Supply Chains

‘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

Why supply chains are key to empowering women – and increasing GDP

Claire Manuel, (Jun 20, 2018)

Claire Manuel reports on how companies like Mondelez, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are sharing knowledge on how to unleash the power of women throughout their businesses

How Mattel’s quick move rescued Barbie

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

When the iconic doll was revealed to contain lead paint, the toy giant created a 114-page crisis strategy that has become a case study in CSR crisis management

China’s toy industry lifts game to improve conditions for migrant workers

Terry Slavin, (May 23, 2018)

The Ethical Toy Program, which covers more than half of toy factories in the country, is strengthening its social auditing criteria and improving communication with workers but denies allegations of labour abuses from an NGO. Terry Slavin reports

How QuizRR is taking human rights training to the factory floor

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

The Swedish edtech company has worked with brands including H&M educating 45,000 workers in Asia on their rights

The brands going beyond auditing to give China’s apparel workers a voice

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

With an absence of free trade unions and independent NGOs to help companies identify human rights risk, companies like Adidas are going directly to workers

Electronics sector charts new path after 'bloody decade of labour abuse'

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

China's current Five Year Plan seeks to improve conditions for workers, with electronics one of the priority sectors. James Rose looks at the challenges that must be overcome