How these Global Leaders are Making a Difference with Sustainable Consumption/Production #SDG12

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We all must do more with less, and SDG 12 is about specific ways to do achieve this. Currently, sustaining the lifestyle of everyone on Earth will require three Earths by 2050, with expected population growth.
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Using resources more efficiently reduces costs for those who pay for them, including businesses. But for many companies, their supply chains’ scale and complexity poses challenges to enacting sustainable practices. Many examples and resources are available to support supply chain sustainability.
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SDG 12 calls to “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” (SCP). Its targets address efficiency in the use of natural resources; sustainable management of natural resources; food waste and food losses in production; managing chemicals and wastes to reduce their release into air, water and soil; reducing waste generation (recycling, etc.); corporate sustainability reporting; public procurement; awareness-raising about sustainable lifestyles; sustainable tourism; and wasteful consumption of fossil fuels.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 12
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JSW Foundation
(SDG Target 12.2:
By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources)
JSW is a conglomerate with footprints in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports. JSW’s foundation emphasizes water conservation as part of responsible consumption. In Barmer, Rajasthan, India, the JSW Foundation works with the Watershed Organisation Trust and the community to revive large tracts of arid land. The project has revived 24 water tanks and rejuvenated 95 hectares of land. The Foundation is also working towards facilitating rainwater harvesting in the plants premises and surrounding communities. Learn more.
Nespresso
(SDG Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse)
Nespresso has installed 14,000 collection points for its plastic coffee capsules around the world. The company notes that recycling aluminum generates only 5% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared with primary aluminum, and its light weight results in transportation and environmental savings when compared to other packaging materials. Learn more.
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Tesco
(SDG Target 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses)
Tesco was the first British retailer to reveal data on its food waste, which it put at 28,500 tonnes in the first half of the year. Tesco has announced steps to reduce food waste, including by: ending multiple-buy offers on large bags of salad (68% of all salad grown to be sold in bags ends up wasted); working with growers to reduce pests and disease of fruits, improve transport, educate customers about storage tips (40% of apples, 25% of grapes, 20% of bananas are wasted); and phasing out “sell-by” and “display until’ labels used in stores. Tesco’s Group Chief Executive David Lewis is chairing the Champions 12.3 coalition to support the reduction of food loss and waste in line with the SDG target. Lewis says Tesco is “committed to tackling food waste not only in our own operations but also through strong and effective partnerships with our suppliers and by helping our customers reduce waste and save money.” Learn more.
Also joining the trend to reduce food waste are grocery brands Intermarche, Asda, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, Raleys, Associated, Safeway, which are educating customers about the hidden beauty of “ugly fruit” and other “recovered” foods. Learn more here and here.
Vestas
(SDG Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse)
Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy. It has set a target to make turbines 3% more efficient by 2020, compared to 2010 baseline. It also has initiated research on recycling of its blade materials, to “overcome the major obstacle in wind turbine recyclability” and reduce product waste. Vestas is a member of the GenVind Innovation Consortium, which seeks to enable sustainable recycling of plastic composites. Learn more.
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Positive Luxury
(SDG Target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle)
Positive Luxury has created an index to rank luxury brands by ethical and sustainability standards. The “Butterfly Mark” is awarded to companies in the fields of travel and hospitality, fashion and accessories, jewelry and watches, beauty, premium drinks, and living. The Mark shows that the brand continually invests in social good and environmental responsibility. Positive Luxury informs consumers, while creating positive pressure to drive change.
Campi Ya Kanzi is ranked highly for its ecotourism support in Kenya, which educates guests about sustainability and recycles waste. Fulgore, an Ecaudorian handmade accessories brand, received the Butterfly Mark for following waste reduction targets, recycling waste, eliminating hazardous substances from its products, ensuring that suppliers monitor the use of toxic chemicals in production, and making packaging from recycled, recyclable, FSC certified or PEFC certified materials.
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Michelin, Firestone and Pirelli
(SDG Targets 12.2, 12.5 and 12.6)
Michelin has created an innovative business model to recycle tires, creating additional revenues and facilitating better resource use. The company notes that tires can be reused as filling materials, soundproof walls, railroad ties, drainage solutions and synthetic surfaces for sports fields and playgrounds. Michelin says that 95% of end-of-life tires are recovered in Europe and 97% in Brazil. (Target 12.5)
Meanwhile, Firestone’s Spent Tire Initiative aims to keep tires out of natural habitats, creeks, and landfills and advance a “waste-free vision” for the tire industry. (Target 12.5)
Pirelli supports sustainability reporting, by asking suppliers to undergo climate change performance monitoring by CDP, and the company is on the UN Global Compact LEAD Steering Committee, aiming to improve companies’ communication on environmental, social and governance issues (Target 12.6). Pirelli also highlights its efforts for efficient use of water and other resources in the production process. It says water withdrawal has been reduced by 42% compared to 2009 levels, and aims to reduce it by 58% by 2020. (Target 12.2)
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WRAP
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SDG Targets 12.2 and 12.3)
WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) focuses on using resources sustainably around the world. The organization is working with the EU to prevent waste in the food supply chain, and is part of the United Nations’ Think.Eat.Save campaign. WRAP brings together like-minded organizations to create a global network focused on making grocery products more sustainable. The “Love Food Hate Waste” consumer campaign raises awareness about food waste and provides easy ways for people to reduce the amount of food they throw away.
Leather Working Group
(SDG Target 12.4)
The Leather Working Group (LWG) promotes sustainable environmental stewardship practices within the leather industry. It has created protocol to accurately assess the compliance and environmental stewardship practices of leather manufacturers. Companies such as Timberland then can ensure they are sourcing leather only from tanneries receiving a Gold or Silver rating from LWG. Learn more.
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Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group
(SDG Target 12.4)
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group members such as H&M are committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020. The Group has issued a Joint Roadmap outlining the 2020 goals related to “safe chemistries” for the apparel and footwear industry. Learn more.
Zoological Society of London
(SDG Target 12.5)
The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity. In the Net-Works partnership with carpet tile manufacturer Interface, local community members are supported to recover discarded fishing nets in coastal areas in the Philippines and use them in making carpet tiles. Learn more.
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WIEGO Network
(SDG Target 12.5)
Waste pickers are essential to reclaiming waste for the recycling industry, which reduces greenhouse gases and supplies raw materials and packaging materials to stimulate the economy, notes the World Bank, which calls waste pickers “the world’s recyclers.” To integrate them into the solid waste sector and support their work, the WIEGO Network (Women in Informal Employment – Globalizing and Organizing) provides space and equipment and works to ensure fair prices for the waste they collect. Learn more.
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Xinca makes footwear with recycled material. The sole in our shoes is made out of the rubber taken from used tires, which are a threat to our environment. For the upper part of trainers we re- use fabric taken from pants, work uniforms or textile discard in general. In the productive process we offer job opportunities to people or sectors who, for different reasons, can’t have a formal job. We provide them with the material which we take to their home and they glue the pieces together and cut them out so that we can finish the product in the factory.
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