The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) have published a new report called Turning collective commitment into action: Assessing progress by Consumer Goods Forum members towards achieving deforestation-free supply chains. The report finds that Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) members are winning the fight to move towards zero deforestation, but more needs to be done to completely abolish deforestation in supply-chains by 2020.
The report tracks the progress made by CGF members towards the removal of deforestation from global commodity supply chains such as palm oil, timber, beef and soya. It draws upon data from GCP’s Forest 500 and CDP’s forests program (2015 results), two initiatives collaborating to identify, assess and engage key corporations to accelerate progress towards deforestation-free commodity supply chains.
Collectively, members of the CGF hold significant power over supply chains which are driving deforestation. They therefore have significant leverage to affect the business practices of upstream companies, by putting in place and implementing robust deforestation-free procurement policies. For example, the 55 CGF members assessed in the Forest 500 control 37.3% of the cosmetics and personal care sector. The CGF’s collective 2020 zero net deforestation commitment has helped to highlight and mainstream issues.
Tom Bregman, Project Manager of Drivers of Deforestation at Global Canopy Programme, said: “The collective CGF commitment highlights current momentum around the move towards deforestation-free commodity supply chains. While many CGF members have taken action and put in place commodity-specific procurement policies, more companies still need to do so in order for the commitment to be fulfilled. Positive change can also be driven by CGF members looking beyond palm oil to mitigate risks in their other commodity supply chains – particularly soya and cattle products.”
The ‘Turning collective commitment into action’ report found that:
– 89% of 44 CGF companies disclosing to CDP’s forests program acknowledge at least one deforestation-related risk in their supply chains that has the potential to generate a substantive change in business operations, revenue or expenditure.
– Of the 55 CGF members assessed in the Forest 500, 14 companies (25% of those assessed) have made zero or zero net deforestation commitments that apply across the commodities that they procure; this is ten times higher than non-CGF companies.
– Of those companies without zero or zero net commitments across all their commodities, CGF members are also more likely to have zero or zero net deforestation commitments in place for some of the commodities that they procure.
– In the 2015 annual Forest 500 ranking, CGF members scored twice as many points as non-members.
Furthermore, 20 (50%) of the 40 companies scoring more than 60 points out of 100 on the Forest 500 ranking are CGF members, and all six companies that score more than 80 points out of 100 are CGF members.
Greater auditing of suppliers by CGF members is needed to achieve meaningful progress towards deforestation-free supply chains. For some commodities, such as soya, less than 20% of CGF manufacturers and retailers disclosing to CDP’s forests program state that they audit their suppliers, whereas for timber products the figure is 56%.
Katie McCoy, head of forests at CDP, said: “Tackling deforestation in their supply chains should be a top priority for companies concerned with future-proofing their business for the move to a low-carbon economy. Consumer Goods Forum members are in a powerful position to drive the transition to deforestation-free supply chains. Whilst it is encouraging to see that some are leveraging their power, now is the time for this commitment to be translated into concrete action across the board.”
To download a copy of the report click here.
4 Common Items That Can be Reused Again and Again
As a society we are getting much better at taking our obligations to the world and environment around us more seriously. This is undoubtedly a good thing! The effects of climate change are beginning to manifest across the world, and this is turning the issue from an abstract threat into a very real danger. Trying to introduce some greener, more eco-friendly practices into your life isn’t just a great way of doing something beneficial for society and the world around you. It is a wonderful way of engaging positively with the world and carries with it numerous psychological benefits.
Being a greener, more ecologically friendly person doesn’t require any dramatic life changes. Breaking or making a few small habits is all it takes to make your life a greener one. In this article we look at one of the easiest, yet most effective green practices to get into: reusing everyday items.
Jars and Containers
Glass and metal are widely recycled, and recycling is a good thing! However, consider whether any containers you buy, whether it’s a tub of ice cream or a jar of coffee, can be washed out and reused for something else. Mason jars, for example, can be used to store homemade pasta sauce and can be washed for future use. Once you start thinking about it, you will find endless opportunities to reuse your old containers.
