Supply Chains

How China’s appetite for meat is putting forests at increasing risk

Morgan Gillespy, (Jun 3, 2019)

CDP's Morgan Gillespy argues that Chinese banks, which have otherwise made strong progress on green finance, have a blindspot over deforestation risk. Amid uncertainties over US-China trade war, the risks related to soy are set to deepen

New hope for solutions to deforestation in the Cerrado

Mark Hillsdon, (May 28, 2019)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how pre-competitive approaches such as the Soy Buyers Coalition are allowing retailers to share the costs of incentivising soy farmers to refrain from converting land

Five ingredients for success for partnerships in fragile economies like South Sudan

Myriam Sainz, (May 19, 2019)

Myriam Sainz of TechnoServe draws on her experience rebuilding coffee communities with Nespresso to identify how best to invest in countries hit by conflict or crisis

‘Open Apparel Registry is a powerful new tool shining a light on the garment industry’

Phil Bloomer, (May 10, 2019)

Phil Bloomer and Alysha Khambay of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre explain how the open-source map of garment facilities across the globe is helping human rights campaigners to respond quickly to abuse in supply chains

Why the UN Global Compact is a CSR commitment that works

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2019)

Julia Moshkin of EcoVadis points to research showing that companies that have signed up to the initiative’s 10 principles perform significantly better on driving responsibility in their supply chains

Beyond recycling: Putting the brakes on fast fashion

Angeli Mehta, (Apr 28, 2019)

With the jury still out on the most sustainable textiles, efforts to make the garment industry more sustainable are focusing on reducing consumption, reports Angeli Mehta

‘Indigenous people’s livelihoods at risk in scramble for lithium, the new white gold’

Eniko Horvath and Amanda Romero Medina, (Apr 9, 2019)

Eniko Horvath and Amanda Romero Medina of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre investigate how communities in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina are bearing the brunt of demand for the water-hungry precious metal, with only one of the top producers having a human rights policy

Getting to the bottom of the green buildings conundrum

Mike Scott, (Apr 2, 2019)

Companies setting science based targets in the building sector face formidable challenges due to the long value chain. Mike Scott reports on a WBCSD initiative to come up with a systems-level approach to cutting whole-of-life CO2 emissions

‘Brands can help end tropical deforestation, but only by working together'

Justin Adams, (Mar 20, 2019)

Justin Adams of Tropical Forest Alliance calls for companies to look beyond zero-deforestation commitments in individual supply chains and work with other partners to transform landscapes and boost farmer livelihoods

Reaping the rewards from more inclusive cotton production in Côte d’Ivoire

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 14, 2019)

Mark Hillsdon reports from the West African country, where a programme by Olam International has vastly increased yields for smallholder farmers

‘Boycotting palm oil won’t end deforestation. But stricter new standards offer hope’

Dan Strechay, (Mar 12, 2019)

Ahead of next week’s Responsible Business Summit in New York, Dan Strechay of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil explains why his organisation’s new principles and criteria will help consumer goods giants deliver on their zero-deforestation commitments

'Everybody needs to scale, but in an intelligent and efficient way'

Liam Dowd, (Mar 7, 2019)

As part of the knowledge exchange in the build-up to the Responsible Business Summit New York, Liam Dowd, managing director at Ethical Corporation, speaks with Jamie Barsimantov, co-founder and chief operating officer at SupplyShift, about his involvement at the event and what he sees as the biggest opportunity for SupplyShift in the next 12-18 months

‘We’re rethinking our entire business, from supplier agreements to future technologies’

Martin Wright, (Feb 26, 2019)

Martin Wright talks to Carlsberg, BT, Mahindra Group and Landsec about how signing up to the Science Based Targets initiative has turned business as usual on its head

CDP names 120 leading firms for engaging suppliers on climate

Terry Slavin, (Feb 7, 2019)

World’s biggest businesses cut CO2 equal to South Korea’s emissions from their supply chains last year, according to the disclosure platform, which also added AstraZeneca, Coca-Cola European Partners, Diageo and LG Innotek to its A list for action on water risk. Terry Slavin reports

Vale suspended from Corporate Human Rights Benchmark over dam disaster

Terry Slavin, (Feb 1, 2019)

Terry Slavin reports on the fallout from Brazil's latest deadly mining accident and investor calls for an global independent body to monitor mines from a group led by the Church of England Pensions Board

The UK should listen to MPs and fix the holes in the Modern Slavery Act

Phil Bloomer, (Jan 25, 2019)

Phil Bloomer of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Nick Grono of the Freedom Fund say this week's independent review confirms the deep concerns of activists about the government's light-touch approach

‘Over-fishing a worse threat to oceans than climate change’

Angeli Mehta, (Jan 22, 2019)

Angeli Mehta reports on how initiatives like Global Fishing Watch, Sky’s Ocean Rescue and the retailer-led Seafood Task Force are trying to tackle a practice that is doing untold damage to the marine ecosystem