4 ways business can go beyond the low-hanging fruit of sustainability

Yes, digital business records and toxin-free soaps in the company kitchen are important — but such incremental measures are nowhere near enough to curb a large company’s true environmental impact.

Fairtrade International Seeking Industry Feedback on New Textile Labor Standard

Fairtrade International — a coalition of 28 organizations working to make trade fairer throughout the world — is welcoming comments from throughout the garment and textile supply chains on the new Fairtrade Textile Standard, now under development.Fairtrade International says it has run mock audits with textile producers in India and South Africa during the last year, to test out a Fairtrade standard for the whole textile supply chain. A draft version of this standard, which includes requirements relating to unionization and freedom of association, workers’ health

RSPO Cleans House of Companies Failing to Meet Standards; NGOs Applaud

On Thursday, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced it has taken action against members that are not fulfilling basic membership obligations intended to create a more transparent, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible palm oil industry. A number of prominent NGOs working in the field — including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Rainforest Action Network (RAN) — commend the action as an important first step, but emphasize the Roundtable’s need for more teeth in ensuring progress toward a truly sustainable palm oil industry.The

How Burger King’s ex-chairman grew a $10 million organic food business

Sweet Earth Natural Foods, founded by husband-and-wife team Brian and Kelly Swette, has scored high-profile deals with Target and Whole Foods.

3M and ForestEthics End Multi-Year Conflict Over Paper Sourcing Policy

After an often-heated six years of confrontation between activist group ForestEthics and paper and packaging giant 3M, the conflict finally came to an end yesterday as 3M announced its new paper and wood pulp sourcing policy. ForestEthics, which has been critical of the corporation’s sourcing policy, has applauded its new commitment to tracing its virgin wood fiber and ensuring it comes from renewable sources.3M has a range of paper-based products and packaging, with its wood supply chain

Exclusive: McDonald’s to cut antibiotics for chicken sold in U.S.

The fast-food giant says it will implement a partial ban on antibiotics at its 14,000 U.S. locations within two years.

Why care about conflict minerals? Customers and investors do

Far-away raw materials may seem like a simple cog in the supply chain for large businesses, but blatant human rights abuses are both ethically and financially volatile.

How Walmart’s green label aims to drive supplier ‘race to the top’

The retailer is making some of its in-house supply-chain sustainability metrics public with a new program to highlight top-performing companies.

How Unilever, Facebook, HP and others lead through collaboration

The most recent GlobeScan/SustainAbilty survey shows big plans for both traditional partnerships and broad multi-actor, systems-focused efforts.

The 3 biggest takeaways from GreenBiz Forum 15

Sustainability leaders gathered in Arizona emphasized big risks — and big opportunity to rethink business as usual.

Prada, Walmart, Warren Buffett: Who leads, who lags on forests?

Beef, paper, timber, soy, palm oil. … A new first-of-its-kind ranking on global deforestation efforts reveals 500 leaders and laggards across sectors.

Do Natural Resources Companies Recognize Supply Chain Management as a Material Issue?

Companies are under increasing pressure to improve transparency across their supply chains and introduce more stringent procurement policies covering issues including human rights, corruption, and social and environmental impacts. Whilst much of the media focus has been on retailers and other consumer-facing businesses, there is an argument that natural resources firms will be more impacted by this trend, as regulations such as the Dodd Frank Act in the US — which requires companies to report and make public the use of “conflict minerals” from the

McDonald’s and sustainable beef: A one-year status report

It’s been just over a year since McDonald’s announced a plan to procure sustainable beef in 2016. So, how’s it going?

As Stocks of MSC-Certified Fish Rise, Some UK Retailers Falling Behind

The availability of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish is better than ever with a million tons of MSC certified cod caught last year, but there is a growing gap between supermarkets that offer their customers ecolabelled sustainable seafood choices and protecting ocean environments, according to new figures released by MSC.Since 2010, Sainsbury’s has led the pack in terms of numbers of products stocked, with 163 MSC-certified seafood products for the last financial year, MSC says. The retailer’s product numbers are almost twice its closest competitor, Waitrose, which is in second place with 79 certified seafood products and more than three times the number of products stocked by M&S.Despite a growing demand for sustainable

Hiring an EHS manager could help clean up your supply chain

Environment, health and safety can make sure a company’s supply chain lives up to regulations and commitments.

80 Organizations with $100 Billion in Purchasing Power to Pilot Sustainable Purchasing Program

Eighty organizations with more than $100 billion in purchasing power have signed up to pilot a multi-sector program designed to help organizations reduce their risks and contribute to a more sustainable future.The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s (SPLC) Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 offers purchasers detailed advice for promoting market

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