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.

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Beyond the Menu: Sustainable Restaurant Trends

What’s hot in the restaurant industry today? Apparently, sustainability is sizzling.
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H&M Wants to Revolutionize the Apparel Industry

Last week I went to Stockholm to learn more about H&M’s sustainability program. Over my three days with the company, I found its…
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Seafood Origin Scrutinized Under Proposed U.S. Rules

A new federal program would scrutinize the origin of seafood caught outside the United States. The intent is to limit fraud and protect…
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Crawl-Walk-Run: Actionable Steps to Sustainable Sourcing for Private Brands

Sustainable sourcing creates an opportunity to differentiate your private brand from the competition, while providing additional value to your customer. If you are…
Chiptole management closed all of its U.S. stores Monday -- including this one in Lake Bluff, Illinois -- to reboot employee food safety training.

Chipotle’s Nationwide Safety Trainings: An ‘Air Ball’?

Chipotle management closed all of its U.S. stores Monday to reboot employee food safety training. But it wasn't exactly the transparency slam-dunk promised…
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Mars Promises to End the Use of Artificial Food Colorings

This week, Mars announced that all of its food products, including those famous M&MS, will be free of artificial colors within five years.
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The Challenges to Expanding Organic Cotton

Non-organic cotton’s impact on the environment is huge, which is why many say it may be the most important product to buy organic.…
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Sustainable Sourcing: The Myths, Risks and Opportunities to Private Brands

If you are just beginning the journey into sustainable sourcing or are considering if it makes sense for your private brand, there are…
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Animal Welfare Reporting Increasingly Linked to the Bottom Line

The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare 2015 Report brings the topic of how animals are treated to the ongoing industry discussion of…
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Suppliers Need To Step Up Managing Climate Risks

Supply chains represent a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and climate-related risks to companies. So, how are suppliers assessing and managing…
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The Low-Down On Sustainable Cotton

Cotton supports about 250 million people globally. But conventional cotton growing is just not sustainable. We spoke with Anita Chester, head of sustainable…
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Best Buy Weakens Industry-Leading Recycling Program

On Monday, Best Buy announced some significant and unfortunate changes to its electronics takeback and recycling program. Barbara Kyle of the Electronics TakeBack…
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Selecting Inventory That Balances Business Values and Consumer Feedback

Overall, the key to a carefully-crafted product selection is transparency.
Can seafood play a starring role on our plates? Photo by Devin Harvey.

Sustainable Seafood: Four Issues to Watch in 2016

You’re likely to hear about these top issues in sustainable seafood all year long: seafood’s role on the changing dinner plate, human rights…
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Finance Innovation: The Next Frontier in Fair-Trade Supply Chains

How can smaller-scale, fair-trade suppliers like Guayaki’s yerba mate farmers get the financing they need to meet market demand? Social finance and fair…
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