Deal Delivers Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Trucks to Deutsche Post DHL

Deutsche Post DHL is set to receive an initial delivery of 100 hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks for on-road use starting in 2020. The shipment is part of a deal that hydrogen engine and fueling company Plug Power and electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter signed this week. German EV manufacturer StreetScooter launched in 2010 with a focus…

Report: Companies Committed to UN Global Compact Perform Better Across Supply Chains

EcoVadis, a provider of business sustainability ratings, has published a new report on sustainability performance comparisons between organizations who have committed to the UN Global Compact principles vs. those that have not. Taking a deep dive into performance across key themes of environment, labor and human rights, business ethics and sustainable procurement, EcoVadis found that committed companies…

How Unilever integrates the SDGs into corporate strategy (by Jeff Seabright)

Jeff Seabright, chief sustainability officer at Unilever, explains how the company has integrated the SDGs into its strategy — and why the global financial system needs urgent reform. James Murray: What was Unilever’s initial response to the SDGs? Jeff Seabright: The purpose of business is first and foremost to serve society, and Unilever has always embraced this…

Addressing SDG 5: 5 Steps to Promote Gender Equality in the Supply Chain

In 2015, the world got one step closer to a better future when 193 countries committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework for addressing the global community’s most critical economic, social and environmental challenges. These goals aim to eliminate poverty and hunger, promote global access to healthcare and education, protect earth’s natural…

Developing a Circular Narrative: The Case of Relooping Fashion

It is often said that transitioning towards a circular economy requires a number of changes in the way businesses operate. For example, the linear supply chain will need to be re-organised into a circular ecosystem, which decouples growth from the use of virgin raw materials and resources. What do these changes mean in terms of…

Unraveling fast fashion headlines

Did you read about Burberry’s recent bad press? The British luxury fashion brand received significant criticism for physically destroying about $38 million worth of unsold clothing, accessories and perfume last year to protect its brand. By burning deadstock (unsold products), Burberry prevents the sale of marked-down goods, avoids counterfeiting and eliminates the possibility of grey-market…

Levi Strauss & Co. Takes Aim at Supply Chain Emissions

Levi Strauss & Co. announced a new climate action strategy this week that sets targets for reducing carbon emissions across its owned-and-operated facilities and global supply chain by 2025. These aggressive goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. At the top of the company’s list is a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas…