Supply Chain Management

IOS 14001 Receives an Upgrade

Posted by Chris Carragher on Sep 15, 2015 11:02:00 AM

After much anticipation, The International Organization for Standardization publised its updated IOS 14001 environmental management systems today.

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Topics: IOS 14001

New: President's Executive Order on Chemicals in Retail

Posted by actio on Jul 31, 2015 1:16:00 PM

Effective July 22, 2015 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised requirements regarding retail facilities claiming exempt status under the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard. Here's what it means.

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Topics: PSM, executive order, chemicals, retail

The Circular Economy Is Here

Posted by actio on Jul 23, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Philips – the Fortune 500 company that makes electronic everything – appears to have been ahead of its time. The company announced a goal to produce zero waste via principles of so-called "circular economy." The announcement came last year.

The circular economy is here, this year. As of last week.

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Topics: circular, economy

New Nature Reviews Materials Journal 2016

Posted by actio on Jul 12, 2015 10:47:00 AM

This is exciting news for folks in the materials management field. Everyone's favorite science journal family, Nature, is launching a new publication in January 2016 of interest to any business that buys, uses, makes or sells materials.

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Topics: materials, journal, nature

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Oil Spill

Posted by actio on Jul 7, 2015 1:06:00 PM

BP, states like Texas and Louisianna and Alabama (on the Gulf of Mexico), and the US Environmental Protection Agency have reached a landmark settlement regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster of April 20, 2010.

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Topics: EPA, oil spill, settlement, BP

Honeywell's Biodegradable Microbeads

Posted by actio on Jul 2, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Honeywell and Metabolix have entered a global, exclusive commercial and technology alliance to deliver new plastics that are intended to meet increasing regulatory and other requirements around the world concerning personal care microbeads. Microbeads are the little scrubby plastic bits found in exfoliants, toothpaste and cleansers for both men and women.

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Topics: plastics, honeywell, microbeads

Fracking Disclosure Requirements, 2015

Posted by actio on Jun 26, 2015 9:02:00 PM

The Obama administration said in March that in June companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands must disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. This is the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production.

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Topics: material-disclosure, fracking, disclosure

Sustainable Lego: The Raw Material

Posted by actio on Jun 26, 2015 11:51:41 AM

Every kid's favorite company, the LEGO Group, has announced a significant investment of USD $150 million towards the research, development and implementation of new, sustainable, raw materials in manufacture of LEGO® elements as well as in packaging materials.

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Topics: Misc. news, Misc. science, Asia, North America / Central America, South America, africa, europe

California's Supply Chain Transparency Act: 5 Points of Compliance

Posted by actio on Jun 15, 2015 4:18:00 PM

It's time to revisit disclosure law regarding supply chains in the great state of California.

John Epperson, an Environmental Attorney at Cooper White & Cooper, recently posted in a LinkedIn forum reminding us about the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657).

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act is about disclosure of supply chain practices. It's tone is similar to conflict minerals legislation, but it's not based in substance tracking.

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Topics: Supply Chain, transparency, California

A Spicy Story of Cumin-ulative Risk

Posted by actio on Jun 10, 2015 3:45:00 PM

A new article examines how one tiny recall can affect an entire supply chain. The piece is by Robert J. Bowman, longtime editor of the popular online news source, "Supply Chain Brain."

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Topics: quality, spice, software, risk, cumin, Supply Chain, food, management

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