The European Union Timber Regulation, or the EUTR, is part of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the EU. By banning the sale of illicitly sourced timber and timber products on the EU market, the EUTR is an important pillar of the EU in the fight against illegal logging. It assigns responsibility regarding global legal sourcing of timber to the European market participants.
ChainPoint will be attending the International Green Week in Berlin on January 18-27. This year will be the 84th time that the International Green Week will take place. At this event, over eighty international ministries and food producers meet and display their latest developments.
Belgian chocolate producers and supermarkets just announced a new partnership, called Beyond Chocolate. This partnership commits to make Belgian a 100% sustainable by 2025. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo signed the partnership along with major chocolate producers, NGOs like Rainforest Alliance and several supermarket groups.
With the last few days of the year ahead of us, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2018 and look forward to the coming year.
ChainPoint's customer Tony's Chocolonely announced a partnership with Albert Heijn, the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands, and Barry Callebaut, the largest chocolate manufacturer in the world. Albert Heijn will be the first partner to source cocoa beans based on Tony Chocolonely’s five sourcing principles.
There are many technical functionalities that can help improve sustainability in cosmetics supply chains such as audit management, supplier assessment or certification management, but there are two functions that stand out and are universally applicable to any supply chain. Traceability and supply chain mapping, although comparatively more difficult to implement, actually yield the most benefits.
In February 2017 the French government passed the Duty of Vigilance Law, known in France by its full name “Devoir de vigilance des entreprises donneuses d'ordre”. The law requires large companies to assess and reduce human rights infringements and environmental risks in their supply chains. One year later, French companies published their first vigilance plans as part of their financial statements.
In order to create and maintain a responsible and sustainable supply chain, auditing is vital to make sure that the criteria for sustainability and quality standards are being met. However, we often hear that the auditing is not capable of driving change in the supply chain since audits represent a snapshot of a given point in time.
In every supply chain there are risks, either related to the supply chain itself or the product and ingredients that travel through the supply chain. Food safety, for example, is a concern not only in the food industry but also in industries such as animal feed. Contaminated feed entering the food supply chain caused the 1999 Dioxin crisis with huge impact on companies and empty shelves in supermarkets.
ChainPoint will attend Textile Exchange's 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference in Milan on October 22-24. ChainPoint's Johan Zandbergen and Alexander Ellebrecht will both give presentations in the latest developments in the textile industry and the role of technology.