Report: Companies Committed to UN Global Compact Perform Better Across Supply Chains

EcoVadis, a provider of business sustainability ratings, has published a new report on sustainability performance comparisons between organizations who have committed to the UN Global Compact principles vs. those that have not. Taking a deep dive into performance across key themes of environment, labor and human rights, business ethics and sustainable procurement, EcoVadis found that committed companies…

Addressing SDG 5: 5 Steps to Promote Gender Equality in the Supply Chain

In 2015, the world got one step closer to a better future when 193 countries committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework for addressing the global community’s most critical economic, social and environmental challenges. These goals aim to eliminate poverty and hunger, promote global access to healthcare and education, protect earth’s natural…

Developing a Circular Narrative: The Case of Relooping Fashion

It is often said that transitioning towards a circular economy requires a number of changes in the way businesses operate. For example, the linear supply chain will need to be re-organised into a circular ecosystem, which decouples growth from the use of virgin raw materials and resources. What do these changes mean in terms of…

What’s going on in the world of plastic?

I’m not easily impressed by advances in sustainable business — I’ve been watching them happen in fits and starts for three decades — but I’ll confess to being astounded by what’s going on these days in the world of plastic. Or, more to the point, plastic waste. And no, it’s not just straws. Indeed, that may…

The business case for empowering women through climate-resilient supply chains

“For the past three years, the World Economic Forum‘s annual Global Risk Report has ranked climate risks high priority in terms of likelihood and impact. For business, this includes both supply chain risks, like water scarcity, and general physical and operational risks that will require resilience and adaptation solutions. In addition to the economic impacts on…

Conventional shipping gets on deck for decarbonization

Earlier this month, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a U.N. agency in charge of shipping, agreed to cut total greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050, and to pursue “efforts towards phasing them out entirely.” The race is on to find technologies that can decarbonize the 50,000-plus tankers, freighters, container vessels and…

World’s Biggest Retail Brands Back Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

Several of the world’s biggest retailers and food companies backed a new initiative from the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to improve global supply chains, boosting sustainable sourcing and streamlining benchmarking. Kellogg Company, Nestlé, and Walmart are among the companies supporting the forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI), Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Kieran Guilbert reported. “From chocolate…

Cities mobilize to avert ‘peak delivery’ congestion

Cities across the world are congested enough. But the growing wave of online and app-based commerce could reach a tipping point. That’s bad news for local economies and the companies that operate within them. Online sales in the United States will grow from an estimated $409 billion to over $603 billion in 2021. With those…