Regenerating Supply at the Growing Edge of the Natural Products Industry

Regenerative Agriculture was, without a doubt, the star of the show at the 2018 Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California with a host of events exploring regeneration in business and supply and many brands making claims for, and commitments to, the integration of Regenerative Agriculture in their supply systems.

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The Inner Path to Become a Systems Entrepreneur

As the world grapples with increasingly complex and seemingly intractable challenges, a new answer is gaining momentum: systems change. What are the qualities needed of leaders who aim to transform our economies and societies in ways that go beyond the reach of a single organization?

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The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

Capitalists focus on the financial returns from capital invested, and most business leaders prioritize issues that are financially material. For anyone with a pension linked to market performance, that is a good thing. But this single-minded focus can be a major problem when it comes to tackling slow-building, systemic challenges, like global warming, that could take down not just supply chains but, over time, entire economies.

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Inside Mars, Inc.'s $1 billion pivot toward sustainability

 When Mars Inc. recently concluded a five-year effort to map and evaluate its supply chain, the company realized its very business would be in jeopardy if a few things didn’t change...Without improving supply chains, Mars won’t be a resilient company, won’t attract the best workers, and in some supply chains, they won’t have enough of the crops they need.

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Target Commits to 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2022

Add Target to the list of retail and apparel companies that say they will commit to a supply chain that will only source sustainable cotton. The Minnesota-based retailer announced that by 2020, it will only source cotton from sustainable sources for its national brands in apparel, home products and other goods.

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Sustainability, clean labels, ‘vast global pantry’ trend at MUFSO

As American consumers continue to plot their own individual paths to healthy lives, restaurant operators have moved to meet their demands for cleaner labels and sustainably raised food, with the help of suppliers who have developed better-tasting products that are meeting an ever-changing array of demands from the public.

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Corporate sustainability must give way to corporate responsibility

Accelerated consumption is exhausting global ecosystems, depleting 30% of global resources and nearly 60% of animal populations since the 1970s. These sobering numbers are fueling a consumer revolution. People are shifting their consumption habits.

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It’s All About the Chain, Gang: Procurement the Link to Sustainable Supply Chains

We are transitioning to a low-carboncircular and inclusive economy. The latest arrival to the party is the procurement department — and none too soon, given the mammoth challenge ahead to make global supply chains sustainable and ethical.

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Timberland Helps Cotton Production Return to Haiti

Cotton production had largely disappeared from Haiti over the past three decades, but in recent years, a coalition of companies and non-profits has striven to bring the industry back to the impoverished nation. Last month, Timberland and the NGO Smallholders Farmers Alliance (SFA) announced they have reintroduced cotton as not only a way to help revitalize the economy, but to also claw back against ongoing deforestation that has contributed to the country’s stubborn poverty.

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Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart's revenues are bigger than the entire economy of most countries.

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