Supply Chains

New apps to keep tabs on the factory floor

Nadine Hawa, (Oct 20, 2017)

We look at the technology available to help fashion brands identify social and environmental risks deep in their supply chains

‘Four years after Rana Plaza, garment workers are still dying in unsafe factories’

Nadine Hawa, (Oct 20, 2017)

Fashion brands’ continuing failure to reveal their Bangladesh suppliers is impeding progress to prevent another tragedy, say human rights campaigners. But C&A Foundation aims to use crowdsourcing to digitally map the entire Bangladesh garment sector

Opinion: FTSE 100 not doing enough to tackle modern slavery

Phil Bloomer, (Oct 16, 2017)

Leadership by the world’s richest companies is crucial to ending slave-like conditions in supply chains, argues Phil Bloomer of the Business and Human Rights Resources Centre. But as a report published today finds, progress by most FTSE 100 companies has been disappointing

To end modern slavery, we first need to see the whole picture

Jacqueline Joudo Larsen and Michaelle De Cock, (Oct 13, 2017)

Jacqueline Joudo Larsen of Walk Free Foundation and the ILO's Michaelle De Cock describe how they pulled together the first definitive data set on the 40 million people enslaved in the global economy

The Rainforest Alliance's little frog takes a great leap forward in merger with UTZ

Terry Slavin, (Sep 27, 2017)

Nigel Sizer of Rainforest Alliance tells Ethical Corporation editor Terry Slavin how the upcoming union with the Dutch certifier will boost the new organisation’s ability to protect biodiversity and farmers’ livelihoods

Opinion: ‘We can tackle modern slavery in the construction industry’

Dr Shamir Ghumra, (Sep 25, 2017)

A new model developed with Loughborough University gives companies eight pathways to achieving best practice in addressing slavery in their complex supply chains, says Dr Shamir Ghumra of BRE

How Sainsbury's lost its taste for Fairtrade

Mike Scott, (Sep 19, 2017)

The move by the world’s largest Fairtrade retailer to set up its own label for tea has divided retailers and been condemned by MPs, NGOs and tea producers

Has Fairtrade passed its sell-by date?

Mike Scott, (Sep 19, 2017)

As brands and retailers begin to abandon the 25-year-old ethical trading scheme we look at what went wrong, and whether in-house programmes will offer a worse or better deal for farmers and the planet

Dell’s innovation-lead approach to help meet the UN’s Global Goals

Liam Dowd, (Sep 14, 2017)

As part of our management spotlight series our managing director Liam Dowd talks with Louise Koch, corporate sustainability lead, EMEA at Dell, on packaging, partnerships and future opportunities

Mars in strategic push to eradicate slavery from its entire value chain

Terry Slavin, (Sep 8, 2017)

The confectionary giant’s new Sustainable in a Generation plan includes a commitment to work with Verité on tackling human rights and sharing results with competitors

M&S calls for collaboration over antibiotics use in food supply chains

Rebecca Ley, (Sep 7, 2017)

McDonald's move to clean up its chicken supply chain 'should be part of an industry-wide effort' to tackle global health threat

Management spotlight: Andy Horne, head of supply chain at EDF Energy

Claire Manuel, (Sep 6, 2017)

Andy Horne tells Claire Manuel that the business case for promoting diversity and inclusion is a 30% increase in productivity

Deforestation briefing: Fresh hope in battle to save the orangutan from palm oil

Terry Slavin, (Aug 27, 2017)

A surge in corporate no-deforestation commitment hasn’t stemmed habitat destruction in Indonesia, as a new report by RAN on illegal deforestation in Sumatra highlights. We assess whether a new methodology for implementing them called the High Carbon Stock Approach could help turn the tide

France briefing: Taking aim at corporate human rights abuse

Stuart Buckman, (Aug 17, 2017)

France’s new corporate duty of care law is the first in the world to make due diligence mandatory. Though watered down from the original proposal, it has real teeth

Deforestation briefing: Pressure grows for expansion of Amazon soy moratorium

Mark Hillsdon, (Jul 28, 2017)

The soy moratorium may have spared the Amazon, but farmers have moved in elsewhere

Human rights briefing: How Kemet went conflict-free mining tantalum in DRC

Diana Rojas, (Jul 27, 2017)

By setting up a closed supply chain in the village of Kisengo for this valuable component, the transistor company has turned a handsome profit and boosted development for the mining community

Deforestation briefing: Sustainable palm oil solution sought in Africa

Terry Slavin, (Jul 27, 2017)

Sime Darby's Simon Lord is seeking partners to trial a model that balances forest conservation with economic development in Liberia

Deforestation briefing: 'This is now a critical issue in supply chains'

Terry Slavin, (Jul 27, 2017)

Up to to $900bn in annual turnover is at risk if deforestation from beef, soy, timber and palm oil isn't brought under control, according to the CDP

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