Why You Should Care About the NRDC’s Antibiotics Scorecard

Since 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been publishing its Chain Reaction report, produced in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust and Center for Food Safety. Chain Reaction is basically a report card, showing how well major fast-food (and -casual) restaurants are doing at limiting their reliance on meat products raised on antibiotics. Here’s a look at 2017’s scorecard: As you can see, far more restaurants earn an “F” than an “A.” Many of them probably don’t want you to see this scorecard. The NRDC’s report looks at where restaurants are getting meat and poultry, their policies, the total amount of antibiotics in their meat products

Michael Kobori on stretching beyond the sustainability department

The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: The Levi Strauss leader offers a glimpse at broadening the reach of sustainability.

Target Taps Tech Startup to Reinvent Inspection Process, Advance Supply Chain Transparency

Technological advancements, circular design principles and innovative raw materials are rapidly transforming the apparel industry, but lack of transparency continues to present a significant obstacle to sustainable sector-wide improvement across environmental, social and governance issues. The problem is one Target is working to address in its new partnership with Inspectorio, a graduate of the company’s Target + Techstars Retail Accelerator program. The Minneapolis-based startup is reinventing the inspection process through digitalization, replacing the standard pen and paper procedure with a

Wilmar Embraces Sustainability-Linked Finance, Unveils Child Protection Policy

Wilmar International, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, has announced major steps forward in reducing its environmental and social impacts. The company has worked out an innovative financial deal with ING to link its existing loan to its sustainability performance, and has unveiled a policy aimed at protecting children living on its palm oil plantations. But human rights campaigners say it may be little more than a band-aid. ING has converted a portion of Wilmar’s existing bilateral, committed Revolving Credit Facility of $150 million into a sustainability performance-linked loan, making Wilmar the first company in Asia and in the palm oil industry to do so. ING has worked with eight other clients in Europe on

Can McDonald’s help solve climate change?

A new project could revolutionize cattle ranching and beef production, and possibly take a big bite out of greenhouse gas emissions.

How Starbucks’ hometown is tackling plastic pollution

Going “Strawless in Seattle” and other cities worldwide.

How the food industry designed a market for turkey tails

The strange story of turkey tails speaks volumes about our globalized food system.

Startup fights food waste with travel companions for fruits and veggies

Hazel Technologies borrows from nature’s chemistry to tackle supply chain spoilage.

Mars Wrigley Launches Program to Boost Income, Climate Resiliency for Mint Farmers

An estimated 750,000 farmers in India produce 80 percent of the world’s supply of mint and the oil derived from the crop — commonly referred to as “liquid gold” — is an important source of income for farmers. Recognizing the critical role the crop plays in these communities, MARS Wrigley Confectionery (MWC) — the company behind brands such as Doublemint, Extra and Orbit — has launched a program to increase their yields and profits, while simultaneously boosting climate resilience through the use of sustainable agricultural practices. This year, we’re proud to launch AdvanceMint

Gold, Silver Flowing Through Swiss Sewers Could Provide Path to Circular Future

Wastewater that’s worth the likes of gold? What would seem like a farfetched concept is reality in Switzerland, where 95 pounds of gold find their way into Swiss sewage each year — the equivalent of US$1,947,925.60. The build up is the result of the country’s iconic watch-making trade, which sees 70 percent of the world’s gold pass through Swiss gold-refining plants each year. So what to do with all this gold? Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology believe the discovery presents a golden opportunity for the tech industry to capitalize on the circular economy. The study was commissioned

Inditex Creates Uproar, Refuses to Pay Wages to Over 150 Turkish Garment Workers

Zara’s parent company Inditex is in full-on damage control mode after tags bearing messages such as “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,” began turning up in garments earlier this month. The tags, which were discovered by shoppers in the retailer’s Istanbul stores, were placed inside garments by Turkish workers employed by Bravo Tekstil, one of Inditex’s local manufacturing factories, and call on shoppers to support them by pressuring the fast fashion giant into paying

Beauty Industry Leaders Partner with EcoVadis to Launch Responsible Beauty Initiative

In an effort to accelerating improvement on ethical social and environmental performance throughout the beauty supply chain, Clarins, Coty, Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal and EcoVadis have launched the Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI). The initiative brings together the global beauty industry in a collaborative effort to strengthen sustainable practices, improve environmental footprint and social impacts and maximize shared value across its collective supply chain. The RBI aims to boost sustainability in members’ supply chains, while ensuring industry suppliers have sound ethical, social and environmental business practices in place. This will be achieved by driving a common understanding of

Gold Flowing Through Swiss Sewers Could Provide Pathway to Circular Future

Wastewater that’s worth the likes of gold? What would seem like a farfetched concept is reality in Switzerland where 95 pounds of gold find their way into Swiss sewage each year — the equivalent of $1,947,925.60. The build up is the result of the country’s iconic watch-making trade, which sees 70 percent of the world’s gold pass through Swiss gold-refining plants each year. So what to do with all this gold? Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology believe the discovery presents a golden opportunity for the tech industry to capitalize

2 Unintended Consequences of your Supply Chain Assessment, and How to Avoid Them

You regularly work to prepare a comprehensive supply chain assessment. Hours are spent building a robust questionnaire for your tier 1 suppliers. The goal is a 100 percent response rate so that you have valuable intelligence to manage and improve your supply chain. Maybe the focus of your assessment is traceability and mapping, or perhaps calculating GHG emissions. You send the questions and it takes the suppliers about two hours to complete. Two hours of work isn’t too much to ask, right? Or is it? From a supplier perspective, the reality

Seafood traceability swims into Silicon Valley

As big names like Aramark and Thai Union progress on supply chains, smaller-fry ‘seatech’ startups bring the promise of satellite and blockchain tech.

Clarins Fragrance Group Embarks on ‘Responsible Alcohol’ Mission

In an unprecedented move, Clarins Fragrance Group is blazing new transparency trails, with brands MUGLER and AZZARO committing to produce perfume alcohol in a way that meets rigorous environmental and social requirements under a groundbreaking “made in France” program. The key aim of the “responsible alcohol” project is to promote biodiversity in agricultural practices. Other benefits of the program include local production, which will create a short circuit between harvest and transformation sites. Located on the Remicourt Farm at Amifontaine near Reims in the Champagne-Ardenne region of Northeast France, the program is based

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