Afternoon Coffee: Tesco to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals in its Clothing Supply Chain, Coupa Partners with TripActions

The environmental group Greenpeace announced Friday that retailer Tesco is working to eliminate 11 groups of hazardous substances from its F&F clothing brand, according to Business Reporter. Included in the commitment are the removal of phthalates, brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, chlorinated solvents and heavy metals from the brand’s supply chain.

TripActions Partnership 

Coupa will bolster its travel and expense management capabilities by partnering with TripActions, an “end-to-end corporate travel solution,” the company said in a press release. The product integration will allow users to “book their travel in TripActions and access an automatically-generated expense report in Coupa for their trips.”

China GDP

China’s GDP grew 6.9% in the second quarter of 2017, just beating analyst estimates of 6.8%, Quartz reported. But what’s more interesting than the numbers themselves are the source of growth: increases from the coal and steel industries drove the bulk of production, despite China’s announced plans to reduce output in both.

South Europe Drought 

And finally, a commodities update: One of the worst droughts in decades is devastating wheat and olive production in Southern Europe, according to CNBC. Farmers are reporting losses of over 60% for both crops.

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