5 Dec 18

HSBC survey: global businesses targeting more sustainable supply chains

A third of global businesses are looking to improve the sustainability of their supply chains over the next three years, according to a new survey from HSBC.

The survey of 8,500 companies in 34 countries, published in HSBC’s Global Report, shows that those businesses making environmentally sustainable changes to their supply chains are motivated primarily by cost efficiencies and improved revenues. Furthermore, one in five claim that they have taken greater control of their supply chains over the past two years.

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Supply chain sustainability , SupplierPortal

22 Nov 18

Webinar: How to integrate sustainability into procurement

This webinar has now passed. Please visit our Past Webinars page to access the recording.

To complete the blog series on sustainable procurement, Greenstone has partnered with procurement consultancy, Grippr, to hold a webinar on Thursday 29 November.

This 30-minute webinar will cover the opportunities for improving efficiency in procurement and provide practical tips on how to introduce sustainability into procurement processes.

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Event , Sustainable procurement

19 Nov 18

Sustainability in procurement – 5 practical steps to more sustainable procurement

In Part 1 of this ‘Sustainability in procurement’ series, we discussed how sustainability is relevant to all aspects of an organisations’ operation, and the resulting need for an integrated approach to embedding this in the supply chain. However, changing the culture of a company is a huge undertaking, and embedding sustainability into everything you do can take time. This article, provides you with 5 practical steps which can help you start the process.

We will discuss this topic further in a webinar hosted jointly with our partners Grippr - a purchasing consultancy specialising in driving purchasing efficiency. More information is available on the webinar at the end of the article.

 

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Supplier Data , Supply chain sustainability , SupplierPortal , Sustainable procurement

15 Nov 18

Greenstone partners with UNGC and Ardea International to host webinar on optimising supply chain data

Greenstone has partnered with UN Global Compact Network UK and specialist consulting firm Ardea International to host a webinar on how to optimise supply chain data on Thursday 6th December at 4pm (GMT).

Companies are now operating in a world where business responsibility extends beyond the environmental or the corporate social responsibility (CSR) challenges of its own operations, and into far-reaching global supply chains. An estimated 80% of global trade passes through supply chains, with the associated risk traced back to companies who have no visibility of this area.

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Supply chain sustainability , Event , SupplierPortal

12 Nov 18

Sustainability in procurement – an integrated approach

Procurement is changing, which means the way organisations engage with their suppliers, manage their supplier relationships, and make their purchasing decisions is changing. There are multiple factors that contribute to this, such as more global supply chains, perceived efficiencies through digitisation, and the changing way in which services are delivered.

However, the focus on managing supply chains more responsibly, or sustainably, is something that is relevant to all current and future procurement and supplier management activities. Sustainability is a key part of the evolution of procurement, and therefore needs to be fully understood and implemented.

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Supply chain sustainability , SupplierPortal , Sustainable procurement

24 Oct 18

Webinar: ESOS Phase 2 – how to prepare and optimise your reporting

This webinar has now passed. Please visit the Past Webinars page to access the recording. 

On Tuesday 6th November, Greenstone and Carbon Smart will be holding a joint webinar on ESOS Phase 2. 

Phase 2 of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) makes it mandatory for large UK organisations to measure energy consumption and carry out energy audits. If you operate in other EU Member States, you may also need to comply with local ESOS-equivalents in those territories.

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ESOS , Event

23 Oct 18

The IPCC SR15 and how companies can respond

This month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the much anticipated special report, SR15. Drafted in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) following the Paris Agreement in 2015, the report outlines the real-world impacts of average global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The message was stark and clear – rapidly decarbonise the global economy within the next decade or face far reaching consequences to human welfare.

