Creating resilience and sustainability in flower supply chains | Coventry University

The floriculture sector has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. In early March 2020, retailers reduced their flower orders to prioritise essential goods, flights were grounded and governments banned public gatherings including weddings and limiting funerals. The falling sales took a toll on a sector with very narrow margins. Flowers are an important sector for Kenya, worth $1.15 billion annually and employing 150,000 people directly and an estimated 2 million indirectly, mostly women. The sector has been adversely affected by the manifold impacts of Covid-19, both locally and within market nations. The weight of these impacts is  being felt by overseas producers and their families, including food insecurity, lack of PPE, poor access to hygiene, lack of transport and job insecurity – all exacerbated by low or no wages and non-existent savings.

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Capturing the Commercial Impact of Sustainability

Keen to capture the commercial value of Origin Green participation to drive engagement around the business case for sustainability, we partnered with EY to do an independent commercial impact assessment.
On July 8th, join us as we share the findings and highlight the opportunity for members to measure the impacts of their sustainability initiatives in their business and what the benefits of doing so are.

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Can ecosystems protect populations? New evidence published in Nature Sustainability

While it is generally assumed that ecosystems, such as mangroves, coral reefs or sand dunes, play an important role in reducing risks from hazard events, there are few comprehensive studies that gather scientific evidence on the services these ecosystems provide, and the functions they fulfill for disaster risk reduction. The newly published article “Scientific evidence for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction” in Nature Sustainability addresses this knowledge gap. 28 experts from different disciplines, including 6 authors from UNU-EHS, joined forces for a review of 529 English-language peer-reviewed articles published between 2000 and 2019 on topics related to ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR).

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Loyalty360 – Target Announces Bold New Sustainability Strategy: Target Forward

Target unveiled Target Forward, the company’s new sustainability strategy that puts its business to use to positively impact both people and the planet. Building on the retailer’s legacy of corporate responsibility and sustainable practices, Target Forward marks a new era in sustainability for the company, as the retailer aims to co-create an equitable and regenerative future with its guests, partners and communities. Target Forward is anchored to the company’s purpose to help all families discover the joy of everyda

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Second-hand clothing market set to hit $77b | Supply Chain Sustainability

Whether it is the plight of the environment and its impact from fast-fashion or the enduring joy of Marie Kondo, the second-hand clothing market is expected to reach $77b within the next five years – outgrowing the retail clothing sector.  thredUp, a fashion resale platform blames Generation Z and is capitalising on the trend. The company is headquartered in California and was founded in 2009.  Charity shops, Thrift shops or Op shops – whatever you call them, are joyful shops sometimes served by volunteers, which resell used items at a discounted price. 

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#Focu5on: five things you didn’t know about Lamborghini environmental sustainability

Lamborghini’s environmental policy is an integral part of its business strategy, based on a holistic vision and comprehensive approach encompassing the products, the Sant’Agata Bolognese site, production lines and offices. The production site covers an area of 160,000 square meters, and in 2015, it obtained CO2 neutral certification, which was maintained even after its size was doubled in recent years. The ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ plan, named after the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus that symbolizes the House of Sant’ Agata, will lead to the decarbonization of future Lamborghini models and the production site, while always remaining faithful to the brand’s values and DNA.

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Low carbon steel project design awarded to Dastur Energy

A low carbon steel project design has been awarded to Dastur Energy by the U.S. Department of Energy. The company announced this Monday that it was awarded with the design and engineering project that aims to capture and sequestrate carbon emissions from steel production.
Firstly, the project will capture CO2 emissions from a major steel producer in North America; it will capture up to 2 mtpa from the available blast furnace gases. This would be the first industrial-scale carbon capture project for the steel sector in North America.
Secondly, Dastur Energy is the prime recipient of the award; however, it will receive the support of Boulder, CO based ION Clean Energy, Inc. and Austin, TX based University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences.

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Take Sustainability to the Next Level With Managed Print Services | Gobins Inc

When a company is making an effort to move toward sustainability, they want to have proof of their intent. Managed print services can quickly provide this. The United States has businesses that use trillions of pieces of paper every year. This means that more than 1 billion trees are cut down to make this happen. These trees remove tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year. Therefore, there needs to be a movement to protect these trees. Managed print services can stop the madness of cutting down trees. When companies move to managed print services, they are going to use less paper because managed print services are going to make this process more efficient. Therefore, trees are saved.

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Our platform and solutions optimize logistics to reduce carbon emissions, eliminate wasteful practices, and produce efficiencies across the supply chain. Blume solutions enable street turn matching, which reduces empty miles that generate significant carbon emissions. With Blume solutions, our customers benefit from optimized operations and can prevent the release of CO2 emissions.

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Assuring aquaculture sustainability beyond the farm – ScienceDirect

This paper explores the emergence of forms of ‘beyond farm’ assurance in the aquaculture sector, designed to increase the inclusion of smallholders and scale up environmental sustainability. The analysis reveals a ‘spectrum of assurance’, representing contrasting levels of trust in sustainable production and consumption. At one end of this spectrum attempts emerge to foster self-determined assurance models with internal verification that represent growing trust in the ability of subjects to organize sustainability improvements that extend beyond individual farms.

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Pacific Northwest cities grind to a halt in record heat

The heat has been attributed to a dome of atmospheric high pressure over the upper U.S. Northwest and Canada, similar to conditions that punished California and southwestern states earlier this month. The Canadian city of Vancouver also set an all-time heat record on Sunday and was not expected to cool off until Tuesday. Temperatures were expected to shatter records in the Pacific Northwest again on Monday, bringing the city of Portland to a standstill as residents hunkered down in air conditioned homes or cooling centers. One day after Portland saw temperatures reach 112 degrees F (44.5 degrees Celsius) on Sunday, the hottest recorded there since daily record-keeping began in 1940, the National Weather Service predicted more of the same for Monday.

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CPF pledges to make products based on Circular Economy principle | The Pig Site

Mr. Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, Senior vice president for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development of Charoen Pokphand Foods, said the company has adopted the Circular Economy principle to optimise resource use efficiency. Mr. Wuthichai Sithipreedanant leads CPF’s corporate social responsibility and sustainable development efforts. He added that CPF has proactively looked for solutions to reduce food loss and food waste generated in its business and to increase energy and water consumption efficiency as well as using more renewable energy and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, it has continuously reduced the use of single-use plastic throughout our value chain and taken efforts to design environmental-friendly food packaging.

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