Sustainable Supply Chain

Greening the Supply Chain

Green businesses are under increasing pressure these days to demonstrate that the supply chain they manage for the production and distribution of goods is just as sustainable and dependable as the products and services they sell.

Even companies that didn’t start out with an eye on sustainability are now taking steps to demonstrate that they support a reduced carbon footprint in all facets of their industry.

Target Aligns CSR with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Target's latest sustainability report showcases strong progress on many sustainability metrics and the latest trend in sustainability reporting: alignment with the sustainable development…

HSBC Investigates Major Palm Oil Supplier Over Deforestation Allegations

The global banking giant HSBC has launched an investigation of a major Indonesian palm oil supplier over allegations that the company has been…

U.S. Shale Gas Boom Impedes Carbon-Neutral Bioplastics

Low cost shale gas is motivating new investment in conventional plastic production, but the carbon neutral bioplastic industry is still making progress, for…

Mars Inc. Pledges to Boost Small Farmers’ Income

Mars Inc. recently launched The Farmer Income Lab, intended to be a “think tank” to ensure that global supply chains work for both…

Supply Chain Transparency: Making the Consumer Connection for Forest Responsibility

Humans have always had an intimate, complicated relationship with forests. We clear away trees to make room for development and agriculture, harvest them…

Palm Oil from Alleged SE Asia Deforester Hits the Market – But So Far, No Takers

One of South Korea’s largest conglomerates has produced a massive amount of palm oil with alleged links to deforestation in Indonesia. But POSCO…

21 Percent of Palm Oil Now Responsibly Sourced

The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world's palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that…

Marks & Spencer Promises 100 New Sustainability Commitments

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights.…

How We Can Advance Sustainability Despite an Absent EPA

Despite the Donald Trump administration’s determination to roll back as many environmental protections as possible, a substantial number of companies are interested in…

For Sustainable Business, Collaboration is the New Competition

Collaboration between Procter and Gamble and one of its most critical suppliers, Domtar, helped boost the supply of certified pulp and paper in…

NGO Attacks Pepsi’s Palm Oil Sourcing and Links to Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses

Rainforest Action Network continues to pressure PepsiCo about its palm oil sourcing, and its links to deforestation and human rights. This time, RAN…

Gap Will Source 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton By 2021

Gap, Inc. plans to purchase all of its cotton for Gap-branded clothing from sustainable sources by 2021. The company says Better Cotton Initiative-certified…

Why The Conscious Consumer Movement Isn’t Working (And How To Fix It)

Brands are rushing to meet consumer demand for ethical products, but supply chain verifications lag.

UK Study: Fair Trade Cotton 1/5 Ecological Impact of Conventional Textiles

The UK NGO Fairtrade Foundation has completed a study that insists that fair trade cotton has numerous benefits, including one-fifth of the the…

Putting Circular Economy Principles Into Practice

The risks inherent in a globalized linear economy are manifest. Resource and economic shocks reverberate across the globe. This increased vulnerability comes at…