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Environment

8 Oct 18

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR): what you need to know

The UK Government’s Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework comes into effect from April 2019, and although the final details are yet to be published, the results from the consultation provide some indication of what the scheme will involve. It is estimated that up to 12,000 large UK companies will be required to report under the new framework, aimed at streamlining and reducing the complexity of current energy and carbon reporting requirements.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Environment , UK

2 Oct 18

Greenstone launches SupplierPortal 100 programme to help organisations engage with their suppliers

Greenstone has launched a programme to provide a fully managed assessment of up to 100 suppliers in eight weeks. SupplierPortal 100, designed to provide clients with a simple way to develop confidence in their suppliers, enables organisations to demonstrate a robust approach to supplier risk screening and due diligence.  

There is an ever-increasing focus on supply chains, with organisations themselves needing to take increased responsibility for whom they work with, and for understanding how their suppliers operate. However, a large number of organisations still don’t know the potential risks in their supply chains and lack the internal process and resource to start a supplier assessment programme.  

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SupplierPortal

1 Oct 18

Webinar: 4 key trends shaping the future of sustainability reporting

This webinar has now passed, please visit the Past Webinars page to access the recording. 

On Wednesday 24 October, Greenstone will be holding the webinar '4 key trends shaping the future of sustainability reporting'. 

The future of sustainability reporting, and what it means for corporate organisations, is a topic featuring high on the agenda for industry leaders. In this webinar Greenstone will cover four key trends that we see as shaping the future of sustainability reporting.

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Event

17 Sep 18

G4S recognised by leading socially responsible investment index FTSE4Good

G4S, the world’s leading global security company, has been independently assessed and included as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series for the second year running.  This inclusion recognises G4S’ strong commitment to social responsibility and to sustainable business practices across the group. 
 
The FTSE4Good index series is a leading socially responsible investment (SRI) indicator developed by FTSE Russell, part of London Stock Exchange Group.  It is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

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FTSE4Good , Frameworks

11 Sep 18

Greenstone sponsors Responsible Supply Chain and Sustainability Reporting events

Greenstone is pleased to be supporting Ethical Corporation's two co-located events in London, UK on 10th and 11th October. See below for details of the events and the speakers. 

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Sustainability , Event , supplychain

2 Aug 18

GRI Standards updates – what you need to know

The GRI Standards have recently been revised and updated; specifically, GRI 303: Water and Effluents and GRI 304: Occupational Health and Safety. Here is everything you need to know about these updates.

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GRI , Frameworks

23 Jul 18

Businesses commit to science-based targets - The Mahindra Challenge

The Global Climate Action Summit, being held midway between Paris (2015) and 2020, is bringing together leaders, investors, businesses, sub-national government and people from around the world to take ambition to the next level. As part of this Summit, a challenge has been launched encouraging companies to step up and commit to set science-based targets.

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Environment , Science-based targets

17 Jul 18

Barclays and Greenstone win 2018 Sustainability Product of the Year award

Today, the Business Intelligence Group named Barclays and Greenstone a winner in the 2018 Sustainability Awards. The development of a new software solution to facilitate the monitoring and reporting of initiatives to reduce environmental impacts, has been recognized as the 2018 Sustainability Product of the Year. 

The Sustainability Awards honor those people, teams and organizations who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice or overall mission.

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Environment

12 Jul 18

Webinar: 5 inside secrets to successful sustainability data management

This webinar has now passed, please visit the Past Webinars page to access the recording. 

On Wednesday 25 July, Greenstone will be holding the webinar '5 inside secrets to successful sustainability data management'. 

Join Greenstone for this 30 minute webinar to unlock the secrets for embedding a long-term sustainability data management process. With over 10 years’ experience in enabling organisations to gather, manage and leverage their sustainability data, we’ll share five of the most important tips to get your approach set up in a way that’s future-proof.

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Event

11 Jul 18

AB Ports transforms non-financial reporting with Greenstone

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland, and Wales, and handles approximately a quarter of the country's seaborne trade. ABP, together with its customers, supports 120,000 jobs and handles approximately 89 million tonnes of cargo and contributes £7.5 billion to the UK economy each year.

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6 Jul 18

Measuring up: How the UK is performing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This article was recently published on the UKSSD website.

UKSSD report ‘Measuring up’ shows how the UK is performing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the first time. And while there’s an enormous amount to celebrate, the most vulnerable people and places in our society are increasingly being left behind.

