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The parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall's has been accused of having far too many ties to garment factories in Los Angeles that pay their workers less the local minimum hourly wage - and in some cases, have even shorted them of their promised wages.
One of South Korea’s largest conglomerates has produced a massive amount of palm oil with alleged links to deforestation in Indonesia. But POSCO Daewoo has not found any takers amongst many of the world’s largest palm oil buyers, suggesting anti-deforestation policies increasingly have teeth.
The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world's palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights. Now the venerable United Kingdom department store chain, which operates about 1,000 locations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, says it is pushing even more boundaries. A decade after its first “Plan A” sustainability commitments, M&S is setting 100 new targets to be reached by 2025.
P&G, 3M, and International Paper have announced a partnership with the American Forest Foundation to boost sustainable forestry efforts across the Carolina plains region.
Collaboration between Procter and Gamble and one of its most critical suppliers, Domtar, helped boost the supply of certified pulp and paper in the U.S. - while making it easier for forest landowners in the American South to keep title to their lands.
Some organic corn and soy imported into the U.S. actually shows high levels of pesticide residue -- potentially creating a huge problem for many organic food companies' supply chains, the Washington Post reported in a new investigation.
Rainforest Action Network continues to pressure PepsiCo about its palm oil sourcing, and its links to deforestation and human rights. This time, RAN culled export data to make the case that PepsiCo is responsible for exporting "conflict palm oil."
Gap, Inc. plans to purchase all of its cotton for Gap-branded clothing from sustainable sources by 2021. The company says Better Cotton Initiative-certified fibers, organic cotton, recycled materials and cotton grown in the U.S. will comprise this supply chain strategy.
The UK NGO Fairtrade Foundation has completed a study that insists that fair trade cotton has numerous benefits, including one-fifth of the the social and environmental impacts of conventionally-grown cotton.
I recently caught up with APP's Aida Greenbury to discuss the company's recent achievements, challenges, and her views on what the pulp and paper industry can do to stop deforestation worldwide.
Tom Chappell co-founded Tom’s of Maine and revolutionized the personal care industry. He now wants to do the same for clothing, but Americans' preference for cheaply-made apparel is a huge barrier to the success of his new venture, Rambler's Way.