Supply Chains

‘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.dowd1@ethicalcorp.com, (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

Treading more lightly in the hotels industry

Amy Brown, (Jan 20, 2019)

Amy Brown looks at how big hotel chains are working to align themselves with the Global Goals and the Paris Agreement, setting goals to tackle water scarcity, carbon emissions, human rights and youth employment

A year of straddling the fault lines on human rights

John Morrison, (Dec 18, 2018)

John Morrison of the Institute for Human Rights and Business says 2018 saw business find common cause with civil society on fundamentals such as rule of law and freedom of expression

Want to fight climate change? Start by checking what's on your plate

Julie Nash, (Dec 18, 2018)

Julie Nash of Ceres says most food companies are tackling only a tiny fraction of their greenhouse gas emissions, despite the fact the sector produces more climate-causing gases than transport and buildings sectors combined

‘Gross inequality is the tragedy of the commons we must face up to in 2019’

Caroline Rees, (Dec 18, 2018)

Caroline Rees of Shift says says CSR commitments are no longer enough. Companies must make deep structural changes to attack the root causes of inequality

Farewell to Paul Polman, the epitome of a twenty-first century CEO

John Elkington, (Dec 16, 2018)

John Elkington of Volans says the misstep that preceded the departure of Unilever’s leader shouldn’t cloud the 10 years he spent pushing the boundaries of sustainable business at the consumer goods giant

'To solve climate change we have to end deforestation in supply chains’

Lindsey Allen, (Dec 16, 2018)

Lindsey Allen, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, says 2019 will be a key test of whether new sustainability standards for palm oil will be enforced

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