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The LEAF initiative aims to mobilise at least $1bn to support emissions reductions by ensuring tropical forests that act as carbon sinks are protected from deforestation

Amazon and Unilever among businesses teaming with governments on $1bn deforestation pledge

A group of businesses including Amazon, Unilever, and Nestlé has joined the UK, US and Norwegian governments in setting up a new public-private initiative committing $1bn to combat the climate crisis through the conservation and preservation of tropical forests across the globe.

The webinar will take place at 11am (BST) on Wednesday 21 April and will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Available to watch on-demand: edie's biodiversity webinar featuring Kering and Unilever

Speakers from Kering, Unilever and the Woodland Trust discussed the role of biodiversity in shaping and assisting sustainability strategies on a webinar that took place on Wednesday (21 April). A recording of the sessions is available to watch on-demand.

The fund aims to ensure financial return for investors

Apple launches $200m forestry restoration fund

Technology giant Apple has partnered with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs to create an investment fund focused on carbon-sequestering forestry restoration programmes that will remove at least one million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

Image: Bombay Sapphire 

Bombay Sapphire set to meet sustainably sourced ingredients target four years early

Gin brand Bombay Sapphire has announced that it is on track to certify all of its key ingredients as sustainable by the end of 2021. It had originally been striving to achieve this milestone in 2025.

Pictured: UGG's new 'Plant Power' platform shoes

Clarks and UGG unveil sustainable shoe innovations

Clarks has launched what it claims is its 'most sustainable sneaker yet', while UGG is debuting shoes made using responsibly sourced, plant-based materials.

The company will offer 30 all-electric models globally, with EVs expected to account for 40% of US market entries by the end of 2025

General Motors aims to become carbon neutral by 2040

General Motors (GM) will target carbon neutrality across its operations and products globally by 2040, while also committing to set science-based targets that would deliver net-zero emissions ten years later.

Zalando’s online platform caters to 35 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando completes brand assessments as part of environmental disclosure drive

Online fashion retailer Zalando has disclosed its Tier 1 private fashion label suppliers in an efforts to drive transparency across the value chain, and is expecting brand partners to gain a full understanding of their key suppliers also.

WHSmith will engage with suppliers to agree on a set of pathways to achieve net-zero for Scope 3 emissions by 2040

WHSmith targets net-zero emissions by 2025

Retailer WHSmith has unveiled a new five-year sustainability plan to reduce its operational emissions to zero by 2025, with the company set to engage with suppliers to help them become net-zero.

A UK Task Force will be set up, comprising of other departments, that will help push the strategy forward

Japan Tobacco International commits to net-zero by 2030

Japan Tobacco International (JTI UK) has committed to reaching net-zero emissions in the next decade by procuring 100% renewable energy, transitioning its UK fleet to electric vehicles (EV) and diverting waste from landfill.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The coronavirus has exposed a lack of focus on supply chain sustainability

Coronavirus and globalisation: What next for supply chain sustainability?

Covid-19 has brought global economies to a standstill and knocked the confidence in global and connected trade. Would businesses benefit from pivoting to more localised value chains, or do global supply chains enable a global shift towards a climate-resilient future?

In 2010 companies such as Mars, Hershey, Nestle and Cargill pledged to reduce the worst forms of child labour in their West African supply chains by 70% by 2020

Child labour on the rise in cocoa supply chains

Cases of child labour occurring in the cocoa supply chain are rumoured to have increased by 2% to more than two million children, according to a draft US Government report, while big businesses in the sector have been ranked on approaches to supply chain engagement.

The overall Cocoa Life sourcing programme aims to eventually reach more than 200,000 farmers across six countries and benefit more than a million people by 2022

Mondelēz increases transparency drive to combat supply chain deforestation

Mondelēz International, which owns brands including Cadbury and Dairy Milk, has increased a transparency drive on farms in the world's largest two cocoa-producing countries that are registered under the firm's ethical and sustainable sourcing programme.

Each week, edie rounds-up five of the best sustainability stories

Derwent's net-zero target and Microsoft's 'geowell': The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Between 2016 and 2018 UK paper cup recycling rates increased 16-fold Image: Pret

Pret extends shop floor cup recycling scheme to 350 UK stores

Pret has announced the expansion of its in-store coffee cup recycling scheme to more than 350 UK stores, following successful pilots in London, Leeds and Glasgow.

