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H&M’s strategy focuses on the management process of wage standards, rather than imposing specific wage levels for suppliers

Almost one million garment workers covered by H&M's 'fair living wage' strategy

H&M has revealed that more than 930,000 garment workers located in its supply chain are now covered by a "fair living wage" approach, with 84% of the company's product volume now produced in factories that are improving wage standards and human rights approaches.

The study found that more than two-thirds of foreign capital directed to Brazil’s soy and beef sectors between 2000 and 2011 was channelled through tax havens

Tax havens shielding companies responsible for deforestation and overfishing

Money channelled through secretive tax havens has been used to fuel deforestation in the Amazon and illegal fishing around the world, racking up a heavy environmental toll but leaving few ways for businesses to be held to account.

Blockchain remains a hotly-debated topic in the sustainability sphere and is beginning to disrupt energy, carbon and supply chain management

New tech on the block: 8 ways businesses are using blockchain to drive sustainability

As the fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to change how businesses operate within society, edie has rounded up eight of the most notable ways companies have been using blockchain to spur their sustainability actions.

Factories in China, India and Indonesia have been linked with environmental destruction and causing illness

Dirty fashion: Companies criticised over 'damaging' viscose use

Luxury fashion brands and high-street retailers have again been linked with the damaging production of viscose textile fibres, despite some of last year's laggards making notable improvements to sourcing practices.

PepsiCo has announced it will not purchase palm oil from land that has been cleared since the end of 2015

PepsiCo on track for palm oil goals despite NGO concerns

PepsiCo has released an updated sourcing policy in a bid to source 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2020, a move that the Rainforest Action Network has described as a "dodge and cover" action plan.

Several of the named supermarkets told edie they have put additional human rights measures in place

Report: UK supermarkets failing to protect supply chain workers' rights

The UK's largest supermarkets "routinely" implement weak human rights policies in their supply chains, "exerting relentless pressure" on their suppliers while "trapping" overseas workers in poverty, a new report from Oxfam has claimed.

Unlocking the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the planet

Back in 1970, at the dawn of the modern environmental movement, American Futurist Alvin Toffler coined the term 'Future Shock'. Toffler highlighted that the late-20th Century was experiencing a phenomenon unique in human history in which technology was changing faster than people. This in turn led to widespread discomfort and confusion as well as frequent social and economic upheaval.

Featuring expert advice and case studies from Ikea, Asia Pulp & Paper, Primark and more, the handbook equips readers with knowledge and examples to embed new supply chain practices

The Essential Eight: edie launches supply chain sustainability handbook

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to implement best practice to drive sustainability into the supply chain now have access to a new 'handbook' which provides expert advice and insight to tackle eight essential areas of supply chain management.

Blockchain is beginning to disrupt the energy sector, with utility firms utilising community platforms to test the technology’s potential

Blockchain platform to assist £19m virtual energy marketplace in Cornwall

Energy solutions firm Centrica has launched new trials to examine how blockchain technology can assist with multi-party peer-to-peer energy trading for 200 businesses and residential participants in Cornwall.

Why you need to know what the animals in your supply chain are being fed

Earlier this month, sitting in a packed room full of food and feed industry executives from around the world, we spoke together with leading retailers on why animal feed is one of the critical sustainability issue of our times.

According to the report, greater transparency is required to enable businesses to address sustainability and hygiene concerns as they arise

Consumer demand for transparency to disrupt food sector, report finds

Public trust in the food sector has eroded to an "all-time low", with a new report commissioned by premium food supplier Cranswick warning that heightened consumer demand for increased transparency looks set to disrupt the sector.

Scorched earth in Argentina, image Mighty Earth

Meat industry driving 'astounding' levels of deforestation, report finds

Global agribusinesses have been implored to improve the traceability of their soy and soybean supply chains, after a new report linked food products sold in European supermarkets with severe deforestation cases in South America.

A NextGen Cup Challenge will offer accelerator grants to start-ups that have prototypes for compostable or recyclable cups

Starbucks pledges £7m to develop coffee cup solutions

Starbucks has declared a "moon shot for sustainability" by unveiling a £7m funding challenge to develop recyclable and compostable coffee cups, as well as agreeing to new "bean to cup" traceability technology to improve sourcing practices.

Unilever first launched its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy in 2013, with the aim of achieving a full traceable supply chain

Unilever implements 'radical step' on palm oil traceability

Unilever has become the first consumer goods firm to publicly disclose palm oil suppliers and mills that it sources from, both directly and indirectly, a move described by the firm as a "major milestone" in driving sustainability through the industry.