An ice-cold soda is a wonderful treat on a hot day, but buying soda can get expensive, and the manufacturing and distribution of the drinks themselves isn’t great for the environment. However, by holding on to your old soda bottles and repurposing them as water bottles, you can save money on drinks, or use them to measure out water for your garden.
Most of the time groceries come in paper bags, which are better for the environment than the plastic alternatives, but they are less durable and thus harder to reuse. Whenever the store places your items in a plastic bag, hang onto it so you can reuse the bags again. If you want to take it one step further, consider looking into buying some personalized recycled bags. These bags are designed to last for a long time and are made of recycled materials. They look striking and unique, they’ll turn heads, and maybe even attitudes!
If you’re a keen gardener, then you will already probably know how to reseed your plants in order to ensure a fresh crop after each plant’s lifecycle. If you have space in your garden, or haven’t yet tried your hand at gardening, then consider planting a small vegetable plot. Growing your own veggies means that you’ll be helping to cut back on the emissions generated by their transport and production. The best part about growing your own food in this way is that, by harvesting properly and saving the seeds, you can be set up with fresh vegetables for life!
Reusing and recycling common household items is an easy way to make your world a little bit greener. Once you start looking for these opportunities you’ll realize that they’re everywhere!
These 5 Green Office Mistakes Are Costing You Money
The sudden interest in green business is very encouraging. According to recent reports, 42% of all companies have rated sustainability as an important element of their business. Unfortunately, the focus on sustainability will only last if companies can find ways to use it to boost their ROI.
Many businesses get so caught up in being socially conscious that they hope the financial aspect of it takes care of itself. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to go green and boost your net income at the same time.
Here are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid.
Only implementing sustainability on micro-scale
The biggest reason that brands are going green is to improve their optics with their customers. Too many businesses are making very minor changes, such as processing paperwork online and calling themselves green.
Customers have become wary of these types of companies. If you want to earn their business, you are going to need to go all the way. Bring in a green business consultant and make every feasible change to demonstrate that you are a green organization from top to bottom.
Not prioritizing investments by long-term ROI
It isn’t realistic to build an entirely green organization overnight. You will need to allocate your capital wisely.
Before investing in any green assets or services, you should always conduct a long-term cost benefit analysis. The initial investment for some green services may be over $20,000. If they don’t shave your cost by at least $3,000 a year, they probably aren’t worth the investment.
Determine which green investments will have the best pay off over the next 10 years. Make these investments before anything else. Then compare your options within each of those categories.
Implementing green changes without a plan
Effective, long-term planning is the key to business success. This principle needs to be applied to green organizations as well.
Before implementing a green strategy, you must answer the following questions:
- How will I communicate my green business philosophy to my customers?
- How will running a green business affect my revenue stream?
- How will adopting green business strategies change my monthly expenses? Will they increase or decrease them?
- How will my company finance green upgrades and other investments?
The biggest mistake that too many green businesses make is being overly optimistic with these forecasts. Take the time to collect objective data and make your decisions accordingly. This will help you run a much more profitable green business.
Not considering the benefits of green printing
Too many companies believe that going paperless is the only way to run a green organization. Unfortunately, going 100% paperless it’s not feasible for most companies.
Rather than aim for an unrealistic goal, consider the option of using a more environmentally friendly printer. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the alternative.
According to experts from Doranix, environmental printers have several benefits:
- They can process paper that has been completely recycled.
- They consume less energy than traditional printers.
- They use ink that is more environmentally friendly.
You want to take a look at different green printers and compare them. You’ll find that some will meet your needs as a green business.
Poorly communicating your green business strategy to customers
Brand positioning doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to run a successful green business, you must communicate your message to customers as clearly as possible. You must also avoid the appearance that you are patronizing them.
The best approach is to be clear when you were first making the change. I’ll make an announcement about your company‘s commitment to sustainability.
You also want to reinforce this message overtime by using green labels on all of your products. You don’t have to be blatant with your messaging at this stage. Simply provide a small, daily reminder on your products and invoices.
Finally, it is a good idea to participate in green business seminars and other events. If your community has a local Green Chamber of Commerce, you should consider joining as well.