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

P&G Latest CPG Company to Disclose Fragrance Ingredients as Part of Transparency Push

As consumer demand for product transparency grows, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to disclose information about the ingredients that go into to their products. Following this call to action, Procter & Gamble (P&G) has unveiled plans to list all fragrance ingredients down to 0.01 percent for its entire product portfolio in the US and Canada by the end of 2019. P&G will share information regarding over 2000 of its fragranced products online, making it the first company to commit to this level of

Trending: New Water-Saving Tools, Products Drive Textile Industry Paradigm Shift

Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population, a number which is projected to rise. While about 2.5 percent of the world’s water is freshwater, only 0.5 percent of that is made available to satisfy society’s needs. Water is also an important resource for manufacturing and reducing water consumption through the deployment of sustainable production processes can be advantageous for both companies and the communities they operate in, as demonstrated by Ford’s water stewardship efforts. DNV GL and Paradigm Shirt are two more

New Ford Sustainability Report Reveals Progress on Water Stewardship Goals

The Ford Motor Company has released its 18th annual Sustainability report detailing its environmental progress across the world and commitment to continued sustainability actions in the future. Coinciding with the release is a short film highlighting key milestones the company has achieved on its journey towards sustainability. The mobility giant began publishing its Sustainability Report in 2000 as a way to measure and track its progress on key

SAP Ariba Takes Aim at Forced Labor with Supplier Risk Management Tool

Despite the attention the issue has received in the past decade, child labor and modern slavery are still prevalent across the world and in many corporate supply chains. The figures are stark – the United Nations estimates that 168 million children are victims of child labor across the world, while the Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people are enslaved. Eliminating child labor and modern slavery will require dedicated action from the entire business world. SAP Ariba is well positioned to lead on this. Its products already connect over two million buyers and sellers around the world, with over $1 trillion in transactions. “That’s more than 2.3 times

7 companies to watch in sustainable shipping

Delivery supply chains are inching toward electrification. Here are the leaders where EVs and old-school logistics converge.

3 telltale signs you’re shifting the supply chain

Lessons in sustainable sourcing from Canopy, whose new partners include the Gap and VF Corporation

Now All of Giant’s Customers Can Understand ‘HowGood’ Their Food Choices Really Are

Transparency hasn’t always been a strong point for the food industry, but a new partnership between HowGood, a research organization and in-store rating system that identifies industry leaders in the food system, and supermarket chain Giant Food could serve as a turning point for the sector. The relationship, which started as a test pilot