Category Archives: Sustainability

Sustainability Coalition Saves Billions — SupplyChainDive.com

Major corporations, including Walmart, have come together in support of tough sustainability standards. As a result, these companies have saved billions of dollars: “The 115 members, representing $3.3 trillion in procurement spending, made disclosure requests to 11,692 suppliers asking for information related to climate change, deforestation and water use, and the report is the product of 5,600 responses. 43% of members confirmed they ban existing suppliers based on environmental factors, and an additional 30% are considering this practice for the near...

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Millennials, Gen Xers Willing to Boycott — RetailDive.com

Both Millennials and GenXers have shown a willingness to boycott brands, even if they were already brand users: “In the past year, 33% of millennials and 35% of Gen Xers boycotted a company or product they had previously spent money on, according to a new report from CompareCards.com. Overall, 26% of Americans are actively boycotting a product today.” P.S. Social compliance is an important part of protecting your brand, and your business. Our experts can help you manage supply chain logistics...

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Walmart Takes Stand On Forced Labor in the Supply Chain — SupplyChainDive.com

Walmart is teaming up with other multinational corporations to set new standards protecting human rights in the supply chain: “Walmart has changed its rules for suppliers to focus on fighting forced labor, said Ryan Burns, manager of federal government affairs at Walmart. ‘We have clarified expectations for our suppliers for responsible recruitment, for eliminating forced labor and human trafficking in their businesses and providing safer working conditions,’ Burns said.” P.S. Are you concerned about Walmart’s updated social compliance standards? If...

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Consumers Demand Supply Chain Transparency — BusinessOfFashion.com

Consumers, particularly Millennial consumers, want to know about the products they buy and the businesses they patronize: “Millennials are at the vanguard, with 52 percent agreeing that they always research for background information before buying, compared with 45 percent of Gen Z consumers and 41 percent of baby boomers.” P.S. Transparency may be the new buzzword for doing business. Walmart and other retailers are just as interested as consumers in your supply chain, ingredients, and labeling standards. If these trends...

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Report: Supply Chains Will Experience Disruption Due to Climate Change — SupplyChainDive.com

Climate change reports indicate that supply chains will be subject to disruption, something that requires retailers and suppliers to consider when developing logistics plans: “The fourth National Climate Assessment, compiled by climate scientists and 13 federal agencies is expansive, but for most supply chains, the top line takeaway is that climate change will add more volatility to operations. This may not seem like news since we can already see volatility in the form of more storms, floods and fires. But...

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Walmart and Unilever Sustainability Partnership Leads the Way — Forbes.com

Walmart and Unilever have partnered against deforestation and the business community is taking notice: “By throwing their weight behind this strategy and by using actual market signals, these multinationals are showing industry at large how to meet deforestation reduction efforts in a meaningful way. I hope it’s the beginning of a powerful trend.” P.S. Walmart has become a leader in sustainability initiatives. How green is your assortment? Our experts can help you understand what Walmart expects from its suppliers. Call...

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Walmart, EDP Renewables Announce Three Wind Energy Power Purchase Agreements — Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas, HOUSTON, Texas, October 16, 2018 – Today, Walmart and EDP Renewables (EDPR) announce three power purchase agreements (PPA) that will enable the construction of three new utility-scale wind farms – developed, owned and operated by EDPR – in the states of Illinois and Indiana. Walmart’s cumulative 233 megawatt (MW) investment includes the following: 123 MW from the Bright Stalk Wind Farm (a 205 MW project in McLean County, Illinois, with start of operations expected in 2019; this PPA is...

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Companies Struggle to Maintain Sustainable Procurement Standards — Supply Chain Dive

Despite consumer demands for ethical and transparent business practices, many companies struggle to maintain sustainable supply chains: “Almost three-quarters (73%) of large companies and 66% of small and medium companies received a score of 40 or lower for sustainable procurement. Any score under 45 represents medium to high risk of the procurement instability, reputational risk and overall business disruption that can come from complacency in areas traditionally seen as “corporate social responsibility” (CSR), according to the report.” P.S. Have you reviewed...

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Consumers Show Openness to Lab-Grown Meat — FoodNavigator-USA.com

Consumers, particularly younger people, are open to the idea of lab-grown meat: “However, 46% said they would probably or definitely buy it (with the highest interest from Millennials and Gen Z consumers); and 33% were on the fence about the meat, which is grown in sterile conditions and does not require the use of antibiotics and growth hormones.” P.S. Interest in meat substitutes and sustainable meat production is on the rise. Does this interest translate into opportunity for your supplier...

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Walmart Foundation Announces Anti-Food Waste Grants for Canadian Groups — Walmart.com

The Walmart Foundation is providing grants to Canadian organizations with a focus on addressing and preventing food waste: “BENTONVILLE, Ark., September 17, 2018 – The Walmart Foundation today announced that it is making $1.5 million USD ($1.89 million CAD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000...

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