Category Archives: Sustainability

Burberry Changes Policy in Response to Outcry — RetailDive.com

Luxury brand Burberry recently announced that it will no longer destroy items that it cannot sell. The previous policy reflected Burberry’s desire to remain “exclusive,” avoiding discounting or product being sold in secondary markets: “Burberry on Thursday said that, effective immediately, it will no longer destroy products it can’t sell, saying that it’s stepping up existing efforts to reuse, repair, donate or recycle them instead.” P.S. Social compliance is a buzzword right now, and for good reason. Consumers are demanding...

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Supply Chains Critical in Reducing Food Waste — SupplyChainDive.com

Food waste is a major concern: Recent research shows that much of it could be reduced by making supply chains more efficient: “Supply chain infrastructure and efficiency alone could reduce the amount of food wasted by $270 billion (in value) of what the report estimates to be a $1.5 trillion problem by 2050.” P.S. Are you happy with your supply chain logistics? Our experts can help. Book a consultation today!

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U.S. Consumers Increasingly Support Plastic Food Packaging Tax — FoodDive.com

An increasing number of consumers in the United States and United Kingdom support a tax on plastic packaging for food items: “A third of U.S. consumers and 52% of those in the U.K. support a tax on all plastic food packaging, according to an online survey commissioned by Ingredient Communications and conducted by Surveygoo.” P.S. Are you looking into alternative packaging for your products? Learn how you can meet Walmart’s sustainability standards when you schedule an appointment with one of...

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Walmart Pushes for “Zero Waste” by 2025 — SupplyChainDive.com

Walmart continues to set ambitious sustainability goals. The 2018 Global Responsibility Report calls for “zero [Walmart] waste” ending up in landfills: “The company is working toward the goal of “zero waste” to landfills by 2025 from its supply chain and operations in Canada, Japan, the U.K. and U.S. According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, this means the company must achieve “at least 90% diversion from landfills, incinerators and the environment,” along with future goals that lead to a continuous progression toward...

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Walmart’s Road to Sustainability — QZ.com

Ever wonder how Walmart became involved with sustainability efforts? It turns out that the birth of former CEO Lee Scott’s granddaughter set the company down a greener path: “For Lee Scott, who ran Walmart from 2000 to 2009, the arrival of his granddaughter not only convinced him the threat of global warming was real but set him on a course that altered the very DNA of the world’s largest retailer. He decided he wanted to use its size and resources...

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Retailers Get on Board With Emissions Data Requests — SupplyChainDive.com

Walmart sets the pace again! More major retailers are following Walmart’s lead in collecting data on carbon emissions from suppliers: “Three of the top 20 retail companies — Target, Tesco and CVS Health — are joining Walmart in collecting data from suppliers, seeking ways to cut carbon emissions throughout the supply chain, according to a press release from environmental non-profit group CDP provided to Supply Chain Dive.” P.S. Retailers, not just Walmart, are getting serious about environmental sustainability compliance. Are you...

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Social Responsibility is Non-Negotiable — TriplePundit.com

Consumers expect businesses to be socially responsible, which means that social compliance is now non-negotiable: “We can explain the shift in the public’s expectations of CSR programs with one word: accountability. There has been a growing trend across all sectors (government, public, and private) where sitting on the sidelines as global issues and concerns grow is no longer an accepted practice. A large driver of this change is visibility brought about by social media, and the ability of the public...

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Lack of Pollinators Poses Threat to Crops — CIPS.com

The decline in bee and monarch butterfly populations could have an impact on food supplies: “Eight blue chip companies including Asda, The Body Shop, Mars and PepsiCo, were surveyed. Many said they were unable to take action because of uncertainty around which crops and sourcing regions were vulnerable to pollinator decline. ‘Less than half the companies sampled know which of the raw materials they source depend on pollinators,’ said Gemma Cranston, director, natural capital at CISL. ‘Their supply chains could be...

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Walmart Announces 20 MMT of Supplier Emission Reductions through Project Gigaton — Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 18, 2018 – Today, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded...

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Consumers Seek Ways to Resell, Recycle Items — Fierce Retail

Consumers are increasingly interested in finding ways to resell or recycle products that they are no longer using: “According to PA Consulting, the average U.S. home has $7,500 worth of unused items, which adds up to a wasted $875 billion that can be put back into the economy. But it seems that consumers would be interested in opportunities provided by retailers to resell, recycle and donate old items, in all categories.” P.S. A changing culture means new challenges for suppliers...

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