Global supply chain still yawns at climate risks, CDP finds

Suppliers of the world’s biggest companies still aren’t investing in sustainability. But pressure from customers like Microsoft, L’Oreal and Coca-Cola could change that.

REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly

Six more global brands have committed to the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The adidas Group, Black Diamond, Kathmandu, NAU, REI and Timberland have agreed to bring certified, responsible down to the marketplace. They join a robust list of supporters including The North Face — which worked with the Textile Exchange to develop the standard — Down & Feather Co., DownLinens, Eddie Bauer, H&M, Helly Hansen, Mammut, Marmot, and Outdoor Research.The North Face says the RDS is the most comprehensive global, third-party certified animal welfare and traceability standard for down and feathers (though fellow outdoor apparel company Patagonia, which released its own, separate Global Traceable

Why Information Sharing Is Essential to Climate Resilience: Lessons from Superstorm Sandy

When Sandy flooded New York and New Jersey, it destroyed key infrastructure for two lifeline sectors: fuel and transportation. What happened next reveals just how essential it is to share supply chain information in times of crisis.Sandy’s saltwater surge damaged gasoline pumps and submerged entire fleets of service vehicles. Emergency responders had to find alternate sources of fuel, vehicles, and supplies, but there was no system in

Unilever, Coca-Cola, Levi’s: 11 inspiring supply chain partnerships

From award-winning collaborations to just-got-off-the-ground endeavors, a round up of promising partnerships in a hot sustainability field.

Report Finds Asia Pulp & Paper Lagging on Social Responsibility Commitments; APP Says It Will Take Time

A field-based survey by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) investigating Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) performance, providing input into an evaluation of APP’s progress on fulfilling its social responsibility commitments, and making recommendations to the company finds little on-the-ground evidence to date that APP is taking sufficient action to resolve land conflict issues.With the exception of progress in two communities where it is piloting conflict-resolution approaches, the report finds there has been little change for communities embroiled in land disputes with the company. Hundreds of land conflicts remain and APP has failed to involve affected communities and other key stakeholders in

PepsiCo Reacts to New Ads Slamming Doritos Over Lax Palm Oil Policy

On Tuesday, SumOfUs, an international consumer advocacy organization, released a new parody video — in conjunction with Doritos’ annual “Crash the Super Bowl” commercial competition — that calls out Doritos and its parent company, PepsiCo, for use of unsustainable palm oil in Doritos products and the subsequent destruction caused to Southeast Asian rainforests, species and communities.The video, called “A Cheesy Love

No Carnitas for a Third of Chipotle Diners After Pork Supplier Violates Animal-Welfare Standards

Chipotle is walking its “Food with Integrity” talk with the decision this week to eliminate carnitas from the menu at about a third of its 1,800 U.S. locations, after discovering that one of its pork suppliers violated the company’s animal-welfare policies.“Without this pork, we cannot get enough pork that meets our Responsibly Raised standard for all our restaurants

AT&T’s Eco-Rating 2.0 Helps Consumers Understand Environmental, Social Impacts of Their Devices

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, AT&T unveiled Eco-Rating 2.0, an updated rating system that provides consumers an easy way to understand environmental — and now social — impacts associated with their devices. With expanded and more aggressive goals, the ratings also now apply to tablets.Click to enlarge.Building on AT&T’s original eco-ratings, Eco-Rating 2.0 is a simple way to help consumers evaluate the environmental and social profile of the devices they choose to purchase. The refreshed 2.0 rating system includes social and environmental factors related to device manufacturing, including manufacturer usage of environmentally preferred materials, minimization of substances of concern, energy efficiency and responsible end-of

Electronics Industry Will Conduct Shadow Audits to Root Out Forced Labor in Malaysia

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor.The EICC says it has been working for more than a decade to support the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. Although the EICC Code of Conduct bans trafficked and forced labor, completely eradicating it in the global electronics industry supply chain remains a challenge for everyone—including

Hershey Exceeds Sustainable Cocoa Goals in 2014, Sets New Targets

The Hershey Company has announced that 30 percent of its globally sourced cocoa was independently certified and verified in 2014—this reflects an accelerated pace for achieving its goal of sourcing 100 percent of its cocoa supply from certified and sustainable cocoa farms by 2020.The announcement follows the company’s 2013 achievement of sourcing 18 percent certified cocoa globally, nearly double its original goal of 10 percent for the first year of its 2020 commitment

New Report Finds Forest Certification Program Misleads Consumers

On Wednesday, forest conservation NGO ForestEthics released Peeling Back the Eco-Labels, a report comparing the rigor of forest audits conducted in Canada by the two leading forest certification systems: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The report found that the SFI certification program has serious