WWF Discussion Series: Achieving More Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains

Please join our team for a discussion series on supply chain sustainability, upcoming regulatory requirements and how you and your company can prepare for a resilient future. If you manage what you measure, then suppliers need to provide the kinds of information that let buyers understand the risk implications of their purchases. Each of the three topics below raise critical insights about what companies need to know to make informed decisions and to make their supply chains more resilient and sustainable. Follow the link and please indicate your interest, we will be in touch with dates/times.

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Topic 1

Getting What You Need - Supply Chain ESG Discussion on Laws, Resources and Collective Action 

New laws are defining requirements for ESG supply chain oversight brands must conduct but finding resources and capacity for compliance is an enormous challenge. These new laws include import prohibitions, mandatory due diligence, advertising restrictions and disclosure requirements. Collectively they require full supply chain engagement and evidence adequate to convince enforcement authorities, courts, investors and other stakeholders appropriate practices are in place. Yet, how can companies engage distant unrelated suppliers? How do you find local partners to guide appropriate practices? Can peers collaborate within the bounds of competition law? This session will provide updates on U.S. and EU supply chain laws and evolving competition law boundaries as a framework to discuss how companies can get what they need to achieve supply chain ESG objectives faster and at scale.

Topic 2

Scope 3 Emission Issues for Food Companies 

Emily Moberg headshot Emily Moberg (WWF)

For the food & beverage sector, Scope 3 emissions tend to dominate companies’ footprints. These emissions are particularly challenging to measure and mitigate, as doing so involves gathering new information across many suppliers, and often many tiers of suppliers — about 70% of food emissions occur on farm. This participatory, virtual session will cover how companies can measure and strategically address the highly variable emissions arising from their suppliers.

  • What are the key Scope 3 emissions sources for agricultural products?
  • How does Land Use Change (LUC) fit into Scope 3 emissions and who is responsible?
  • What standards, datasets, and tools are useful for assessing these emissions?
  • How do SBTi targets work for food products?
  • What steps can companies take to address Scope 3 emissions in their supply chains?

Topic 3

Traders, Transparency and Embedded Carbon 

Many food companies have made commitments and set climate targets to address deforestation in supply chains and lower overall emissions to achieve a 1.5-degree world and avoid more severe climate impacts. For these goals to be realized, traders (and aggregators, processors and feed companies) need to eliminate deforestation from commodities. The key roadblock is a lack of traceability and transparency from traders and similar companies regarding the embedded carbon and GHGs in the commodities they source and trade. Buyers of these commodities are increasing liable for such risks in downstream markets. They require traceability and transparency, as do financial institutions, to avoid commodities that are produced through deforestation and conversion but also social issues such as bonded labor.