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Supply chains, SDGs, subsidies and sustainability leaders

The Report Report is a monthly wrap-up of recent research on sustainable business and clean technology, produced by Corporate Eco Forum, a by-invitation membership organization comprised of large, global companies that demonstrate a serious commitment at the senior executive level to sustainability as a business strategy issue.

The Future of Health and Well-being in the Workplace (Forum for the Future) presents four scenarios that depict what health and well-being in the workplace might look like in 2036:

  1. Business Monopoly: Monopolies; inequality; big business; anxiety; efficiency
  2. Service Transformation: Sharing; ingenuity; hi-tech; virtual; disruptive
  3. In the National Interest: Restrictive; patriotic; centralized; crisis; urgent
  4. Redefining Progress: Holistic; human-centered; slow growth; purposeful; community focused

The Call for Collective Action Across Supply Chains (The Sustainability Consortium or TSC) finds that more than 2,000 suppliers, representing over $200 billion in sales, used TSC category sustainability surveys to report their sustainability progress to retail buyers in 2016 — up 25 percent from 2015. The report also finds that 40 percent of these suppliers made an effort to improve their sustainability survey scores in 2016. 

Digging Deep: Which Miners Are Facing up to the Low-Carbon Challenge? (CDP) ranks 12 of the largest publicly listed diversified miners according to the financial impact the low carbon transition likely will have on their business (under a business-as-usual scenario). Key findings included the following:

  • 27 percent of production and up to $50 billion of revenues is likely to be exposed to high levels of water stress risk by 2030.
  • 75 percent of the companies evaluated have taken steps to reduce the emissions intensity of their operations.
  • Vale, Boliden and BHP received the highest scores.
  • Freeport-McMoRan, First Quantum Minerals and Vedanta Resources received the lowest scores.

IT Product Guide (Greenpeace East Asia and iFixit) scores over 40 of the best selling smartphones, tablets and laptops based on their upgradability and modularity, the time it takes to repair them and the availability of spare parts and repair manuals. The study finds that the display and battery used in over 66 percent of the devices are difficult or costly to replace. The study also finds that only three of the 17 brands assessed — Fairphone, HP and Dell — offer easy access to spare parts and repair manuals.

2017 Sustainability Leaders Survey (GlobeScan, SustainAbility and Sustainable Brands) asked more than 1,000 experts to list companies that are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy. The most frequently cited companies included:

  • Unilever
  • Patagonia
  • Interface
  • IKEA
  • Marks and Spencer (M&S)
  • Natura
  • Tesla
  • Nestlé
  • BASF
  • General Electric
  • Nike

Carbon Majors Report 2017 (CDP) finds that 100 active fossil fuel producers are connected to nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of global industrial GHGs emitted since 1988. The report also finds that these 100 companies are also connected to 52 percent of total global industrial GHGs emitted since the start of the industrial revolution.

2017 Timber Scorecard (WWF) scores 128 U.K. retail companies on their sustainable timber sourcing policies and performance during 2015-16. The report finds that 25 percent of the companies evaluated did not disclose their policies or performance on sustainable timber. However, 50 percent of the companies evaluated made "good progress," including B&Q (Kingfisher), Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Tetra Pak and Balfour Beatty.

Spark, Scale, Sustain: Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. Development Programme) features more than 40 case studies that demonstrate how innovation and emerging technologies are strengthening the impact of sustainable development projects in developing countries. The case studies cover five areas: eradicating poverty; protecting the planet; building peaceful societies and preventing violent conflict; managing risk and improving disaster response; and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

Hidden Price Tags: How Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies Would Benefit Our Health (Health and Environment Alliance) estimates that health costs associated with air pollution in G20 countries ($2.76 trillion) are, on average, six times higher than total G20 spending on fossil fuel subsidies ($444 billion). The report also evaluates seven individual G20 countries: China (health costs associated with air pollution are 19 times higher than spending on fossil fuel subsidies), Germany (eight times higher), India (eight times higher), Poland (26 times higher), South Africa (1.4 times higher), Turkey (10 times higher) and the U.K.(five times higher).

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