Category: Supply chain

Satellite data ‘key to accelerating carbon footprint transparency in food systems’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

A new monitoring platform claims it allows CPGs, retailers and farmers to track their land-based carbon footprint within supply chains and target ‘nature-based solutions at scale and speed’.

Supply chain woes could bring changes to contract manufacturing

Read the full story in Food Business News.

Supply chain problems could have companies reevaluating their strategies for contract manufacturing. Going with contracts instead of spot buying, building up inventory in advance and sourcing more products domestically are options.

P&G faces shortage of recycled plastic in race to meet sustainability goals

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Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) has lofty goals for cutting its environmental impact by 2030 but obtaining recycled plastic for more sustainable packaging is challenging, the company’s vice president of global sustainability said at the Reuters Next conference.

Global supply chain issues are making obtaining environmentally sound packaging materials more difficult, Jack McAneny said on Friday, as the consumer goods giant scrambles to meet the demands of an increasingly eco-conscious consumer base.

Hundreds of companies promised to help save forests. Did they?

Read the full story in the New York Times.

About 80 percent of the trees razed each year in the tropics are cleared to make space for growing cocoa, soybeans, palm oil and cattle that are the raw materials for chocolate, cereal, leather seats and thousands of other products. Ten years ago, some of the world’s largest companies, including Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Walmart and Mars, pledged to change their practices to help end deforestation by 2020. Some, like Nestle and Carrefour, went even further, saying they would eliminate deforestation from their supply chains altogether.

The 2020 deadline arrived, and some companies reported advances toward their goal. No company, however, could say it had eliminated forest destruction from its supply chain. Many others did not even try, said Didier Bergeret, sustainability director for the Consumer Goods Forum, an industry group of more than 400 retailers and manufacturers that organized the pledge. And annual deforestation in the tropics, where trees store the most carbon and harbor the most biodiversity, has lately been on the rise.

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, CropTrak create Stewardship Calculator 2.0

Read the full story at The Packer.

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops has announced a partnership with CropTrak to accelerate the adoption of the Stewardship Calculator 2.0 across the specialty food supply chain…

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) is a multi-stakeholder initiative with growers, grower groups, brands, buyers and NGOs dedicated to developing tools for measuring on-farm sustainability performance across the specialty crop supply chain.

DHL, Apple test hydrogen-fueled trucks for long-haul transport

Read the full story from ESG Today.

Logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group announced today that its DHL Express division is piloting the use of hydrogen-fueled trucks for long-haul transport, with Apple as the first customer to test the new solution.

Sysco targets transportation and production emissions in sustainability goals

Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive.

Sysco will work to lower scope 3 emissions throughout its supply chain by partnering with its highest-emitting suppliers to establish sustainability targets in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2026, according to the company’s 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility report.

Scope 3 emissions are Sysco’s “largest opportunity for impact” as they make up 98% of its total carbon footprint, according to the report. The majority of the company’s emissions stem from food production and transportation between growers, suppliers and customers.

The company is also taking steps to reduce its direct emissions, in part by electrifying 35% of its U.S. tractor fleet by 2030. Sysco has already conducted tests of the zero-emission Freightliner eCascadia at its Bay Area operating site and will deploy its first group of EVs in Riverside, California in fiscal year 2023.

Backed-up container ships filled cities with pollution

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Emissions at the Los Angeles port were modeled to have increased by 100% for a time during the pandemic.

How American shoppers broke the supply chain

Read the full story in Time.

Usually consumer spending is good for the economy, but the bottlenecks created by America’s huge appetite are becoming a problem for economic growth. The U.S. economy grew at a rate of just 2% from July to September, the Commerce Department said last week, down significantly from the 6.7% it grew the quarter before, largely because of supply chain bottlenecks that have made it harder for consumers to buy all the things they want.

Decarbonizing your supply chain: Where to begin?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Unlike many operational decarbonization challenges, reducing supply chain emissions isn’t simply a matter of financing and applying technological solutions — it’s a matter of building and maintaining relationships. This article describes five actionable steps for decarbonizing supply chains. By following these steps, we suggest organizations can build and maintain positive relationships with their suppliers.

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