A partnership among 10 top automakers called Drive Sustainability announced plans to set up a Raw Materials Observatory as a way to identify and address ethical, environmental, human, and labor rights issues in the sourcing of raw materials within the industry. Representatives from approximately 70 automotive companies, automotive suppliers, NGOs … Read more »
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is releasing an updated version of its Higg Facility Environmental Module, a global self-assessment tool for apparel, footwear, and textile manufacturing facilities. The new Higg FEM attempts to reduce audit fatigue through tailored questions and increased analytics. First introduced in 2011, the Higg Index suite of … Read more »
Samsung IT says its subsidiary will not pursue any business with the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, a company linked to rainforest destruction practices. A petition, launched by SumOfUs.org and delivered by Mighty Earth directly to Samsung’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, was part of an extensive two-month campaign, calling on Samsung to drop the joint venture or any business partnership with Korindo. But Samsung IT still needs to clean up its palm oil practices, the groups say.
Tyson Foods says sustainability will play a key role in the company’s strategy and will be one element that will help the company reach an expected sales growth of about 6% next year. Blockchain technology, which allows the company to track its supply chain each step of the way and pinpoint any unsustainable practices, is already in use.
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 »
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 »
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 »