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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 »

Software Monitors ICT Supply Chain Sustainability

Software Monitors ICT Supply Chain Sustainability

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) has partnered with EcoVadis to launch an online platform to monitor sustainability practices in the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector supply chains. The Electronic Tool for Accountable Supply Chains (E-TASC) supply chain monitoring software from EcoVadis will allow the ICT industry to access data … Read more »

Suppliers Trail Multinationals in Sustainability

Suppliers Trail Multinationals in Sustainability

A persistent gap exists between the sustainable business practices of multinational corporations and their suppliers, highlighting a lack of preparation to respond to climate change and the near-term risks it presents to businesses, according to research published by the Carbon Disclosure Project and Accenture. The study “Reducing Risk and Driving … Read more »

Key Stretch of Mississippi Could Shut This Week

Low water levels could shut down commerce on the Mississippi River this week, disrupting shipments worth billions of dollars, according to media reports. American Waterways Operators, an industry trade group, forecasts that the river’s gauge at Thebes, Ill., will hit three feet around January 3 or 4, limiting vessel drafts … Read more »

Most Read Supply Chain Stories of 2012

With 2012 in the books, it’s a good time to look back at the stories that struck a chord with our executive readership. Every day this week we’ll be looking at a different aspect of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention this … Read more »

Gap, Calvin Klein, Levi’s Linked to Toxic ‘Textile Town,’ Greenpeace Says

Textile suppliers for Levi Strauss & Co, Zara and many other global clothing brands likely dump a wide range of hazardous chemicals into China’s wastewater systems, according to a Greenpeace study. In Toxic Threads: Putting Pollution on Parade, Greenpeace says its investigation, which focused on the discharge of effluent from … Read more »

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Sandy Slows Deliveries, Cripples Supply Chains

Companies from Amazon to railroad firm CSX are warning customers to expect delays on shipments as Hurricane Sandy continues to back up supply chains and slow deliveries leading into the holiday season. CSX told its customers to expect delays of at least 72 hours as trains in the Northeast continue … Read more »

Nike, LLamasoft Partner on Environmentally Friendly Supply Chain Software

Nike and supply chain software designer LLamasoft have partnered to make international supply chains more environmentally friendly and efficient. Nike, which has been a customer of Michigan-based LLamasoft for two years and has a minority investment in the company, says it will use Llamasoft’s software platform to make its supply … Read more »