The global fashion sector is estimated to employ one in seven working-age people globally. Image: Better Buying

UK suppliers among recipients of 'world's worst' fashion purchasing practices

UK suppliers experience some of the "worse" purchasing practices of brands and retailers sourcing apparel, footwear and household textiles compared to suppliers from other nations in the world.

Meeting the aims of the Pact will require signatories to consider changing their business models and supply chain approaches. Image: Kering

Fashion giants vow to end contributions to global warming and ocean plastic pollution

A coalition of 32 big-name fashion firms including H&M Group, Inditex and Nike have signed a new industry commitment targeting zero climate change impact by mid-century.

For the gold to be verified, miners have to pledge to use low-impact techniques and restore the local habitat when they are finished at their sites. Image: Apple

Apple to upscale sourcing of 'habitat-positive' gold

Apple has revealed that it sourced 1,000 ounces of gold from miners working to restore natural habitats this year, up from just 25 ounces last year.

The majority of high-street clothes are currently made from textile blends, which are hard to recycle and commonly contain fossil-fuel-derived content. Image: Inditex

Zara pledges 100% 'sustainable' fabrics by 2025

Fashion chain Zara is set to switch all collections to 100% "sustainable" fabrics by the start of 2025.

Co-op's overarching aim is 100% physically certified soy across its supply chain by 2025

Co-op targets 100% sustainably sourced soy through credits scheme

Supermarket chain Co-op has set a new, ongoing target of sourcing 100% sustainably certified soy across its supply chains, after joining global Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

The BCI-certified cotton sourced by fashion brands in 2018 was equivalent to 1.5 billion pairs of jeans

Fashion industry sourced record amount of sustainable cotton in 2018

Fashion brands and retailers collectively sourced more than one million metric tonnes of sustainably certified cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) last year, breaking the industry standard operator's record.

The Rainforest Alliance is committed to supporting cocoa-growing communities increase farmer income while conserving the environment and wildlife

Tesco switches to sustainable cocoa for own-brand products in time for Easter

UK supermarket Tesco has announced that all cocoa for its own-brand chocolate is now sourced from farms that are Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Stella McCartney: Policy must encourage businesses to make fashion sustainable

Designer and green activist Stella McCartney has called on policymakers to implement laws which will incentivise big-name fashion brands to shift away from cradle-to-grave models and poor supply chain practices.

Kering launches first 'regenerative sourcing' standard for fashion suppliers

Luxury fashion company Kering has launched a fashion industry standard capable of verifying raw materials and finished products as 'regenerative', after partnering with environmental charity The Savory Institute to advocate for 'net-positive' sourcing solutions.

Big-name fashion retailers collaborate to fund digital deforestation map

Seven of the world's largest fashion retailers including H&M and Kering have collectively funded the development of a new online tool that allows businesses, investors and customers to track the origin of paper, wood and viscose sourced by corporates.

Asda commits to new zero-deforestation soy policy

Supermarket giant Asda has this week made a fresh sustainability pledge to ensure that the soy it sources for agricultural raw materials and animal feed is "net-zero deforestation" verified by 2020.

Big-name retailers collaborate to spur uptake of clean domestic fuels

Several big-name retail brands including B&Q, Asda and Wickes have this week unveiled fresh measures to help consumers make the switch to low-carbon, smoke-free and energy-efficient home fuels.

Lidl becomes first UK retailer to purchase 100% sustainably-sourced soy

Discount chain Lidl has become the first UK retailer to switch to 100% sustainably-sourced soy for its own-brand products, after joining the Government's Roundtable for Sustainable Soy.

One year on: What has Mars' new $1bn sustainability strategy achieved so far?

Food and drink giant Mars has revealed the progress it has made towards the aims of its new $1bn Sustainable in a Generation Strategy, which notably saw the company adopt science-based emissions targets last year.

Reebok launches bio-based shoe made from corn and cotton

Sportswear manufacturer Reebok has created its first sports shoe made with 75% plant-based fibres, as it strives to source more sustainable materials for inclusion in its products.


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