In an ideal world, the consumer would have full information about the social and environmental impact of the products she is going to buy. She would be able to consider the full aggregated impact of her purchase.
The European Union is lauded as a climate leader for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 20 per cent since 1990. But it realized some of those gains by outsourcing production to places with less stringent standards. If imported goods are included, Europe’s emissions have actually increased by 11 per cent, according to a report from ClimateWorks Foundation.
Recovering gold, copper, and other metals from electronic waste isn’t just sustainable, it’s actually 13 times cheaper than extracting metals from mines, researchers report in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Sustainability and procurement professionals from some of the world's largest businesses recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss the strategic steps required to take supply chain sustainability onto the next level.