Supply Chains

NGOs fear UN REDD+ scheme to combat deforestation will lead to land grabs

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

Eric Marx looks at Democratic Republic of the Congo, where REDD+ projects have been criticised for failing to uphold the rights of forest communities, raising concerns about the success of the program globally

Zeroing in on community livelihoods in the palm oil industry

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

Unilever, Marks and Spencer and Sime Darby are at the forefront of working with governments and communities to meet their zero deforestation commitments, writes Eric Marx

Brands ‘neglecting land rights’ as key weapon in battle to save forests

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

The biggest food brands require suppliers to adhere to principles of free prior and informed consent, but implementation is thin on the ground, reports Eric Marx

How a little local knowledge can go a long way for mining companies

Mike Scott, (Apr 26, 2018)

Mike Scott reports on how using local suppliers and hiring indigenous people offers business benefits for companies like Indonesia's Bumi Resources, Canada's Imperial Metals and Cameco

Towers of steel, feet of clay? Human rights concerns rise over wind industry

Mike Scott, (Apr 24, 2018)

NGOs say the industry’s rapid expansion will be threatened if it doesn’t tackle ESG issues in its extended supply chain, reports Mike Scott

Electric car makers in drive to remove human rights stain from cobalt

Angeli Mehta, (Apr 24, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on the global efforts, led by China, to improve sustainability of the raw material that underpins our clean energy future

British retailers target modern slavery in concerted bid to tackle SDGs

Claire Manuel, (Apr 10, 2018)

Boots, John Lewis, M&S, and Sainsbury’s among 25 UK firms to collaborate on addressing issues like recruitment fees in their supply chains

‘World's largest viscose supplier ABG still in denial over rampant water pollution'

Urska Trunk, (Mar 20, 2018)

Urska Trunk of Changing Markets Foundation says pollution by India’s Aditya Birla Group is only getting worse after last year’s exposé on the fashion industry, despite its membership of numerous sustainability certification schemes

Nestlé takes natural capital approach to make UK dairy farming more sustainable

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 18, 2018)

Nestlé is paying a premium to UK farmers to try out interventions such as planting hedgerows, reports Angeli Mehta

Natural capital case study: Kering gets to the bottom of its supply chain with EP&L

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 18, 2018)

The luxury fashion house's pioneering accounting has contributed to the Natural Capital Protocol and enabled the group to work out where to focus its sustainability efforts. Angeli Mehta reports

CSR Cheat Sheet: No Monday blues for sustainability professionals

Oliver Balch, (Mar 6, 2018)

Employees in CSR happier than average; tarnished jewellery supply chains; the problem of principles v profits; corporates scramble to restore trust

Management spotlight: Mondelēz’s innovative approach to packaging waste

Liam Dowd, (Mar 5, 2018)

In this Q&A, managing director Liam Dowd talks with Rob Hargrove, EVP research, development, quality and innovation at Mondelēz International on packaging, deforestation and the impact of agri-tech

Fairtrade shrugs off Sainsbury's controversy with 7% growth in sales

Terry Slavin, (Feb 27, 2018)

Co-op and Waitrose help boost revenues as Fairtrade Fortnight begins with focus on living wage for banana farmers

‘The real food waste battle should be on the farm,’ says Feedback charity

Terry Slavin, (Feb 22, 2018)

A new report says all-powerful UK retailers are pushing farmers into over-production of fruit and vegetables to meet demands such as strict cosmetic standards

A sea change in the way we farm fish

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 22, 2018)

With wild fish stocks depleted and concerns over farmed salmon, Angeli Mehta reports on the firms that are taking fish production onto dry land as well as into the ocean

Championing food security: the global battle against food waste

Terry Slavin, (Feb 22, 2018)

Liz Goodwin of WRI talks to Terry Slavin about the challenges of tackling food loss and waste at a global level after 15 years at WRAP

Cutting food waste from field to fork

Diana Rojas, (Feb 22, 2018)

Some 60% of the world’s largest food companies have pledged to halve food waste by 2030 in line with SDG 12.3. Diana Rojas talks to some of the leaders, including Tesco, Campbell Soup and Kellogg

Can agri-tech sow a green revolution for India’s poorest farmers?

Eric Marx, (Feb 22, 2018)

Eric Marx reports on apps such as Plantix and the Sowing App, which are helping smallholders achieve optimal harvests in some of the harshest growing areas on the planet

Applying AI to the humble potato

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 22, 2018)

Canadian firm Resson is which is using imagery analytics to help deliver an increase in crop yields for companies such as McCain

Future Farming: Pastures new for big data

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 22, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how technology is revolutionising agriculture as Silicon Valley comes to the farm gate