Certification Brings Positive Impacts and Better Traceability to Business

By Karin Kreider (ISEAL)

Eco-labels and other sustainability marks on products are the way that most people experience certification. They are a window into production practices that might have taken place thousands of miles away – the connection between a forester in Brazil and a new piece of furniture; or a fishery in the North Atlantic and a meal of fish and chips; or a tea picker in Kenya and a morning beverage. But it is not only consumers who depend on labels to make informed decisions, it is also retailers and many other participants in the supply chain who are looking to improve their performance.  more[...]


Strong Farmer Organizations, Stronger Future

By Caroline Hickson (Fairtrade Organization)

Member-based farmer organizations are key partners to deliver effective programs on farm improvements, environmental protection, social compliance and well-being, and more.  more[...]  login_required


The Global Organic Covenant

By Markus Arbenz (IFOAM e.V.)

The food crisis of 2008 and the burgeoning issue of climate change have given rise to a new discourse on agriculture, wherein its role in both creating and addressing global threats is being explored. The practice of agriculture and agribusiness has significant impacts on climate disruption; food insecurity; poverty and social inequity; loss of biodiversity; and the degradation of quality water supplies, soil, and air.  more[...]  login_required


“There’s no point in just checking off a list”

By Editorial Team

Fairtrade wants to create a new label for textiles. Clothing made from fairly produced cotton is currently available, but further processing only has to comply with core labor guidelines of the International Labour Organization that prohibit violations such as child labor or forced labor. Going forward, the whole production chain will have to comply with fair standards, including conditions for the workers in the factories.  more[...]  login_required

  • Traceability models

    Editorial Team

    There are three main models in terms of how traceability schemes trace sustainability claims. These models offer different approaches to tracking a claim and confirming it at each point in the supply chain. The three models are Product Segregation, Mass Balance, and Book and Claim. They are differentiated by the extent to which certified and non-certified materials are permitted to mix, as well as by claims that can be attached to the final product.  more[...]  login_required

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  • World’s First Guide on Traceability Advances Supply Chain Sustainability

    Elga Reyes, Eco Business

    The United Nations Global Compact and BSR have released the first guide on traceability, which will help companies and consumers ensure that their materials and products are produced responsibly.  more[...]  login_required

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    Elga Reyes, Eco Business 
  • UN Global Compact launches Food and Agriculture Business Principles

    The UN Global Compact unveiled a set of six principles that food and agriculture businesses worldwide can adopt to meet food security challenges more effectively and sustainably.  more[...]  login_required

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Spotlight: Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals

Resource conflict is one of several destabilizing phenomena commonly cited as defining many of the extractive economies of the global south. Our Tutorial discusses all aspects of the issue with a special focus on US laws, SEC and Dodd-Frank Act regulations.  more[...]

Eco Labels

Eco Labels

In the 33 years since the world’s first eco-label appeared (Germany’s Blue Angel), these labels have proliferated. The Ecolabel Index currently lists 377 schemes in 211 countries and 25 industry sectors. A number of trends indicate it is time to take a closer look: Civil society continues to pressure business to take responsibility for supply chain performance.  more[...]

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Gordon, Sherry R. Supplier Evaluation and Performance Excellence 2008 Supply Chain Management, Supplier Evaluation
Enough Project Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets - Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012 2012 Enough, Conflict, Business Ethics, Compliance & Disclosure, Ethical Consumer, Human Rights, Labour Standards, Peace Building, Regulation
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United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) UNGC Supply Chain Assessment Tool 2012 Supply Chain Management
Team, Editorial Self-Assessment Questionnaire on CSR/ Sustainability for Automotive Sector Suppliers 2012 Supply Chain Management
Ernst & Young Conflict minerals: What you need to know about the new disclosure and reporting requirements and how Ernst & Young can help 2012 Conflict Minerals, Business Ethics, Human Rights, Labour Standards, Management, Peace Building, Regulation
Enough Project From Child Miner to Jewelry Store 2012 Resources, Gold, Children Rights, Human Rights, Procurement/Supply Chain
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)/ BSR - Business for Social Responsibility Supply Chain Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement 2012 Global Compact
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Supplier Assessment & Improvement Plans IBM 2012 Supply Chain Management, IBM




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