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.

Agreement Reached on ‘No Deforestation’ Standards for Palm Oil Companies

A new deforestation agreement inked in Bangkok this week promises to offer companies more clarity on how they can make their supply chains…

Setting Science-Based Targets for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, ozone, methane and hydrofluorocarbons, have relatively short lifetimes in the atmosphere -- which means they are…

Policy Efforts to Eradicate Forced Labor — Too Little, Too Late

While legislation is finally coming online to strengthen corporations' voluntary commitments on forced labor, loopholes remain.

The Science-Based Business Case for Addressing Climate Change

James Donovan, CEO of impact investing firm ADEC Innovations, makes the business case for strong corporate action around climate change and the U.N.…

How to Set Science-Based Targets for Scope 1, 2 and 3 Emissions

It is fairly straightforward to set reduction goals for emissions your company controls (Scopes 1 and 2). But goal-setting for supply chain emissions…

Rethink the Runway: Mainstreaming Sustainable Fashion

Americans are gravitating toward sustainable fashion. But there’s a problem: People can’t choose sustainably-sourced clothing if it’s not available on the shelves. Ken…

7 Global Food Conglomerates Partner on Water Stewardship Commitments

The companies are participating in the AgWater Challenge, a collaborative initiative organized by Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

3p Weekend: 10 Food Companies Going Fair Trade

Since October is Fair Trade Month, this week we tip our hats to major food and grocery companies making a shift to ethical…

Why Science-Based Targets Are Necessary For Meeting Paris Climate Agreement Goals

While the commitments made at COP21 were laudable, collectively, the proposed GHG reductions won’t achieve the Paris agreement’s goal of holding global mean…

Ties to Labor and Human Rights Among Palm Oil Leaders and Laggards

Palm oil defines the world's struggle to make more food and consumer goods products while mitigating their impact on people. So, who are…

Sustainability Hat Trick: How MBA Students Calculated a Company’s Footprint

Christina Barry-Simmons and Lex Agapinan of Pinchot University used their graduate project to demonstrate the value of measurement and transparency in supporting Columbia…

Despite Efforts, Forced Labor Still Embedded in Apparel

Despite considerable progress in the last few years, forced labor remains a problem in many industries. And the garment and apparel sector is…

Certification and Eco-Labels: Alive and Kicking?

Over the last 20 years, sustainability standards have been used successfully across many industries. But now comes the hard part. All sustainability tools,…

Do Consumers Really Want What They Say They Want?

Globally, the sustainable packaging market is expected to hit $244 billion by 2018. While this number reflects activities across a variety of industries,…

A Look Back: The Evolution of LCA and Life Cycle Impact Assessment

Although life cycle assessment is a new concept for many outside the sustainability community, it has a remarkably long history. Here’s a brief…