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Plastic pollution is by far the biggest threat to our oceans and this remains an incredibly tough problem to solve. Plastic credits could potentially serve as one of the much needed solutions for this crisis.

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The Scale of the Net Zero Challenge

The price of meeting net zero is estimated to be between $100-150 trillion over the next 30 years. Regardless of this cost, we need to reach net zero before climate change does irreversible damage to the environment and the economy.

ESG, Sustainability and Impact Jargon Buster

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Climate change is no longer a distant threat or just a possibility, it is now a reality for all of us. In this pathway, Kevin Trenberth, a renowned climatologist, delves into the science behind climate change. He first introduces the climate system, its main components and forces.

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Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chains (Danske)

Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chains (Danske)

Kate Larsen

20 years: Human Rights and Supply Chains

How do the items you use, eat and wear get made? Unfortunately, bad ESG practice in industry supply chains is more likely to be the rule than the exception. Join Kate Larsen as she guides us through what a supply chain is and how we've evolved from CSR to ESG.

How do the items you use, eat and wear get made? Unfortunately, bad ESG practice in industry supply chains is more likely to be the rule than the exception. Join Kate Larsen as she guides us through what a supply chain is and how we've evolved from CSR to ESG.

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Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chains (Danske)

6 mins 56 secs

Overview

The term 'supply chains' refers to the networks of companies that supply and exchange goods and services. Supply chains typically include the provision of the following: ordered products, raw materials to make products, packaging, and the logistics and transportation required to get the product to clients. All suppliers should be encouraged to improve their environmental and social performance, but supply chains in the manufacturing, logistics, cleaning, security, and other blue-collar industries are significantly more exposed to ESG risk.

Key learning objectives:

  • Define supply chains

  • Understand how companies evolved from CSR to ESG

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Summary
What is a supply chain?

The term describes the chain of businesses supplying and trading goods and services. Supply chains encompass the supply of commissioned products, raw materials, packaging, logistics and transportation needed to get the product to customers. However, they can technically also encompass professional services such as external lawyers and accountants. This all contributes to business, economic and investment growth.

How have companies evolved from CSR to ESG?

During the voluntary days of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), many companies were preoccupied with brand protection, altruistic investment or building employee engagement. However, in recent years there's been a flurry of new laws (such as the UK and Australia Modern Slavery Acts) that have included Transparency in Supply Chains clauses. These laws have had a particular focus on human rights risks, mainly concerning social labour and safety conditions but also to the human right to a clean environment. These new laws bring the threat of lawsuits. We have seen this in Germany against firms like KIK, and in the US with Costco. Newer laws are bringing the threat of large fines for companies that don't carry out sufficient due diligence into their supply chains.

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Kate Larsen

Kate Larsen

Kate Larsen is a Director at SupplyESChange advising and training Investors and Companies on Environmental and Social issues of ESG, especially, human rights risk management in global supply chains. She has worked over 20 years on supply chain ESG including leading Asia Corporate Responsibility in the UK FTSE100 company Burberry and as a Global Director Responsible Sourcing in a US Nasdaq listed retailer.

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