Canopy Releases Viscose Producer Progress on Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

As part of its CanopyStyle initiative, environmental NGO Canopy has released an updated and expanded edition of its Hot Button Report, a ranking of eleven viscose and rayon producers that represent 70 percent of global viscose production. The report is the first tool of its kind to enable fashion brands and retailers to robustly assess producers’ impacts on the world’s forests, as well as their leadership in forging solutions to eliminate endangered forest fiber from the rayon and viscose supply chain. It has become a ‘go-to’ resource for brands since its first publication in 2016. “We’ve seen

How Mars and Walmart illustrate the future of sustainability

Conservation International’s chairman champions “enlightened self-interest,” not the “virtuous case.”

UN Migration Agency, RBA Team Up to Target Forced Labor, Exploitation

The issue of worker exploitation and forced labor continues to gain global attention, as more and more companies rise to the challenge to align their operations with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The latest sign of progress comes in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition – to boost cooperation, promote ethical recruitment and protect the rights of migrant workers. According to the latest global estimates on modern slavery, approximately 25 million people worldwide are working in situations of forced

Report: Digitizing Leftover Garment Data Could Unlock Billions for Fashion Industry

Companies operating in the apparel industry could be missing out on new opportunities for growth by not digitizing data on leftovers from garment factories, says a new report by H&M Foundation Global Change Award winner Reverse Resources. Creating a Digitally Enhanced Circular Economy shows that manufacturers producing textiles and clothes for many of the world’s major fashion brands are spilling an

23 Companies Sign Manifesto to Halt Destruction of Brazilian Cerrado

Soy and beef production have played significant roles in the exploitation of the Amazonian rainforest, but the rollout of regulations to protect these precious natural resources have had unexpected consequences, driving these activities into regions that have largely been left untouched, such as Brazil’s Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of 2 million square kilometers. The pressing situation was a major topic

Scope 3: The Serious Path Towards Sustainability

More and more companies are making public commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions outside of their own operations. Why? Because compared to scope 1 and 2 emissions (from direct activities), avoiding scope 3 emissions can have the greatest impact on a corporate footprint. The numbers are clear: The majority of GHG emissions come from indirect activities, both upstream and downstream, in the supply chain. In fact, for most of consumer goods products manufacturing, scope 3 emissions account for over 70 percent of overall GHG emissions. Included is everything from purchasing raw materials to end of life treatment. But their very nature — being present throughout all stages of production — also

Stella McCartney Commissions First-Ever LCA for Manmade Cellulosic Fibers

Luxury fashion label Stella McCartney has released the results of a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing the environmental performance of ten different raw material sources of manmade cellulose fiber (MMCF). Conducted by third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS), the study examined a broad range of environmental issues, from the sourcing of raw materials through to the production of viscose and other MMCFs, with the aim of providing key industry stakeholders with resources to make informed fiber sourcing choices. This marks the first time LCA has been used to assess global sourcing scenarios for all ten raw materials, including an evaluation of specific forests of origin and terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The study included MMCF sourced from different global

Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials

The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow dedicated to ending human rights abuses associated with raw materials, has released a new report analyzing 206 companies’ due diligence regarding the use of conflict materials in their supply chains. In a year-on-year comparison, almost all participants decreased their scores, despite demonstrating strong initiative to mitigate risks. RSN’s Mining the Disclosures report analyzes companies’ SEC conflict materials filings following the requirements of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank

Child labor might be hidden in your smartphone’s supply chain

The recently launched Global Battery Alliance is scaling up public-private collaboration to eradicate child labor from the tech supply chain.

Coded Yarns Poised to Weave Transparency, Traceability into Textile Supply Chain

Traceability is an ongoing concern for the textile industry. Technologies such as barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags have been put in place to enhance supply chain transparency, but they often fail to provide complete traceability. Researchers at the University of Borås in Sweden have developed a novel coded yarn-based tracking system that promises to overcome existing limitations and deliver improved traceability. In the new system, intelligent yarns are fully integrated into textiles during the manufacturing

Episode 95: Turning vision into reality; GM bolts into the future

In this week’s episode, vision becomes reality for a waste-free economy and urban mobility, and science-based targets reach critical mass.

6 things to keep in mind when applying the SDGs

Advice for making the Global Globals tangible for businesses.

Asda, Co-op Collaborate to Streamline Supply Chain Sustainability Data

British supermarket giants Asda and the Co-op, together with leading sustainable business and supply chain platform 2degrees, are paving the way for the future of supply chain collaboration by enabling mutual suppliers to submit aggregated data on waste, water and energy to both retailers at the same time. Suppliers serving both retailers submit the data once, indicating that their combined data should be shared with both customers. By eliminating the need for duplicated information, suppliers will be able to focus their time and effort on delivering quality products, while saving on time, money and resources. “It’s great that two retailers like Co-op and Asda have embraced this approach. With all our

Entrepreneurs strut their solutions at VERGE Accelerate

Thirteen startups competed for attention for solutions to curb traffic congestion, improve lithium extraction, reduce building energy consumption and more.

How C&A created the world’s first Cradle to Cradle T-shirt

A story about an extraordinary effort to transform an ordinary piece of clothing.

Meet the new LEED-like standard for professional services

For the first time, ad agencies, legal firms and consultancies would get a scorecard for leadership on supply chains, diversity and more.

Ganaz: Putting Tech in Workers’ Hands to Improve Recruitment Practices

Brands have identified labor recruitment as one of the riskiest parts of their supply chains, and rightly so. Human trafficking, forced labor and wage theft often have their origin in recruiting practices. It is enough of a challenge to trace products back to the factory or farm, but to also take responsibility for cleaning up the recruitment supply chains might feel

Control Union, H&M Launch Tool to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry

Control Union, a global network of inspection operations and dedicated laboratories, in partnership with H&M has created a new tool to help the apparel industry meet its commitments to supply chain transparency and responsible sourcing. A unique supply chain traceability and data service, CONNECTED is designed specifically for apparel industry supply chains that are complex, distributed over several tiers and countries. The new program provides companies with full visibility over their entire supply chains. It also collects a variety of data, helping them to assess the risks and their impact on communities and the environment. Initial trainings have already been rolled out within a select group of H&M’s viscose suppliers. Supplier engagement and support is

Why trickle-down sustainability doesn’t work

No one likes being told what to do, but individuals and organizations are more likely to help when they share common values.

Trending: Fashion Positive, H&M Launch New Tools, Tech to Accelerate Circular Fashion Movement

The fashion and textile industries continue to make strides towards a more circular future with the emergence of new resources and technologies that make a sustainable shift easier than ever before. In an effort to help designers, brands and suppliers learn how to certify materials, find guidance and funding for achieving Cradle to Cradle certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Fashion Positive Initiative has unveiled a set of online resources designed to rapidly increase environmental and social outcomes in the fashion industry. Launched on FashionPositive.org, the resources are also designed to foster industry collaboration with the goal of developing new circular materials. “For more than a year, brands that have traditionally

Valspar: How we engaged stakeholders to solve the BPA dilemma

This ‘safety by design’ approach took seven years and millions of dollars.

How Cargill’s employee summit put sustainability on the menu

How does a company inspire and empower employees to embrace — and help shape — its sustainability strategy? Cargill created a pretty good recipe.

L’Oréal’s Holistic Sustainability Approach Bringing It Closer to ‘Sharing Beauty with All’

News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and