Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (published on 21/08/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

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Our new Chief Operations Officer – Fiona Horsnell

Here at Track Record Global we have big plans for expanding the business. We are opening an office in China next year, and are looking to open another in India the year after. The business is growing fast, particularly in the UK retail sector. Retailers are, however, demanding to deal with, technically rigouous, and the…

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Slavery in the supply chain

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are more than 20 million forced labourers around the world today. The Global Slavery Index estimates the number is closer to 40 million. Many of these modern day slaves are working in the supply chains of western corporations, and the ILO estimates that roughly $150 billion of illegal…

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Austrian Company Exposed Offering Bonuses for Illegal Romanian Timber

The largest forest products company in Romania, the Austrian-based Holzindustrie Schweighofer, is suspected of knowingly buying illegally-cut wood in the country. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), an environmental NGO, has released a video exposing the leadership of the company knowingly accepting illegally harvested timber, as well as offering bonuses for any further timber supplied. Romania…

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Climate change and the demand chain – tackling deforestation

Human activity is changing the world’s climate for the worse.  The naysayers sound increasingly strident, isolated and ridiculous. It is unclear whether they are either driven by ego or by some darker short-term commercial considerations. The scientific proof on climate change continues to build, with the negative impacts ramping up.  Governments and global businesses are…

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Climate change and supply chain transparency

Up to a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation and forest , according to The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The negative impacts of climate change will drive a raft of increasingly punitive government regulations and legislation – with big impacts on people’s lives and the way businesses function. In recognition,…

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Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (Published on: 26/06/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report) on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

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New standard for topsoil; labour issues being considered

BSi have published an updated British Standard for topsoil. BS 3882:2015 sets out requirements for topsoil composition, with information on sampling, analysis, and guidance about handling and site preparation. Changes include: A safer and cheaper new test for organic matter in soil; Revised test parameters to reflect increased use of composted waste; The updated standard…

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Flammability of Children’s Costumes – is new legislation required?

Parents should be careful when buying costumes for their children. The shocking news of the serious burns suffered by Claudia Winkleman’s daughter after her Halloween costume caught fire indicates that reform of the legal standards covering these products should be seriously considered. According to the CTSI, 32 RAPEX notifications regarding chemical and flammability hazards relating…

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New Standard – BS 6375-1:2015 Performance of windows and doors. Classification for weathertightness and guidance on selection and specification

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has released a new performance standard for windows and doors. BS 6375-1 is one of many important standards for those working to improve the performance of windows and doors. It provides guidance to the specifier and the manufacturer of windows and external doors on anappropriate level of weathertightness for the…

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A TRG Event – Own-Brand and Private Label products – effective management of reputational and regulatory risk

Join top industry experts, from leading UK retailers and international distributors, for a day long practical workshop on managing the business-critical risks carried by own brand products. The workshop will address questions such as: What are the associated reputational and regulatory risks? Who influences the size of those risks? What is the responsibility of supply…

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