Environmental concerns are picking up in global supply chains: while much of the focus is still on labor conditions, recent updates show that brands and retailers are starting to take the environmental impact of their sourcing strategies seriously. In a briefing published in the run up to World Water Day, Sedex analyzed data from over 20,000 audits registered on the Sedex Global platform. The briefing introduces companies to water-related risks in their supply chain. 42% of audits by Sedex members performed at suppliers sites revealed a lack of permits for resource use and disposal, inadequate waste disposal systems and missing systems for checking environmental performance against relevant laws and customers’ requirements. In the wake of these concerns According to Asia Inspection, Q1 saw a strong rise in interest from buyers for Environmental Audits and Waste Water Testing.