Supply Chains

Six takeaways from Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe 2018

Mike Scott, (Oct 15, 2018)

Circular approaches to plastic waste, renewable energy procurement, and moving beyond audits to address human rights risks were highlights during last week’s thought-provoking conference in London, which focused on solutions to some of companies’ greatest challenges

How Darian McBain brought about a sea change in sustainable fishing

Oliver Balch, (Oct 6, 2018)

Oliver Balch interviews the head of sustainability at Thai Union, who is winner of Ethical Corporation’s Business Leader of the Year award

‘We have to make sure our clean-energy future is good for people, too’

Eniko Horvath, (Oct 5, 2018)

The renewable sector's dirty secret is that it is one of the worst performing on protecting community and worker rights. Eniko Horvath of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre gives five steps for companies to ensure their projects are as clean as the power they produce

'We need better tools to evaluate how well business respects human rights'

Caroline Rees, (Oct 4, 2018)

Caroline Rees of Shift gives the first findings from Valuing Respect, a collaborative platform to come up with better ways to evaluate corporates’ efforts to safeguard human rights in their supply chains

Why wellbeing is crucial to designing happier supply chains

Richard Hardyment, (Sep 19, 2018)

Ethical sourcing is too focused on tick-box standards and abstract audits. Instead they should be about creating secure jobs and ensuring dignity at work, writes Richard Hardyment

Management spotlight: How Diageo is engaging its supply chain on climate targets

Liam Dowd, (Sep 13, 2018)

In this Q&A, managing director Liam Dowd talks with Michael Alexander, head of water, environment, agriculture sustainability at Diageo, on Science-Based Targets, industry collaborations, supplier engagement and opportunities for the next 12-18 months

‘We need to keep plastics in our economy – but out of the oceans’

Angeli Mehta, (Aug 30, 2018)

Angeli Mehta interviews Lonely Whale’s Dune Ives about how the NGO is working with Dell and other corporate partners in the NextWave initiative to help companies incorporate plastic waste in supply chains

UK takes first steps towards a future without plastic waste

Angeli Mehta, (Aug 29, 2018)

Angeli Mehta assesses the challenges ahead as the UK retail industry embarks on the journey to remove single-waste plastics by 2025 with a focus on 'on the go' recycling

Management spotlight: How Levi’s will cut 40% from its supply chain emissions

Liam Dowd, (Aug 13, 2018)

In this Q&A, managing director Liam Dowd talks with Liza Schillo, manager, global product sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co, on the company’s recent announcement regarding new climate targets

RBSEU 2018: Circularity Session

Conference Recording, (Aug 6, 2018)

Are sustainability certification schemes fit for purpose?

Angeli Mehta, (Jul 15, 2018)

Two recent reports point to major failings in schemes such as the Marine Stewardship Council and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Angeli Mehta dives deep to assess the claims and counter-claims in seafood certification

Ten years on, few have joined Norway in funding the battle against deforestation

Terry Slavin, (Jul 5, 2018)

With forests rapidly losing their capacity to regulate the climate, countries have to urgently step up finance for REDD+ and companies must implement their zero-deforestation commitments. Terry Slavin reports

The disruptors: Why Sally Uren won't settle for less than wholesale systems change

Oliver Balch, (Jul 4, 2018)

Forum for the Future's CEO tells Oliver Balch what keeps her going as she pushes companies in the direction of progressive transformation, with all its risks and ambiguities

Brands urged to continue boycott of Uzbek cotton despite promised reforms

Terry Slavin, (Jun 20, 2018)

Campaigners warn it is not safe to source cotton from the country amid evidence that the state-enforced harvest continues, writes Terry Slavin

Unpicking the confusion over what constitutes ‘sustainable’ cotton

Angeli Mehta, (Jun 20, 2018)

From the Better Cotton Initiative to CottonConnect and organic, there are seven different schemes to cut the environmental and social impacts of the water-intensive textile. Forum for the Future's Cotton 2040 initiative aims to provide clear guidance for brands. Angeli Mehta reports

The fashion industry cottons on to the circular economy

Angeli Mehta, (Jun 20, 2018)

From cellulose technology to take-back schemes, fashion is trying to bend the curve on its make-wear-discard business model, writes Angeli Mehta

Coca-Cola’s 5by20 recipe to empower 5 million women by 2020

Claire Manuel, (Jun 20, 2018)

Claire Manuel reports on how an internal scheme to encourage women’s promotion turned into an initiative to empower female entrepreneurs through its entire value chain