Supply Chain

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

Europe Is Dragging Its Feet on Conflict Minerals

Michael Gibb | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Gibb

We are at a critical juncture. The Bangladesh Accord, the Modern Slavery Act, and conflict minerals legislation in the US and central Africa, are landmark achievements that show that business can be done responsibly and need not take place in the shadows. By dragging its feet instead of building on these achievements the EU risks undermining this progress...

Mandela: Let's Not Talk About the Batik-Style Shirts

Christine de Leon | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

I imagine that today, fashion writers around the world will be mentioning Mr. Nelson Mandela's penchant for Indonesian batik-style shirts. Let's not do that here. Instead, let's talk about his life's work for a more just, more humane world.

'Green Growth' Is Key, New Development Paradigm for Developing Countries

Julian Hunt | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Julian Hunt

Following a recent meeting between Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao and Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, the ADB has pledged its support for green and inclusive growth in China with a major new investment...

Tim Worstall's Take on Conflict Minerals: Good Economics but Bad Politics

Dustin Benton | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dustin Benton

A version of this article previously appeared on the New Statesman business blog. Earlier this week, Global Witness, the organisation behind restrict...

Why Young People Should Consider a Career in Farming

Christina Ford | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Ford

You might think that, like me, you have to come from a farming background to succeed in the industry, but that's not the case at all. Young people from all backgrounds can make a success of it, especially those that have an interest in science, business and technology.

The Future of Corporate Sustainability Is All About Innovation

Sara Benwell | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Sara Benwell

I recently attended a conference held by the London Business School, focussing on Corporate Sustainability. The conference was interesting because it looked specifically at the future of corporate sustainability and the importance of innovation in achieving this.

The Bangladeshi Garment Industry: Made for Exploitation?

Caroline Robinson | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Robinson

The outrage at such severe abuses mirrors responses to human trafficking and 'modern day slavery', as all agree that exploitation should not have a place in our supply chains. But whether low pay or excessive hours, bonded labour or human trafficking, the common thread is profits trumping rights and talk in place of action.

Focus Moves to More Than These 'Known Unknowns'

Raconteur Media | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Raconteur Media

For the past decade the aspiration has been to lower supply-chain costs through leaner and leaner operations.

Device Manufacturers: Adopt the Holy Trinity, Go Intelligent

Vincent Smyth | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Tech
Vincent Smyth

To be a device manufacturer in today's marketplace can be brutal. Increased competition from new players on the world stage have a commoditizing eff...

Twelve Principles for Sustainable Business

Michael Townsend | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK
Michael Townsend

Ultimately, the transition towards sustainable business is inevitable, given the combined impact of the challenges we face. For those businesses looking to fully embed sustainability principles, there is also a big prize waiting. And who wouldn't want some of that?

Q&A: Ed Dowding on Sustaination 'the Dating Site for Food'

Julian Benson | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Tech
Julian Benson

Following the recent launch of Sustaination I was able to talk with its creator Ed Dowding. The 'dating site for food', connects food producers with l...