As part of the report, Kraft Heinz introduced a new goal to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply globally by 2025

Transparency focus helps Kraft Heinz accelerate towards supply chain goals

EXCLUSIVE: Food processing company Kraft Heinz has enrolled in a journey of transparency to help deliver its CSR strategy, with the company's first ever sustainability report highlighting achievements with palm oil sourcing and challenges related to water consumption.

As Black Friday approaches, let’s remember the need to eliminate forced labour

November sees some of the busiest days in the shopping calendar, Singles' Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Businesses will be focusing on meeting the extraordinary levels of consumer demand by studying their supply chains and eliminating any inefficiencies, making the most of technological tools like data analytics.

Nestlé promised to end deforestation in its supply chain by 2015 in response to Greenpeace’s KitKat campaign of 2010

Nestlé, Hershey and Mars 'breaking promises over palm oil use'

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using "conflict palm oil" from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

It’s clearly an area with room for exponential growth, but with sustainability professionals unaware of how it works, are they missing out on a game-changing solution?

What can blockchain do for corporate sustainability?

The fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to accelerate how businesses act within society; but nestled in alongside automation and the Internet of Things, can little-known blockchain truly revolutionise sustainability?

The company noted that it will explore additional certification as it moves towards it 2022 goal

Target shoots for 100% sustainable cotton by 2022

Clothing giant Target has set a new goal to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for its owned and exclusive national brands across apparel, home and essential products.

As part of the SDG alignment, Cargill has added five 2030 goals to the initiative

Cargill targets zero deforestation as part of SDG alignment for cocoa sourcing

Food and agricultural company Cargill has updated its sustainable cocoa sourcing strategy to align with the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to boost farmer prosperity, reduce environmental impacts and enhance the traceability of its supply chain.

This summer, C&A became the first global retailer to launch Gold level Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified t-shirts

Cradle to Cradle: How C&A is leading the fashion industry's circular transition

EXCLUSIVE: Fashion retailer C&A is driving circularity by selling apparel products made from sustainable cotton, and the Dutch-based firm is eager to bring the rest of the industry on its journey.

Campaigners are calling on failing companies to set time-bound targets to source 100% sustainable cotton and report publicly on progress to stakeholders

Top brands doing 'little or nothing' about sustainable cotton

Major brands such as Next and Ralph Lauren are failing to make sufficient progress on sourcing sustainable cotton, according to the findings of a new report.

IBM also claims that trials with Walmart in China and the US have demonstrated that blockhain can be used to track a product from the farm to the retail shelf in seconds

IBM blockchain food safety programme attracts global firms

A host of major firms including Nestlé, Unilever and Walmart have established a collaboration with tech giant IBM to explore how the global food supply chain can benefit from blockchain technology.

Imagery from RAN highlighting the illegal deforestation of elephant habitat

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra's last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem.

The viscose market is projected to grow from $13.45bn to $16.7bn by 2021, and 11 companies control 75% of global production

Dirty Fashion: Global retailers vow to respond to 'toxic' supply chain practices

Fashion retailers H&M and Marks and Spencer (M&S) have vowed to implement new supply chain management approaches, after a new report linked some of the world's largest fashion brands with highly-polluting facilities that are producing man-made viscose fibres.

The decision to source sustainable natural rubber should encourage other car manufacturers and suppliers to join in the effort to accelerate progress, GM said.

General Motors to source sustainable natural rubber tyres

Car manufacturer General Motors has made an industry-pioneering commitment to source sustainable natural rubber in its tyres, in a bid to help drive net-zero deforestation in the sector.

A number of companies, including Unilever, Mars and Nestlé, have cancelled contracts with IOI because of last year’s suspension

IOI commits to 'best-practice' peatland and deforestation plans

One of the world's biggest palm oil suppliers has committed to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain, which had caused major brands to cancel contracts with the firm.

Fashion Revolution Week 2017 will feature events and activities worldwide to encourage people to think differently about the clothes they buy and wear and inspire them to make a positive difference

Fashion Revolution Week: Spotlight turns to supplier transparency as reports reveal slow progress

At the start of a week dedicated to generating awareness over sustainability issues in the fashion sector, a flurry of new reports have demanded greater transparency to help improve working conditions and wages in the clothing supply chain.

Child labour was found to pose an “extreme risk” in mines in Bolivia (pictured), Myanmar and Indonesia

Tech firms urged to expand gaze to account for 'myriad' of conflict mineral risks

Tech companies may be exposed to human rights violations in supply chains by failing to examine the "myriad of risks" that can be found outside of the traditional homes of conflict minerals, a new report has found.

