Pressure on businesses to prioritise their social and environmental impact has never been so strong as it is today. COP26 saw renewed commitments from countries around the world to make serious endeavours to limit global warming. Meanwhile COP15, which begins in April this year, will set out a framework to protect bio-diversity, and a new United Nations resolution has recently been signed by 175 countries with the aim of ending plastic pollution.
None of this can be achieved without the collaboration from industry and businesses are being called upon to set themselves ambitious targets to limit their environmental impact, and to report on their progress towards those targets in a transparent manner.
Hitting these targets will not be possible without a strong sustainable sourcing plan from your supply chain. Sustainable procurement can help you to minimise your environmental impact, control costs and protect your public reputation.
But how can you ensure sustainability across your supply chain?
We are pleased to announce that Control Union (UK) has been granted accreditation for ISO/IEC 17065:2012 - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to become an Approved Body for UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) Marking.
With COP26 continuing to dominate the headlines, it is vital to remember that climate change and biodiversity are intrinsically interlinked, and both are vital to the future health of our planet. With that in mind, we were delighted that the regenagri team from Control Union UK were recently been invited to contribute to a meeting with the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) internal task force on Sustainable Food Systems and Resilient Agriculture.
The first regenagri supply chain certification is awarded
Leading sustainable denim mill Candiani has become the first company to be certified against the regenagri chain of custody standard.
Candiani is a global leader in innovation and sustainability, producing for some of the most prestigious names in the market. They are widely recognized as some of the first in the denim industry to utilize only the finest, responsibly sourced cotton, fibers, and dyes and clean technologies to save water, energy and replace harmful chemicals.
Control Union was recently approved as a certification body by the Sustainable Fibre Alliance to certify for its Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA) - Cashmere Standard.
The SFA was established to tackle sustainability challenges in the production of cashmere, in particular the welfare of the goats, the environmental impact of farming them, and the social welfare of the herders who care for them. Developed in 2015, the standard is already well used in the textiles industry, with clients ranging from luxury brands to household names.
Agricultural and Forestry land is currently a huge emitter of CO2 into the atmosphere, responsible for between 21 and 37% of all global carbon emissions, at between 11 and 19 Gigatons of CO2 per annum. However, this land has the potential to moving from being a net emitter to a carbon sink – turning the tide on climate change.