Measuring up is the most comprehensive review of the current situation in the UK conducted to date. It tells us what is happening in the UK for people, the environment and the economy.

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SDGs , Frameworks

4 Jul 18

CDP reporting 2018 – 6 weeks to go

With only 6 weeks to go until the first deadline for CDP reporting 2018, now is the time to start preparing your response. The new deadlines have now been confirmed by CDP as the following:

  • Climate Change, Forests & Water – August 15, 2018
  • Supply Chain – August 29, 2018

As an accredited CDP partner, Greenstone is providing consultancy support to a number of different organisations to guide them through the CDP reporting 2018 process. Please get in touch, if you would like to find out how Greenstone could help your organisation.

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Environment , CDP , Frameworks

28 Jun 18

Greenstone releases report on social and environmental impact reporting

Earlier this year, Greenstone conducted an extensive piece of research on social and environmental impact reporting. Following on from the blog series, which provided an overview of the key findings of this research, we are pleased to release the full report titled ‘Beyond sustainability reporting - impact measurement, valuation and reporting’.

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Environment

5 Jun 18

Greenstone sponsors leading sustainable supply chain and procurement event

Greenstone is sponsoring X Supply Chains in London this Thursday (7th June).

This event, organised by The Crowd, will bring together 120+ supply chain, sustainability, sourcing, procurement and ethical trade professionals to explore how to apply disruptive thinking and solutions to next-generation sustainable supply chains.

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Event , supplychain

16 May 18

Greenstone’s software named Top Product of the Year by Environmental Leader

Greenstone is proud to announce that its software has been named ‘Top Product of the Year 2018’ at the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards.

Highlighting its position as a global leader in EHS & Sustainability reporting software, the judges of the 2018 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards noted that Greenstone’s software was “a very robust software solution that is important to the future of integrating environmental performance into corporate strategy”.

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Event , Awards

26 Apr 18

Impact reporting: The business response to impact measurement & key conclusions

In the previous two parts of this blog series on social and environmental impact reporting we have provided an overview of the key findings of our research about existing trends and challenges in the impact measurement and reporting space. We have also aimed to provide clarification around terminology and valuation methodologies that currently exist in the field.  

To view the first two parts, please click on the links below. In this part, we explore the business response to social and environmental impact measurement and reporting.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

23 Apr 18

Greenstone adds CSR reporting frameworks mapping functionality to its non-financial reporting software

Greenstone has launched a new CSR framework mapping functionality enabling organisations to consolidate reporting frameworks to minimise risk and increase efficiency when reporting against multiple frameworks.

The sustainability and CSR reporting landscape is constantly evolving. Organisations reporting their sustainability and CSR performance can refer to or use a variety of international and national frameworks, such as GRI, TCFD, MSCI, CDP, SASB and DJSI. However, the increasing number of frameworks, and navigating different definitions, deadlines and data requirements, can lead to inefficiencies and inconsistencies for reporting organisations.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Frameworks

18 Apr 18

Greenstone to present at GRI reporting roundtable events in North America

Greenstone is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring and presenting at a series of roundtable events delivered by GRI in North America. These events are part of a global series of local events, aimed at enhancing sustainability reporting and disclosure by gathering reporting professionals to explore reporting in practice.

The roundtables are designed to help organisations consider how the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards contribute to internal value creation and external transparency and accountability. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss different areas of sustainability reporting with both GRI and peers.

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Event , GRI

16 Apr 18

Greenstone and SustainIt to hold webinar on CSR framework mapping

Greenstone has partnered with leading, global sustainability, EHS and risk data consultancy SustainIt to hold a webinar on “Framework mapping: the future of consolidated sustainability reporting” on Wednesday 2nd May at 3 pm BST.

Companies reporting their positions on sustainability can nowadays refer to or use a variety of international and national frameworks. However, the sustainability reporting landscape can be crowded and confusing for organisations that are constantly tasked with navigating different definitions, deadlines and data requirements.