Retail ready packaging from Smurfit Kappa, which has strict sourcing policies for its virgin and recovered fibres

Smurfit Kappa hits certification goal for sustainably-sourced packaging

Global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has completed its goal of ensuring that 90% of all packaging sold to consumers is Chain of Custody certified, demonstrating full-transparency and a willingness to source from verified certification systems.

Food for thought: What makes a ’good' restaurant?

Britain has undergone a food revolution. Where once we were Europe's poor relation, now we are a world leader. We boast more varieties of cheese than France and barely a day passes without reports of a new food trend or fad. The quality and variety of food available in supermarkets, farmers' markets and artisan shops across the country has never been greater.

The Gucci owner has set 2025 targets for 100% traceability of key raw materials, and the creation of a supplier index to ensure the entire supply chain complies with Kering’s values

Kering shifts focus to supply chain with 2025 strategy

Global luxury fashion group Kering has today (25 January) revealed new targets which place a focus on emissions reductions and supply chain sustainability, as part of the next phase of its CSR strategy.

Google hopes that the data collection will identify suspicious vessel activity and inform new sustainable policies

Google makes waves with new sustainable fishing data platform

Google has unveiled a new beta technology platform that utilises enhanced data collection and transparency to promote and improve policies and provide the "world's first global view" of sustainable fishing practices.

Currently, around 10% of the global palm oil industry is financed by equity investors, with US financial backing alone accounting for more than $5bn in funds

New transparency toolkit puts emphasis on investors to combat deforestation

A new online tool has been launched today (26 July) to highlight which global mutual funds and investment portfolios contain links associated to deforestation and palm oil holdings.

Kit Kat manufacturer Nestlé has adopted the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, while Milka maker Mondelez has increased the transparency of its palm oil and cocoa supply chains

Food giants show increased appetite for sustainable supply chains

Global food and beverage firms Nestlé and Mondelez International have both ramped up sustainable business efforts over the past year, with an increased commitment to supply chain transparency, according to their respective CSR reports.

Shooting for a ‘fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020, there is a case for suppliers and retailers to accelerate efforts to develop a fully transparent palm oil sector. Photo: Greenpeace

Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?

With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.

PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF have urged all companies using large volumes of cotton to set, report and deliver on time-bound targets for cotton sustainability

Majority of global companies 'failing to deliver' on cotton sustainability

An overwhelming majority of global companies using the highest volume of cotton internationally have "failed to deliver" on sourcing sustainably, with industry experts calling on companies "serious about sustainability" to source 100% more sustainable cotton by 2020.

Earlier this year, GAR completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills across Indonesia

Palm oil giant sets 'fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has told edie it wants to achieve "greater awareness of the production practices in the supply chain" as it sets itself an ambitious goal of 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

More than 83,000 hectares of the Tesso Nilo National Park in Indonesia have been converted into illegal plantations

Palm oil giant to address 'serious issues' of alleged illegal sourcing

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has revealed that it is engaging with individual supplier mills which have allegedly been using 'tainted and illegal' palm oil sources, in an attempt to clarify revelations uncovered in a recent report.

In response to the suspension, IOI has denied all wrongdoing and is in the process of appealing the decision

Unilever cancels palm oil sourcing contracts over deforestation concerns

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has cancelled its contracts with a Malaysian-based palm oil producer and trader which has been suspended over deforestation and community conflict issues.

Sedex and the SAI will collaborate to develop the platform and enhance the data collection services that they can provide to members

Data collection for agricultural supply chains set for streamlined upgrade

A host of big brand food producers including Mondelez, PepsiCo and Marks & Spencer will have their agricultural supply chain data collection and management streamlined through a new platform partnership between Sedex and the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI).

The University will be making substantial efforts to avoid conflict materials from Africa

Businesses warned over supply chains as Edinburgh University goes conflict mineral free

The University of Edinburgh has put pressure on its electronic suppliers, after it became the first higher education institution in the UK to ban the purchasing of supplies that contain controversial 'conflict minerals'.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims

PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.

Why collaboration is king for the world's natural capital

Divulging good business ideas with the wider market is something many companies try to avoid. But when sharing ideas means contributing to sustainability performance globally, it starts to make sense.

The supply chain mapping project will ensure that more than seven million tonnes of palm oil and kernels are sustainably sourced from GAR’s mills

Palm oil giant completes extensive supplier maps for sustainable palm oil

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has today (25 February) completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills in Indonesia.

The ongoing migration crisis stretching out across the globe is an emerging driver in forced labour occurring in company portfolios, according to the report

Supply chain ethics and traceability among biggest business human rights issues, report finds

Increasing supply chain traceability and integrating human rights into the adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts are among the most significant human rights issues effecting sustainability and CSR professionals.


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