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Wrangler to Cotton Farmers: Improve Sustainability, Boosts Profits, We’ll Help

Wrangler to Cotton Farmers: Improve Sustainability, Boosts Profits, We’ll Help

In a move that it says will help increase the supply of sustainable cotton, Wrangler has joined a group called Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The group is another multi-stakeholder initiative that is working to increase supply chain sustainability around natural resources. Wrangler will coordinate with Field to … Read more »

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

Making food systems more sustainable – and thus ensuring a steady supply of the products necessary to food production – is a key factor in the ongoing financial success of food manufacturers, and an issue that is proving that sustainability is an important aspect of an overall business strategy. But … Read more »

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Global packaging manufacturer Sonoco reduced total water usage by nearly 5% in 2016 and recovered the equivalent (by weight) of 57% of the product that Sonoco places into the marketplace through recycling, according to the company’s 2016-2017 corporate responsibility report. The company says it also reduced total energy use by … Read more »

Robots Deliver Supply Chain Efficiencies for Food Manufacturers

Robots Deliver Supply Chain Efficiencies for Food Manufacturers

Food brands can face significant challenges in their supply chains as continual advances in technology mean the sector must constantly change in order to keep up. Now, supply chain logistics are further complicated by the fact that many companies are attempting to bring brands to market with the lowest possible carbon … Read more »

Chicken of the Sea to Track Tuna from the Can Back to the Fisherman Who Caught It

Chicken of the Sea to Track Tuna from the Can Back to the Fisherman Who Caught It

Yet another sustainable sourcing commitment has popped up, this time from Thai Union, the company that owns the Chicken of the Sea tuna brand, among others. One sustainable sourcing move that the company has agreed upon is to chase “full digital traceability,” allowing people to track their tuna back to the vessel it was caught … Read more »

Case Study: How Timberland Used a Smart Sustainability Story to Launch a Hot New Line (Includes Tactics & Lessons Learned)

Case Study: How Timberland Used a Smart Sustainability Story to Launch a Hot New Line (Includes Tactics & Lessons Learned)

Background For clothing manufacturer and retailer Timberland, creating outdoor products with environmental benefits is a business necessity. “We’ve done a lot of consumer research, and we know that if we put two products side by side, one from our brand and one from a competitor’s, and if they’re comparable in … Read more »

Coconut Oil Supply Chain Slides toward Sustainability via P&G, BASF, Cargill Partnership

Coconut Oil Supply Chain Slides toward Sustainability via P&G, BASF, Cargill Partnership

Companies that source coconut oil from the Philippines and Indonesia – the world’s two largest producers and exporters of coconut-based products – face several challenges: little or no economies of scale, lack of financing and training resources, and a rigid supply chain all serve to increase the farmers’ dependence on … Read more »

Kimberly-Clark, Like Other CPGs, Focuses on Supply Chain, Waste Diversion

Kimberly-Clark, Like Other CPGs, Focuses on Supply Chain, Waste Diversion

CPG giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s just-released sustainability report indicates that the company diverted 95% of manufacturing waste from landfills and diverted more than 5,000 metric tons of post-consumer waste through partnership programs around the world; the company also says it achieved an an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 16.8% … Read more »

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 »