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Event , Frameworks

10 Apr 18

Greenstone and Grippr partner to address supplier risk and compliance in The Netherlands

Greenstone is pleased to announce a new partnership with procurement consultancy Grippr. Based in The Netherlands, Grippr works with organisations to optimise their procurement processes through a blend of expert guidance and the appropriate use of technology and software.

Using Greenstone’s SupplierPortal, Grippr’s clients are now able to manage, report and analyse supplier information through one central online platform. SupplierPortal provides organisations with a single point of transparency across their supplier network, ensuring that compliance, contracts, and risk can be managed seamlessly.

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Supplier Compliance , SupplierPortal

5 Apr 18

Impact reporting: frameworks, methodologies and approaches for impact measurement and valuation

This is the second part of a 3-part series on an extensive piece of research on social and environmental impact reporting. To view the first part of this series on ‘The state of social and environmental impact measurement and reporting’ please click here.

In this part, we give an overview of the key organisations in the sector and the different frameworks, methodologies and approaches designed to measure and communicate social and environmental impacts.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

29 Mar 18

Greenstone launches GDPR Assessment Service

Greenstone has launched a suite of services to help organisations assess their readiness for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018. Through Greenstone’s SupplierPortal solution, organisations can now assess both their suppliers’ GDPR compliance, as well as their own organisation’s readiness, for the regulation.

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SupplierPortal , GDPR

27 Mar 18

Social and environmental impact measurement and reporting – research insights

Greenstone recently conducted an extensive piece of research on social and environmental impact reporting. Due to an increasing maturity and awareness of sustainability issues and their potential risk to businesses and communities, there is an emerging trend in this area of company reporting.

With so much information available, it is not always clear for businesses that want to provide better sustainability disclosures where to begin, what to consider and what to be prepared for.

In this 3-part blog series, we will provide an overview of the key findings of this research to inform our clients, partners and a wider audience about existing trends and challenges in the impact measurement and reporting space. We also aim to clarify some misconceptions around terminology and valuation methodologies that currently exist in the field.  

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Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

23 Mar 18

Earth Hour 2018 - world action on climate change

Earth Hour 2018 is on Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm local time. This global movement, led by WWF, brings millions together across the world to call for greater action on climate change. Each year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights and organise events – at home, in their community or in their towns or cities – to show they care about the future of our planet.

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Environment

22 Mar 18

Webinar: Sustainability reporting is evolving - streamline your data for efficiency

Mentis Solutions and Greenstone are hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. We invite you to join us to gain further insight into the sustainability reporting landscape and major trends that could impact the way you report going forward.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Event

14 Mar 18

Greenstone adds Initiatives Savings Module to its non-financial reporting software

Greenstone has added an Initiatives Savings Module (ISM) to its non-financial reporting software. This new functionality enables Greenstone’s clients to track, monitor and report consumption, carbon and financial savings against environmental initiatives implemented across their organisation.

Greenstone has developed this functionality as a result of its clients’ increasing requirements to monitor and report environmental projects across energy, water, waste and paper. These initiatives vary from the installation of LED lighting or new servers that reduce energy consumption, to changes in industrial processes that result in significant water savings, to behavioural change initiatives that reduce paper use or increase recycling.

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Environment

21 Feb 18

Fujitsu Group Environmental Report 2017 wins prestigious award

Fujitsu today announced that its Fujitsu Group Environmental Report 2017 received the Grand Award of Global Warming Countermeasures Report (Japanese Environment Minister's Award) as part of the 21st Environmental Communication Awards, sponsored by Japan's Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environmental Forum.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

19 Feb 18

Webinar: CDP Reporting - how to prepare for 2018

Greenstone, in partnership with CDP, is holding a webinar titled 'CDP reporting - how to prepare for 2018'. 

As part of its ‘Reimagining Disclosure’ campaign, CDP has made notable changes to its questionnaires for 2018. Whether you are an experienced CDP reporter, or a first-time responder, you will need to start preparing for these changes and ensuring your data is in order. 

