“NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance” – Sustainable Brands – January 3, 2018

On January 2, 2018 Sustainable Brands reported that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and China’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) have launched the IPE Green Supply Chain Map.

“Based on publicly available data from the Chinese government, IPE’s database and map provide real-time data and historical trends in air pollution emissions and wastewater discharge for nearly 15,000 major industrial facilities in China and access to environmental supervision records for over half a million more. Target, Esprit, New Balance, PUMA, Gap Inc. and Inditex have agreed to become the first companies featured on the new map, publicly sharing their lists of suppliers and providing this information to IPE for its inaugural mapping efforts.

The IPE Green Supply Chain Map, which is available in both English and Chinese, gives companies the real-time information they need to ensure the sustainability of their manufacturing operations from afar. It also allows customers and other connected members of the public to gain greater insight into companies’ environmental impacts.”

You may read the article on the Sustainable Brands internet site.

“New coverage of ESG, satoyama issues” – The Japan Times – January 1, 2018

On January 1, 2018 The Japan Times announced the launch of two new consortia, the ESG Consortium and the Satoyama Consortium, in a special edition dedicated to the two topics.

An article on ESG notes that “(s)spects of such globalization, including the rising influence of emerging market countries (China tops the annual list of countries in terms of carbon dioxide emissions and India comes in third), the prevalence of global supply chains (given the public’s criticism toward large companies on young labor exploitation) and global investment targets by institutional investors have fostered interest in ESG investments.”

The leading article explaines that “the Satoyama Consortium focuses on the initiatives of local practitioners of what is known as “satoyama capitalism.  Today, satoyama capitalism is used to describe the creation of new exchange values that foster a stable future for local communities and introduce a new form of revenue through utilization of natural resources that do not necessarily have monetary value.”

You may read the special edition on The Japan Times internet site.