeping set of commitments that will see the technology giant invest in electric vehicles (EVs) and update supplier contracts based on environmental credentials.

The two businesses join forces with the hundreds of other companies signed up to each initiative 

Polestar and Google to halve emissions and join Race to Zero campaign

Swedish electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar and technology giant Google are the latest firms that have agreed to halve emissions by 2030 as part of a wider effort to deliver net-zero value chains, by joining the UN's Race to Zero campaign and the Exponential Roadmap Initiative.

In 2019, Burberry set a science-based target aligned to the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement

Burberry to become 'climate positive' by 2040

Luxury fashion firm Burberry has updated its science-based targets in a bid to become "climate positive" by 2040, a move that will aim to decarbonise the value chain and utilise a bespoke carbon insetting fund.

Ikea states that achieving 100% renewable electricity through suppliers in Poland, China and India will save 670,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually

Ikea launches renewables programme for direct suppliers

Ikea has unveiled a new programme that will ensure that all of its direct suppliers are powered by 100% renewable electricity, as the retailer pushes towards its commitment to become 'climate positive' by 2030 by reducing more emissions than the value chain emits.

Drax first began capturing emissions from its biomass operations in Selby (pictured) in 2019

Drax announces ambition to host world's largest negative emissions project

Drax has signed a new deal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on carbon capture technologies, which it claims will enable it to deliver the largest 'negative emissions' project in the world.

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WRAP: 2020 was record year for food redistribution by UK firms

More than 92,000 tonnes of surplus food was redistributed in the UK last year, marking a 45% year-on-year increase, partly caused by the response to Covid-19.

More and more companies are linking the performance against sustainability targets to loans and bonds

HP and JBS issue sustainability-linked bonds to drive towards net-zero

The world's largest protein producer, JBS, has announced the issuance of a $1bn sustainability-linked bond tied to net-zero targets, while technology firm HP has unveiled its sustainable bonds framework.

Domino's is currently working on setting science-based targets

Domino's introduces electric mopeds into delivery fleet

Pizza brand Domino's is set to introduce more than 200 electric mopeds for deliveries across London, after trialling the vehicles from NIU Technologies.

Across all metrics, Primark was the lowest scorer while John Lewis was the highest 

Report: Half of UK fashion giants failing to support supply chain workers' rights

A ranking of 18 of the UK's most influential high street and online fashion retailers has revealed weak progress across the board on labour practices and supply chain worker conditions, with half of the brands generating a negative impact.

The new Charter builds on an initial version, released in 2013

Ferrero targets nature net-gain and 'fully transparent' supply chain under new palm oil strategy

Ferrero Group, the confectionery giant which owns Nutella, has launched a new Palm Oil Charter featuring commitments to regenerate biodiversity and water systems.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed solar farm. Image: Nissan Motor Corporation Great Britain 

Nissan invests £52m into closed-loop aluminium production at Sunderland facility

Nissan has confirmed a new £52m investment into its Sunderland facility that will enable the use of recycled and lightweight aluminium for the production of Qashqai vehicles to reduce the energy required for material processing.

Up to 80% of collected flexible plastic will be recycled in the UK

Manufacturing giants unite on £1m Flexible Plastic Fund

Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are all supporting a new £1m initiative to improve the recyclability of "flexible" plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets.

McCormick has partnered with Natural Capital Partners to offset any remaining emissions

Manufacturer McCormick's first net-zero building set for Peterborough

Multinational food ingredients manufacturer McCormick has confirmed that a new facility in Peterborough looks set to become its first net-zero carbon building.

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Boohoo links executive pay to ESG targets after supply chain scandal

Online fast-fashion giant Boohoo Group has pledged to link executive bonuses to progress against new ESG targets, after allegations of worker exploitation at supplier factories last year were found to be "substantially true".

Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Heating: Six Top Tips for Businesses

Produced in partnership with Centrica Business Solutions, this handy ‘top tips’ guide provides organisations across the private and public sector with six clear and concise pieces of advice on adopting low-carbon heating technologies and processes.

Over a four-year period, BT also reduced the carbon intensity of its supply chain by 19%

BT cuts emissions by 14% over 12-month period

Over the last 12 months, BT Group has reduced the carbon intensity of its operations by 14%, putting the company on course to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, while broadcaster Sky has had carbon reduction targets for its net-zero ambition approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Shareholder climate resolution votes are becoming increasingly common in the corporate space

Unilever's net-zero transition plan backed by more than 99% of shareholders

More than 99% of Unilever's shareholders have voted in favour of its plans to become a net-zero business by 2039, the FMCG giant has said.

Iceland is also exploring alternatives to soy, but Walker admits that there aren’t any commercially scalable solutions ready

Iceland boss Richard Walker: Collective business activism required to hold politicians to account

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland Foods' boss Richard Walker believes that 'collective business activism' is essential in driving policymakers to align with the sustainability movement, following a recent letter sent by food retailers to the Brazilian Government urging them to reconsider a new land bill that could increase deforestation.

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Pandora to ditch mined diamonds over sustainability concerns

The world's largest jewellery brand, Pandora, has announced plans to stop sourcing mined diamonds and to switch to only lab-grown alternatives.

Deforestation is believed to have accelerated amid Covid-19, and green groups are concerned that new legislation could make the problem worse still

From Aldi to Waitrose: UK food giants threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation

A string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.

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Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive join AB InBev's sustainability accelerator

Consumer goods giants Unilever, Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive have agreed to fund and pilot innovations designed to improve supply chain sustainability through Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev) accelerator scheme.

Thousands of farms across Europe form Arla's supply chain, which it describes as a "micro food system"

Arla unveils new measures to help farmers self-generate renewable energy

After pledging to become a net-zero business, dairy major Arla Foods has outlined new measures to help farmers across the supply chain generate their own renewable energy and sell any excess.

The initiative is voluntary for suppliers

Tesco links supplier financial support to environmental goals

Tesco is offering preferential financing rates for suppliers that address their environmental impacts, under a new voluntary programme supported by Anthesis, KPMG and Santander.

Yum! Brands, which owns Taco Bell and KFC, is one of the brands to have improved climate targets 

Fast-food giants beef up climate commitments following investor pressure

The likes of McDonald's, Domino's and Yum! Brands, which owns KFC, have all improved their climate commitments this year following pressure from an $11trn coalition of investors.