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Event , CDP

15 Feb 18

EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive - how to prepare

Back in December 2014, the European Commission introduced new legislation requiring certain companies to disclose relevant non-financial information, aptly titled the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (EU NFRD). Giving member states until the end of 2016 to enshrine the new directive into national law, the time has now come for large companies residing within the EU to report against the new directive, disclosing information relating to their 2017 financial year.

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Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

12 Feb 18

Eurostar to set science-based target and halve use of plastic

This article was originally published on edie.net on 8th February 2018. 

High-speed rail service Eurostar has pledged to halve the amount of plastic it uses over the next two years, with the organisation's energy and environment lead Rebecca Cranshaw revealing that a science-based target to reduce emissions should be in place later this year.

Eurostar announced an update to its Tread Lightly strategy earlier this week, outlining plans to reduce waste, improve the energy efficiency of trains and invest in renewable electricity.

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Environment , Science-based targets

5 Feb 18

Greenstone sponsors NAEM EHS&S Software and Data Management Conference

Greenstone is pleased to be supporting NAEM’s EHS&S Software and Data Management Conference in Florida, USA on March 5-7, 2018.

Based in the US, NAEM provides valuable resources for corporate EHS & Sustainability leaders and IT professionals who are responsible for selecting, implementing and maintaining software systems, and who are looking to better manage and report their data.

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Event , NAEM

31 Jan 18

TCFD's recommendations - what you need to know

There is a growing concern within the financial community that climate risks and their associated costs are being overlooked when it comes to the pricing of company assets. A survey carried out by HSBC in September of last year highlighted this growing unease, concluding that half of the institutional investors who intended to increase their climate friendly investments felt they lacked adequate information on climate risk.

Last year, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) established the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to ensure that climate-risks are incorporated into financial disclosures. Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the TCFD has released a voluntary framework of recommendations that incorporate sustainability considerations into financial disclosures.

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Environment , TCFD

26 Jan 18

Greenstone launches human rights due diligence partnership with Ardea International

Greenstone has partnered with specialist consulting firm Ardea International to further enable its clients to achieve compliant, transparent and responsible supply chains.

There is an ever-increasing focus on global supply chains, with organisations needing to take increased responsibility for whom they work with, and for understanding how their suppliers operate. Human rights is an issue that is very much driving this discussion, with rights and conditions of workers a topic Governments across the world are trying to address, increasingly through new legislation.

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SupplierPortal , supplychain , human rights

24 Jan 18

CDP reporting - preparing for 2018

For 2018, CDP has made some significant changes to its questionnaires and scoring. This is all part of ‘Reimagining Disclosure’ - an initiative CDP launched last year with the aim of developing and improving its disclosure system.

The changes affect how companies should disclose their GHG emissions and have been made in response to the market need for improved data collection and more sector specific data requests related to climate change. They also encompass the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations related to risk management and the inclusion of more forward looking metrics.

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Environment , CDP

18 Jan 18

State of Green Business Report 2018

This week GreenBiz published its annual State of Green Business Report. This report assesses how, and how much, companies are integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations.

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Environment

12 Jan 18

The coffee cup dilemma and the opportunity for sustainable business

The UK sends an estimated 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups to landfill every year1. This doesn’t include those cups that escape collection and find their way into the surrounding environment along with our other waste products as litter. The detrimental effects, both ecologically and aesthetically of this offshoot of quick consumerism is beginning to grate on the last nerve of our policy makers.

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Environment

8 Jan 18

Greenstone partners with UNGC and Ardea International to host webinar on human rights in the supply chain

Greenstone has partnered with specialist consulting firm Ardea International and UN Global Compact Network UK to host a webinar on human rights in the supply chain on Wednesday 31st January at 3.30pm GMT.

There is an ever-increasing focus on global supply chains, with organisations themselves needing to take increased responsibility for whom they work with, and for understanding how their suppliers operate. Human rights is an issue that is very much driving this discussion, with rights and conditions of workers a topic Governments across the world are trying to address.

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Event , supplychain

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