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Samsung Won’t Consort with Korindo; NGOs Claim Credit

Samsung Won’t Consort with Korindo; NGOs Claim Credit

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: Sustainability Will Fund Itself, Increase Profits

Tyson Foods: Sustainability Will Fund Itself, Increase Profits

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.

Home Improvement May See Helpful Hikes from Harvey; Others Mostly Hurt

Home Improvement May See Helpful Hikes from Harvey; Others Mostly Hurt

While some retail sectors may see a boost from Hurricane Harvey, the storm’s negative effects on business in Texas are likely to be significant. From gas price increases to shipping delays to an inability to operate, flood waters dampen more than just physical facilities.

Harvey Bullies South Texas: Deliveries Delayed, Shipping Rates Rise, Floods Threaten

Harvey Bullies South Texas: Deliveries Delayed, Shipping Rates Rise, Floods Threaten

The “flooding disaster” that Hurricane Harvey is expected to bring to South Texas could disrupt deliveries, destroy property, and boost shipping rates. Shipping lanes from Houston to Dallas, Laredo, San Antonio, Denver and Chicago, in particular, are expected to see disruptions.

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 »