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Fair Trade on the Rise in Private Label Coffee, Apparel and Home Goods in the Second Quarter

New and expanded commitments to Fair Trade Certification were made as brands and businesses continue to seek trusted partners to realize ESG and responsible sourcing initiatives
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OAKLAND, Calif., August 3, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Today, Fair Trade USA® – the leading certifier of fair trade products in North America – announces new commitments and product launches in the second quarter of 2021. As workers and vulnerable populations continue to struggle with the impacts of the climate crisis and new COVID-19 variants, businesses are executing on environmental, social, and governance criteria with increasing urgency and vigilance. And consumers are holding them accountable with more than ever.

Critical Materials Management (CMM) to Drive Whirlpool Corporation’s Product Transparency and Traceability


Whirlpool Corporation is a long-time global leader in delivering quality products with a prominent focus on promoting healthy living and environmental responsibility. While the global material regulatory environment is continuously expanding, Whirlpool is committed to comply with all applicable laws and is taking serious strides to proactively implement processes and systems to promote social responsibility.

The Face Behind Your Food: Three Farmworkers Share Their Stories


Lupita López Dearcia Comitán is a farmworker in Sonora, Mexico.  She’s forty-four years old, has five children, and just so happens to grow the cucumbers you put in your salad last night. It’s a job she has a lot of pride in. Most people don’t know that cucumbers grow on vines like tomatoes, requiring constant care to ensure that the plant grows in the proper direction. It’s a technique called “training”, and Lupita has the practice down to a science.

Huffington Post: 3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month


October is a month full of months ... and days. There's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Non-GMO Month, with National Kale Day, World Food Day, the International Day of Rural Women and, of course, National Cat Day, sprinkled throughout.

3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

by Jenna Larson

October is a month full of months … and days. There’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Non-GMO Month, with National Kale Day, World Food Day, the International Day of Rural Women and, of course, National Cat Day, sprinkled throughout. There are a lot of things to celebrate in October, and in a way, Fair Trade Month connects them all. October is a month that shows how much people care — about other people, about living beings, about our food and about the planet. This too is the heart of Fair Trade.

Eastman and the South Fork Holston River

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Fun fact: Each day, Eastman pumps an average of 420 million gallons of water from the Holston River to support production at its Kingsport site.

Data point: The health of the river, as it passes through Kingsport, Tenn., has improved dramatically. At Riverfront Park, in 1965 there were only 3 species of fish living in the river. In 2010, conditions had improved such that there were 29 species, including darters, shiners and a variety of game fish.

Watch as Eastman employee, Dr. Richard Strang, tells his story.

From The Source: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains


New bill calls for transparency on trafficking and slavery in corporate supply chains

JD Supra. In late July, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.

From the Source: Why it Pays Off to be Transparent in Business


How do you stop intractable conflict? Take away profit

Think Progress. A new organization called The Sentry will work to stem war across Africa by tracking its revenue streams.

From the Source: European Parliament Endorses New Conflict Minerals Compliance Requirements


DOJ breaks its silence in 2015 FCPA enforcement

National Law Review. Last week, the DOJ announced its first corporate enforcement action under the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (“FCPA”) for 2015.

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How Companies Collect Smelter Data Post Conflict Minerals Filings


With the conflict minerals reporting deadline for RY 2014 recently ending, thought leaders in the conflict minerals and supply chain transparency space gathered for the 3rd Marcus Evans Conflict Minerals and Supply Chain Transparency Conference from June 23- 25 in Chicago, Illinois.


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