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Ford Explores Bamboo Fiber for Lighter Weight Materials, Stronger Supply Chain

Ford Explores Bamboo Fiber for Lighter Weight Materials, Stronger Supply Chain

Ford Motor Co. is the second major automaker in recent weeks to make the news for focusing on sustainably sourced materials for use in manufacturing. Ford is evaluating plastics made stronger by bamboo fiber for interior car parts like storage bins or side panels, writes Plastics News. The company is … Read more »

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

An overwhelming percentage of manufacturing suppliers say that they undertake sustainability measures because they have tangible business value. Those positive business outcomes in supply chain sustainability, suppliers say, mean that sustainability and CSR will remain core focus areas for organizations and their suppliers in 2017, according to a study from … Read more »

Shortage of Ethically Sourced Cobalt from Congo Causes Trouble for GE, Apple, Tesla…and More

Shortage of Ethically Sourced Cobalt from Congo Causes Trouble for GE, Apple, Tesla…and More

Major manufacturers like Tesla and General Electric are facing a severe shortage of ethically sourced cobalt, and the metal is expected to increase in demand by 500%, says OilPrice.com. Amazon, too, needs the metal for its Kindle, and other consumer electronics are contributing to the demand and resulting shortage of supply. Tesla’s … Read more »

Mickey Ds, L’Oreal Combine Purchasing Power to Nix Supply Chain Risk from Deforestation

Mickey Ds, L’Oreal Combine Purchasing Power to Nix Supply Chain Risk from Deforestation

Eight major corporations including McDonald’s and L’Oreal have joined the newly-expanded supply chain platform of CDP – the non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests – to request information from their key suppliers on how they are managing the risks … Read more »

‘Sustainable Apparel’ Apparently Continues to Gain Momentum; Supply Chain Cited

‘Sustainable Apparel’ Apparently Continues to Gain Momentum; Supply Chain Cited

In yet another announcement about “sustainable apparel,” Levi Strauss & Co. has said that it is funding $350,000 toward new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain. Projects will include expanding a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive, and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible … Read more »

GM’s Move to Source Only Sustainable Tires Knocks Down Supply Chain Risk

GM’s Move to Source Only Sustainable Tires Knocks Down Supply Chain Risk

By working within the industry to source only sustainable natural rubber in its tires, General Motors is helping to reduce its risk related to the sourcing and long-term availability of one of its key commodities and ensures that volume continues to meets growing global demand through improved yields.

Report: Climate Change Increasing Conflict Risk in 32 Countries

Report: Climate Change Increasing Conflict Risk in 32 Countries

Climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is increasing the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to a report by global risk analytics company Maplecroft. These risks in a country have the potential to destabilize … Read more »

Conflict Minerals Filings Below Estimates

More than 1,300 companies made their first conflict minerals filings in accordance with a new Securities and Exchange Commission rule, though the number was far less than expected, according to a report by Ernst & Young. Early estimates indicated around 6,000 companies would be affected by the rule and that … Read more »

Supply Chain Disruptions ‘Significantly Hurt’ Bottom Line

Supply Chain Disruptions ‘Significantly Hurt’ Bottom Line

More than 90 percent of companies say supply chain disruptions have a significant impact on a company’s business and financial performance, according to a report from the MIT Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The report is based on the 2013 Global Supply Chain and Risk Management Survey, conducted by the two … Read more »

Ecodesk Launches Conflict Minerals Monitoring Tool

Ecodesk Launches Conflict Minerals Monitoring Tool

Ecodesk has launched a monitoring tool for businesses to track conflict minerals used in their supply chains. Founder Robert Clarke says the tool is part of Ecodesk’s vision to be an early warning system for non-financial factors in supply chains, providing businesses with an understanding of potential problems before they … Read more »