Supply Chain & the Circular Economy CSR News

Silviculture Can Improve Farmers’ Incomes

Two new studies reveal the importance of silviculture for increasing farmers’ incomes in Java and East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Planting timber in agricultural systems is a common practice in Indonesia. Farmers often cultivate timber together with other crops to diversify and increase their income. Timber acts as a savings bank: only harvested when large funds are needed. To ensure the best growth of timber, experts recommend that farmers practise silvicultural techniques, which, despite the numerous benefits, are still not widely adopted.

Empowering Farmers, Sustaining Changes

Farmers on Sumba Island struggle through a nine-month dry season on degraded land. But they are committed to learning how to restore their island to its once verdant and productive state.

Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia is possibly the driest area in the country. Unlike the humid tropical conditions of the main islands, such as Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan, Sumba has a dry season that lasts for nine months. Most of the island consists of upland savannah riven by deep gullies. In East Sumba, the Ministry of Forestry estimates that 80 percent of the land is in critical condition owing to most of its forest being felled before the turn of the millennium.

Recycled Rubber Paves the Way to the Future in Troup County, Georgia

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March 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ - This week, Troup County will complete the paving of the county’s first “rubber road” on the new Tom Hall Parkway. The project used over 32,000 pounds of recycled tire rubber (RTR) in the top layer or “wearing course” of the road, which represents the rubber taken from over 2,500 end of life passenger tires.

Smithfield Foods Discusses Global Trade During University of Nebraska Symposium

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Keira Lombardo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Smithfield Foods, addressed attendees on Tuesday during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 

Better Supply Chain Management Through SME Reporting

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Through the Competitive Business Program, GRI is working in the developing world to stimulate more transparency on how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are impacting our global society and world. In this video GRI Chief Executive Tim Mohin talks about why large enterprises should join the program in the target countries (Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam) and motivate their SMEs suppliers to begin reporting on their sustainability impacts.

Kesko Is Transforming and Growing


Kesko’s 2017 Annual Report describes the progress made in Kesko’s strategy and sustainability work, providing comprehensive performance indicators. 

Timberland X Thread: Meet Sevenet

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Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland recently released three new Timberland X Thread men’s footwear styles for spring, made with Thread’s recycled Ground to Good™ fabric. Each product made with Thread™ fabric supports a vibrant network of dignified jobs in the developing world - jobs for Haitian entrepreneurs like Sevenet Pierre.

Video: A Discussion on Eco-Design Across the Supply Chain


HP, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Antea Group recently filmed a discussion on eco-design across the supply chain at IPC APEX in San Diego. Filmed by SCOOP, the 15-minute panel focused on improving products through eco-design, especially when using different supply-chain models.

Watch the video and learn more about strategies that will foster eco-design.

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MFA and SCS Launch Pilot Flooring Certification Program

For New Resilient Flooring in Multilayer Format With Rigid Polymer Core
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March 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) and SCS Global Services announced a pilot certification for new resilient flooring products in the multilayer format with rigid polymer cores. Focusing on performance and sustainability, and by bundling existing standards, the collaboration has created an all-encompassing platform for safety, quality, performance and sustainability for multilayer flooring.

SCS Certifies Manuelita, First Producer of Biodiesel Palm in Latin America to ISCC

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Manuelita achieved International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), which validates their commitment to environmentally and socially responsible production of biofuels, as well as the supply of sustainable raw materials free from deforestation. SCS Global Services confirmed from its assessment in November 2017 that Manuelita demonstrated compliance with the ISCC requirements.


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