26 January 2010

Something fishy in supply chain, and other company, supply chain, consumer and industry news

Top Stories

The six Americas of climate change.reliability medium.
"Researchers at George Mason University and Yale broke down U.S. public opinion into six different categories, based on people’s belief in, and concern about, global warming." "The 'alarmed' and 'concerned' make up about 51 percent of the population, while the 'doubtful' and 'dismissive' represent 18 percent." See Grist. PDF of report here. [Interesting audience segmentation report from May 2009. Even of the Alarmed and Concerned groups, only 8% thought "Humans can reduce global warming, and we are going to do so successfully."]

'Organic' Cotton From India Contained GMOs in 2009.reliability high.
According to Financial Times Deutschland, "authorities in India found that some cotton being certified as organic actually contained genetically modified cotton around April 2009, which should have prevented the material from being called organic. EcoCert and Control Union, the third party organizations that certified the cotton, were fined, but the action was not reported at the time." The volumes were significant, and some may have ended up in "organic" clothing sold by "retailers like H&M, C&A and Tchibo . . . since they make purchases certified by the two organizations." From GreenBiz. [Again, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Subsequent stories have the affected companies saying a) their products weren't affected, and b) they will tighten up their supply chain monitoring to be sure it never happens again.]

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Target says eliminating farmed salmon.reliability high.
"Target Corp said on Tuesday that it is no longer selling fresh, frozen or smoke farm-raised salmon in its stores nationwide. The No. 2 U.S. discount retailer said that all salmon sold under its own brands will now be wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Sushi that includes farm-raised salmon will be changed over to wild-caught salmon by the end of the year, it said." From Reuters.

WWF nets Marks & Spencer commitment to sustainable fishing.reliability high.
"By backing the new charter, the company has entered a joint commitment with WWF to work towards sustainable fisheries management and sustainable farmed fish production. Over the next few years WWF will help M&S evaluate the sustainability of its wild and farmed fish products and give the retailer guidance on identifying and developing more sustainable sources. The two organisations plan to tackle issues such as overfishing, bycatch and discards, and will work with fisheries to find solutions to improve their fishing practices." From The Guardian.

Governments, business seen too slow to save climate: poll.reliability high.
"The survey of about 24,000 people in 23 countries, conducted in the lead up to, during and following the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December last year, found 65 percent of respondents were not happy with the progress and actions to date to conserve the environment. Only 35 percent said their government and business leaders were doing the right thing -- and only three countries would get passing grades on their environmental credentials from their citizens. These were China which received 86 percent support from its people, India with 60 percent support, and Turkey with 54 percent." What percent of respondents agreed that "that their government and business leaders are taking the right steps and pace to prevent global climate change"? United States 38%, UK 33%, France 19%. Other results. See Reuters story.

Guardian takes another major step to meeting the 10:10 challenge.reliability high.
The Guardian Media Group, publishers of The Guardian and The Observer, are switching paper suppliers to cut emissions. In addition to cutting greenhouse gas emissions 10% at their offices and printing plants, part of their commitment under Britain's 10:10 program, they have switched from a UK paper supplier that emitted 976 kilos per tonne of paper to a Norwegian one that uses hydropower and emits 9.45 kilos of CO2 per tonne. "The switch of suppliers was necessitated by a 30% drop in demand for newsprint in GMG in 2009, which meant it made sense to reduce the number of core suppliers from six to five; three UK recycled mills and one each from Norway and Canada. While the paper will be travelling further, research has shown that the carbon impacts of transporting paper is much smaller than the emissions from its production." From, of course, The Guardian. [Emissions will also decline because total paper use is declining significantly "caused by continuing declines in demand for printed products as well as reduced pagination and the grammage of paper used", but perhaps the company is less happy about that.]

Pollution-Fighting Businesses Set Their Own Course in Treaty Vacuum.reliability high.
"The [Copenhagen] meeting was widely seen as a flop. So, in the absence of international leadership, what do [business leaders] do now? . . . For companies that have already committed major resources to low-carbon technologies, part of the answer may be to focus more intently on the opportunities offered by the most promising local and national markets. 'Copenhagen was only one step in a marathon in the search for global rules of the game,' said Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, chief executive of the GE International unit of General Electric." "'Despite the chaos at the conference in Copenhagen, the long-term trend is for clean energy,' said Michael Liebreich, the chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research company. 'What has changed is that it’s clearer than ever before that businesses have got to be strategic in choosing countries and regions with robust long-term regulatory environments, to make investments pay off,' he said." Other comments from industry participants. See The New York Times.

[Crossposted from HaraBara.com courtesy of HaraBara, Inc. Copyright © 2010 HaraBara, Inc.]