| Complying with sustainability will pay off for farmers

Farmers should see the benefits of complying with standards for sustainability because of the long term pay off, program leader of the Agribusiness Group, Jon Manhire says.

“We have a good story but we have to explain it. We also need more government leadership in validating measures of sustainability,” he said. (more…)

TSC at Greenbiz 2017

TSC at Greenbiz 2017

TSC kicked off another amazing year as a premier partner with Greenbiz at their annual sustainability conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s conference took place February 13-16th with additional activities at ASU through Greenbiz U.
At this year’s conference, TSC held two pre-conference sessions, three conference sessions, one main stage panel and a session on the ASU campus as a part of Greenbiz U.

Wageningen UR | New TSC tools for animal-friendly products

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has developed six scientific, globally harmonised tools aimed at improving the welfare of six animals for human consumption: beef and dairy cattle, pigs, poultry for meat and for laying and farmed fish. These tools map the opportunities and obstacles in animal and aquaculture production chains, enabling animal and aquaculture producers to globally compare and improve animal welfare in their production chains. (more…)

GreenBiz | Unilever rises above the regs on chemicals transparency

Half of all consumer products contain fragrance. More than 3,000 chemicals add fragrance to consumer goods worldwide. Nearly 200 of those chemicals are voluntarily restricted by the fragrance industry. The U.N. has designated a third of fragrance chemicals as dangerous. Seven are possible carcinogens, and 15 have been banned from Europe. None are required to be disclosed to consumers, per U.S. federal regulation.

Starting this year, Unilever is voluntarily disclosing online the fragrance ingredients included in individual products sold in the U.S. and Europe, down to 0.01 percent of the product formulation, along with details of the scent the fragrance ingredients bring to the product. The project is to be completed by 2018. (more…)

Of Leaders and Laggards

By: Euan Murray, CEO
The Sustainability Consortium



This week I made my debut on the main stage at GreenBiz 17 in my new role as Chief Executive of The Sustainability Consortium. I told a story I’ve told many times before: we once asked a supplier about their greenhouse gases. They replied that they made t-shirts, not greenhouses. This story, although amusing, is also alarming. After decades of scientific research, NGO action and consumer pressure, we know that over half of companies still have zero visibility into their supply chains. (more…)

The Washington Post | You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food

The majority of Americans have no clear idea what “sell by” labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.

On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest trade groups for the grocery industry, announced that they’ve adopted standardized, voluntary regulations to clear up what product date labels mean. Where manufacturers now use any of 10 separate label phrases, ranging from “expires on” to “better if used by,” they’ll now be encouraged to use only two: “Use By” and “Best if Used By.” (more…)

GreenBiz | These Hidden Ingredients Can Improve Your Supply Chain

Keith Larson, GreenBiz

The Sustainability Consortium CEO Euan Murray said when it comes to sustainable supply chains for consumer goods the world falls neatly into two groups: leaders and laggards.

One of the main problems is that nearly half of the laggard companies have no visibility of sustainability risks in their supply chains, Murray said about green supply chains during the GreenBiz 17 event in Phoenix, Arizona.

“In 2017, after decades of scientific research, NGO pressure, and consumer action… half know nothing,” Murray said. “And that’s a huge opportunity missed environmentally, socially and, of course, commercially too.”

For example, the Sustainability Consortium (TSC) once asked a supplier about greenhouse gases in manufacturing. “They said, ‘You asked us about greenhouse gases in manufacturing. We make T-shirts; we don’t have any greenhouses,'” Murray said. “If we are to solve this, those are the people we’re going to have to get to really move the needle.”

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Environmental Leader | Johnson Controls, Aqua Metals Ink Battery Recycling Technology Partnership


In a deal that will allow Johnson Controls to expand its automotive batteries production without carbon emissions and excess waste, Johnson Controls has invested in Aqua Metals, a company that uses a water-based process to recycle 99 percent of the lead from used lead-acid batteries.

Johnson Controls is the world’s largest automotive battery manufacturer. It supplies 146 million batteries a year to auto makers and to replacement-battery sellers Interstate Batteries and retailers such as Costco, Walmart and AutoZone. (more…)

Trase | Are zero-deforestation pledges slowing deforestation?


By the end of 2016, more than 400 companies had committed to reduce or eliminate the deforestation embedded in their products. These pledges are an important first step, but the real challenge comes with translating them into action.

The conventional wisdom has been that if consumer-facing companies pledge to ban deforestation from their supply chains, this ambition will somehow trickle down, leading to a shift towards sustainable practices at the frontier of tropical forests. A review of the status of deforestation-related efforts tells a different story.

Environmental Leader | Holding Supply Chains Accountable for Carbon Emissions Saves Money, CDP Reports

Carbon Emissions

A sustainable supply chain will result in a lot fewer carbon emissions, reports CDP, which looked at 89 supply chain members that cut those heat-trapping emissions by 434 million tons in 2016.

A story in Triple Pundit says that this then got the attention of financial executives by creating a savings of $12.4 billion last year. Among the businesses that were part of the survey: Unilever, Microsoft, Ford, Intel and WalMart, all of which have gone public as to their sustainability efforts. The story, however, notes that only half the companies interviewed said they actually saved money by holding their supply chains accountable for carbon emissions. The half that did said they saved big.

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